$2 Million in extra poker chips!?
At this year’s main event of the World Series of Poker, there were 2 million dollars more in chips at the end of the tournament than there were at the start of the tournament. Where they came from is a mystery.
The obvious first explanation is that someone was cheating. After all, there was a prize pool of $80 million at stake. But the data detectives at www.pokernews.com offer pretty convincing evidence that there is a different explanation — bad math on the part of some of workers at the World Series.
I really like the way they went about solving the problem. We need more journalists like them.
(Hat tip to Scott Cunningham for the lead.)