Discussion in 'General' started by moo321, Aug 24, 2011.

1. ### FLASH1296Well-Known Member

At long last, I have stumbled, as clumsily as always, over the solution to one of the great
curiosities and unsolved mysteries of this 21st century: The derivation of Aslan's nickname:

Aslan is Turkish for LION.

See:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aslan

2. ### aslanWell-Known Member

It is true. And without first looking at your link, it was taken by C.S. Lewis for the name of his fairy tale character, Aslan, the Lion, in his Tales of Narnia.

When I first adopted my puppy dog 21 years ago, he was afraid of his own shadow, hiding under the bed when the front doorbell rang. I decided to give him a namesake he could live up to, sort of like a patron saint, and the name I chose was Aslan, from the C.S. Lewis Chronicles of Narnia, a brave lion, the hero, Christ-figure, in this children's fairy tale. That is why the tribute to my dog companion of 20 years in the signature line below contains a picture of a lion and not a dog.

I simply adopted Aslan, my dog's name, for my handle when I joined the Blackjackinfo Forum.

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relief

4. ### tthreeBanned

I got a good laugh out of that one. Ditto.

5. ### GamblorWell-Known Member

Now the question is what does 1296 stand for?

6. ### tthreeBanned

It is 6 to the 4th power. Since flash likes dice games, how about the number of combinations for 2 rolls of a pair of dice.

7. ### FLASH1296Well-Known Member

Bingo ! three hit it on the head. He must be an arithmetician !

As a serious backgammon cash and tournament player (since 11/69) I needed to teach myself to think [fractionally] in terms of 1296th's as 1296 is the set of the possibilities of 2 consecutive rolls of the dice.

e.g. If the only way that I could lose a game in a particular position would be for me to fail to roll a total of 7 pips or less AND for my opponent to roll ANY double number (1-1, 2-2, etc.) then I would immediately know that I would lose if I rolled 6-1, 5-1, 4-1, 3-1, 2-1, 1-1, 5-2, 5-1, 4-3, 4-2, 4-1, 3-2, 3-1, 2-1, or 1-1 = 28/1296* AND my opponent rolls one of the 6 sets of doubles I would have 28 + 4 = 32 x 1296/100 chances of losing. "Over the table" (mental computing only permitted, as in BJ) I know that if 1296 = 100% then 1% = 12.96 combinations. In this case I have just 28 losing combo's Rounding 12.96 to 13 as representative of 1% I know that I have barely a 2% chance of a loss with 26 losing combos.

*regular rolls of the dice appear 2 ways each (e.g. 6-5 OR 5-6) while doubles appear but once.

Incidentally, the mean roll in backgammon, where a roll of doubles count as 4 times the number on one of the dice = 8.16 pips.

Mentally computing by a rounded 8 pips is also a requisite skill to play backgammon for significant money.

Backgammon is the favorite game of actuaries, statisticians, mathematicians, for a very good reason. It is a game of applied probabilities; that neither human being nor computer has completely mastered, unlike simple games like chess or bridge or go.

It would be nice if I could "think ahead" by 3 or 4 rolls but those products are 46,656 and 1,679,616; and one can easily see what happens when the combatants toss a PAIR of dice 50 to 100+ times during a single game and repeat that many many times during the course of a backgammon tournament match or a session of individual"cash" games.

8. ### aslanWell-Known Member

Where did this question come from? I searched back posts and could not find it.

9. ### aslanWell-Known Member

Chess, a simple game. :laugh: I wonder where checkers falls? Like backgammon, it seems like an easy game. I knew a fellow from Staunton, VA, Ollie was his name, who used to beat all comers, and I mean ALL. He was the absolute best I ever saw. I wonder if he had some "magic" math computations behind his seeming invincible game of checkers. Needless to say, he played for money.

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10. ### GamblorWell-Known Member

Bah, backgammon, chess, bridge, go, etc., all are games for mental midgets and simpletons. Yahtzee, now that is truly the sport of kings!

:laugh:

12. ### CrazyEddieMember

1296 to 1, of course, is the odds against rolling a 2 or 12 twice in craps (but a parlayed bet, alas, pays only 899 or at best 960 to 1 in the U.S.)

I have a distinctive appearance and therefore have no ability to use "cover" or "camouflage." I am impossible to miss.

I tip dealers and, in return, they confine their grumbling to the dealer break room.
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13. ### tthreeBanned

Are you the guy with crazy eyes, a 2 foot high purple Don King hairdo and the ZZ top beard? How could I ever forget you. Nice run last time. Congrats. I was that guy sitting next to you that nobody can remember. Or was that seat empty? I forget. I'll see you next time. You won't see me though.:joker:

14. ### aslanWell-Known Member

Actually, his real life name is Michael Richards, but you may know him as Cosmo Kramer. You can't miss him when he slides into the crap table.

BTW, where do you play that they have seats at the crap table? That would be good on my foot with the heel spur.

15. ### tthreeBanned

Request one. The only time I was denied I was actually hobbling at the time. When the PB saw how bad it was he got me a chair.

16. ### aslanWell-Known Member

Next trip I think I'll get one of those little electric scooters to run around the casino on. Look out, Kramer, here comes Aslan!