Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

It appears that you are browsing the GMAT Club forum unregistered!

Signing up is free, quick, and confidential.
Join other 350,000 members and get the full benefits of GMAT Club

Registration gives you:

Tests

Take 11 tests and quizzes from GMAT Club and leading GMAT prep companies such as Manhattan GMAT,
Knewton, and others. All are free for GMAT Club members.

Applicant Stats

View detailed applicant stats such as GPA, GMAT score, work experience, location, application
status, and more

Books/Downloads

Download thousands of study notes,
question collections, GMAT Club’s
Grammar and Math books.
All are free!

Thank you for using the timer!
We noticed you are actually not timing your practice. Click the START button first next time you use the timer.
There are many benefits to timing your practice, including:

A gambler began playing blackjack with $110 in chips. After [#permalink]
22 Mar 2005, 03:01

3

This post received KUDOS

6

This post was BOOKMARKED

00:00

A

B

C

D

E

Difficulty:

85% (hard)

Question Stats:

60% (03:29) correct
40% (02:51) wrong based on 276 sessions

A gambler began playing blackjack with $110 in chips. After exactly 12 hands, he left the table with $320 in chips, having won some hands and lost others. Each win earned $100 and each loss cost $10. How many possible outcomes were there for the first 5 hands he played? (For example, won the first hand, lost the second, etc.)

I guess! (C)
well the algebra first -> 110 (starting cash)+100x (n of wins)-10*(12-x)=320 -> solve and get x=3
if wins=3/12
if losses= 9/12
there can be max 3 wins out of 5 hands
alas, I'm not sure about how to turn out the outcomes
I think
5c0+5c1+5c2+5c3=26
that is 0 wins/1 win/2 wins/3 wins

i would have to go with C also because he can only have 3 wins and 9losses in 12 rounds
so in 5 turns the possibilities are limited to getting no wins, 1 win, 2 wins and all 3 wins.
26

Re: A gambler began playing blackjack with $110 in chips. After [#permalink]
24 Feb 2014, 02:18

Hello from the GMAT Club BumpBot!

Thanks to another GMAT Club member, I have just discovered this valuable topic, yet it had no discussion for over a year. I am now bumping it up - doing my job. I think you may find it valuable (esp those replies with Kudos).

Want to see all other topics I dig out? Follow me (click follow button on profile). You will receive a summary of all topics I bump in your profile area as well as via email. _________________

What about arrangement of these outcomes, don't we have to arrange their sequence? I applied permutation instead of combination, got the wrong answer. Kindly help

What about arrangement of these outcomes, don't we have to arrange their sequence? I applied permutation instead of combination, got the wrong answer. Kindly help

Thanks!

A gambler began playing blackjack with $110 in chips. After exactly 12 hands, he left the table with $320 in chips, having won some hands and lost others. Each win earned $100 and each loss cost $10. How many possible outcomes were there for the first 5 hands he played? (For example, won the first hand, lost the second, etc.)

(A) 10 (B) 18 (C) 26 (D) 32 (E) 64

The gambler started with $110 and left with $320, thus he/she in 12 hands won $320 - $110 = $210:

100W - 10L = 210; 100W - 10(12-W) = 210 (since Wins + Loss = 12) --> W = 3.

So, we have that out of 12 hands the gambler won 3 hands and lost 9.

For the first 5 hands played there could be the following outcomes: WWWLL --> 5!/(3!2!) = 10 ways this to occur (for example, WWWLL, WWLWL, WLWWL, ...); WWLLL --> 5!/(3!2!) = 10 ways this to occur; WLLLL --> 5!/(4!1!) = 5 ways this to occur; LLLLL --> only 1 way this to occur.

Re: A gambler began playing blackjack with $110 in chips. After [#permalink]
01 Apr 2014, 19:44

Can someone explain where I can learn more about this: WWWLL --> 5!/(3!2!) = 10 Why do you divide here. I think i get the logic, but how do you know to choose 3! and 2!, and how can I know when to do this.

Re: A gambler began playing blackjack with $110 in chips. After [#permalink]
01 Apr 2014, 20:11

1

This post received KUDOS

Expert's post

frenchwr wrote:

Can someone explain where I can learn more about this: WWWLL --> 5!/(3!2!) = 10 Why do you divide here. I think i get the logic, but how do you know to choose 3! and 2!, and how can I know when to do this.

You arrange 5 distinct objects in 5! ways.

But if some of them are identical, you need to divide the total arrangements by the factorial of that number: Say you have total n objects out of which m are identical. Total number of arrangements = n!/m!

e.g. Out of 5 objects, if 2 are identical, number of arrangements = 5!/2! (because we don't have as many arrangements as before now.)

Say 5 objects are A, B, C, D and D. There are 2 identical Ds. 5! gives the arrangements of 5 distinct objects(e.g. ABCDE, ABCED are two diff arrangements) but if two letters are same, ABCDD is same as ABCDD (we flipped the D with the other D). Hence the number of arrangements are half in this case: 5!/2!

Similarly, if you have 5 letters such that three of them are same and another 2 are same, the number of arrangements is given by 5!/(3!*2!) as is the case with WWWLL.

Re: A gambler began playing blackjack with $110 in chips. After [#permalink]
24 May 2015, 09:13

Guys...............I have a strange doubt about this..okay we so know there are 3 wins and 9 losses..and to have 5 hands..you could select 3 wins and 2 losses say..now why can't we just do 9c2(2losses out of 9)* 3c3(3wins out of 3).If we say it's identical then you can divide it by 3 ! and 2! respectively.However,that's still miserably wrong..I know it's wrong but can't figure out why? Please help!!!

Re: A gambler began playing blackjack with $110 in chips. After [#permalink]
24 May 2015, 18:55

2

This post received KUDOS

Expert's post

davesinger786 wrote:

Guys...............I have a strange doubt about this..okay we so know there are 3 wins and 9 losses..and to have 5 hands..you could select 3 wins and 2 losses say..now why can't we just do 9c2(2losses out of 9)* 3c3(3wins out of 3).If we say it's identical then you can divide it by 3 ! and 2! respectively.However,that's still miserably wrong..I know it's wrong but can't figure out why? Please help!!!

You cannot select losses out of losses - they are all just losses. You can select hands to which you will allot losses since the hands are distinct - first hand, second hand .. till 12th hand.

For example, if we have to give 3 wins and 2 losses to 5 hands, we can select the 2 hands to which we will give losses. We can do this in 5C2 ways = 10 ways. The other 3 hands will automatically be left with wins. This is another way of doing what Bunuel did above. Similarly, to give 3 losses we select 3 hands out of 5 in 5C3 ways = 10 ways To give 4 losses, we select 4 hands out of 5 in 5C4 = 5 ways To give 5 losses, we select 5 hands out of 5 in 5C5 = 1 way

Re: A gambler began playing blackjack with $110 in chips. After [#permalink]
24 May 2015, 19:43

Expert's post

davesinger786 wrote:

Thank you Karishma for your reply. So ,in this case do you mean to say that since they're all identical,we can't select losses out of losses?

Yes, think of it this way: If you have 12 different houses and you have to paint 5 of them - 3 red and 2 yellow, can you select red out of red? You must select the 3 houses out of 5 which you will paint red. _________________

Back to hometown after a short trip to New Delhi for my visa appointment. Whoever tells you that the toughest part gets over once you get an admit is...