What is "game analysis"?
For a new game to be placed in a casino, a rigorous mathematical
analysis of the game must be performed. The purpose of this analysis
is to create consistent documentation for the game, to determine the
house edge and to present optimal player strategy. The
documentation must conform to certain guidelines for
submission to state and international gaming and regulatory
See the "Articles" section
for important reading on this topic.
What is the process for obtaining Jacobson Gaming services?
If the game has a preliminary or full patent, send a complete
game description via email attachment or fax to Jacobson Gaming.
If the game does not yet have a patent, we recommend a
non-disclosure agreement. Jacobson Gaming can provide the
non-disclosure agreement but prefers the client to state the terms
of confidentiality he wants for the project.
Jacobson Gaming will quickly review your game and give a quote
for services, as well as a time frame for completion of the
Who uses Jacobson Gaming services?
Jacobson Gaming has worked with gaming companies in all sectors
of game development, including slot lottery and bingo developers,
table game developers, land and Internet based game developers,
corporations, small businesses and individuals.
Jacobson Gaming clients include gaming companies located in
Canada, Israel, Costa Rica, the Netherlands, South Africa, Mexico,
Aruba, Curacao Netherlands Antilles, the United States, and
Jacobson Gaming has worked with regulatory authorities in Nevada,
Washington State, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, Montana, Native
American jurisdictions, and internationally.
See these testimonials and
endorsements from some of our clients.
Who else does Jacobson Gaming recommend?
For casino game analysis of all types and excellent resource
materials, Jacobson Gaming recommends Michael Shackleford (the
Wizard of Odds) at www.wizardofodds.com
If we can't help you, Jacobson Gaming recommends our associate mathematicians: Diana
Gruber, Cindy Liu, Charles Mousseau and Keith Rucker.
For casino game related patent, legal, and IP services, Jacobson
Gaming recommends Jon Muskin at www.patentstrademarks.com
Who is Dr. Eliot Jacobson?
Eliot Jacobson received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the
University of Arizona in 1983. Eliot was Professor of Mathematics at
Ohio University from 1983 to 1998, where he was undergraduate chair
from 1990 to 1994. He was Visiting Associate Professor and Lecturer
in the Department of Computer Science at the University of
California, Santa Barbara from 1998 to 2009. Eliot has over twenty
research publications in mathematics appearing in major
international journals. In 2009, Eliot retired from academia.
Eliot started his gaming career as a young child, learning chess
and bridge from his father at age five. Growing up playing games of
all sorts, he opened a casino in his garage as a teenager and
quickly won all the allowance money in the neighborhood. As a young
adult, Eliot continued playing games. He achieved the “expert”
ranking at chess, ran the GO club at Ohio University, and competed
in national bridge tournaments.
At a mathematics convention in Las Vegas in 1996, Eliot
discovered his talent for card counting. His 2005 book, "The
Blackjack Zone" is highly praised for its explanation of
complex principles in a humorous, casual and easy-to-read manner.
Eliot’s brief excursion into advantage play soon blossomed into
his second career as an independent consultant and casino table game
Eliot was featured on National Geographic Channel's documentary
Vegas", on KLAS
TV in Las Vegas, and as a frequent guest on Vegas Talk
Radio. Eliot has written articles for a number of professional
gaming publications, including Table Talk and Blackjack Insider.
Eliot founded Jacobson Gaming, LLC in 2006. His company has
quickly grown to be one of the world’s leading independent
companies specializing in casino table game design, development,
analysis, auditing and mathematical certification. Eliot also heads
Certified Fair Gambling, a company that offers thorough quality
assurance and fairness auditing for Internet casinos. With dozens of
publications and media appearances, Eliot is widely recognized as
one of the world's top experts on casino games and casino game
A recent resume for Eliot Jacobson is here.
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