Greedy Pig! (Newton Math Workshop)

The goal of the game is to score the most points possible.  Points are scored by rolling a single die.  Each time the die is rolled, you must add the number on the die to the sum of your previous rolls.  A player can roll the die as many times as they wish.  However, if a 1 is rolled, the player’s score goes to zero.  If this happens, you become known as a “greedy pig.”  Whenever you are happy with your score, you may choose to stop.

We used a 10 sided die to play with the number 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. As a group we found out that the probability of rolling a one was an equal likely chance because all ten numbers had the same chance of being rolled which was 1/10. We also worked out that it is unlikely for us to roll a one because there a 1/10 chance of rolling a one and a 9/10 chance of not rolling a one.

After the first round Liam was on the lead with 75 points, after the second round Liam was still in the lead with 95 points but in the third round everyone was knocked out for being “greedy pigs” except Joshua V on a score of 46 and Corey won with a score 64.

Lots of us were disgruntled by the rules of Greedy Pig so in pairs we came up with different ways we could adjust the game. Here are our ideas below:

Finlay & Ali: “Roll a certain number twice AND then everyone is out. So you get a life saver the first time the number is rolled and then you’re out the second time it is rolled.”

Nick & Blanca: “If you roll an odd number you’re out and if you roll an even number you can add it onto your score.”

Arun: “Rolling an even number gets you out and you can add an odd numbers which are rolled.”

Adam “If any two numbers are rolled twice, one after the other, then you’re a greedy pig.”

Tiffany: Changing the number to 0, because you can’t add zero to your score anyway.”

We had another go at playing Greedy Pig and each time we changed the rules to one of the adjusted rules suggested above.


Which suggestion do you think is the most fair way of playing Greedy Pig? Do you have another way we could change the rules to Greedy Pig?

5 thoughts on “Greedy Pig! (Newton Math Workshop)

  1. Finlay’s and Ali’s because you get an extra life and the first time you use it to gain points but the second time you kind of have to take a gamble.

  2. Hi miss. Pang,
    This is Liam, Jessika and Bojana. We think that Tiffany`s one was best
    Because, its more fair that “0” is the odd one out because it doesn’t add anything to your score but ‘1’ does.
    And no we don’t have any way to make it more fair. 

    Jessika, Liam and Bojana.

  3. We think that Adam’s idea is fair because we have a second chance. For example, if you roll a 5 and if you roll the same number again then you are a “Greedy pig”.

  4. Our group thinks that Finlay and Ali’s were good and so was Tiffany’s.
    Tiffany’s was good because you couldn’t add a 0 into your score so instead if you got a 0 then your score was wiped clean.
    Finlay and Ali’s was good because it’s good to get a second chance in the game instead of getting out.

  5. We think Tiffany and Adam’s rule were the most fairest because if you roll a zero you lose all your points and you don’t get anything from your zero because its nothing. We all know it’s worth nothing. Adam’s rule was good because there is less odd’s than ones because its zero.

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