Trivia

Subject:
Friday Puzzler--three coin flips

Alex Y
In this game, contestant A chooses a pattern of three successive coin flips, e.g., HTH or HHT. After A has announced his choice, contestant B gets to make his choice and announce it. (Contestant B knows A's choice and cannot select the same pattern.) Then a fair coin is tossed until either A or B's pattern comes up, and the person whose pattern comes up first is the winner.

Would you rather be contestant A or B, and what is your strategy to maximize the chance that you will win?

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