Worth Watching

A British game show (unfortunately) named “Golden Balls” invites contestants to play a version of the Prisoner’s Dilemma, wherein the two contestants have to decide whether they’re going to “split” or “steal” a significant pot of money. If they both opt for the split, they indeed split the money. If one opts to split and one opts to steal, the one who opts for “steal” gets the whole pot. But if they both opt for “steal” then they both go home empty-handed. This video illustrates an impressive game theory power move instigated by one contestant (and it worked).

One thought on “Worth Watching

  1. Smart move by the contestant on the right. He virtually guaranteed that the other guy would not opt for the choice that might have cost them both.

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