Can you improve the odds of a game with practice, or is it truly just a question of randomness? Let's explore this question by playing Push Penny. Note 2
Make the Push Penny board by adding horizontal lines to a 36" x 24" sheet of poster board. (Despite its name, this game uses quarters rather than pennies, since they tend to slide better than other coins when pushed.) Draw the lines exactly two coin diameters apart, as illustrated below -- uniform spacing on the lined poster board is crucial for meaningful analysis and interpretation of the results. Put the board on a flat surface, with a second sheet of blank poster board in front of it.
To play, push a quarter from the edge of the blank board onto the lined board. Each round of the game consists of four pushes. You score a "hit" if the quarter touches one of the lines when it stops. You "miss" if the quarter stops between the lines. (Remove the coin from the board between successive pushes.)