A minority of games have "vying" aspects, chances to adjust the stake with impact on the play of the game. Poker is unique as a pure vying game. The outcome is entirely luck. Skill cannot be exercised on the cards, only on the setting of the stake. [...](nice pdf)
[Vying] is the only theoretically interesting popular game. There is interesting work to be done on games like chess and go, but the basic theory is already known. Existing algorithms could play perfectly. But we still have no accepted theory for poker, or bidding in bridge, or Monopoly. [...]
I think the proper way to analyze poker is through derivative accounting. [...]
The only edge you get in poker [from someone who knows your full basic strategy] comes from bluffing. [...]
Poker may be the only activity popularly considered to evidence both masculinity and intelligence.
"Time Enough For Counting"
shocks me. My personal answer for all 3 questions is $0...because they're situational. Certainly very low threshholds in most situations. Even…
Oh, wow, just realized this works toward a real explanation of why folks who live in walkable big cities (like SF, NYC) are so liberal. Walking a…
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