Poker featured in Science Magazine
To satisfy my inner dork I have a subscription to Discover, a magazine that covers all the latest and greatest scientific news, theories and findings.
Imagine my surprise to see our beloved poker as the subject of one of the feature articles in November's issue! Titled "Big Game Theory"
, and subtitled "What are so many physicists doing playing poker for hours on end in gaming rooms from Vegas to Monaco? Probably winning"
, the piece explores why physicists in particular are drawn to the game:
"Perhaps poker appeals to physicists because it is an intricate, complex puzzle, steeped in statistical probabilities and the tenets of game theory. The best players evince a rare combination of skills in math, strategy and psychology."
String theorist Jeff Harvey of the University of Chicago says "Chess is like classical mechanics. Poker is like quantum mechanics. In chess there is only one right move. In poker there is no single right move. There is a probability distribution of right moves."
Also mentioned in the article are Chris Ferguson, of course, as well as physics "gurus" like Michael Binger (who placed 3rd in the 2006 WSOP
ME) , Michael Piper and a fan club favorite of some CCers, Liv Boeree.
To me this would be a great article share with people who, though highly educated, still believe poker is a degenerate acticity.