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MS Mathematical Finance Candidate at Boston University

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comment What would happen in a professional tournament if a player was obviously taking performance enhancing drugs?
I read the article you cited. Could you elaborate on your statement that " Cocaine is a drug with visible effects. Marijuana also has visible effects"? From what I read, research included no more than interviewing, with absolutely no assessment on how drug use affects win rate. Would you agree?
Nov
15
comment Number of game tree nodes in HU
I think your interpretation is correct, and a good start. +1. But there's plenty of room for improvement. First, betting history is critical, each giving rise to a different node. Also, raising is very important, so I don't think it's practical to eliminate it, but some simplifications are reasonable. Also, your card states could greatly be reduced, because many of those states are virtually indistinguishable from an optimization perspective. For example, compare these 2 states: 1) Ac Kd vs 9s 8h with a flop of Qh Jd Ts. 2) Ac Kd vs 9s 8h with a flop of Qs Jc Th.
Nov
10
comment What is a proper starting bankroll?
Are you sure you're not thinking of big bets? For example, in LHE, a 2/4 game has a small blind of 1, a big blind (small bet) of 2, and a big bet of 4. It's a common rule of thumb that a low stakes player should have a bankroll of 300*4 to play in a 2/4 LHE game. i.e., 600 big blinds.
Nov
9
comment What is a proper starting bankroll?
300 big blinds is seriously inadequate for mid stakes Limit Hold'em.
Nov
9
comment What is a proper starting bankroll?
+1 for asking about of one of the most important poker skills, which is widely misunderstood and receives far too little attention. Also, note that many answers/comments contain advice to have a 200 big blind bankroll for Limit Hold'em. This is FAR too small and would only be suggested by players that are not serious LHE players. At small stakes LHE, a rule of thumb is 300BB (that's 600 big blinds!), and at least 500BB at mid stakes. I'll post a detailed answer when I get more time.
Nov
9
comment What is a proper starting bankroll?
This answer has ridiculously poor advice, and also inaccurate paraphrasing of "Gambling Theory and Other Topics," by Malmuth. You are confusing the chapter in Malmuth's book about "The Extremely Silly Subject of Money Management," with the chapters about bankroll management. I suggest you review that book much more closely. To say that "few players have figured out bankroll requirements" and that "few players ever will" shows a serious lack of formal statistical education and lack of initiative to perform any type of rigorous research.
Nov
2
comment How precise is math in the heat of battle?
@Jon Sorry I missed this. Actually I think it would be most appropriate as a new question.
Oct
29
comment Number of game tree nodes in HU
It would help if you gave a lot more specifications about the game setting. What game are you even talking about? What is the betting structure (be detailed)? In any case, there are likely at least trillions of nodes, even if you are bucketing scenarios.
Oct
27
comment How precise is math in the heat of battle?
They may be telling you something about their hand, but they are also putting their opponent in a position such that they are indifferent as to what their opponent does. Therefore, they are not giving up anything useful to their opponent.
Oct
20
comment Bigger than Big Blind
Who stopped the action and called for a floorman?
Apr
12
comment Question about BB/100
Yes, just halve your BB/100 and you will get the number that NL players report as their win rate. BB/100 = 2*bb/100. NL players report bb/100 as their win rate.