Probability, Poker, and God

WNYC’s Radiolab recently aired a segment called “Dealing with Doubt”. Jad and Robert spoke to Professional poker players, Annie Duke and brother Howard Lederer, and learned that reading other players’ “tells” is a very small part of the game. The way to win at poker is to use math – to calculate the probability that you will get a winning hand, your “hand odds”, and compare it to the “pot odds”, the ratio of the current size of the pot to the cost of a call.

They also discuss how 17th century French mathematician, Pascal, applied probabilities to a very big question.

You can listen to the segment here: Dealing with Doubt. (Sorry I can’t embed – WordPress won’t allow it. )

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