Russians used Facebook Ads to influence the US presidential election
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Big problem for Facebook, after the reveal of Russian spending of more than $100,000 to promote Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election. With a price of $5 for each 1,000 targeted users, if the tuning of the advertising campaign … Read More

How will Brexit affect the online gambling industry?
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The online casino market is one of the biggest growth industries in the world, and is headquartered firmly in the UK. The range of casino sites is clear for all to see – TV advertising spend is huge, and most … Read More

Poker hands in five-card draw: Flush, Straight, Three of a kind, Two pair, One pair, High card
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Flush A diamond king-high flush: K♦ 10♦ 8♦ 4♦ 3♦ The flush consists of five identical suit cards (not all within a sequential rank, otherwise it is a straight flush). The strongest color is the one that contains the highest … Read More

Re-raise in poker bluff
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Another way to see the bluff is that it reflects the principle: you have to pay to see a strong hand. Applying this principle, facing the raise of Bob, Alice must raise to pay Bob’s Full – and therefore, should … Read More

Poker hands in five-card draw poker – Straight flush, Four of a kind and Full house
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In the classic game (without joker or added cards) the hands, or possible combinations, of the lowest to highest, are: No combination or draw, Current games that can be improved: Pair < Two pair < Three of a kind, Strong … Read More

Simple sequences of betting in poker
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To illustrate the mechanism of the betting and the corresponding mathematical reasoning, here it is assumed that: eight players play poker with 52 cards. The initial pot is an amount P; Alice opens, Bob calls, and the others fold; the … Read More

Major poker tournaments
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Betting structure There are three different betting formats: In a structured betting system (fixed limit), bets and raises are of a specific amount, which increases steadily during the tournament. For example, for a stud tournament with seven cards and bets … Read More

Omaha hi-lo split-8 or better
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 (Showdown in Omaha hi-lo. The left player wins the pot with nuts 5-4-3-2-1. The right player wins the pot with the strongest hand with a fives full of jacks, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Poker_Omaha_hilo_showdown1.jpg)  (Best starting hand in Omaha hi-lo, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Poker_Omaha_Beispielhand2.jpg) In Omaha hi-lo … Read More

A practical mathematics of optimal bluff, in poker as in real life
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(Second part. First part here: https://www.setthings.com/en/poker-bluff/. Image: World Series of Poker celebrity poker tournament – Rio Casino, Las Vegas, https://www.flickr.com/photos/kalooz/3724732892) Neutral point of bluff Alice may decide to penalize a possible bluff (with a frequency α), and Bob may have decided … Read More

The game play in five-card draw poker
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The dealer deals the cards one by one, in principle, in the sense of clockwise. It begins with his left, and he takes last. When each player received five cards, all can pick them up and take note. So start … Read More

Pot-limit Omaha
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(The worst hand in Omaha, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Poker_Omaha_Beispielhand3.jpg) Pot-limit Omaha (abbreviated PLO) is popular in Europe in online casinos, as well as high limits “mixed game” in some American casinos. It is played most often in high only, but can also be … Read More

Taking advantage of the poker hand
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For a perfectly rational theoretical player (without bluffing, but very naive), the level of the bet and raise reflects directly the value of the hand. Indeed, the player feels a certain probability α when he holds the strongest hand at … Read More

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