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lederer logic
on the phone last night excited that his thought over the last year has come together on how poker skill dominates chance
what is skill
what is chance
first howard imagines a form of poker with skill stripped out of it
holdem but without bet bluff fold
best poker hand wins

he names the winning hand in this game the luckiest hand
this is a game of pure chance

compare the role of the luckiest hand in no limit hold’em poker

for pots won without a showdown (which howard estimates to be 60-70% of hands – data will peg the percentage more precisely) the luckiest hand is irrelevant. for these hands skill dominates chance.

for pots won by other than luckiest hand (i’ll be interested to see what the percentage of such hands), skill dominates.

for pots won by the luckiest hand the win itself may be attributable in some measure to luck, but how much the player with the luckiest hand wins depends upon the player’s skill in keeping other players in.


amar did i hear you say we have two deans coming
one from divinity one from public health
we want them on the panel

who should have an avatar at the table of university
who should come sit down to talk with us
about the copyright cocoon surrounding us as we burst to create in cyberspace


bel air

jeremy to share the audio of our meeting here with you upon my blog i cannot do
the avatar of the movie industry sits down with university
each has an ordered list of top ten want from the other
jeremy suppose we could only get to each other here open on the net
how could we share our common mp3 with each other without sharing it with all

industry come play poker with university
pull up your avatar to the meta table
hey john schulman you don’t have to come in person to be a player in the game

poker university

wsj yay hay!

“>thank you neil
tall like cary grant
voice deep and resonant


The Online Etymology Dictionary
poker (2) Look up poker at
“card game,” 1834, Amer.Eng., perhaps from the first element of Ger. Pochspiel, name of a card game similar to poker, from pochen “to brag as a bluff,” lit. “to knock, rap” (see poke (v.)). Another version traces the word to Fr. poque, also said to have been a card game resembling poker. The earlier version of the game in Eng. was called brag. Slang poker face “deadpan” is from 1885.

bluff comes closer than bet to the essence of the game


i was for letting you go after the folks putting the stuff up, like taking their sites down with tech,
i’m against you going after kids who click something available to click on the net
like don’t click that
don’t click that
like they are just supposed to know
and we are supposed to teach them
important stuff to teach them in the time i have
like how to resist law they don’t like
how to change it

to set law the task of teaching don’t click this don’t click that is to demean it
bring it into disrepute
to make us your agent in enforcing that demeans us too

Fwd: Blogging by email

Fwd: Blogging by email

test test test
zeno it worked
there seems to be some mess on it but yes there it is up on the net!

you are making it up as fast as you can getting it out getting it up there making it art if you can
telling story fast as you can chasing the demon that chasing you here talking to myself

now all i need to do is find again the magic address to which to send
no i do not see it what did i do
found it forwarded it dynomite bad idea
now i get to go and look

maybe i should tell them what i’m up to talking to jeremy going to L A
a new story of american democracy

recognize us we are friendly we take care of you

the genius of the net comes from its design
its principles demand and demonstrate elegance

call your dogs off
trust us we are honest brokers
we have interests on both sides
from where i see this is a downhill battle
come talk with us
stop hurting our children
stop teaching them to hate the law
stop telling them that you know better what it is
stop telling us that we must teach your children that the world they must live in is one cluttered with permissions and transactions for the communication of ideas

stop talking down to them as i am talking down to you
see from the other side of necker cube
rely on the ediface that got you here
keep it going best you can

show them josh wolf’s trial
imagine if you let your artists loose upon the net to make the hottest stuff
call off your dogs
you are great aggregators of content great story tellers

use the vault
use your fault
change paradyme
shift burden of proof on fair use for university
shift default from closed to open
help us tell stories to the children of the net
give us fair use for that purpose


poker is quintescentially an american game, american invention, universal in its appeal, open as the frontier to anyone to learn the skill of bid and call and bluff and raise and fold. no better game to learn how to win and lose and how to feel about it. no finer way to come to terms with your personal relationship to risk and resource, finding balance in the flow of signals in the brain for defense, for aggression, for neutrality, women, men, old, young, every race, every religion, a moment to learn a lifetime to master, understanding that the ante and the blinds buy you the privilege of neutrality in the choice you have to fold, but every time you fold you pay a little. you need a little aggression to offset this leak in the assets you have to live with. you start to feel and see that this is how you play not just this game but the game of life.

here’s email from amwoods at hlcentral

“Andrew M. Woods”
to me

show details
7:25 pm (7 hours ago)


I happened upon this the other day, and have been meaning to forward it to you:

While the article isn’t exactly a stirring defense of the importance of skill in poker – a first time player won the tournament, you may be interested to notice at the bottom of paragraph 2 the article describes the faculty participation in the public interest charity tournament. That faculty included one Professor Charles Nesson, “who hung in for several rounds before being knocked out by 1L Andrew Woods”. 🙂

(While I may have put you out, you do look better in the photo – they only got the side of me…)



Andrew M. Woods
Director of Events
HL Central
(310) 254-5218

as we spoke last night poker university took shape
enquiry into the genius of the game top down
professor and professor with sister annie
andy bloch producer
full tilt on a table of ten
avatars driven by students of all ages in classrooms round the globe
global classrooms to engage our poker curriculum in which the culmination course is tournaments
open to developing nations as an expression of american democracy

eon here
the crazy guy of lessig’s dedication
let poker be the message that goes out through libraries and classrooms
it’s the spirit of america we are fighting for

assume you are playing poker with a fundamentalist
schelling’s madman at the door
are you bargaining with him or is he bargaining with you

this is a better game than the game with bombs and guns
people who make bombs and guns are the enemy
why prefer their game to ours

we make the bombs and guns and the markets into which to sell them
we are on a road to blowing ourselves apart if we can’t figure out how to find our norms

one thing you can say about a fundamentalist
their action is grounded in deep spirit
twisted we may think to evil ends yet spirit nonetheless

suppose a poker game between the avatar of our spirit and the avatar of his
what would be our conversation
what have i got that he wants that i can give him
what is he looking for
he says he’s looking for one thing but you know he is looking for another

suppose the chips in the game are the minds of people
the question in each individual mind which spirit speaks truth in its understanding of the world
the stick
youre right

so okay let’s get to it
teresa and librarians of the world consortium of consortia of libraries
communia thematic network
where better to assemble to play a global online poker game than is community libraries and schools starting with solar power electricity, hardware to structure and control the flow of electric bits, connection to the net and thus to UNIVERSITY

the berkman center has a grant from the state department of the united states of america to teach democracy. american democracy is spirit in US to express.

as i type into this blog i am listening to the recording of our poker meeting before the formal meeting began, low murmers and talk of separate conversations with lovely jokes. annie tells the story of a man addicted to water, was drinking eight gallons a day, he died, and me telling the story of last year’s public service poker tournament pictured above in which andrew m woods knocked me out, how we couldn’t do it this year because of government regulation.

uploading it to z share
hope it works
i’ll bet there are some folks out there deep enough into the game to listen to poker pros talking poker to each other
yes it does! here it is:

last night another berkman book party, david weinberger, everything is miscellaneous, a gift to all librarians as we come to see internet as library. david, a poker question. i have written to game theorists asking them how they classify texas hold’em poker in the taxonomy of their rigorous systematic way of understanding our reality. in answer to the conceptual question of relationship of one think to another miscellaneous doesn’t tell us much. are you speaking to scientists as well as to librarians?