While it may seem strange for elite players of the highly cerebral game of chess to take up a seemingly low brow game like poker, the two games aren’t as dissimilar as one might think. While, at first glance poker is a seemingly simple game to learn and understand, the truth is that to become a successful player one must first learn more advanced theories and strategies to excel. Despite the simple nature of the basic game play many mathematical concepts can be applied to the game.
Those who doubt that math has a place in successful poker need look no further than the highly mathematical playing styles of WSOP winners Dan Harrington (also a former chess player) and Chris Ferguson.
In the most recent New York Review of Books the legendary chess grandmaster Gary Kasparov reviews Chess Metaphors: Artificial Intelligence and the Human Mind by Diego Rasskin-Gutman and discusses the impact of computers on chess and other games. He attributes part of the lure of poker to the fact that unlike chess it has yet to be beaten by computers and perhaps never will be.
“While chess is a 100 percent information game-both players are aware of all the data all the time-and therefore directly susceptible to computing power, poker has hidden cards and variable stakes, creating critical roles for chance, bluffing, and risk management. These might seem to be aspects of poker based entirely on human psychology and therefore invulnerable to computer incursion,” Kasparov theorized.
However, other chess players have turned their attention to poker since it not offers a mental challenge but also a shot at far greater financial returns. Recently the Poker Stars blog interviewed one of their online players known as simona75. He’s a 34 year old London based chess International Master who after joining PokerStars a year ago has gained their prestigious Supernova Elite status.
Players who reach this level are offered a chance to be given free entry into any of the following two events: PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, WSOP Main Event, EPT Monte Carlo, APPT Sydney or free entry into one of the above events and $10,000 cash. When asked how he came to play poker simona75 said that since he didn’t have any jobs lined up he decided to start playing poker on the side. Once he realized his skills could gain him Supernova Elite status he decided to actively pursue it.
Many other chess players have gone on to success in the poker world including International Master Ivo Donev, International Master Almira Skripchenko and Grandmaster Josef Klinger. To read more visit 21 Online Casinos for independent and honest online casino reviews, gambling news and updates.
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