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CAS 420 (HA): Poker – Theory, Practice, and Culture

Professor: Valone

The class examines poker (particularly but not exclusively Texas Hold’em) from an interdisciplinary point of view. The course will apply insights from mathematics (including probability and game theory), psychology, and economics to understand the play of the game. In addition, students will gain insight into the history of poker as well as undertake a study of the representations of poker in popular culture, especially film. In order to study poker, students will learn how the game is played and fundamental game strategies of hand selection, bet sizing, and bluffing. No prior experience with poker is necessary. The course is designed to engage students’ critical thinking skills and allow them to pursue research topics within their major discipline while also stretching their understanding into areas where they may feel less comfort and expertise.