James Woods and poker 

Over on ESPN, there's a nice little article about MIT dropout James Woods's poker career. Especially interesting are some of his plays against Johnny Chan and Men Nguyen, and an slightly unclear description of a biased random-walk game between players of differing wealth.

Also, if you can figure out how Woods scored 779/800 on his SAT, you win a cookie. Provided you go out and buy it yourself.


machfive, you seem to enjoy reading and blogging about poker. so if you ever want to try it for real, just let me know.

I think the SAT used to have quanta of 1 rather than 10, if that's what you're referring to. This ended no later than about 1975, which is when I became aware of SAT scores. I remember reading a bio of Jim Morrison and thought it odd that he had a score that wasn't divisible by 10, and I've seen a reference or two of similar scores (GWB, for one), so I was left to conclude that they changed their system.

Actually, now that I think about it, a 1-point scale on the SAT doesn't seem that odd to me. IIRC, on a (60? 90? 120? I forget) question SAT, a correct answer counts as 1 point towards the raw score, while an incorrect one counts as -1/4 (for a 5-choice question) or -1/3 (for a 4-choice question) in order to make the EV of an uneducated guess zero. So the raw score is quantized by 1/12ths, and when the raw score is scaled to a score between 200 and 800, that would allow for resolution of 1 point on the 200-800 scale.

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