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4.23.2006

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.

Comments:

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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