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Old 01-06-2014, 01:15 PM   #1
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Why poker players should learn to code (interesting article)

http://bplesser.com/2014/01/02/simil...-online-poker/

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In the late 2000s, online poker sprung up as a mini gold rush for risk-loving, intelligent twenty-somethings. I see many parallels to the current frenzy over learning to code.

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From 2009 to 2010, I earned $500,000 playing online poker. My friends and I developed a mathematical approach which gave us a large edge (a bit like Bringing Down the House without all of the fun espionage elements).
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Old 01-06-2014, 02:31 PM   #2
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Thank you, just reading
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Old 01-06-2014, 02:36 PM   #3
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Yes, seem good
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Old 01-06-2014, 03:54 PM   #4
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Re: Why poker players should learn to code (interesting article)

turned down Harvard Law to code...not sure if I'd do the same
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Old 01-06-2014, 04:23 PM   #5
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TBD on that decision. On the one hand, definitely less money. So, so few lawyers are happy though.
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Old 01-06-2014, 04:51 PM   #6
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Re: Why poker players should learn to code (interesting article)

I am someone who learned to code first (dating back to the early '80s) and play poker second.

I generally agree with what this article is saying, but I also should note that a strong mathematical/coding mind does NOT necessarily make a good poker player. If you are too risk-averse, too straightforward, lack self-control, or lack quick situational-reading skills, you will fail at poker, even if you're a great coder.

With that said, it's not a coincidence that a lot of the good/great poker players of the past 10-15 years also have a math/CS background.

Also, it's hard to take this thread seriously when it was started by "sexyjesus".
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Old 01-06-2014, 04:58 PM   #7
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Re: Why poker players should learn to code (interesting article)

Another similarity is flexibility. You have every option available to you as a programmer, full time corporate job, startup cofounder, consultant, freelance, etc. You can work anywhere from 1-100 hours a week, so it goes very well with a poker semi-pro lifestyle. You can also usually find a new job quickly in a new place (at least if it's a major city).
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Old 01-06-2014, 05:02 PM   #8
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Not just poker players but society in general. Software is part of our everyday lives and programming is a valuable skill. Eventually there will be some programming classes along with entrepreneurial course around the grade level education. In the future, software development/engineering will probably be the considered the middle class job.
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Old 01-06-2014, 06:00 PM   #9
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turned down Harvard Law to code...not sure if I'd do the same
Know how I know you aren't an attorney...?
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Old 01-06-2014, 06:57 PM   #10
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Interesting. I was a software developer before I quit to play poker. Some of the guys I worked with would clearly have been excellent poker players had they taken to it.
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Old 01-06-2014, 07:50 PM   #11
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Re: Why poker players should learn to code (interesting article)

anyone can tell me what is coding in short, its some kind of programing ?
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Old 01-06-2014, 08:08 PM   #12
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Just programming in general, writing code.
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Old 01-06-2014, 08:40 PM   #13
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Not just poker players but society in general. Software is part of our everyday lives and programming is a valuable skill. Eventually there will be some programming classes along with entrepreneurial course around the grade level education. In the future, software development/engineering will probably be the considered the middle class job.
is this a troll post or you seriously believe this?
I'm assuming you don't know how to program anything other than a hello world console print
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Old 01-06-2014, 08:44 PM   #14
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Not just poker players but society in general. Software is part of our everyday lives and programming is a valuable skill. Eventually there will be some programming classes along with entrepreneurial course around the grade level education. In the future, software development/engineering will probably be the considered the middle class job.
Snapchat guys got offered $3 billion for a program that self destructs dick pics in 10 seconds.
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Old 01-06-2014, 09:01 PM   #15
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OP are you Ben Plesser?
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Old 01-07-2014, 09:33 AM   #16
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is this a troll post or you seriously believe this?
I'm assuming you don't know how to program anything other than a hello world console print
Not sure which part you're referring to but in Latvia and Estonia they already teach programming as a compulsory module before high school.
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Old 01-07-2014, 09:47 AM   #17
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Allot of programming work does get outsourced to Latvia/Albania etc.

I have been working as a programmer for the last 10 year whilst playing poker as a hobby. Its a really full-filling job would recommend it to people leaving high school looking for direction, give it a shot, see if you like it.
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Old 01-07-2014, 09:50 AM   #18
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Until I read the thread, I was thinking code as in learning to code medical records.

Hey, I am a Doc after all.
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Old 01-07-2014, 11:19 AM   #19
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Ok.....is this for real? or just a cheap way to advertise a school or program
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Old 01-07-2014, 11:21 AM   #20
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OP are you Ben Plesser?
not sure he's trying to hide that...he responded to the "turned down harvard law" comment in the thread.

overall OP has a good point, learning to code would be a wise decision for many people.
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Old 01-07-2014, 11:57 AM   #21
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Re: Why poker players should learn to code (interesting article)

What on Earth does this have to do with poker? Some sort of VERY tenuous connection based on skillset?

I already knew how to code before I started playing online poker. I didn't do it then, and I don't do it now, because there are other things I want to do instead. I didn't find it at all satisfying, but that's just me. BFD.
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Old 01-07-2014, 11:57 AM   #22
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Re: Why poker players should learn to code (interesting article)

agreed.

who else plans to start learning how to program this year?
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Old 01-07-2014, 12:05 PM   #23
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agreed.

who else plans to start learning how to program this year?
I've resolved to be more technically aware but that doesn't extend to relearning how to code. I actually used to know how to write programs in RPG II, BASIC, and COBOL, but those languages are probably not even commonly used anymore.

Thinking about that makes me feel really old.

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Old 01-07-2014, 12:32 PM   #24
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I've resolved to be more technically aware but that doesn't extend to relearning how to code. I actually used to know how to write programs in RPG II, BASIC, and COBOL, but those languages are probably not even commonly used anymore.

Thinking about that makes me feel really old.
COBOL is still used in a number of industries (government, banking, insurance). Coding in it is how I make a living.
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Old 01-07-2014, 12:51 PM   #25
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not sure he's trying to hide that...he responded to the "turned down harvard law" comment in the thread.
Yeah, I didn't catch that.

Seems like a pretty clear ad for his training website. Not sure what 2p2 policy is on this type of thing but op should be a bit more transparent imo.
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