Bram Cohen (bramcohen) wrote,
Bram Cohen

poker variants

I've found playing look ahead poker to be disappointing. The problem is that the amount to bid is based on two different hands, doubling the amount of information which factors into it, which makes reads more difficult, even given the partial revealing which has to be done.

Apparently it's all about reducing the ratio of secret information to amount of public behavior based on that information to be as small as possible. Variants which tie the previous hand to the next hand seem to work better than ones which tie the betting together, since they reduce, rather than increase, that ratio, so I'll experiment with those more and post about the results.

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