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Jan 18, 2018

I was hoping for Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain's character in the 2017 movie Molly's Game) based on the headline...very disappointed.

Jan 18, 2018

Is this really surprising? A lot of previous poker champions have gone into trading, specifically at prop shops such as Jane Street, SIG, etc.

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Apr 11, 2018

Taylor Mason did it

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Apr 11, 2018

Selbst is lame.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Apr 11, 2018

I was hoping it was Vanessa Rousso...

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Apr 11, 2018

I don't understand the connection between poker and trading/investing. I know a number of really good poker players who are completely incompetent with finances and investing. Is there, say, a greater correlation between being skilled at poker and a skilled investor than there is between having a high IQ and being a skilled investor?

Apr 12, 2018

I'd say it has more to do with a highly-developed ability for probabilistic thinking. To a a decent poker player the distinctions between process, probability and outcome become obvious. In other words, a bad outcome does not invalidate the process or decision that led you there, especially if the underlying probabilities were correctly ascertained.

This is a strong parallel to trading, granted the probabilities start to become more stochastic and less certain in the realm of investing. But the principle holds. In poker you can have 80% odds in your favor and still lose the hand. If you allow the outcome to overwrite the underlying probabilities and govern your strategy in the future, then you won't last very long.

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Apr 11, 2018

I'm not saying you're wrong, I'd just love to see the evidence that suggests correlation of strong poker skills to better investing relative to the correlation between high IQ and better investing. I find the connection dubious without evidence; otherwise, this was a "faith" hire (although having attended Yale, her IQ is still probably high anyway).

Apr 12, 2018

She's a smart gal if you have ever met her or been a the table with her. One of a small group of notable players with success who can excel in games outside of texas hold-em.

Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.

Apr 12, 2018

Wow good to see Doug Polk moving from poker and crypto to an established hedge fund...good for him.