The World’s Best Female Poker Player Joins Bridgewater

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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 12, 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

There are numerous poker players with high levels of success with strong undergrad degrees, advanced post undergrad degrees, and PhD's from Computer Science, AI, and JD's.

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

Apr 12, 2018
3200fps:

There are numerous poker players with high levels of success with strong undergrad degrees, advanced post undergrad degrees, and PhD's from Computer Science, AI, and JD's.

Right, so that hits back to my point--is it high IQ or highly developed poker skills? If it's merely high IQ then you don't need to pay an almost certainly huge premium to hire successful poker players when people with very high IQs are a dime a dozen on or around Wall Street.

Apr 12, 2018
Troll - Aged 18 Years:
3200fps:

There are numerous poker players with high levels of success with strong undergrad degrees, advanced post undergrad degrees, and PhD's from Computer Science, AI, and JD's.

Right, so that hits back to my point--is it high IQ or highly developed poker skills? If it's merely high IQ then you don't need to pay an almost certainly huge premium to hire successful poker players when people with very high IQs are a dime a dozen on or around Wall Street.

It's high IQ's first and foremost. After that it is simply what the person does with it.

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

Apr 12, 2018
Troll - Aged 18 Years:
3200fps:

There are numerous poker players with high levels of success with strong undergrad degrees, advanced post undergrad degrees, and PhD's from Computer Science, AI, and JD's.

Right, so that hits back to my point--is it high IQ or highly developed poker skills? If it's merely high IQ then you don't need to pay an almost certainly huge premium to hire successful poker players when people with very high IQs are a dime a dozen on or around Wall Street.

Trading ruins some people psychologically. Well established poker players aren't likely to be affected greatly by certain swings. They have their game they play in poker and in trading they have their strategy. To lose therefore in trading is less a a dent to their psyche and more a lesson in what happened and what they can do better the next time, which is most likely advantageous to companies.

"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 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