March 23rd, 2009 by Dan Meyer
This is the final hand of the 2008 World Series of Poker.
BTW: Chuck has precision on his side:
I’d stop the tape after the turn comes down and have them figure out the chance that the guy with 2 pair wins
ESPN makes a running calculation of these percentages, of course, so I blacked out that information in the clip. Have the students make the calculations and then play the unedited clip.
The cool thing, to me, is that there are varying levels of difficulty, depending on how many community cards are still unknown.
The other cool thing, to me, is that the problem functions pretty well as just a photo. In the thumbnail image, for instance, you have all the information you need, with just enough panic in Eastgate’s face to motivate the problem.