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Are Poker and Chess Really That Different?

By 888poker
April 25, 2022

888poker revisits the topic of poker versus chess. We’ll re-investigate the differences and similarities as well as why this topic is still on the table.

A couple of years ago, I wrote an article that compared poker to chess. After recently stumbling on the Botez girl’s very good YouTube channel, it was about time to drag it out of the archives. I’ll correct a few assumptions and add a few other things that deserve mentioning.

There’ll be no regurgitating of what was in the original article.

So, if you’d like to jog your memory, you can look at it there.

Variance in Poker and Chess

I’ve argued that there’s little to no luck in the game. The idea that chess variance doesn’t exist at all is pretty flawed. It’s true to say it’s way more severe in poker. But the fact that the best player in the world, Magnus Carlson, doesn’t win every tournament he plays proves that luck must exist to a point.

With that said, the sample size for realising chess EV (for want of a better term) is way smaller than in poker.

To read the full article please visit 888poker Magazine: Are Poker and Chess Really That Different? 

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