Life has a poker face


There was a time I liked a lot to play poker (and any strategy game). Like many, I would try to find a pattern that would indicate the probability of getting the cards I needed. There would be a similarity between Max Cohen, a character in “Pi” by Darren Aronfsky, and me. Max was a mathematician that looks for a behavior pattern in the stock market. As he did, I kept convincing myself that it was possible to predict the cards behavior during a poker game. When you go out of you comfort zone you start to bet. You’ve got 50% chance to win and 50% chance to lose. You feel like you’ll win. Then, you keep supporting this idea no matter how unrealistic it sounds to the rest of the people. 

If poker is a game of chance… ¿Why are the same heads leading the finals in poker tournaments? I have a hypothesis.

On a poker table there are several logical and emotional factors that intervene homogeneously. On one side, many mathematical calculations take place in milliseconds: which are you cards, which are your opponent’s cards, which cards are left. All of this while you try to keep a neutral face so that no one guesses your moves. This is an example of science and religion working together. In other words, synergizing. 

The left hemisphere dictates the next logical steps to take while the right hemisphere controls the emotions and keeps a positive attitude on the player.