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Blind Stealing: Experience and Expertise in a Mixed-Strategy Poker Experiment

Matthew Van Essen () and John Wooders ()

No 6, Working Paper Series from Economics Discipline Group, UTS Business School, University of Technology, Sydney

Abstract: We explore the role of experience in mixed-strategy games by comparing, for a stylized version of Texas Hold-em, the behavior of experts, who have extensive experience playing poker online, to the behavior of novices. We find significant differences. The initial frequencies with which players bet and call are closer to equilibrium for experts than novices. And, while the betting and calling frequencies of both types of subjects exhibit too much heterogeneity to be consistent with equilibrium play, the frequencies of experts exhibit less heterogeneity. We find evidence that the style of online play transfers from the field to the lab.

Keywords: mixed-strategy Nash equilibrium; minimax; poker; experiment; expertise (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C72 C92 C93 D03 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 49
Date: 2013-03-01
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-evo, nep-exp and nep-gth
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