Experiment on Dutch TV program shows poker as a skill game

Early this January in the Netherlands a TV broadcast made an interesting experiment that proved, once and for all, that poker is truly a skill game, and not a game of chance that the Dutch government had mistaken it for.

The TV show, “Nieuwslicht”, which covers popular science issues mostly, had organized a large-scale poker tournament for novice players. Also, a highly experienced yet anonymous poker player was added to the tournament and another player who was informed of all players’ cards.

The cards on all live tables were the same and dealt from a pre-shuffled deck without the players’ knowledge.

The experiment would then prove that poker is a skill game when the pro would make more profit than the average player with the same cards, and the all-knowing player would make the most profit of them all.

The experiment was far from being accurate with a small sample size of only 36 hands and other limitations. However, it still raised a significant amount of attention in the media and hopefully paved the way for larger-scale experiments to be conducted with the purpose of convincing the Dutch government that poker is a skill game.

Acknowledging poker game as a skill game by the Dutch government would have a positive effect, allowing more games and tournaments to be conducted and less confusion when it comes to taxes.

 

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