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Special Colloquium for Students: Game-theoretic analysis of Guts Poker

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Department of Mathematics
245 Altgeld Hall
Apr 7, 2022   4:00 pm  
Kevin Zumbrun (Indiana University Bloomington)
Vera Hur

We present the results of a summer 2021 REU project with students Luca Castronova and Yijia Chen on a game theoretic analysis  of the poker variant "Guts''.  This is interesting as a streamlined poker version that is widely played- also due to the feature of repeated play with increasing stakes, i.e., its nature as a noncontractive recursive game.  Also interesting is that we carry out the analysis for arbitrary numbers of players n, finding an explicit symmetric Nash equilibrium, but showing that it is not a strong equilibrium: that is, it can be beaten by a coalition of players 2-n.

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