New Software Shows Poker Brain

New Software Shows Poker Brain

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

A new simulation showing the brain at different stages of the poker spectrum has just been published by

Splitting the brain into three - beginner, amateur and expert - the images highlight the areas of activity and gives viewers an explanation of what's going on.

Comparing the beta and theta brainwave activity when checking, raising, calling and moving all-in as well as decisions pre-flop, flop, turn and river. The simulation is made more interesting by drawing conclusions about what the brain is actually experiencing during different states.

For example, on the river the amateur players generally have a lot of beta activity going on within the frontal lobes. Due to the slight weighting towards the right frontal lobe, the creators of the brainwave reader have suggested that logic is the main decision making method used by amateurs on the river, but instinct is also at play.

In contrast, the expert's brain moves into a beta state with a spike in the left frontal lobe activity. This suggests that logic is the predominant factor for experts when making decisions on the river.

As well as showing viewers how their brain works at different stages of a game, the site also offers some advice on how to use the data to improve your skills. Using the expert brain as the benchmark, viewers are encouraged to think about what makes the experts tick and use this to guide their own decisions. Moreover, WPT host Tony Dunst is also on hand to offer some street-by-street tips in a serious of videos.

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