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3 lessons on decision-making from a poker champion | Liv Boeree

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Is it better to be lucky or good? Should we trust our gut feelings or rely on probabilities and careful analysis when making important decisions? In this quick talk, professional poker player Liv Boeree shares three strategies she's learned from the game and how we can apply them to real life.

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37 Comments on 3 lessons on decision-making from a poker champion | Liv Boeree

  1. Vinayak Sinha // 22nd October 2018 at 4:12 pm // Reply

    The whole title wasn’t displayed in the notification. I thought it was 3 decisions from a pokemon… was really intrigued.

  2. There is a 97% chance someone will claim to be the first commenter on a TED Talks video. There is a 68% chance two or more will.

  3. I came here for one reason and one reason alone. Poker had nothing to do with it. Of course it must be for the decision making part…

  4. Our intuitions are not always our own.

    Good talk.

  5. Yes, yes and yes! TED, poker, and Liv 🙂

  6. Intuition must be taught and trained as well otherwise it will only give you vague answers like “I don’t like this guy” or “I trust that deal!” but the why doesn’t get answered… Poker players have a very strong sense of intuition, they just don’t notice it under the calculations… Luck and chance are also very important – not the most important, but very important. If you can get the edge on your opponent with a lucky streak and under his/her skin, then the win can be almost behind the corner. You just need one tilt from your opponent, to get all his chips. Why I referenced luck and chance separately. When I have watched broadcasts of Poker, sometimes the best hand owner gets bullied out of the pot by a two or three bet by either a bluffing player, or a player who’s gonna suffer a bad beat on the river — and that’s gonna skewer the probability severely… and there’s always the split pot and two way straights and full houses coming your way… The bully out is chance; the bad beat luck. Experience is the key factor and shutting out any thought outside of the game-patterns. People tend to mix their emotions with intuitions and that is a very biased volatile concoction — just keep it straight; cold and motionless. Intuition can take a lot of time — meditations use a lot of intuition. Flash moments of thought are simply the commonly known side of intuition. If you keep doing the same things then your experience will supplement towards intuition and enhance it greatly. Martial arts use that factor, to create techniques what are unreadable and unrepeatable – you don’t think but act and be one with the motion. Poker can be played the same way, it is just terribly hard to remain calm if you’re on a loosing or winning streak. It will affect your emotions. The class and skill of your opponents as well.

  7. Kevin Hodgson // 22nd October 2018 at 4:39 pm // Reply

    It’s lessons like these that we all know, but often need to be reminded of.

  8. StillGotShit4Brains // 22nd October 2018 at 4:43 pm // Reply

    *she said nothing for 6 mins*

  9. She’s cute for an English girl

  10. Wow she’s beautiful.

  11. Shafeeque Kottakkal // 22nd October 2018 at 5:57 pm // Reply

    This is what i always leave from my statistics classroom…

  12. Viktor Ladvelin // 22nd October 2018 at 6:00 pm // Reply

    “memes” ??? lol

  13. There’s a 69% chance people will take your opinion seriously if you look this good in real life.

  14. Preston Phelan // 22nd October 2018 at 7:46 pm // Reply

    Tread carefully in the comments section, its just as toxic as you imagine its going to be

    • That’s the worst thing about female TED Talk speakers. It brings up the worst misogynists and perverts in the comments. Why can’t they just focus on the topic?

  15. Well spoken, insightful talk.

  16. What an absolute beast. Coming from a live poker player, she’s extremely intelligent and knowledgeable. She’s been around the biggest games for awhile and married a great poker player wish her nothing but the best…amazing to see her on T.T. 🙂

  17. GiggitySam Entz // 22nd October 2018 at 10:02 pm // Reply

    I use percentage probabilities when planning and explaining.
    My friends understand them better XD

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