Have you ever been left scratching your head trying to figure out why your opponent played the hand the way he did? I certainly did so I found a fish and hooked him up to the USB port on my computer and did the same to myself. The results of this experiment are below:
This is how I saw the table:
And this is how the fish was seeing the table:
As you can clearly see, there’s a distinct difference between how the fish’s brain perceives the table and how most other players (if I am representative of “other” players) see the table.
Of course, these results are very preliminary. I will certainly need to perform more tests before coming to any conclusions. For instance, I will need to confirm this on a larger population of fish. I will also need to determine how fish react when shocked with high voltage in response to poor play (Ok, that one really isn’t part of this experiment. That’s just kind of fun.). However, I do plan on releasing a full study of this behavior in the hopes of advancing the science of poker.
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