Notes on MIT Poker Theory and Analytics with Kevin Desmond
Kevin Desmond’s Poker Theory and Analytics from MIT is an excellent class for lower-level poker players. Desmond is a fantastic lecturer and covers a large amount of material in just eight lectures.
The course is great for players who are:
- Familiar with the basic mechanics of the game
- Generally losing money or break-even in low-stakes games
- Want to apply different poker frameworks to their games
- Want to learn solid pre-flop strategies
- Want to learn about proper bet sizing, tells, and other elements of post-flop strategy
The course is available online for free but at around 10 hours long, it’s a lot of time to get through. Below are detailed notes I took on each lecture.
Note (8/2017) – I’m cleaning up my notes for Lessons 3-8 and will post them here soon.
- Lesson 1: Introduction to Poker Theory
- Lesson 2: Analytical Techniques (No notes. This lecture covers PokerTracker, which I decided not to use. You can watch the lecture on YouTube.)
- Lesson 3: Basic Strategy
- Lesson 4: Pre-Flop Analysis
- Lesson 5: Tournament Play
- Lesson 6: Poker Economics
- Lesson 7: Game Theory
- Lesson 8: Decision Making
I also added all of the lectures to a playlist (looks like they weren’t in one yet). I’d strongly recommend taking a look as Desmond is a great lecturer. You can find them here or start watching below.