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:

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.

  1. Lesson 1: Introduction to Poker Theory
  2. Lesson 2: Analytical Techniques (No notes. This lecture covers PokerTracker, which I decided not to use. You can watch the lecture on YouTube.)
  3. Lesson 3: Basic Strategy
  4. Lesson 4: Pre-Flop Analysis
  5. Lesson 5: Tournament Play
  6. Lesson 6: Poker Economics
  7. Lesson 7: Game Theory
  8. 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.