15.S50 | January IAP 2016 | Graduate

How to Win at Texas Hold'em Poker


Course Meeting Times

Lectures: 2–3 sessions / week for 4 weeks, 1.5 hours / session


Permission of instructor.

Course Overview

  • Poker Concepts: preflop ranges, 3-betting, continuation betting, check-raising, floating, bet sizing, implied odds, polarization, ICM theory, data mining in poker
  • Math Concepts: probability and expectation, variance and the Law of Large Numbers, Nash Equilibrium
  • General Concepts: decisions vs. results, exploitative play vs. balanced play, risk management


Grading for this course is Pass / Fail.

To pass, you must do all of the following:

  • Attend at least 6 out of 8 lectures
  • Complete the 2 homeworks
  • Accumulate 10 points in the online Pokerstars MIT 15.S50 league

Pokerstars league for MIT 15.S50 Daily Tournament Schedule

  • 6:00 PM - Daily 6-handed
  • 7:00 PM - Daily Major
  • 8:00 PM - Daily Turbo
  • 9:00 PM - Daily Deepstack
  • 10:00 PM - Daily Shortstack
  • 11:00 PM - Daily Hyper-turbo

Course Info

As Taught In
January IAP 2016
Learning Resource Types
Lecture Videos
Problem Sets with Solutions
Lecture Notes