Variance be damned

Posted to Statistics  |  Tags: ,  |  Nathan Yau

Daniel Colman won $15.3 million in the The Big One for One Drop poker tournament, but he seems annoyed about it. What he had to say after the win:

First off, I don’t owe poker a single thing. I’ve been fortunate enough to benefit financially from this game, but I have played it long enough to see the ugly side of this world. It is not a game where the pros are always happy and living a fulfilling life. To have a job where you are at the mercy of variance can be insanely stressful and can lead to a lot of unhealthy habits.

Clearly we’re missing some details here — stuff that would make a person disgusted with winning — but how about that response. Stability and normality for the win. Or, well, in this case, variance for the win. Nevermind, forget it. [via Deadspin]

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