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Measuring Skill in More-Person Games with Applications to Poker


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  • Hendrickx, R.L.P.
  • Borm, P.E.M.
  • Genugten, B.B. van der
  • Hilbers, P.

    (Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research)


In several jurisdictions, commercially exploiting a game of chance (rather than skill) is subject to a licensing regime. It is obvious that roulette is a game of chance and chess a game of skill, but the law does not provide a precise description of where the boundary between the two classes is drawn. We build upon the framework of Borm and Van der Genugten (2001) and Dreef et al. (2004) and propose a modification of the skill concept for more-person games. We apply our new skill measure to a simplified version of poker called Straight Poker and conclude that this game should be classified as a game of skill.

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Paper provided by Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research in its series Discussion Paper with number 2008-106.

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Date of creation: 2008
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:kubcen:2008106

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Keywords: games of chance; games of skill; poker;

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  1. Dreef, M.R.M. & Borm, P.E.M. & Genugten, B.B. van der, 2002. "On Strategy and Relative Skill in Poker," Discussion Paper 2002-59, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
  2. Dreef, M.R.M. & Borm, P.E.M. & Genugten, B.B. van der, 2001. "A New Relative Skill Measure for Games with Chance Elements," Discussion Paper 2001-106, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
  3. Genugten, B.B. van der & Borm, P.E.M. & Dreef, M.R.M. & Das, M., 2004. "De toepassing van de Wet op de Kansspelen op de managementspelen Competitie Manager en Grand Prix Manager," Open Access publications from Tilburg University urn:nbn:nl:ui:12-155359, Tilburg University.
  4. Dreef, M.R.M., 2005. "Skill and Strategy in Games," Open Access publications from Tilburg University urn:nbn:nl:ui:12-170793, Tilburg University.
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