Harrington's watch

    • jbpatzer
      Joined: 22.11.2009 Posts: 6,950
      If you read Dan Harrington's books, he's always going on about using the second hand of his watch to randomize his play. E.g., if you want to check 50% of the time and bet 50% of the time in a given situation, just 'glance' at the second hand of your watch, and if it's between 12 and 6, check, otherwise bet.

      Does anyone actually do this? In principle, it seems like a reasonable idea, and is possibly the only way of really playing a true mixed strategy (in game theory jargon), but I don't see lots of live players 'glancing' continually at their watches. Does Harrington even do it? Do any of us do it?
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    • Wriggers
      Joined: 21.07.2009 Posts: 3,250
      I'd like to do it when i'm playing live, but I don't have a watch :p But I think it's a great idea to use it to randomise your play. I don't have a clue how many people actually do it, but I believe you only use this strategy when you're opening the pot preflop, or it's checked to you postflop, when you're facing a bet I think he doesn't mean for you to use it, so maybe this isn't why you see people all over the casinos checking their watches?