Hospital uses poker for rehab
Once again the benefits of poker beyond fun and money are being expressed in the wider world, with the news this week that a hospital in Henderson (unsurprisingly in Nevada) is using video poker machines to assist with rehab.
Occupational therapist Sandy McGinnis told ABC News that the game nicely acted as both a motivation for patients to get out of bed, and a distraction while they were standing.
You try to have [patients] stand at a table and lift weights and they won't want to do it, but you distract them with video poker, they can stand for 15 minutes and not even think about it.
The machines, which were played for pretend money not real money, are also said to assist patients with head injuries improve their attention, memory and reasoning.
MPN to remove hand histories
In a bid to make HUDS less useful, the MPN Network now no longer saves hand histories for hands where the player did not contribute money to the pot. They also have removed saved hand histories from anonymous tables entirely.
This means that you will no longer be able to mine data on your opponents when you didn't play a pot against them. However, it also renders certain forms of self analysis difficult using your database, for example the stats on how often you volunteer money in the pot (VPIP).
Speaking of the changes in a blog post, Alex Scott of MPN explained the reasoning:
I also think tracking software has changed the game in a way that makes it less fun. It allows you to gather huge amounts of data on your opponents, without requiring any significant attention or observation on your part. It allows you to exploit the weakest opponents exclusively, if you wish.
How to be a winning player
If there is anyone you want advice on how to be a winning player from, it's probably Doug Polk. In one of his latest videos he shares what he believes to be the five key traits of the super successful professional poker players are:
The rant is back
As he is quick to point out, Daniel Negreanu was making YouTube poker videos before many of the current video stars like Doug Polk. Famously around Black Friday he had his 'weekly rant' series which has has resurrected this week and talks about lots of things, including the upcoming rake free All Stars promotion from PokerStars:
Would poker get you out of a hospital bed? Do you agree with MPN's changes? Are you glad to see the rant back? Do you agree with Doug's winning traits? Let us know in the comments: