Physics Assistant Professor To Poke Holes In Perceptions Of Poker


Warren Christensen, assistant professor of physics at North Dakota State University, will present “Luck Isn’t a Lady, It’s the Statistics of Small Samples: The Science and Mathematics of the Game of Poker,” on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. in Stokers Basement, Hotel Donaldson.

Christensen has been passionate about playing poker for more than 20 years. He will provide a look at modern-day poker, and how players use mathematics, as well as insights from science, to outplay their opponents. Christensen also will discuss why many people misunderstand the game and how it has led to heavy state and federal restrictions on how it can be played.

“Most people associate poker with luck and gambling,” he said. “These portrayals misrepresent how poker is actually played by professionals, and leads to the perception that it is ‘just gambling’ like blackjack or roulette.”

The presentation is part of the College of Science and Mathematics’ Science Café series. Each month, a scientist presents on a different topic and time is allowed for discussion with the scientist and other attendees. Attendees must be 21 or older or accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, contact Keri Drinka at 231-6131 or

NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.