# Maths HL IA-Poker

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I am starting the IB in september and will be doing the Maths HL course. I have seen how one individual doing the Maths HL course struggled to find a topic. I would like to use the summer break to begin researching as I do not want to have to do most of the research later on as I know i will have other work to complete.

I would like to do my Maths IA related to Poker or casino games such as the Roulette as it has always been something which I have been fascinated about.  But something which allows me to use the required amount of HL Mathematics skills and knowledge.

Any Suggestions?

I would also like to ask, how is the Maths IA structured what must it contain?

Best Regards, and Thank you in advance

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I think that investigating Game Theory would definitely cover you in the criterion for Sophistication in Mathematics -->

Investigating something like how probability/game theory is used to explore the best strategies for bluffing in poker might be a good place to start:

Be warned though, game theory can get notoriously difficult and you will need to explore it in some depth for a strong IA.

This link may be useful and also has lots of other ideas for you to look at and get started: http://ibmathsresources.com/2014/02/08/the-mathematics-of-bluffing/

The IA is structured in a simple way:

Introduction (include a rationale - why did you choose the topic + math you will explore)

Your Exploration (include a lot of maths obviously but also include consistent reflection (evaluate your methods, implications for what you explore in the real world, why this is relevant, and how you would things differently.) Needs a lot of clear personal engagement (prove to the teacher the topic you choose is something that you like and are passionate about.

Conclusion (make sure you meet all the criteria with a killer conclusion that shows even more personal engagement + why is your IA of importance and what have you proved/shown. )

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I think that investigating Game Theory would definitely cover you in the criterion for Sophistication in Mathematics -->

Investigating something like how probability/game theory is used to explore the best strategies for bluffing in poker might be a good place to start:

Be warned though, game theory can get notoriously difficult and you will need to explore it in some depth for a strong IA.

This link may be useful and also has lots of other ideas for you to look at and get started: http://ibmathsresources.com/2014/02/08/the-mathematics-of-bluffing/

The IA is structured in a simple way:

Introduction (include a rationale - why did you choose the topic + math you will explore)

Your Exploration (include a lot of maths obviously but also include consistent reflection (evaluate your methods, implications for what you explore in the real world, why this is relevant, and how you would things differently.) Needs a lot of clear personal engagement (prove to the teacher the topic you choose is something that you like and are passionate about.

Conclusion (make sure you meet all the criteria with a killer conclusion that shows even more personal engagement + why is your IA of importance and what have you proved/shown. )

Thank you very much for your reply. What exactly do you mean with Game Theory? To have a solid and strong IA would it be better to focus on one Particular game, or Game thory in general?

Also, In Maths HL what is meant by Portfolio? I have seen threads about this in the forum but i have never been told what it is.

Best Regards

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Portfolios were the old Math HL IA's. They are no longer part of the syllabus.

For a solid IA, choose an application of Game Theory - that would be my suggestion.

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When I read the name of the topic, I thought that it was about mathematical calculations when playing poker) What do you think is the probability of calculating the possible winnings when playing poker?

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I think that playing poker you can rely only on your luck, and not on mathematical calculations. After all, they often say - "He wins because he is lucky", but they do not say - "He wins because he knows the math well." But in my experience of playing  in there was a case when I calculated a combination of numbers, but this is more of a coincidence, and it was only once.

Edited by LeslyDolson

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