July 19th, 2011 4:04 am by Vincent Flanders
Vincent Flanders’ comments: I wanted to be a professional poker player long before it became respectable. Back in the early 1960’s you were looked upon as a criminal, which you were since gambling was illegal. Unfortunately—or fortunately—I didn’t have the necessary talent, math skills, and people-reading ability. Oh. I couldn’t keep a poker face, either. Heck, I don’t know the difference between the Big Blind and my Big Fat Ass.
Well, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) seems to have something in common with VF. It’s not good at math. I went to look up the background on Jody Howe. He had recently been eliminated from the tournament and I wanted to see how much he had earned. The page said he had earned a total of $13,349 in his career, but it listed his WSOP winnings as $160,036. In fact, it listed this number twice. In case the WSOP fixes their mistakes, here’s a screenshot of the erroneous page.
If you’re going to use numbers, make sure your back-end software works correctly.