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I highly recommend this fiat lux. It's very laid back, and you get to learn about and play poker!
There were weekly readings to do, but they were only necessary for a discussion that occurs for about half of the class time. As long as other students can start the discussion, you can get by if you forget about or just straight up don't do the reading.
Every class had a "hand of the day," where the professor shows a hand that has occurred in a major tournament and then analyzes what happened and what should have been done.
The final project, which was the only part of the grade besides participation, entailed writing a code in R to use in a simulated poker tournament on the last day of lecture. This doesn't require very much work, as he gives examples and permits submissions that are very similar to them. My partner and I actually forgot about the deadline to submit our code until the night after, and he accepted it without a problem.
All in all, this was a very enjoyable class to take my first quarter here at UCLA. Go Bruins!
This class was great – as someone who'd never played poker before, it was a really good learning experience about just how the game itself works, as well as an introduction to basic strategy and probability calculations involving poker. The only work is the end of quarter R program, which takes about 15 minutes of your time. Professor Schoenberg likes participation, but if you're really against that stuff that's ok too, you can just listen.
If you already know poker pretty well, it probably won't be too interesting. However, for beginners like me, it was a blast.