Young vs Old"er"
by PokerBurro | Published Jan 21, 2011
In Daniel Negreanu's recent blog he again talks, briefly, about how the new generation young 20 somethings are dominating the poker scene. Being a stats guy, I wonder if he or other players have really stopped to consider the truth behind such statements? It's my gut feeling that it is more a numbers thing - there are simply dozens of players per 1 old guy/gal that you can find playing this game of poker. As such, you would expect young players to dominate, in numbers, representation at final tables.
It would be fun to see age brackets like in road races so that people could see how they stack up against their peers. Of course, there would still be an overall standings but it would be nice to see just what % of old guys is making it to final tables and is that an over or under on the % of entrants in that age bracket. In other words, %-wise are the youngsters really dominating or is just an illusion created by the horde of young players out there?
Of course, I would also wager that the young players on the live circuit are probably among the creme de la creme of online players because otherwise what youngster could afford to be on the live circuit? Probably more older guys out there that can jump into a tournament just because they have money from other sources or savings from earlier in life (so, the field of older peeps should be inherently weaker).
Any of you not familiar with the concept of age brackets should sign up for a local 5K foot race :-)
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