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Cryptography And Poker

by Ed Miller |  Published: Oct 25, 2017


Every poker player should learn a bit about cryptography. Because, in a way, playing poker is actually a form of cryptography. Let me explain. Cryptography is the science of encoding information. Typically encryption is used to encode communications between two parties so that a third party is unable to understand it. For millennia, people have been trying to encrypt their communications—and the field of cryptography has become increasingly important over the years. All of the innovation in cryptography is designed to address one problem. There is an inherent tradeoff between ease-of-use of a cryptographic method and its security. Interestingly, if you are interested only in security—making sure that no one can possibly break your code—and not at all in ease-of-use, then the solution to perfect encryption is trivially simple. You can use a method called a one time pad. Let’s say we have a message written in English that is ...

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