progression of computing power is an interesting story
in its own right.
The Baldwin group
collectively spent 12 man-years painstakingly calculating
the basic strategy on electronic calculators, the
major computation aid at the time.
In his studies,
Thorp used a state-of-the-art IBM 704 mainframe computer.
His FORTRAN programs enabled the machine to perform
the equivalent of some 10,000 man-years of work. The
executable time of an approximation was typically
Today, with an increase of several orders of magnitude
in computational power and speed, computer calculations
of the same complexity can be done in seconds
only other downside isn't really a downside so much
as a set of features you can't use as a beginner.
This is a serious poker forum. Beginners will be overwhelmed
by much of the terminology they'll run into at the
site and by many of the concepts the posters take
for granted. Don't get frustrated.
Unitedpokerforum.com has Mike Caro and Roy Cooke,
two great writers, behind it, and that's enough for
me. The forum isn't as organized as Twoplustwo, but
it feels more casual and relaxed and user-friendly.
I suggest you visit both, and "lurk" (read
There are other forums, but these three should be
enough to keep you busy for, at a rough guess, the
next 42.042 years.