Bill Chen, PhD | Professional Poker Player & Head of Statistical Arbitrage
Susquehanna International Group

Bill Chen, PhD, Professional Poker Player & Head of Statistical Arbitrage, Susquehanna International Group

Bill Chen received his PhD in Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1999. He worked in the field of LIDAR scanning before joining SIG in 2002. As a Quantitative Research Analyst, Bill has worked on various desks at SIG, most recently focused on the algorithmic trading of equities. Bill is involved in the Trader Education Program where he mentors developing traders in the areas of Game Theory and Quantitative Research. In 2006, Bill won two bracelets at the World Series of Poker. Bill and Jerrod Ankenman describe their quantitative approach toward poker in their book The Mathematics of Poker.


Day 1 @ 17:20

The Mathematics of Poker – quantitative methodology for the Hold’em table and trading desk

  • What lessons can be applied from poker to quantitative trading, and vice versa?
  • Online vs. live poker and pit trading vs. screen trading 
  • Exploitative play vs. optimal play 
  • Poker finance – portfolio theory, risk of ruin and the Kelly Criterion
  • Psychological components of trading and poker
  • Will quantitative skills and knowledge ultimately become a necessity for poker players?

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