Princeton Poker

The Main Event of the 49th Annual World Series of Poker concluded in Las Vegas, with the nine remaining players from a field of 7,874 vying for a championship bracelet and a first-place prize of 8.8 million dollars. 2,500 miles away, a somewhat smaller and less lucrative poker tournament series took place in the Friend Center Convocation Room at Princeton during the 2017-2018 school year – the Princeton Series of Poker.


Like the World Series of Poker, the PSOP attracts a mix of serious and recreational players to compete in the great game of No Limit Texas Hold’Em. Over the course of the year, the PSOP hosts seven or eight tournaments, which each attract somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 – 75 Princeton students looking to win prizes and earn points to climb the official PSOP leaderboard.

In many ways, the PSOP epitomizes the ways in which Princeton benefits its students. For one, the generosity of the University allows it to subsidize tournaments, providing dinner and giving students the opportunity to win prizes without having to pay an entry fee. (In a somewhat amusing twist, poker has been classified as a wholesome enough activity to receive money from the Alcohol Initiative Committee, which funds “late night social alternatives.”) Also, the tournaments receive attention from companies, particularly quantitative trading firms, interested in recruiting Princeton students. A number of such companies have sponsored tournaments and dispatched employees to deal tables and interact with students. One company even sent Jerrod Ankenman, the author of the well-known book The Mathematics of Poker, as a representative.

The most enjoyable aspect of the tournaments, however, is the ability to play with other Princeton students. The atmosphere is always friendly and energetic, as poker enthusiasts and newbies alike casually chat about hands, relishing the opportunity to apply their capable analytic abilities to an activity other than problem sets or papers. To me, these tournaments serve as good evidence for prospective students unconvinced that Princeton students do anything besides study – they show that a consistent group of students are willing to put their work aside to eat pizza and play a game, at least for a few hours.

Princeton Culture

University home is ensured to all undergraduates for all four decades. Freshmen and sophomores have to reside in residential schools , while juniors and seniors normally reside in designated upperclassman dormitories. The real dormitories are similar, but just residential schools have dining halls. However, any undergraduate might buy a meal plan and eat at a residential school dining hall. Lately, upperclassmen are given the choice of staying in their school for all four decades. Juniors and seniors also have the choice of living off-campus, but higher rent from the Princeton area motivates nearly all pupils to reside in college housing. Undergraduate social life revolves round the residential schools and a variety of coeducational eating nightclubs , which pupils might decide to combine in the spring of the sophomore year. Eating clubs, which aren’t formally connected with the college, serve as dining halls and suburban spaces to their associates and host social events during the academic year.

Princeton’s six residential schools host an assortment of social occasions and activities, guest speakers, and excursions. The eating clubs, situated on Prospect Avenue, are co-ed associations for upperclassmen. Many upperclassmen consume their meals in one of those eleven eating clubs. Moreover, the clubs function as weekend and evening social venues for guests and members.

Princeton hosts two Model United Nations conventions, PMUNC at the fall for high school pupils and PDI at the spring for school students. Additionally, it hosts the Princeton Invitational Speech and Debate tournament every year in the end of November. Princeton also conducts Princeton Model Congress, an event that’s held once per year at mid-November. The four-day convention has high school students from all over the nation as participants.

Even though the college’s admissions policy is demand blind, Princeton, dependent on the percentage of pupils who receive Pell Grants, was rated as a college with small economic diversity among national universities rated by U.S. News & World Report.


FitzRandolph Gates, that by convention undergraduates don’t depart until alliance

The P-Rade from the 1970s, revealing marchers in the course of 1913 such as Donald B.

The free concerts occur in a few of the larger arches on campus. Most are stored in Blair Arch or even Class of 1879 Arch.

Bonfire — Ceremonial bonfire that Occurs in Cannon Green supporting Nassau Hall.

Bicker — Selection procedure for new members who is used by selective eating clubs. Prospective associates, or bickerees, have to execute a number of tasks at the request of present members.

Cane Spree — An athletic contest between freshmen and sophomores that’s held in the autumn. The event centers around cane wrestling, even in which a freshman and a sophomore will grapple for management of a cane. This commemorates a time at the 1870s when sophomores, mad with all the freshmen that strutted about with fancy canes, stole each the canes in the freshmen, hitting them with their very own canes from the procedure.

The Clapper or Clapper Theft — The action of climbing towards the very top of Nassau Hall to sneak the bell clapper, which rings to indicate the beginning of courses on the first day of this school year. For security reasons, the clapper has been eliminated permanently.

Communiversity — An yearly street fair with performances, arts and crafts, and other actions that tries to cultivate interaction between the college community and the inhabitants of Princeton.

Dean’s Date — The Tuesday in the conclusion of every session when all of written work is expected. This afternoon indicates the end of reading period and the start of final exams. Traditionally, undergraduates collect outside McCosh Hall prior to the 5:00 PM deadline to cheer on fellow pupils who’ve left their job into the very last moment.

According to convention, anyone who exits campus throughout the FitzRandolph Gates ahead of their own graduation date won’t graduate.

Alumnae of the University (or”Tiger Lilies”) like the courting of man classmates, amid tune and much beverage (see Newman’s Day).

Holder Howl — The midnight before Dean’s Date, pupils from Holder Hall and everywhere collect from the Holder courtyard and also get involved in a minute-long, communal primal scream to vent frustration out of analyzing with impromptu, late night sound making.

Houseparties — Formal parties which are held concurrently by all the eating clubs at the close of the spring semester.

Ivy stones – Class memorial stones put on the outside walls of instructional buildings across the campus.

Lawnparties — Parties that contain live bands which are held concurrently by all the eating clubs at the beginning of courses and in the finish of the academic year.

Princeton Locomotive — Chant traditionally employed by Princetonians to admit a specific season or course. HIP!! Rah! Rah! Rah! TIGER! TIGER! TIGER! SIS! SIS! SIS! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! Bahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh PRINCETON! PRINCETON! PRINCETON!” After it are 3 chants of this course that’s being acknowledged. It’s often heard at Opening Exercises at the autumn as alumni and current students welcome the freshman course, in addition to the P-rade at the spring in Princeton Reunions.

Coincidence? Newman had spoken against the convention, however.

Nude Olympics — Annual naked and partially nude frolic in Holder Courtyard which occurs through the first snow of this winter. For security reasons, the government banned the Olympics from 2000 into the chagrin of pupils.

Prospect 11 — The act of drinking a beer in all 11 eating nightclubs in one night.

They procedure through campus by type year throughout Reunions.