Tuesday, April 07, 2009

The 1,326 starting hands of Texas Hold'em mapped to the surface of a sphere and sent tumbling through the fractal wreckage. Built using Paint.NET and GIMP. (I've been trying to wean myself off Photoshop for years. Great product, but we don't use software that costs money around here.)

Enjoy, and stay tuned for some related source code.

Tags: 3D graphics, poker

21 comment(s)

Awesome pic. Downloaded and set as desktop wallpaper.

Do you have any more of these?


Feels like my last session on PokerScars.

To quote Michale Scott:

"Two words: AWESOME!"

I'd love to know how you used Paint.NET to put this together. I've always used it as a glorified replacement for MS Paint.

Cool. Like the Death Star meets Battlestar Galactica meets poker.

Jerry B: He would have had to have done most of the work in GIMP. It would be really hard to do something like this entirely in Paint.NET.

I love the composition here... sexy. :D

Sweet picture. Never used GIMP. Will have to try it, but I'm just getting the hang of photoshop. Still couldn't do something quite like this though :s

you are officially a dork

btw, strange you keep doing the poker series when you know pokerstars security is all over this place. anyway, I'm a sw engineer and a poker player so more power to ya.

Pretty sure the last sentence of this was a joke... this author is a grammar Nazi (review the dash abuser piece) and I doubt he'd write that way unless he was mocking someone. Tsk tsk.

I'd love to see a step-by-step post illustrating how you put this together.

James - this is the guy who called you a dork... What I mean about Stars security is not that you'll be living Wargames, but that anything you write here will be read by Stars and they'll start trying to counter it. So I'm not sure why you'd continue putting in the effort - unless these are techniques you don't use in your "real" bot.

I put the dashes in there for you. :-)

I came across your site from a post on 2+2 that got about 6k views in 2 days.


If you are the artist behind those pics, I'd really really like to see how you put them together. Or request a custom version -- this is great fodder for desktop wallpaper.

Anyway, love the blog, keep it coming.

could have chosen some prettier julia sets :)

Way cool! I recently created a Resolver One Spreadsheet that stores the 1326 starting hands as 52 digit bitmasks and then grouped into 169 IronPython objects and stored in cells representing the starting hand type. Not nearly as pretty, but very fun to play with for analyzing hands with Keith Rule's Pokersource Evaluator port. Check it out: [url]http://www.theg2.net/rsltexasholdem/[/url]

Thanks. Yeah, I don't use spreadsheets much either, but Resolver One is running a [url=http://www.resolversystems.com/competition/]competition[/url] until the end of May to give away $2,000 a month for the best spreadsheet. That was enough to get me interested, and I used the free Open Source licence to submit the spreadsheet for analyzing poker hands (P.S.... it won! :-). I wrote a short [url=http://blog.theg2.net/2009/05/resolver-one-review-4-months-with-net.html]review of using Resolver One[/url], and I highly recommend it for any sort of number crunching or complex analysis.

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