I had the pleasure of returning to my Alma mater, Watchung Hills Regional High School on May 11, 2016. I delivered presentations to the AP and Multivariable Calculus classes of Mr. Salvatore Fazzino.
The title of the presentation that I gave to each class was ELEMENTARY GAME THEORY PRIMARILY USED IN FIXED-LIMIT TEXAS HOLD’EM.
The core of the discourse was focused on numerical and non-numerical, real-life strategies that the best poker players use in order to optimize and randomize their play. I also sprinkled some of these concepts as they relate to the now-popular game of No-Limit Texas Hold’em.
My presentation, given the topic and the fact that it was presented in front of a group of high-level students was dedicated to the late Dr. William Peiffer, who served as a mathematics teacher and supervisor at WHRHS from 1967-2004. Even though I never had Dr. Peiffer as an instructor, he was an integral part of providing me with the confidence and reassurance I needed to pursue a career in various aspects of casino gaming. Like all top-notch educators, he had a better understanding of my capabilities and expertise than I did during my visit to the campus twenty years ago shortly after I received my mathematics degree.
In addition to Mr. Fazzino, I would also like to thank the Mathematics and Business Supervisor Mr. Daniel Twisler, and the principal of WHRHS Mr. George Alexis – who is also a former classmate.
Having the opportunity to give ANY talk about mathematics and/or gaming is one of extreme importance, because it provides me a platform to remove the ignorance and misinformation which plague the understanding of games of chance which exists on a societal level. Clearing up these misconceptions is an important educational tool we owe our students in order for them to make wiser choices with vetted information once they are of legal age to partake in these activities.
It is imperative for our educators have greater latitude in securing speakers that possess skill and expertise in a wide variety of out-of-the-box topics so others can share their real-life experiences as well. That is why I have always offered my time gratis for presentations at nearby public schools as my schedule allows, and I will continue to do as long as I am capable.
Very truly yours,
Gregory S. Heim
WHRHS Class of 1984