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  • Could Professional Poker Players Be On The Verge Of Losing Their Livelihoods To Automation?

    03/19/2017 5:48:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 11 replies
    Vice Sports ^ | March 17, 2017 | Callum Hamilton
    The year 2010 seems a long time ago now, but it was then that Claude Sammut, a computer science and engineering professor in Australia, made the bold claim that 2050 would be the year that robot footballers would supercede the abilities of mere humans. It's safe to say that, since then, the fears over job automation that keep supermarket checkout workers lying awake at night have not done the same for Lionel Messi. Or, for that matter, Steve Sidwell. Aside from the slightly wacky nature of the claim, there's another problem – who would pay to watch robot footballers? It...
  • The Suckers at the Table

    01/25/2017 4:48:20 PM PST · by The_Harlequin · 7 replies
    Thought Crimes | 01/21/17 | Chris Shugart
    “If you can’t spot the sucker within the first half hour at the table, then you are the sucker.” --Amarillo SlimPoker enthusiasts are likely familiar with the above quote from Poker Hall of Fame professional gambler Amarillo Slim. Whether you’re a novice poker player or an experienced card sharp, Amarillo’s words of caution are worth heeding. And I find the adage just as relevant in other contexts not related to playing cards. As someone who comes from a long family line of card and dice players, it’s easy for me to draw a few analogies. And because I see...
  • Poker pro Phil Ivey, friend must repay Borgata $10.1M in cards case

    12/19/2016 6:53:31 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 19, 2016 | Wayne Parry
    ATLANTIC CITY — Poker pro Phil Ivey and a companion must return more than $10 million they won from an Atlantic City casino while playing cards that were arranged in a certain way to give the players an edge. A federal judge had previously ruled Ivey and companion player Cheng Yin Sun didn’t meet their obligation to follow gambling regulations on four occasions in 2012 by having a dealer at the Borgata arrange baccarat cards so they could tell what kind of card was coming next.
  • Can a computer beat one of the world's best poker players?

    05/10/2015 6:15:05 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 9, 2015, 1:46 PM | CBS News
    Strategy games such as chess have long been considered important ways to measure artificial intelligence. But A.I. researchers at Carnegie Mellon University chose a different, and in some ways, more challenging game: poker. Susan Koeppen of CBS Pittsburgh station KDKA reports on what happens when the chips are down. Doug Polk, 26, is considered the best heads up, or one on one, no limit Texas hold 'em player in the world. He's defeated countless opponents and won millions of dollars. Polk bet his reputation that he could beat Claudico, Carnegie Mellon's artificial intelligence super computer.
  • CMU computer beaten by humans [Texas Hold 'Em]

    05/09/2015 7:20:00 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    Humans won in the competition because of Douglas Polk and Bjorn Li, who are the world's top players. Polk said that they managed to win and beat the computers and it's a victory of humans. Polk said, "We really managed to find some weaknesses in some of the ways it liked to play its hands, and we exploited some of those to build our lead". The lion's share of the $100,000 prize money was won by individual winner Bjorn Li of Hong Kong.
  • Game Theorists Crack Poker

    01/11/2015 1:25:30 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    That means that this particular variant of poker, called heads-up limit hold’em (HULHE), can be considered solved. ... A few other popular games have been solved before. In particular, in 2007 a team from the same computer-science department at Alberta — including Neil Burch, a co-author of the latest study — cracked draughts, also known as checkers. But poker is harder to solve than draughts. Chess and draughts are examples of perfect-information games, in which players have complete knowledge of all past events and of the present situation in a game. In poker, in contrast, there are some things a...
  • Jose Canseco tweets about losing finger at poker

    11/15/2014 1:05:06 PM PST · by jazusamo · 56 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 15, 2015
    Misfortune continues to deal hard-luck former slugger Jose Canseco a bad hand. Canseco said on Twitter Friday night that he was playing cards at poker tournament in Las Vegas Friday when his badly injured middle finger on his left hand fell off. The confessed steroid cheat accidentally shot himself in the hand last month while cleaning his gun at home. Doctors attempted to save it, apparently without success.
  • Martin Jacobson Wins the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event for $10,000,000!

    11/12/2014 1:34:22 AM PST · by Wingy · 2 replies
    Poker News ^ | 11/12/2014 | Donnie Peters
    He's never won a major live poker tournament. He's second to last in chips to start the final table. He's too quiet to become the leading poker ambassador. No player from Sweden has ever won this tournament. Those were all rumblings heard throughout the poker world about Martin Jacobson in the months leading up to the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event final table. When it was all said and done, though, the man from Sweden proved to be the last player standing, topping poker's greatest event to win his first WSOP gold bracelet and the massive $10 million...
  • JW Probes How DOJ Quietly Reversed Online Gambling Law

    11/11/2014 9:01:30 AM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | November 11, 2014
    Judicial Watch is investigating yet another Obama Justice Department scandal this time involving the reversal of a law passed by Congress decades ago banning all forms of online gambling, a move that allowed companies—and big Democratic Party donors—with connections to Attorney General Eric Holder to amass huge profits. It involves the Wire Act, enacted by Congress in 1961 as an antiracketeering measure to prohibit the use of wire communications for the interstate transfer of bets or wagers. When the internet came around years later the law was naturally applied to online gambling and U.S. courts, as well as the Department...
  • Fantasy football: Legal questions arise as gambling games grow

    08/27/2014 2:20:20 PM PDT · by Theoria · 2 replies
    AP ^ | 27 Aug 2014 | EDDIE PELLS
    Some of the newest incarnations of fantasy football look a lot more like gambling than intricate, outsmart-your-opponent strategy games. Since 2011, the billion-dollar fantasy market has been infused with dozens of daily and weekly games. Those games allow players to win huge prizes quickly, sometimes in one week, sometimes in just one night. With players betting thousands or even tens of thousands a night, legal experts believe it's time to review the section of the 2006 federal law that was written specifically to protect fantasy sports from being banned the way online poker was. "There's importance in clarifying the law,"...
  • Borgata Casino Lawsuit Alleges Gambler [Phil Ivey!] Cheated, Won $9.6M

    04/11/2014 7:12:11 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 23 replies
    NBC News ^ | 11 April 2014
    The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa [Atlantic City] filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against Phillip Ivey Jr., considered one of the best poker players in the world.
  • Who wants to ban Internet gaming? (GOP Nannies strike again)

    03/20/2014 7:42:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | March 19, 2014 | Matt K. Lewis
    The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that “Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz is preparing to introduce a bill that would restore the pre-2011 federal ban on Internet gaming, a spokeswoman confirmed on Wednesday. It would join a similar bill to be sponsored in the Senate by GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.” “The goals of the Graham-Chaffetz legislation,” the Review-Journal continues, “are consistent with the highly publicized campaign by billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson to outlaw Internet gambling on moral grounds.”
  • If there was a liberal version of poker this would be the royal flush

    03/11/2014 1:28:39 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 14 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 3-11-14 | The Looking Spoon
  • Nevada and Delaware sign iPoker compact

    02/25/2014 11:32:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 8 replies
    ESPN ^ | February 25, 2014 | Andrew Feldman
    Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada and Gov. Jack Markell of Delaware signed an agreement Tuesday that would allow poker players from both states to participate in a combined player pool -- potentially the first step in recreating a true American online poker market. The legislation allows the two states, which currently offer limited potential player pools, the ability to create a larger marketplace and add to the player liquidity that online poker sites rely on for continued success.
  • Statistical Improbability Of 1 in 2.7 billion

    12/16/2013 6:30:47 PM PST · by navysealdad · 42 replies
    World Series of Poker tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada, player Justin Phillips challenges an all-in from Motoyuki Mabuchi in the Main Event. What happens next is a statistical improbability of 1 in 2.7 billion.
  • New Jersey Opens Up for Online Gambling

    11/26/2013 6:58:01 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    NY Times ^ | 11/26/13 | KATE ZERNIKE
    New Jersey began allowing Internet gambling on Tuesday in a much-watched bet that there are untapped sources of revenue on bedside iPads and cubicle desktops, and even among people checking their phones while they wait in line for coffee. Gambling analysts say it is the most significant development since casinos opened in Atlantic City over three decades ago, ultimately setting off what became a furious competition among states for a share of the take.
  • 96-year-old shows up an overconfident poker player (video only)

    09/19/2013 10:28:57 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 8 replies ^ | 9-17-2013 | ESPN
    That's called a 'slowroll' for all you whippersnappers out there.
  • Leave John McCain Alone! "Poker keeps me sane"

    09/05/2013 12:36:25 PM PDT · by lee martell · 56 replies
    Sept. 5 2013 | Lee Martell
    John McCain has been criticized for being caught playing a solitaire poker game in his cell phone, while attending a meeting on the possible war coming in Syria. We all know John is a bona fide RINO of the first order. His daughter Meagan is the same way. Pretty Meagan expresses her pretense at ambiguity like Daddy does, by selling out to the other side. The McCains remain media darlings of the left, because they can usually be depended on to bash and trash members of their own party. I keep waiting for a Jump the Shark Moment when other...
  • All In, Not All There: McCain Plays Poker in Syria Hearing, Jokes When Caught

    09/03/2013 7:31:16 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 34 replies ^ | 9-3-2013 | Ben Shapiro
    On Tuesday, after being caught playing online poker on his iPhone during a Senate Syria hearing, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) fired back via Twitter: "Scandal! Caught playing iPhone game at 3+ hour Senate hearing - worst of all I lost!"
  • McCain playing poker on his iPhone (While at Syria Hearing)

    09/03/2013 3:29:10 PM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/03/13 | staff
    As the hearing continues, our ace photographer Melina Mara reports she spotted Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) “passing the time by playing poker on his iPhone during the hearing.” We eagerly await the photographic proof, but generally trust Melina’s sharp eye.