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Editorial: Three Reasons Why We Shouldn’t Be Worried about “Libratus”

A couple of weeks ago in the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, a rather stunning occurrence took place. Over the span of 120,000 hands and roughly 20 days of play, a computer artificial intelligence (AI) called “Libratus,” developed by the Carnegie Mellon College of Computer Science, defeated a squad of tough poker professionals – Dong Kim, Jason Les, Jimmy Chou and Daniel McAulay – in heads up No Limit Texas Hold’em. “Defeated” is a bit too mild a word. “Devastated” would be a better one as, once the final numbers were tallied, “Libratus” was able to score a $ 1,766,250 win over the humans, a crushing defeat so thorough there was no room for any discussion. Fear not, humanity. This isn’t the end of the world as we know it. The truth is that there won’t be a tableful of “Libratus” knockoffs sitting around the online baize at any point soon.

Let’s Talk About PokerStars’ Disappearing Fold Button

There has been a lot of talk lately about a seemingly minor change PokerStars recently made to its poker client: players are no longer given the option to fold their hand when a check is available. I have avoided the topic for no other reason than I just didn’t feel like writing about it, but since so many readers have e-mailed me* asking me to weigh in, I figured I might as well start off the New Year making all of you happy. My initial, gut reaction to the removal of the fold button was that it is a stupid idea. For the most part, I’m sticking to that, but I will try to be a tad more eloquent. Look, it’s just not necessary to get rid of the fold button. Give players every option they would have in a “regular” (read: “live”) poker game. If someone wants to fold

Benny Glaser Becomes Third Player to Take Second Bracelet at 2016 WSOP and What About the Records?

Only halfway through its 68 tournament schedule, the 2016 World Series of Poker has already crowned three double bracelet winners. The latest, the United Kingdom’s Benny Glaser, earned his latest piece of jewelry in the $ 10,000 Omaha Hi/Lo Eights or Better World Championship. It took a little extra work to get the tournament completed as three men – Glaser (3.225 million), Doug Lorgeree (3.095 million) and Matt Glantz (1.85 million) – couldn’t complete action on Tuesday night before the WSOP curfew hit. Thus, they came back on Wednesday to battle it out for the latest bracelet and took little time to settle their personal score. Within ten minutes of the opening bell, the chips were flying around the table and a new leader had taken over the table. Lorgeree was able to capture several of those hands and moved out to four million chips, a two million chip edge

NJ Gaming Director Issues Notice About License Applicants Operating in Grey Markets

On Wednesday, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) Director David Rebuck issued a “Director’s Advisory Bulletin” in order to address how his department will handle online poker operators who offer their games in “grey markets.” These grey markets are jurisdictions in which online gaming is not explicitly forbidden, but also in which there is some question as to the games’ absolute legality. This is an issue in New Jersey because when starting up their internet gaming operations, many Atlantic City casinos did not want to build software platforms from scratch. Instead, they opted to partner with companies that already had established platforms that were being used for online gambling around the world. Caesars, for instance, partnered with 888 Holdings and uses the same software for WSOP.com that is used on the international 888poker.com site. Similarly, the Borgata partnered with bwin.party to use the partypoker software. Some potential software providers,

Where to Turn for Political Advice? How About Phil Hellmuth and Jamie Gold?

In this day of 1000 channel cable conglomerates (OK, probably more along the lines of 300-500 after duplication, but you get my drift) and internet sites, you can pretty much get anything you want on television and the internet nowadays. When it comes to news and information, there are literally almost 100 stations that broadcast the latest information from around the world. So where – and in particularly, who – do you go for information about the 2016 United States Presidential campaigns? Would you believe poker’s Phil Hellmuth and Jamie Gold? As unlikely as it seems, the two former World Champions have recently been tapped by online news sites and/or television networks to offer their insights on the current campaign for the leader of the Free World. And perhaps just as strangely, the two World Champions both offer their ideas pretty concisely with their professions, offering accurate insight without exactly