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New “Pros vs. Computer” Challenge to Begin Next Week

Not happy to take a draw during the competition in 2015, the brainiacs at Carnegie Mellon University have decided to challenge humanity once again on a battlefield perfect for determining future world domination – the poker table. Starting on January 11, the Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science and four poker professionals – Jason Les, Dong Kim, Daniel McAulay and Jimmy Chou – will once again battle on the virtual felt in the “Brains vs. Artificial Intelligence:  Upping the Ante” competition. Over the next 20 days (starting at 11AM and concluding at 7PM), each human player will play heads-up no limit Texas Hold’em against a new opponent, the brainchild of the programmers at Carnegie Mellon. Named “Libratus” (perhaps a derivative of the name of the Roman goddess Libertas, or “liberty,” or perhaps a name indicating balance (Libra), this computer program has been in development since 2015, when the Carnegie

2016 World Series of Poker Festivities Begin Today

Here we are. Today, May 31st, is the first day of the 47th Annual World Series of Poker. With 69 events spanning a month and a half (not counting the break for the November Nine), the WSOP should prove once again to be one hell of an experience for all involved. There are no official events at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas today – that all starts tomorrow with the $ 565 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em Event. Tuesday is the day players start getting warmed up. The Pavilion Room green section is open for cash games of all sorts of stakes and will be running non-stop around the clock. Single-table satellites also begin today, allowing players to start trying to qualify for some of the WSOP events on the cheap. Also kicking off on Tuesday are the popular Daily Deepstacks tournaments. These are one-day multi-table events,