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Unabomber Phil Laak Beats Poker Bot

By Chuckmonster on Tuesday, 19th July 2005 8:28pm
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In the struggle between man and machine, when it comes to poker, man still holds the upper hand. Poker bots (short for robot) have been popping up everywhere, each new program claiming to accurately mimic expert human poker play, for "guaranteed" success in the online poker room. A group of developers and real-life poker pros got together at Binion's Gambling Hall in Las Vegas to test this claim.

The competition began last week with the World Poker Robot Championship, which took place at Binion's, while simulatenously upstairs, the top poker players were vying for the millions of dollars up for grab at the World Series of Poker. Unfortunately, the bots couldn't take part in that one.

Six programmers put their poker bots to the test during three days of limit hold 'em. In the end, a program named PokerProbot, developed by an Indiana car salesman, scooped the championship and its accompanying $100,000 prize, provided by online casino Golden Palace.

After PokerProbot emerged victorious, it faced off against poker pro Phil Laak to test whether the bot's expertise could knock out an expert human player as well. The poker bot, however, fell short of that goal, with Phil Laak beating the machine.



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