Forum Files: Humans Owning Computer at Poker; Warrant For Micon’s Arrest

Dustin Gouker : May 3rd, 2015

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Poker pros are beating up on a poker-playing computer. Seals With Clubs founder Bryan Micon is in some trouble. And low numbers at the WPT’s season-ending event. It’s all in the week’s most interesting threads in the world of poker forums.

Brains vs. AI

Thread: WCGRider, Dong Kim, Jason Les and Bjorn Li to play against a new HU bot
Not a new thread, but this is where people are discussing the competition, called Brains vs. AI. Doug “WCGRider” Polk and Dong “Donger Kim” Kim are two of the four pros playing the heads-up poker bot Claudico. WIth just a few days left in the competition, the people are being the bot by more than half a million “dollars.” If you’re just getting up to speed, check out our viewers’ guide here. Anything can happen playing heads-up, but it seems like the humans have this under control.

Micon’s got problems

Thread: Arrest warrant issued for Bryan Micon
Bryan Micon, the Seals With Clubs bitcoin online poker site founder, had a warrant issued for his arrest. He is charged with operating an unlicensed online poker site in Nevada. If you don’t know the backstory, Seals With Clubs was shut down in February, and Micon left the country after a related raid on his house. Micon has a lot of fans and supporters, but there are also a lot of people who just think it’s obvious he was breaking the law in Nevada. Weigh in here.

WPT issues?

Thread: Attendance down sharply @ WPT CHampionship – Why ?
It’s safe to say the season-ending World Poker Tour World Championship was not a rousing success. There were just 239 entries, a sharp drop off from last year. First prize was still nearly a million. But considering that this tournament used to be one of the most important on the live circuit, it’s a worrying sign for the WPT. There are a lot of theories: no rebuys this year, the payout structure wasn’t great, the second year of being in Atlantic City, the EPT Grand Final starting at nearly the same time. And, of course, just the downward trend of poker since Black Friday. Although live poker hasn’t really been that bad off, of late. The rest of the WPT circuit seems like it’s been fine, but the crown jewel of the season might need some help.

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