Libratus officially ends the Brains vs Artificial Intelligence match with a W. New York retroduces an online poker bill. Read these stories and more in the Monday Hit and Run.
Poker Brains Get Swept by Libratus
The Poker Brains never really had a chance. Monday evening saw the conclusion of the three week long Brains vs. Artificial Intelligence match. A quartet of poker players finished down by over $1.766 million over 120,000 hands against the AI, known as Libratus. While some of the human players battled for early leads, Libratus consistently grew its overall lead through the match.
The outcome was much different than 2015’s match against Claudico which saw three of the human players (Doug Polk, Bjorn Li and Dong Jim) beating the AI. Only Jason Les lost during that match.
This time three ou of the four players in the match against Libratus finished down over six figures. Only Dong Kim being lost by less than $100,000:
Dong King: -$85,649
Daniel Mcaulay: -$277,657
Jimmy Chou: -$552-857
Jason Les: -$880,087
Many are looking at this as a significant moment for poker, similar to when a computer was able to beat a human chess champion back in 1997. While the result symbolically carries a lot of weight, it could arguably be more significant for the tech world as a whole.
A Libratus parody account is having some fun with the results:
Hit them so hard their motherboards probably felt it. #BrainsVsAI
— Libratus (@BotsAintLoyal) January 21, 2017
– A New York State Senator has reintroduced an online poker bill. It’s the same bill that passed the Senate last year by a vote of 53-5 but stalled in the Assembly. The legislation would grant up to 11 online poker licenses and require operators to be physically located in the state to offer games. License fees would cost $10 million for a 10 year lease.
– Bryn Kenney has taken an early lead in the most recent GPI Player of the Year rankings thanks to strong performances at the PokerStars Championship Bahamas. The results came before this weekend’s Aussie Millions, the TCOOP and other weekend events.
– Jennifer Newell from PokerUpdate pens an open letter of appreciation to Cate Hall, one of the top woman poker players in the world. Hall took down the Global Poker Index ladies player of the year award.
– How good was your weekend? Fedor Holz’s was pretty successful after finishing 5th in the Aussie Millions Main Event and 3rd in the Super High Roller, netting Holz just under $700,000 for the weekend.
– Max Ludwig wins the PokerStars TCOOP Main Event for $489,000.