Do you know what makes poker the most popular casino game? Its unique blend of strategic decision making under pressure and possibility to play the players, not the cards, turn this simple game into an elaborate affair, which provides an unmatched adrenalin kick. Easy to learn, hard to master, poker comes in many flavours. Undoubtedly, the most popular variations are Texas Hold'em, Omaha and 7-Card Stud, and they figure at all the best online poker sites, UK and worldwide. Thanks to poker's immense popularity, there are so many online poker sites that it is difficult to pinpoint the absolute best place to play.
Last week a team of poker players in China were resoundingly defeated by "Lengpudashi". Meaning "cold poker master", Lengpudashi is the new, even more improved version of the Libratus AI (Artificial Intelligence) programme that I wrote about back in January. Not surprisingly, this latest AI victory has been big news: people have worried for years that robots equipped with AI will take over human jobs. Now not even poker is safe. Though computer programmes long ago proved their superiority in the classic skill game of chess, until now the bluffing and intuitive elements of poker – its very human elements – had made it hard for a machine to master.
Renowned comedian and actor Kevin Hart splashed the cash and put his poker skills to the test in the PokerStars Championship Super High Roller at the inaugural PokerStars Championship Bahamas. Kevin Hart surprised everyone when he showed up to the PokerStars Championship Bahamas, one of the most prestigious poker events in the world. The world-famous funny man, who will appear in the hotly anticipated remake of "Jumanji" later this year, played with the poker sharks in the Super High Roller, a big money tournament that costs $100,000 to play. Aaron Paul (left) and Kevin Hart reunite at the PokerStars Championship Bahamas after working together on "Central Intelligence." PokerStars Championship Bahamas, which ran through Saturday at the sun-drenched Atlantis Resort in Nassau, is the first event of the all new PokerStars Championship tour.
AI has a long history of defeating human players in games. IBM's "Deep Blue" developed by Carnegie Mellon University beat chess world champion Garry Kasparov in their re-match in 1997. Google AlphaGo AI won the game "Go" by defeating leading Go player Lee Sedol. IBM supercomputer Watson beat two "Jeopardy" champions at their own game in 2011. But, did you know that AI recently conquered the very human game of Poker?