The 47th annual World Series of Poker starts Tuesday at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. Among the 69 events is the tournament's Main Event, which begins July 9. It runs through July 18, when a final table of no-limit Texas Hold'Em players emerges. The final nine competitors will return to play at the Main Event championship Oct. 30 to Nov. 1. Pennsylvania poker pro Joe McKeehen won the gold bracelet last year, and a 7.68 million top prize.
Participants in this year's edition of the poker extravaganza will see two changes: no firm "shot clock" and the return of the tradition of crowning the tournament's main event champion in July. Buy-ins for the 74-event tournament, which runs through July 22 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, range from $333 to $111,111.
"In regular poker, to force betting, each person puts in an ante," Palansky said. "We've changed some tournaments where one person essentially pays everyone's ante at once. So, when you are in a particular spot at the table, you pay everyone's ante and the rest of the time you don't pay any ante at all. If the ante is a chip value of 100, that person may put in 900 for all nine players.
ORG XMIT: 131672750 NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 07: GameStop employee Randi Taber stacks copies of "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3" during a launch event for the highly anticipated video game at a GameStop Corp. store November 7, 2011 in North Las Vegas, Nevada. Video game publisher Activision released the eighth installment in the '"Call of Duty" franchise at midnight on November 8. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) ORIG FILE ID: 131913279 (Photo: Ethan Miller Getty Images) Video game retailer GameStop is making a move into publishing. The company announced Monday a venture called GameTrust, which will publish video games for multiple platforms from independent studios. Studios Insomniac Games (Ratchet & Clank), Ready at Dawn (The Order: 1886) and Frozenbyte (Trine) are among the indie studios creating games that will be published through GameTrust. Mark Stanley, GameStop's vice president of internal development and diversification, says the venture will focus on games "largely ignored by big publishers" in favor of triple-A titles.
A robot developed by engineers in Taiwan can pour coffee and move chess pieces on a board against an opponent - but he's looking for a real job. The robot spent last week playing games against opponents at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It was displaying what developers call an'intelligent vision system' which can see its environment and act with greater precision than its peers. A robot developed by Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute plays chess at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 8, 2017 Rob Lever (AFP) With this enhanced vision, the robot can perform variety of tasks for service and manufacturing, and can also learn on the job with artificial intelligence. Playing chess is just a hobby showcasing the robot's visual acuity - such as the ability to distinguish between different chessmen- and dexterity in gripping and moving objects.