World Series of Poker RobotsPublished July 25, 2005 by OCR Editor
The epic battle between man and machine has lead to some of mankind proudest achievements. Recently the search for true artificial intelligence has lead researchers to online poker.
Prior to turning to poker, mankind's search for artificial intelligence has concentrated primarily on the fields of robotics and computers. A computer is the only thing that is capable of simulating the enormous computing power of the human brain. One of the most impressive accomplishments in the field of artificial intelligence was IBM's chess computer Deep Blue. In 1997, Deep Blue managed to beat the world champion in chess Gary Kasparov. This was the first time in history that a computer managed to beat a reigning world champion. Much like chess, online poker is a game that requires an extensive use of strategy.
Researchers are now creating poker robots that are capable of going head to head in a game of online poker. This field has gotten so big that there is actually a poker tournament held in Las Vegas called the World Series of Poker Robots, in which the latest advancements in the world of online poker robots are showcased. This year's event lasted from July 12th to 20th at the Binion's Casino. After three days of competition, a poker robot by the name of PokerProbot emerged victorious and grabbed the $100,000 grand prize curtsey of the event's sponsor Golden Palace.