June 13, 2005

Poker Bot Tournament

Posted at June 13, 2005 9:55 AM

From latimes.com:


POKER-FACED

Gabriel is one of an increasing number of computer professionals who design poker robots, or "bots," that pose as human gamblers but can play endlessly without tiring or losing concentration for real money.

Though not yet good enough to beat skilled humans consistently, these programs are seen as a threat by online casinos all based outside the U.S. and out of the reach of American laws and the gamblers who spend billions of dollars chasing big pots.

"There are already lots of robots playing online, and that's definitely unethical. They should identify themselves," said Paul Magriel, a veteran professional poker player.

The march of the machines will be celebrated in Las Vegas next month with the world's first money tournament for robots and the $100,000 prize is drawing a handful of coders out of anonymity.


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