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扑克 The Battle Continues: Humans vs. Machine Poker

Unlike in the movies, machines have not found a way to take over the poker world just yet.



Humans beat the computer in the first Man vs. Machine Poker Championship which featured Ali Eslami and "The Unabomber" Phil Laak taking on the genious poker playing program called Polaris.



The games were held at the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) conference this week, in Vancouver B.C, Phil "The Unabomber" Laak, a noted poker professional and Ali Eslami, a former gaming consultant, who is now a poker pro, beat the computer in the last two matches.  The first two matches saw the computer win one match while the other played to a draw.



The team that programmed the computer was happy even though the computer lost overall saying, "We are delighted with winning and drawing two of the four matches. For us that was milestone--a huge step forward," said professor Jonathan Schaeffer, "For the last two sessions, the humans hunkered down and poured all their concentration into the match and they deserved to win."



The poker games were supervised by the Poker Academy and included 2000 hands of poker.  The computer program played against the two pros in different heads up matches.  The matches were played simultaneously in separate rooms.  The computer had been programmed with a huge database of possible poker hands and was run on an Apple MacBook Pro.



The team of computer programmers intends to continue to work and improve the Polaris program and incorporate new ideas. "This was a grueling experience for our team," said Schaeffer. "But after the match our team was pumped up, and we are looking forward to competing with an improved version of Polaris next year.”



It is a safe bet that there will be more matches of man vs. machine in the future.  Computer technology continues to improve and many people believe that computers can be programmed to win more times than not against human poker players.  The Polaris program proved that is definitely a possibility in the future.

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