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OFFICIAL: “Poker is indeed a mind-sport”

30 April 2010 , By: Charlie River
We've reported on this before, both in the news section and in a blog. But at the time it was more of a desperate hope than an actual fact. *Now it's a fact. * The International Mind Sport Association has officially recognized poker as a mind sport alongside other mind sports such as chess and bridge.

Poker Bot Crackdown in Macau

15 April 2010 , By: foldsworth
Law enforcement officials are finally starting to up their efforts on combating the growing poker bot problem. Yesterday they arrested a poker bot that appeared to be of Japanese make in downtown Macau. It will be summarily executed, Chinese-style, which is a good thing in my opinion. It sends a clear message that we cannot allow these wicked automatons to take over our live poker tournaments and our bankrolls.

The Origins of Poker: Myths and Facts (Part I)

3 13 April 2010 , By: foldsworth
Today most scholars I know agree that the game of Poker (as we know it today) was a gift from Squanto to the pilgrims of the Mayflower, but who gave poker to Squanto? You may be surprised to learn that the answer involves Möngke Kahn, Nostradamus and yes, Ma Gu, the Taoist Goddess of Hemp. In this multi-part, exceedingly long essay I intend to dispel some of the common myths regarding the much-disputed origins of poker and focus on hard facts. It will take you on a long and tedious (but no doubt important) journey through a timeline spanning thousands of years of poker history minutiae. But let’s start from the very beginning.

Garry Kasparov is Mistaken about Poker

2 18 March 2010 , By: Charlie River
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In an article on chess and computers for the New York Review of Books, chess super ultra grandmaster Garry Kasparov briefly mentions poker, and shows that he hasn'€™t understood it. The article is a well written and insightful treatment of man’s old dream of building machines that can think like humans. After machine defeated man in chess (something that Kasparov can relate extremely accurately, being the man who was defeated), the efforts of artificial intelligence researchers and computer programmers have turned to other games. Poker being one of the main points of interest for this endeavor at the moment, in the end of the article Kasparov is naturally led to touch upon the subject of poker and poker playing computers.

Poker Legislation under the Table – Again?

10 March 2010 , By: Charlie River
Stricter online poker legislation (UIGEA) was smuggled in under the radar, embedded in an unrelated terrorist legislation (Safe Port act). Now online poker could very well be smuggled out of its prison cell and regulated, again under the radar embedded in a tax legislation (Bipartisan Tax Fairness and Simplification Act)! There’s a kind of logic in this. A certain consistency. Poker is something that you consistently avoid mentioning.
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