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A few days ago, I noted on this blog that a poker match was taking place between two of the world’s finest human players and Polaris, the most advanced poker-playing computer program yet devised. The results are now in, and I’m delighted to say that—albeit by a slim margin—humanity remains ahead of silicon in matters of bluffing. Out of four sessions, one was a draw, one was a machine win, and two were human wins. Many anthropocentric congratulations to Phil Laak and Ali Eslami.

Perhaps most intriguingly, Polaris will soon become available for anyone to play against on Poker Academy…

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