I can still remember back to 1996 when former World Chess Champion Gary Kasparov took on an IBM computer by the name of Deep Blue in a famed match that made news headlines everywhere. Kasparov won the famous chess match 4 games to 2 supposedly proving that no computer could beat a human at the game.
Unfortunately, the Russian agreed to take IBM up on its offer again in playing the machine a second time. The upgraded version of Deep Blue (nicknamed Deeper Blue) got revenge for the previous loss and won two games to Kasparov’s one with three games being draws.
What’s this have to do with poker? Well for the second straight year, the Polaris poker playing machine will be brought out to compete against some of the best poker players in the world. Last year saw Phil “The Unabomber” Laak and Ali Eslami defeat the 1st version of Polaris two games to one with one game being a tie.
Now, however, the machine is upgraded and comes with a new name: Polaris 2 (flashbacks to Kasparov and the chess matches?). And this time the opponents for the computer have changed too as Polaris will be facing off against some of the best online players in the world.
The online players definitely know what they’re up against too as Bryce Paradis, who cashed for over 3 million dollars last year, had this to say, “Against the current AI in Polaris 2 the average poker player would be completely dominated. The Polaris 2 team has made incredible improvements since the match last year.”
Let’s hope that the professional poker players such as Paradis won’t be completely dominated by the machine. Otherwise, they’ll suffer the same humiliation that Kasparov suffered back in 1997 when he became the first World Champion to lose to a machine.