21 November 2003
"Using new abstraction techniques, we have produced viable "pseudo-optimal" strategies for the game of 2-player Texas Hold'em. The resulting poker-playing programs have demonstrated a tremendous improvement in performance. Whereas the previous best poker programs were easily beaten by any competent human player, the new programs are capable of defeating very strong players and can hold their own against world-class opposition."
Billings et al, Approximating Game-Theoretic Optimal Strategies for Full-scale Poker (PDF)
Other than that, the rooms have a reasonable amount of players. I got the feeling the level was rather average, nothing impressive. Because of the 3D environment, it takes a little bit of time to get used to (or is it just a polite way to say it is confusing!?). I doubt I will open an account, but as a play money environment, I'd recommend it just for the experience.
You will also find the full draft bill, and official press releases from the DCMS here
20 November 2003
And let me add, it is not an original thought: Have a look at the latest cover from cardplayer:
And how about those Victor Chandler white labels, FHM Poker and Red Hot TV poker?
Oh and look at the "partnerships and associations" at True Poker: Maxim Online and Askmen.com!
See any common thread?
19 November 2003
Shana Hiatt to be the partypoker spokesperson
Do I need to add anything more?
Should have stayed at home and play online.
Cowboy wins Pot in Foxwoods Poker event
18 November 2003
Lucky charm wins poker player £35,000
NBC BETS POKER CAN TRUMP SUPER BOWL PRE-GAME SHOW
17 November 2003
An excellent overview of the growing popularity of poker in the US. How Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, the Travel channel World poker Tour and the now legendary Chris Moneymaker are fuelling this explosive industry! And it's "barely the tip of the iceberg"