awesomo2001 writes: "An AI team from the University of Alberta has challenged two top-level professional poker players to play Texas hold 'em against their intelligent software Polaris for the prize of $50,000 and bragging rights.
Polaris has been developed by the same people who have created the first and only Checkers playing computer program to have won a human championship. The match will take place in Vancouver, Canada, at the end of July during the AAAI 2007 conference."The competition will consist of four 500-hand duplicate matches. In each duplicate match, the same series of cards will be dealt in two parallel Man versus Machine matches, with teammates playing the opposite hands in each game. At the end of the match, the total number of chips won or lost by each team is added together to determine the winning team. This format is used to reduce the element of random luck to a minimum, and get a much better indication of the differences in skill."