I'm reluctant to admit this, but I like to play Poker. Even better, Blackjack. I've never played a friendly game of Blackjack, as I think it's something you can only see in a Casino. I'm not saying that Blackjack is ONLY played in Casinos, and NEVER played in home games.
Anyone who knows me well knows that my passion for Blackjack was, for a time, something that I sought to do for a living. Yes, a professional Blackjack player. Interestingly enough, and man by the name of Edward O. Thorp, revealed the secret fo card counting in his 1960 book, “Beat the Dealer”.
I went one step further and bought deck of cards sized computer that, using special shoes, and hours of practice, allow it's user the opportunity to play perfect Blackjack. When I bought this computer, it was completely legal.
I featured this device in, Seven Deadly Sins, a show I did in Port Townsend a few years ago.
But Blackjack is not the subject of this post. Instead, this post is about Poker, and the new AI computer that beat six of the world's best Poker players.
It's this part of this recent article that caught my eye. According to this Verge article, “Facebook and CMU's 'superhuman' poker AI beats human pros, players in a series of games of six-person no-limit Texas Hold'em Poker. Bluffing is considered a uniquely human trait; something that relies on our ability to lie and deceive”.
My Poker buddies are definitely laughing because, despite my years of being a professional onstage liar, I'm a consistent loser. That's probably the only reason they let me keep coming.
I tell myself I'm going for the long con.