The human brain is still better than a computer when it comes to playing poker – at least, champion Phil Laak will be hoping so when he plays 2 000 hands of Texas Hold'em against a computer this week.
Laak is a poker world champion and will be sitting down against a computer program designed by the University of Alberta. Chances are he will win this tournament, but the odds are narrowing all the time.
Already, computers can beat most amateur players and are now considered good enough to take on professionals like Laak.
The University of Alberta's games research group is thought to be one of the best in the world.
The computer program that will be competing uses scientific algorithms to reduce the element of luck as far as possible.