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Season 5 of Windy City Poker Championship Available Online

Windy City Poker Championship Season 5

The 2014 broadcast of Windy City Poker Championship -- including the $1,000 Qualifier Tournament, $3,000 Single Table Tournament, and the first ever low-stakes, televised $2/$5/$10 No Limit Hold em Cash Game -- is now available online.  

Just head over to the Windy City Poker Championship section of our site!

Charity Poker March 8th - VFW Tinley

Charity poker event hosted by Suburban Fellowship Club of Forest Park Saturday March 8th @ 17147 Oak Park Ave. Tinley Park VFW 60477 (One Block North of Metra Station)

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March 8th, 2014 @ VFW Tinley Park - 17147 Oak Park Ave. Tinley Park IL 60477
12pm - $50+$10* - MTT - 20,000 chip stack
6pm - Windy City Poker League (Buy-In includes Food and Drink) $75+$5* - MTT - 8,000 chip stack


Like the WCPC facebook page or follow on Twitter (@WindyCityPoker) and receive 5% additional bonus tournament chips for either the Noon or 6pm MTT.

Poker will begin at 12pm with a 20,000 chip Deep Stack $50+$10 optional bonus

At 6pm there is the brand new Windy City Poker League which will be a 10 month points league that keeps track of your success during each monthly tournament. Regular payouts like any normal MTT tournament. The $75 buy-in includes $5 towards the championship pot, food and drink during break with the remaining money going to the player prize pool.

$1/$2 cash game with a $50 min/$300 max buy-in. Collect entries to win a seat at a Televised $2/$5/$10 Cash Game in May!

Text or E-mail to pre register. 708-935-2861 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Pre-registration and player referral(s) get you bonus chips in any MTT (up to 10% more)

* All events are subject to change or cancellation at anytime. Event dates, times, and locations subject to change. Each tournament has an optional table bonus as represented in the schedule. Must be 18 or over to participate. Hosted by Suburban Fellowship Club of Forest Park IL CG-02633. All payouts adhere to the Illinois Charitable Games Act.

4th Annual All-In for Wishes Charity Poker Tournament

The 4th annual All-In for Wishes charity poker tournament to benefit the Make A Wish Foundation was held in Albany New York this past weekend. This year's event featured a televised livestream with hole card information via an RFID Poker table from Ted Leahy at Lucky Leahy's. The TV production started right after the re-buy period ended and went all the way to a crowning of a champion.

More than 5 hours of coverage was hosted by James Allen, Kirk Fallah, Greg Merson, and Lee Childs. Over $20,000 was raised at the event which will go to benefit the Make A Wish Foundation. You can watch the coverage on Youtube.

 

Beware the Pokerbot - The Poker Player That Can't Be Beaten

Texas Hold 'Em Pokerbot

This post originally appeared on the geekchicago.com blog and is being re-printed here with permission.

Technology is infiltrating life in ways we may not even expect. One of those areas is the poker arena.

Technology may have just found a way to "solve" poker. What does that mean? Consider a simple game like tic-tac-toe. If player A does one move, then with the goal of winning in mind, player B has an optimal move, guaranteed to put him on a path to victory (or in this game, at least a "draw".) It is a "solved" game.

Poker is way more complicated than that, though... right?

Yes, and no. It seems that this new "pokerbot" artificial intelligence that provides the "brains" over 200 Texas Hold 'Em Heads Up machines across the US basically always comes out on top.  The pokerbot uses knowledge that it has from billions of staged rounds of poker, fed through neural networks (essentially a complex decision making formula), resulting in an unpredictable but virtually unbeatable poker player.

In fact, it took the developers 2 years to dumb down the system enough so that players wouldn't walk away. Even so, its estimated that only 100 around the world will be able to beat it on a regular basis.

...you and I are probably not one of those 100. But it's worth a try, right?

We reached out to Dave Thornton, the CEO of Skill in Games, a company dedicated to separating out the luck component from the game of poker to measure a player's relative skill quotient to understand whether or not the game has truly been solved.  When asked, "is the game of poker solved", he had this to say:

Yes in the sense that [Artificial Intelligence engines] exist which can profitably play heads-up limit hold'em against tough opponents.  No in the more formal sense - as far as I know, we haven't fully enumerated a game theory optimal strategy for heads-up limit hold'em.  

Read more...

The New Season of Windy City Poker Championship On the Air Now

Windy City Poker Championship Heads Up Lineup Spring 2013

Windy City Poker Championship returns with its fourth season on Sunday nights in June and July at 7pm and 8pm.

The first two episodes of the season showcase the spring heads up eight man tournament, including Rick Rahim, Nick Jivkov, Pawel Andrzejewski, and Ryan Leng.

The second half of episode two features the $3000 buy-in single table tournament featuring WPT Boot Camp instructor Nick Brancato, 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Chris Moneymaker, WLS and Sun-Times' Richard Roeper, ABC7's Ron Magers, Circuit Event Champion Aaron Massey, and additional pros and amateurs. 

Tune in every Sunday night to Comcast SportsNet (what channel number is that?) to catch the latest episode, hosted by Jason Finn and produced by Kirk Fallah.
Alternately, episodes can be found online at WindyCityPokerChampionship.com.