Libratus takes a big lead over Poker Brains at the Rivers Casino. Tom McEvoy’s eBay auction to sell his WSOP bracelet has ended. Read about these stories and more in the Friday Hit and Run.

Libratus Takes Huge Lead over Human Poker Players

Poker AI bot Libratus has been on an excellent run the last couple days. After an impressive comeback from the poker brains earlier in the week, Libratus has come back with a vengeance. After a strong session on Thursday and Friday, Libratus is now up over $500,000 after 52,000 hands.

Three of the four players comprising the Brains are down over $100,000 with Jason Les getting hit particularly hard, down by $187,000 from the last update. Only Dong Kim is down by less than $100,000, with a $50,000 deficit by Friday evening.

The match-up has nearly reached the halfway point and will continue through January 30th. A total of 120,000 hands will be dealt as part of the challenge.

Quick Hitters

– The eBay auction for Tom McEvoy’s World Series of Poker bracelet has ended “because the item is no longer available.” It is known whether the bracelet has been purchased at this point or it will return.

– Massachusetts has introduced legislation that would legalize online gambling in the state. The 2-page bill currently does not contain any specifics. Last year, Massachusettes passed daily fantasy spots legislation and is currently exploring a wide range of future options for both DFS and online gaming.

– Washington State held a hearing to discuss online poker on Wednesday. It is unlikely there will be bill in the near future, but is undoubtedly a positive first step for a state that has one of the most anti-online poker stances in the United States.

– A pleasant surprise for the parent company of PokerStars. Amaya Gaming now estimates that their 2016 earnings will now be 6% higher than previously expected. The company now expects that net earnings for the year will be between $364 and $375 million. So that’s where all the rake went.