The world’s largest online poker site previews a new Spin and Go promotion. The four poker pros who lost to Libratus will split a $200,000 consolation prize. These stories and more can be found in the Tuesday Hit and Run.
PokerStars Spinball Promotion Previewed
On Tuesday, PokerStars teased Spinball, a promotion related the site’s popular Spin & Go poker tournaments. Unfortunately, the preview of Spinball provides few details but will undoubtebly make Spin and Go players eager for what may be around the corner. There is no official word on when the promotion will go live.
Released in 2014, PokerStars’ Spin & Go tournaments are fast-paced 3-max tournaments that allow players to win randomly drawn prize pools of 2x to 3600x the buy in — up to $1 million.
The game’s randomness factor has lead some detractors to say the games are close to “gambling.” Still, the games have been a big hit with PokerStars, with many players winning life-changing cash prizes from the tournaments.
Here’s a short preview of the Spinball promotion (h/t PokerListings):
– Despite the Poker Pros losing badly to Libratus in the Brains vs Artificial Intelligence match, they will split a $200,000 prize for their participation. The developer of the AI made a bold declaration about the results. “The best AI’s ability to do strategic reasoning with imperfect information has now surpassed that of the best humans,” said Tuomas Sandholm, who is also a professor of computer science.
Towards the end of the match, Doug Polk visited the four players to give them a bit of a pep talk:
– PokerStars is the recipient of the Czech Republic’s first international operator license. The Czech poker room will share liquidity with PokerStars’ global poker site.
– The 2017 WPT Bogata Winter Poker Open Day 1 flights have finished with 1,120 players having registered thus far.
– New Hampshire is the latest state to introduce online gambling legislation. The bill would focus on decriminalizing the games.