Man vs Machine II – Polaris vs Online Poker's Best

Polaris Returns

Yes it's that time of year again! After narrowly going down at the hands of Phil Laak and Ali Eslami at the 2007 Man vs Machine Competition, the University of Alberta's, Polaris II, is ready to challenge some of the biggest names in the online poker world.

Poker Academy is proud to be powering the second Man vs Machine poker competition July 3rd through 6th at the 2008 Gaming Life Expo in Las Vegas.

For the past year Polaris has been put through its paces courtesy of the Poker Academy Online community. Various configurations of Polaris are available now for anyone up to the challenge.

Download Poker Academy Pro Demo to take on Polaris.

Polaris has won the 2008 Man vs Machine competition!
Man vs Machine Detailed Results

How It Works

  • The game for the event will be two-player Limit Texas Hold'em.
  • A team of two humans will play against a team of two computer programs (both being copies of the Polaris poker technology).
  • A match consists of teammates playing the same series of hands, but from opposite sides (one North, the other South) to reduce the element of luck to a minimum.
  • No communication between teammates is permitted during play.
  • All players (bot and human) will connect to an independent poker server run by Poker Academy, which will administer the parallel games.
  • Each series of cards will be generated randomly, based on a combination of independent seeds provided by the human team, representatives of the bot team, the match arbiter, and the match administrators (no single entity determines the cards to be dealt).
  • There will be four live matches consisting of 500 hands each, played over 4 days (one match per day).
  • There will be two remote matches consisting of 500 hands played prior to the live event to give competitors a feel for the software.
  • A winner is determined by adding the total winnings/loses of the two teamates. If a team's margin of victory is 25 small bets or less, the match is considered a draw.