These poker-playing robots can bluff better than humans
When it comes to understanding intelligence, the greatest challenge out there is not a Rubik's Cube, or chess, or even Go. These games are difficult in the sense that there are often many options, but they are still transparent: nothing is hidden; every bit of information is in front of you. The main obstacle is converting this perfect information into a strategy. There is a fixed set of rules out there, and if a computer can find them, it will achieve the optimal result in every game.
When G ...
Oct 1, 2016, 8:47 am - Lottery News forum
Connecticut men charged with rigging machines in lottery scheme
Investigators uncover more than 20 retailers suspected of cheating
State authorities continue to investigate the rigging of a Connecticut Lottery game they say increased the number of winning tickets and the payout to retailers.
One store, operated by two Wallingford men charged earlier this year, took in over $200,000 in additional prize payouts due to the scheme, authorities say.
Rahul Gandhi and Prakunj Patel, both of 37 Jobs Road, Wallingford, were arrested in March by the state Dep ...
Jul 13, 2016, 7:03 pm - Lottery News forum
CT Lottery aware of security problems before shutting down game
Months before Connecticut Lottery's 5 Card Cash game was suspended, lottery officials knew there was a security issue that eventually allowed the game to be rigged, according to a four-month investigation.
5 Card Cash, a combination instant-win/evening-draw game, was suspended on November 14, 2015 after it was discovered that retailers were using a flaw in the computer system to rig the game to buy only winning tickets. The problem was the printer, say state investigators. If retailers ordere ...
Jul 7, 2016, 9:01 pm - Lottery News forum
Man to use lottery winnings to open new business
A Dodge City man plans to open his own truck repair shop with money he won playing the Kansas Lottery's Kansas Hold 'Em game.
Lottery officials said in a news release 34-year-old Andew Shong stopped at HD's Sports Bar in Dodge City a couple of weeks ago to grab a beer.
While I was there, I saw these two guys playing Kansas Hold'Em for $2 a hand, Shong said. I knew to win the maximum you have to wager $10 a hand so I told the bartender to give me one draw for $10.
Sally Lunsford with t ...
Feb 12, 2016, 11:11 am - Lottery News forum
Suspended CT lottery game had too many winners
The Connecticut Lottery and state Department of Consumer Protection shut down the 5 Card Cash game after noticing there were more winners than the game's parameters should have allowed, and determining that some lottery agents were manipulating machines to print more winning tickets and fewer losers.
The investigation is ongoing, Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan Harris said Friday afternoon, but lottery retailers found to have cheated could face criminal charges.
Loss of license ...
Nov 13, 2015, 10:06 pm - Lottery News forum
Connecticut Lottery suspends 5 Card Cash sales after retailers found cheating
Game sales should resume next week
Includes video report
The Connecticut Lottery has halted the sales and payouts for its 5 Card Cash game after it learned some retailers might have been cheating the system.
According to Connecticut Lottery officials, some retailers might have intentionally manipulated the reporting mechanism on the lottery terminals for their own personal gain. Officials did not say which retailers or exactly how the terminals were being manipulated.
The game was su ...
Nov 13, 2015, 10:26 am - Lottery News forum
CT Lottery expands 5 Card Cash game to include progressive jackpot
By Todd Northrop
Starting this Sunday, Connecticut lottery players will have a new ALL IN option on the state's 5 Card Cash game offering the chance to win bigger instant prizes, including a new progressive jackpot.
5 Card Cash now renamed 5 Card Cash with ALL IN is a poker-themed game that has become popular in several states and provinces throughout North America in the past few years. The game mixes an instant-win component with a traditional drawing.
Players who purchase a $2 ticket ...
Oct 16, 2015, 10:54 am - Lottery News forum
Arizona Lottery launches new poker-themed game
Replaces the retired Weekly Winnings game
By Todd Northrop
Arizona Lottery players now have a new evening draw game to play featuring a playing card theme is proving to be very popular throughout North America.
The new $2 lotto game called 5 Card Cash is modeled after the popular poker-themed games found in several state and provincial lotteries throughout the United States and Canada.
While most Arizona Lottery games either have the opportunity to win instantly, or in a daily drawin ...
Oct 5, 2015, 10:40 am - Lottery News forum
Player sues Oregon Lottery, charging video poker game rigged
The Oregon State Lottery's rigged video poker games have cost players $134 million, a man claims in a class action lawsuit.
Lead plaintiff Justin Curzi claims the video poker machines' auto-hold feature misleads players about how to increase their odds of winning a hand.
The auto-hold feature recommends playing strategies, and allows players to automatically discard and draw new cards with a single button, according to the complaint.
Thus, relying on the auto-hold feature is the easies ...
Jan 7, 2015, 6:21 pm - Lottery News forum
Poker star Phil Ivey loses casino case in Britain
Includes video report
Imagine you go to a casino to play blackjack. You find a table, sit down and buy some chips. Gambling has few barriers to entry.
After awhile, you notice: For some reason, all of the cards higher than 9 are marked. Because of some slight imperfection in the deck, you can tell whether a card is an ace, king, queen, jack or ten before it's turned over. Because of a manufacturer's mistake, you have a huge advantage over the house. And the dealer doesn't notice.
You de ...
Oct 9, 2014, 10:02 am - Lottery News forum