Poker Game Imitates the Human Brain

"I love it. Kind of that you can play by yourself and at your own pace," says poker player Julie Shawgo.

Julie Shawgo and her husband are testing their luck at one of the new Texas Hold'em Heads Up Poker machines by International Game Technology. What separates these machines from others is their ability to simulate a human brain.

"The game thinks if you will and based on what the status of the game is. What the betting is, what the whole cards are, what the flop has been is to what sort of decision it will make. It has the ability to bluff and you can bluff the game," says IGT Director of Video Poker John Daley.

IGT recently introduced these new poker machines to coincide with the final leg of the World Series of Poker which is wrapping up at the Rio in Las Vegas, but they're also testing them right here in Reno.

These machines have been at the Peppermill for about six weeks on a trial basis and although popularity hasn't skyrocketed just yet, feedback from players has been mostly positive.

"It's a little early in the game really to get a sense of how people are going to like it, but I think most people seem to enjoy it when they play it," says Peppermill Casino Director of Marketing and Operations Bill Hughes.

the Texas Hold'em Heads Up Poker machines have already taken off in Las Vegas and IGT has plans to ship other machines as far as Mississippi, but right now the only place in Reno you can play them is at the Peppermill.


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