Daily 3-Bet: Drinan Redemption, Indy ‘Millions, Claudico Thinks Big

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Poker A.I. Claudico waits for its next opponent.

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In today’s Daily 3-Bet we’ll take a look at Connor Drinan's high-rolling victory, Aussie Millions going old-school and big dreams for poker A.I. Claudico.

1) Drinan Snags €10k High Roller

It was quite an EPT Barcelona (fitting since it’s the last one ever!) that was capped by Sebastian Malec taking down the Main Event for €1.2m last night.

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Connor Drinan

Almost lost in the shuffle was the fact that Connor Drinan won the €10k buy-in high roller event for €849,200 last night.

Drinan overcame an expectedly tough final table that included Kyle Keranen, Ari Engel, Joe Cheong and Patrick Leonard.

Here’s a look at the final table payouts:

1. Connor Drinan — €849,200
2. Mihails Morozovs — €616,840
3. Kyle Keranen — €496,440
4. Oleksii Khoroshenin — €396,700
5. Ari Engel — €307,900
6. Joe Cheong — €233,300
7. Patrick Leonard — €169,700
8. Pascal Hartmann — €124,400

Of course Drinan will always be a deserving winner to us. That tends to happen when you lose Aces to Aces in a $1m buy-in tournament for a mind-boggling amount of equity.

2) Aussie Millions Reverts to Standalone

The Aussie Millions will always hold a special place in our heart as one of the only truly independent massive international tournament series.

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They'll be just fine.

Of course for the last few years the casino had a deal with PokerStars, which meant it wasn't fully independent.

That’s going to change this year, however, as Crown Casino announced that the deal with PokerStars has ended (the fact the APPT is being shuttered probably played into the decision), and the Aussie Millions will be reverting back to a standalone tournament.

We doubt that will change much with the overall structure of the series and it will likely remain one of the premier stops on the international poker circuit.

In fact we wouldn’t be surprised if Crown Casino in Melbourne is picked as one of the stops on the upcoming PokerStars Championship circuit. The only problem is that it's an extra long distance to travel for most poker pros.

Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

3) Poker A.I. Claudico’s Long Game

Remember last year when Jason Les, Doug Polk, Dong Kim and Bjorn Li banded together to defeat poker A.I. Claudico?

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Jason Les would take a re-match with Claudico.

It wasn’t the end for Claudico. Not even close.

There’s already been talk of a re-match but in the meantime Sam Ganzfried, one of the three Carnagie Mellon University researchers who developed Claudico, have been talking up the numerous benefits to a learning A.I. like Claudico.

In a story with triblive.com this week Ganzfried talked about why Claudico has more applications than just poker:

The trick is to view an issue, say medical treatment, as a zero-sum game, like heads-up poker: If the patient wins, the disease loses, or vice versa. AI's goal is to devise a strategy that will do as well as possible in the long run.

Poker is a great test for A.I. because it’s a game with incomplete information and there are an almost incalculable amount of different situations that players go through.

Fascinating stuff. We can’t wait to hear more from Claudico and the Cargnegie Mellon gang.

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