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The ultimate poker face

A computer may defeat champion poker players for the first time.

5:02pm, June 27, 2008

Professional poker player Phil Laak thought he knew how to create the ultimate poker face. When tens of thousands of dollars lie in the pot during a poker hand, Laak doesn’t rely only on the trademark dark sunglasses and hooded sweatshirt, which earned him the nickname “The Unabomber,” to obscure his expression. He pulls the strings on his hooded sweatshirt closed entirely, reducing his face to a tiny “O.”

But in a high-stakes tournament a year ago, Laak didn’t even bother to wear the sweatshirt. This time, he knew

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