A quick update on the upcoming competition:
First off, this year we will *not* hold the two-player limit Hold'em or the three-player limit Hold'em events this year as there are not enough competitors interested in these two events. It is likely that the three-player event will be replaced by a multiplayer no-limit variant in future years. Two-player limit Hold'em may be reinstated in the future provided there is enough interest and the appropriate alterations are made so that it is scientifically viable.
Second, the two-player no-limit Hold'em hardware requirements have been determined. We will be increasing the storage limit to 200 GB. Additionally, we will be using newer Amazon EC2 instances this year. Competitors will be allowed to choose between the m3.medium and m3.large instance types.
This year, we will again host a workshop on Computer Poker and Imperfect Information Games located at AAAI and chaired by:
Viliam Lisy (University of Alberta)
Michael Thielscher (University of NewSouth Wales), and
Thanh Nguyen (University of Southern California).
Submissions are due on October 23th. Please see the workshop webpage for more details on submission dates, topics and formatting.
Looking forward to seeing you all there!
The Annual Computer Poker Competition will be held again in 2016, during the month of January. Kevin Waugh will be returning the competition chair. As in previous years there will be a heads-up (two player) no-limit Texas Hold'em competition and a three-player Kuhn competition.
The current plan is to use Amazon EC2 instances again this year, with a final submission deadline of January 4. Note that these machines are quite a bit less powerful than many desktop machines, so if computing resources are a significant issue for you, please check that this is adequate. We have not yet finalized the hardware and storage limitations for this year. We anticipate increasing the storage limit and migrating to the newer EC2 generation. We will announce the final hardware specifications on October 2. See (http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/instance-types/) for details on Amazon instance types. It is possible to get access to a smaller testing instance through Amazon for free by creating an EC2 account, and all competitors will get access to a full sized competition machine for final testing at least one week prior to the final submission deadline.