There’s an article in Slate explaining how much more interesting it would be to build a champion poker player than a Jeopardy player: Jeopardy, Schmeopardy: Why IBM’s next target should be a machine that plays poker, Chris Wilson, Feb 15, 2011.

But it’s safe to say that the algorithms that were finally able to defeat Kasparov did not revolutionize the industry. Chess simply wasn’t the right challenge for the computer scientists. In fact, there are many other games at which computers are blisteringly incompetent, and whose mastery would, in fact, herald tremendous breakthroughs in artificial intelligence. One of those games is poker.

Somehow, I doubt IBM is going to invest millions of dollars to build a better poker bot though. Might not be such a great PR windfall as playing Jeopardy has been.