Artificial intelligence wrecks poker pros to stack up a profit of $800,000


In yet another episode of man versus machine, an artificial intelligence developed by Carnegie Mellon University has been absolutely dismantling a team of professional poker players, accumulating a staggering lead of almost $800,000. The showdown takes place as part of the "Brains vs. Artificial Intelligence" competition which pits a group of four poker pros against the crafty supercomputer Libratus in a heads-up game of No-Limit Texas Hold'em slated to continue for 120,000 hands. Since January 11 when the contest initially kicked off, the players have now passed the midway point of the the race, having completed almost 65,000 hands in total. What is more intriguing is that so far Libratus has managed to keep an impressive lead over its human opponents, stacking up a profit of $794,392. While the seasoned players originally underestimated the AI, Jimmy Chou, who is one of the pros, told CMU that they've all come to regard the machine as a tremendously tough rival, noting the computer's ability to continuously improve its game.

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