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Pokerbots – can they be beaten? Blog Post by KDR Recruitment

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As a keen poker player I love the thrill and excitement of playing against my opponents and beating their hand. I recently spent 2 weeks in Las Vegas to play in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) but when I'm not in the casino I'm playing online. What I love about the casino is not just the environment but you know who you are playing, and you certainly know they are real, but when online pokerbots can come in to play, which asks the questions can they be beaten? Quite simply a pokerbot is a computer program designed by an individual to play against opponents online, meaning a game can be played without the person being present (and because of this they are massively frowned upon in the poker world). There are different levels of pokerbots, many bots in smaller online casinos have software issues and can be manipulated and beaten (as long as you spot it is a bot before it wins) however there are stories that emerge, mainly in America, of very strong bots and'bot-rings' that have beaten and "won" a lot of money from top professional poker players.


Scientists develop AI which defeats professional poker players

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A team of scientists has developed an artificial intelligence system called DeepStack that recently defeated professional poker players. The team of computing scientists from University of Alberta's Computer Poker Research Group, including researchers from Charles University in Prague and Czech Technical University, said DeepStack bridges the gap between approaches used for games of perfect information with those used for imperfect information games. "Poker has been a longstanding challenge in artificial intelligence," said Michael Bowling from the University of Alberta, Canada, in the paper published in the journal Science. It is the quintessential game of imperfect information in the sense that the players don't have the same information or share the same perspective while they are playing," Bowling added. Imperfect information games are a general mathematical model that describes how decision-makers interact.


Has AI passed a new milestone? It's beaten human players at poker, say researchers ZDNet

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Beating expert poker players differs from past AI successes against human competitors in games such as Jeopardy and Go. Researchers behind a poker-playing AI system called DeepStack say it's the first algorithm to have ever beaten poker pros in heads-up no-limit Texas hold'em. The claim, if verified, would mark a major milestone in the development of artificial-intelligence systems. Beating expert poker players differs from past AI successes against human competitors in games such as Jeopardy and Go because each player's hand provides only an incomplete picture about the state of play and requires a program to navigate tactics, such as bluffing, based on asymmetrical information. DeepStack is the work of a collaboration between researchers at the University of Alberta and two Czech universities, who say in a new non-peer reviewed paper that it's the "first computer program to beat professional poker players in heads-up no-limit Texas hold'em".


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

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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.


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

#artificialintelligence

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. Gary Vaynerchuk was so impressed with TNW Conference 2016 he paused mid-talk to applaud us. 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.