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AI Poker Bots Are Beating The World's Best Players (HBO)





What’s it like to play poker against an AI bot? Really weird and really difficult, it turns out.

That was the vibe when we checked in on the 20-day “Brains vs. AI: Re-Match” in Pittsburgh, which pits four professional poker players against a Carnegie Mellon University-designed bot named Libratus.

Computer scientists at the university had tried this stunt with a bot named Claudico in 2015, but the humans picked up on its weird machine weaknesses and beat it soundly. So the scientists went back to the lab and rewrote its algorithm in a few key areas to make it unbeatable.

Their work paid off.

On Jan. 30, Libratus made history by trouncing the humans in a marathon 120,000 hands, coming out on top by $1,766,250 in chips — and pretty much killing it every day before that. The humans ended their inglorious run by splitting shares of a $200,000 prize.

The bot’s win has numerous implications for any field where decision-making is based on incomplete, or hidden, information. Or straight-up misinformation. Fields where people are forced to think like poker players, basically. Business negotiation, military strategy, cybersecurity, and medical treatment are all areas the bot’s designers say could benefit from the algorithms that govern its automated decision-making.

Get ready, humanity — the bots have entered the building.

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20 comments

  1. Robots are doing all sorts of jobs. Meet the bricklaying robot who can build walls faster than humans: http://bit.ly/2wEoRzj

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  2. Bitchasses never played tycho in poker night in the inventory

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  3. Worlds best? No Ivey or kid poker though…

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  5. "More hands than atoms in the universe" LMAO

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  6. I was hoping to see more details – examples of better decisions such as use of game theory and bet sizing.

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  7. Simple just push all in evry hand and th ebott will call eventually and get sucked out omn poke ris chance'

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  8. The only way to truly win is not to play.

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  9. LMAO !!!! You had top pair with a Queen kicker and a possibility of a flush. There were two diamonds on the flop, you had one diamond and it was a queen.. What makes you think he doesn't have QQ, KK, AA, or maybe two diamonds in his hand..

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  10. "More possible hands than atoms in the universe"… really? What University u coming from? Please let us know, so we won't send our kids there.

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  11. the players aren't top of line pros, they are good but not tier 1 players of modern age, even Doug Polk is not close to tier1, the other guys are like tier 3 at best.

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  12. thats why u dont play

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  13. Unplug the fucking server and they're dead sitting out. That's how to beat AI bot poker players even in the near future.

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  14. How many times do you want to hear "more possible options than atoms in the universe" when it comes to these neural network videos

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  15. Human:

    BOT: ON YOUR BIKE!

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  16. No cures for anything but we can beat poker players thank god

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  17. Never trust machines….let's play with real cards.

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  18. I guess this is similar to what online poker sites uses… where the house player (bots) wins the big prices and gives out a few cents to the lucky real idiot players… its a business and profit is profit no matter what any endorser say, remember in business "greed is good"…

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  19. can you beat calculator????you cant did you? all the bot poker can read your card…even you know your card..the bot goona change the card…so simple 🙂 give it virus to the server…that much better to little bit againts the bot 🙂 damn why i coment this stupid things

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  20. BULLSHIT RIGGED.

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