AI Claims Historic Victory Over Poker Pros

In the “Brains vs. Artificial Intelligence” battle, the writing had been on the wall since around Day 10 when the AI software, called Libratus, surged to a commanding lead over its four human opponents. Team Human never seem to be able to recover from that point on, and at the end of the Heads-Up No-Limit Texas Hold’em contest lasting 20 day and 120,000 hand, Libratus has officially trounced four of the best poker pros by a whopping $1,766,250.
Thankfully for the players, that amount is just in virtual dollars and furthermore the team comprised of Dong Kim, Jimmy Chou, Jason Les and Daniel McAulay will all get to receive a share of a $200,000 prize pot depending on how they fared against the Carnegie Mellon University developed AI program. Still, it is a major situation reversal from May 2015 when another AI software called Claudico was comprehensively defeated by Team Human over 80,000 hands to the tune of $732,713.
Back then, three of the four man team got the better of Claudico, but this time around not one poker pro managed to individually defeat Libratus. The experience was naturally a painful one for a group of players usually used to getting the better of their human opponents on a daily basis, with Jason Les explaining that it’s an unusual “emotional experience when you’re not used to losing that often.”
In the meantime, the incredible outcome is being hailed as a milestone in the history of AI systems, with practical applications across a range of situations where humans must make strategic decisions based upon imperfect information. These areas include business negotiations, military strategy, cybersecurity and medical treatment. On the topic of poker, however, co-Libratus creator Noam Brown explained:
“People have this idea that poker is a very human game and that bots can’t bluff, for example. That’s totally wrong. It’s not about reading your opponent and trying to tell if they are lying, it’s about the cards and probabilities.”

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