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How Supercomputers Will Transform The Way We Learn Poker

Will Artificial Intelligence Research Uncover “Perfect” Play?

by Erik Fast |  Published: Apr 01, 2015


Serious poker study is no longer taking place in just casinos and online poker rooms.  Over the past year, a number of interesting and exciting advancements in poker playing computer programs have grabbed mainstream headlines. Top computer science programs are running supercomputers that play billions of poker hands a second. Their work, which focuses on studying imperfect information games, such as poker, could have much larger research implications related to the application of artificial intelligence (AI) techniques for solving larger, more complex problems. Ever since chess computer Deep Blue beat human Grandmaster Garry Kasparov in 1997, many have wondered how long it would be before bots were developed that could beat poker. In 2015, a monumental step forward in making that claim was announced when the University of Alberta Computer Poker Research Group (UACPRG) published an article in Science titled “Heads-up Limit Hold’em Poker is Solved.” What does this advancement ...

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