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AI and the poker industry…

December 6th, 2017 by Irwin Fletcher Comments

We are living in a digital age where technology is developing more rapidly than consumers and businesses can catch up with.

AI is just one of the many technological innovations that are in our not so distant future, with many businesses already starting to integrate AI slowly into their business. Of course, we are still a long way away from creating true artificial intelligence, but every single year there is a new breakthrough that brings us closer to this field. One industry where AI is already playing a big part in the poker industry. We were able to create AI machine that could beat humans at logical games like chess a long time ago, but it is only recently that we have been able to create a machine that can beat a human at poker.

UK poker sites can help to explain this development in a lot more detail, but the main thing to consider is poker is not like any other game, it is played using imperfect information which is very difficult to teach to a machine. Bluffing and emotions also play a big part in the game, and it doesn’t help that in no-limit hold’em there is more situation than there are atoms in the whole universe. That is quite a lot for AI to go up against.

Libratus was the first robot to beat humans at poker in early 2017 in a challenge with 4 of the world’s top players. The game lasted for 120,000 hands and each player was beaten in turn. Now that the technology is available for AI to win, opportunities have also opened up in many other fields. The Libratus strategy can be applied to business negotiation, medicine and healthcare, cybersecurity, auctions and many other fields. It will be interesting to see what the future of AI holds, and how much of an impact it will have in industries beyond poker.

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