Four of the best heads-up No-Limit Hold'em players in the world are the human race's last line of defense against a super-sophisticated artificial intelligence bent on poker domination.
Artificial intelligences have already crushed humans at important games including chess and Jeopardy and now they've got their sites set on heads-up No-Limit Texas Hold'em, a game many humans naively believed was beyond the AI's capacity.
Dong Kim, Jason Les, Jimmy Chou and Andy McAulay will take on Carnegie Mellon University's new and improved AI, named Libratus.
$200,000 is on the line, and perhaps the future of the entire human race, or at least the part of the human race that doesn't want to lose to computers at poker.
Man and machine will battle over 20 days and 120,000 hands for a share of $200,000.
The artificial intelligence, nicknamed Libratus, was developed by Tuomas Sandholm and a team of CMU computer scientists.
It's the same team that created Claudico, the poker-playing AI that lost to four poker pros in 2015.
In the first match Doug Polk, Jason Les, Dong Kim and Bjorn Li beat Claudico by a small margin, roughly one half of one percent of the total amount bet.
Sandholm considers the first match a “statistical tie” and after 20 additional months of development, he thinks his new AI will do better.
The project comes with real-world implications with concerns on the rise about poker bots playing in real-money online poker games.
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