A.I. & Poker

I came across an article labeled: "Machine beats humans for the first time in poker". I said to myself: Wait a minute, I get beat all the time by the video poker machines in Vegas. Obviously, the implication is a professional automated poker player.

According to the article, an AI built by Carnegie Mellon University collected over $1.7 million in chips playing against four of the top professional poker players in the world. It says one of the main reasons it performs so well is because of its ability to outbluff humans, which is pretty astounding. However, I disagreed with the statement that poker as the "last remaining game in which humans had managed to maintain the upper hand". I remember reading about an AI that had some difficulty beating humans (at least the top players) in the video game StarCraft, which is quite complicated for an AI to play. Like poker, StarCraft deals with incomplete information but on a more complicated level. Due to the messy structure of StarCraft's environment, I think that testing an AI here would give a good illustration of how it performs in the real world. It seems that an AI having a victory like this over the top professional players in StarCraft is not in the immediate future.

It would be cool if this AI could be used on online poker to win actual cash (which I am sure it can). I'm not sure how the algorithm was implemented specifically, but in order to avoid suspicion after winning round after round, perhaps a few intentional mistakes could be inserted here and there to mimic imperfect human behavior.
Article: www.telegraph.co.uk/news

"I visualize a time when we will be to robots what dogs are to humans, and I'm rooting for the machines."

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