We have previously seen how computers – or at least the developers behind-have challenged top names in chess. Here we have seen long and exhausting battles, but we must recognize that the computers are left as winners. Does the same then apply to poker, where it is claimed that there is more than pure mathematics behind how to be played? How much does the mental mean and how much do the cards mean in isolation? Carnegie Mellon University last week launched a major experiment in which they have put four professional poker players to compete with the supercomputer Claudio. The poker variant is Heads-up No-Limit Texas Hold’em, which is one of the most popular and complex poker variants and often ends up in an “all in”. The supercomputer goes by the name of Claudio, and it is said that it plays very conservatively, and the developers believe that it can cope with the competition. The competition is being fought continuously in the coming time, where the developers behind the computer will try to prove that they have developed a computer that can beat the best poker players. It will be exciting to see how it will go and a little further down in the article we take a closer look at the preliminary position.
A great experiment when Man meets the supercomputer
The great experiment, of course, takes place in the United States, more specifically in Pittsburgh. 4 selected poker players are currently fighting a so-called supercomputer named Claudio. The supercomputer, as mentioned above, is developed by Carnegie Mellon University. When we write the 7. May, the claim must be completed and this means that the 4 poker pros must play no less than 80,000 hands Heads-up No-Limit Texas Hold’em against the supercomputren. An American casino and Microsoft with several others are sponsors of the event, which means that the 4 poker players will collect 1 100,000 if they withdraw victorious from the competition. It is widely known that there is a lot of money in poker, and with a little training you might become the next millionaire.
It has been seen several times in history that scientists are trying to develop supercomputers that are supposed to turn people into various bleak. Although it has been some time since, many have probably heard about Kasparov’s fight against Deep Blue. Kasparov withdrew victorious from the first meeting, while it caused a great stir when Kasparov a year later got beat by Deep Blue.
Deep Blue Beats Kasparov
In fact, there have also been several researchers who have previously tried to develop poker computers to beat the world’s best poker players. Now let’s see if Claudio can do the Deep Blue art after. The computer is designed to constantly adjust and evolve, but can it do it fast enough? That is the question that we shall soon have to answer.
The 4 poker players and the preliminary standings
The 4 poker players are not just anyone. For example, we find Doug ‘WCGRider’ Polk, who can write WSOP winner on the CV, and who must be considered a regular highstakeshaj. Polk sees it as an important challenge in which humanity must prove that we are still smarter than the computers that can be developed. The game of chess differs from the game of poker, and Polk believes that we are still at a stage where computers will not be able to take into account the mental elements of the game. Should it go wrong, and should the supercomputer pull out victorious from the competition, Polk hopes that he will have the opportunity to have some more challenges against the computer.
In addition, the supercomputer will face poker players Dong ‘DongerKim’ Kim, Jason Les and Bjorn Li.
So far, the four poker players are doing the best, and continuing the same way, they get the shovel under Claudio. The poker players go under the collective name “Brains” and after 42,100 hands out of the 80,000 they now lead with more than 5 568,000. That’s the equivalent of 56 buy-ins at $50/. 100. On the Twitch channel created for the match, you can follow the progress of the professional poker players against Claudio. Doug ‘WCGRider’ Polk has done its best and is up with a plus of $356,752, while Dong Kim and Bjorn Li also lead with $84,718 and henholdsvis 345,232, respectively. Only Jason Les has fallen behind against Claudio, and he’s down by 2 218,040.
We are now more than half way, and most of us probably like it best if the people can still knock a supercomputer. But let’s keep up with the Twitch channel created and then just cross our fingers that we have not come a step closer to the supercomputer’s takeover of humanity.
Artificial intelligence meets human intelligence at the poker tables
We have previously seen how computers – or at least the developers behind-have challenged top names in chess. Here we have seen long and exhausting battles, but we…
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Written d. 21 May 2015 – 3 comments