Deepstack Poker Bot In The News Again

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Mar 8, 2021

Mainstream media pick up on computer vs. man story from December following publication of scientific report

Following the publication this week of the research report in the Journal of Science on the success of the University of Alberta’s Deepstack poker bot last December the mainstream media have again given wide coverage to the 3,000-hand confrontation between a poker-playing computer program and 11 professional players.
InfoPowa readers may recall that the 11 players were recruited by the International Federation of Poker, who were asked to play Texas Hold’em against Deepstack over a period of four weeks…it didn’t end well for the humans.
The program, a product of collaboration between the University of Alberta, Charles University in Prague and Czech Technical University, was developed to use ‘intuition’ through deep learning — allowing it to reassess its strategy with each move and learn from the action.
Alberta U’s Professor Michael Bowling, reported:
“Poker has been a longstanding challenge problem in artificial intelligence. It is the quintessential game of imperfect information in the sense that the players don’t have the same information or share the same perspective while they’re playing.”
The professor claimed that DeepStack acts at a human speed — with an average of just three seconds of ‘thinking’ time — and runs on a simple gaming laptop with an Nvidia graphics processing unit.

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Brian Cullingworth

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We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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