Poker AI Trashes Chinese Poker Enthusiasts (Update)

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated May 18, 2017

Landslide victory for artificial intelligence poker programme

Bloomberg reports Carnegie Mellon University’s updated Artificial Intelligence Poker programme, Lengpuashi, has thumped a group of Chinese investors during an exhibition in Hainan.

Alan Du, a World Series of Poker bracelet winner and venture capitalist, led a six member team to play 36,000 hands over five days against Lengpuashi a.k.a cold poker master.

Following Lengpuashi predecessor, Liberatus’, January defeat of four poker professionals (see previous InfoPowa reports) Du prepared for the “face-off” by employing an understanding of AI, Bloomberg reveals.

The Chinese team included a former Oracle engineer and start up entrepreneurs who “attempted to apply their knowledge of machine intelligence and game theory to counter the machine’s moves,” to no avail, Lengpuashi trounced the team by $793,327 in virtual chips.

“People have a misunderstanding of what computers and people are each good at. People think that bluffing is very human — it turns out that’s not true,” said Noam Brown, Sandholm’s PhD student and a co-developer of Libratus. “A computer can learn from experience that if it has a weak hand and it bluffs, it can make more money.”

Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

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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