There have been several contests held recently between man and machine in games of poker.
For instance, Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh held such a contest where there were four players betting against a machine. It was found that the machine was in a winning position in this game.
The machine, named as Libratus, was designed to operate with artificial intelligence. The technology had been developed by Carnegie Mellon University. This university has several research projects being done on robotics and AI. The tournament was held last week. The odds were found to favor the human players initially, but the machine did move ahead towards the end of the game as per CMU professor of the university’s department of computer science. This game is part of a contest that has been launched which includes 120,000 hands of the Heads Up No Limit Texas Hold’em game that would be played over a time span of 20 days. Every day the games begin at eleven in the morning and end up by seven in the evening.
The human players comprise of Dong Kim, Jason Les, Daniel McAulay and Jimmy Chou. If the human players win, they would be getting a share in the total prize money pool of $200,000.
There had been a similar tournament that had been held last year. In this tournament there were about 80,000 hands that were played. The earlier version of AI that was used in this game lost with a small margin to the humans. The team from CMU is hoping that they will see a different outcome to the game this year. The contest is part of the attempt of this university team to showcase that AI will be able to defeat humans in this strategy game as it can already do so in games like Go, chess and checkers or tic-tac-toe.