08 Jan '15, 7pm

Computers Conquer Texas Hold'em Poker for First Time - IEEE Spectrum via @IEEESpectrum

All your poker chips may soon belong to the computers. A new algorithm has taken the first big step in figuring out poker, the globally popular card game played by more than 150 million people, by solving a two-player version known as h eads-up limit Texas hold’em. It’s been almost two decades since the IBM computer called Deep Blue beat the world chess champion Garry Kasparov. Since that stunning moment in 1997, computer algorithms have solved games such as Connect Four and checkers by analyzing all the possible plays and figuring out the perfect strategy for each move starting from the beginning of each game. Future programs might even master the ancient game of Go . But computers face a different challenge in consistently winning at poker, because each player has two hidden cards that represent information hidden from the opponent. By solving an “imperfect-information g...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/computing/software/com...

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