Tuesday 16 July 2019

Facebook AI system beats six professional players at poker

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"Playing a six-player game rather than head-to-head requires fundamental changes in how the AI develops its playing strategy," said Noam Brown, a research scientist at Facebook AI. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Anthony Cuthbert

Facebook has achieved a major milestone in artificial intelligence (AI) thanks to one of its systems beating six professional poker players at no-limit Texas hold 'em.

The Pluribus AI defeated renowned players including Darren Elias, who holds the record for most World Poker Tour titles.

Beating poker pros has been a major challenge for AI researchers, as the best players need to be good at bluffing and unpredictable.

"Playing a six-player game rather than head-to-head requires fundamental changes in how the AI develops its playing strategy," said Noam Brown, a research scientist at Facebook AI.

"We're elated with its performance and believe some of Pluribus's playing strategies might even change the way pros play the game."

It comes two years after an AI computer beat a human champion at the notoriously complicated board game Go.

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