A research team from University of Alberta, Canada and Charles
University and Czech Technical University
have developed a poker bot called DeepStack that have defeated several professional human players in one-on-one games of no-limit Texas hold’em poker. The research team writes about their invention:
”It combines recursive reasoning to handle information asymmetry, decomposition to focus computation on the relevant decision, and a form of intuition about arbitrary poker situations that is automatically learned from selfplay games using deep learning. In a study involving dozens of participants and 44 000 hands of poker, DeepStack becomes the first computer program to beat professional poker players in heads-up no-limit Texas hold’em.”
The difference from other projects of AI poker bots is that DeepStack considers each particular situation as it arises during play, but not in isolation. It could be described that DeepStack has intuition, a gut feeling of the value of holding any possible private cards in any possible poker situation, which brings a new dimension to AI development and research.
“The AI revolution has clearly arrived, and it’s here to stay. Just like past revolutions, the entrepreneurs who go all in will become tomorrow’s giants. Henry Ford of the Industrial Revolution and Jeff Bezos of the Internet Revolution grew their companies because they envisioned a future that was very different from their present. They lived in the future.”
Bringing intuition into the performance of AI certainly will be a part of this revolution.