The Human Brain Defeats Artificial Intelligence In Poker Tournament
Computers have failed to beat humans in “Brains vs. Artificial Intelligence” poker competition.
To contest professional human poker players Jason Les, Doug Polk, Bjorn Li and Dong Kim, scientists at the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) developed a computer program called Claudico. A total of 80,000 hands of Heads-Up, No-Limit Texas Hold ’em was played in the competition which hosted an enormous bet of $170 million.
Although human pros were successful in winning $732,713 bet money — which was nominal — they will share $100,000 which was the actual prize money. The prize money for the winners was jointly sponsored by Rivers Casino and Microsoft.
“We know theoretically that artificial intelligence is going to overtake us one day,” said Li, who topped the contest with chips worth $529,033. “But at the end of the day, the most important thing is that the humans remain on top for now.”
Tuomas Sandholm, computer scientist who led the team to develop Claudico, considers the game a tie, as the results suggest a rounding error. Which makes human victory pretty insignificant. The defeat of the artificial intelligence (AI) of Claudico could not stop him from appreciating its competing spirit.
“We knew Claudico was the strongest computer poker program in the world, but we had no idea before this competition how it would fare against four Top 10 poker players,” said Sandholm.
“It would have been no shame for Claudico to lose to a set of such talented pros, so even pulling off a statistical tie with them is a tremendous achievement.”
Polk, who stood at second position, also praised his AI competitor, but he pointed out few flaws in Claudico’s estimation during the game. He said computers showed unusual variation between placing bets in contrast to human beings.