"You've got to know when to hold 'em
Know when to fold 'em
Know when to walk away
Know when to run
You never count your money
When you're sittin' at the table
There'll be time enough for countin'
When the dealin's done.
Every gambler knows
That the secret to survivin'
Is knowin' what to throw away
And knowin' what to keep
'Cause every hand's a winner
And every hand's a loser
And the best that you can hope for
Is to die in your sleep."
-- Kenny Rogers, The Gambler
First computers mastered chess, then Go, and now AI is facing the complexity of everyone's favorite, Poker.
A program called DeepStack is taking on the “10160 possible paths of play for each hand in heads-up no-limit Texas hold’em”:
Professional poker players have been defeated and researchers say they may indeed be on to "a significant advance in game-playing AI.” Another (20-day) tournament just got underway in Pittsburgh, testing Liberatus (another poker-playing bot) against an expert field. You can follow along more here: