Carnegie Mellon University has created another artificial intelligence bot to play against six top Chinese poker players in no-limit Texas Hold'em for a $290,000 winner-take-all challenge.
This time, fake chips are out of the equation - time for some real money at stake!
Right after crushing four of the best poker pros in a momentous January heads-up no-limit hold'em contest that featured more than 14 big blinds per 100 hands, Carnegie Mellon University's updated poker machine named Libratus not only has a new set of opponents, but it also has a brand new name.
Back in January, Libratus was victorious against the poker pros at a casino in Pittsburgh by about 1.7 million chips; however, these did not have any cash value. The pros split $200,000 for joining the grueling 120,000-hand match that spanned almost three weeks.
This April, the updated AI, named Lengpudashi (which means ‘cold poker master'), shall play against poker players in China for a winner-take-all prize of $290,000!
The exhibition is scheduled starting today, April 6 and will end on April 10, in Hainan, with 36,000 hands being dealt two at a time to each of the human poker players. At the forefront is 2016 WSOP bracelet winner Alan Du, who leads Team Dragons, aims to spoil a breakout year for the AI poker bot.
CMU professor of computer science and co-creator of Lengpudashi Tuomas Sandholm said, "I am very excited to take this new kind of AI technology to China. I want to explore various commercial opportunities for this in poker and a host of other application areas."
Sandholm emphasized that it is possible the AI may lose since the game only has 36,000 hands. He said, "This is an exhibition. We are running a relatively small number of hands, so this is not a scientific experiment."
Team Dragon shall battle Lengpudashi in Hainan for 10 hours a day, playing two hands at a time on the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center's Bridges Computer.
Last year, another poker bot named DeepStack beat 10 out of 11 human poker players at heads-up no-limit hold'em. That AI was developed by computer scientists at the University of Alberta, Charles University and Czech Technical University in Prague.
Carnegie Mellon AI Takes on Chinese Poker Players