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The Steely, Headless King of Texas Hold ’Em: a Bot Outwits Vegas

Stroll among the games at the Cosmopolitan, the newest casino on the Las Vegas Strip, and you might be overwhelmed by the latest whooping and flashing gambling machines. All the high-resolution monitors and video effects, devoted to themes ranging from deep-sea-fishing expeditions to Spider-Man to the unsubtlest visions of cash washing over lucky winners, are only the most obvious signs of technology’s move onto the casino floor. But a few deceptively prim-looking machines represent an even greater technological leap. The machines, called Texas Hold ‘Em Heads Up Poker, play the limit version of the popular game so well that they can be counted on to beat poker-playing customers of most any skill level. Human gamblers must overcome carefully trained neural nets that self-learned to play aggressively and unpredictably with the expertise of a skilled professional. Read entire article here >