Poker Professionals Smashed By AI "Libaratus" Losing $1.5 Million Euro

Poker has been one of the most popular card games for the past decade and is only increasing in it popularity with each passing day. One of the biggest events in the chess world was when Deep Blue beat Kasparov.

Poker has been one of the most popular card games for the past decade and is only increasing in it popularity with each passing day. One of the biggest events in the chess world was when Deep Blue beat Kasparov. For the ones of you who do not know then DB was a specially developed artificial intelligence for the chess. Our following article focuses on the AI built and developed for the poker instead.

Round 1: Claudico The Forerunner of Libaratus

Two years ago in April computer scientists from the Carnegie Mellon University released their newly developed artificial intelligence called Claudico. They performed their initial testings at the Rivers casino in Pittsburgh and had AI battle 80,000 hands against poker professionals such as Doug Polk, Jason Les, Dong Kim and Bjorn Li.

Initially the developers had set bot's chances at winning roughly around 50% but Doug Polk was convinced that as of that time players with real brains had a slight edge over the machine. Doug was not mistaken as the battle was over the human squadron had overcome the machine by 732,000 chips and slaughtered it in the games.

In February of this year CMG had returned to the Rivers casino with their new pimped out edition of a poker bot called Libaratus in order to rematch the previous players such as Jason Les and Dong Kim while attracting some new brains to the challenge such as Chou and McAulay as well.

Round 2: Libaratus The Champ

Even nowadays whenever someone brings up the topic of poker bots then vast majority of players are at the belief that there are no great developments out there but Libaratus proved them all wrong. No one would have expected for the successor of Claudico to beat the human brains by the double of what they did to his older brother before. Libaratus managed to beat the human team in over 1.5 million chips and this is one astonishing accomplishment.

What makes Libaratus so unique is the fact that it is running on a supercomputer while being controlled by the self-learning algorithms. What this means is that Libaratus actually adjusts to whatever plays you make and starts countering your strategies in return. They called it "Artificial General Intelligence (AGI)" which implies that it masters everything and improves with experience.

Jimmy Chou stated that after a few days of games they had huge hopes in breaking the machine once again but to their surprise they got felted instead. As Chou said whenever they managed to find a weakness and started to abuse it, the machine learned from them and in couple of days the leak was gone.

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 Filed under: Poker, Libaratus, Claudico, Doug Polk, Jason Les, Dong Kim, Bjorn Li


Blindme: The bot issue has become a
Wed, 05/17/2017 - 16:55

The bot issue has become a big issue as its clear that they have the great capability to adapt and adopt from things around them in a manner that will alter life in all aspects for us. I recall reading about a bot from a Calgary University in Alberta a few years a go that could beat most players at the time,so this new bot is no shocker.

Reality is going to become really altered once we take a step into virtual worlds.
Think its possible for us to get lost in dreams if not already.

Mentat: It's often assumed that
Wed, 05/17/2017 - 18:47

It's often assumed that beings act rationally, towards a linear outcome. In this respect, I don't doubt we are leaps and bounds behind. How can we define rationality? Why do people play the game to begin with?

Humans losing to bots (was) an inevitability only overshadowed by a rake structure at lower limits that at the time deterred sites and actors from stepping outside of (their) contracts with players, except on a case by case type basis in which this issue would tend to emerge as levels increase. Under those circumstances, the game still remains intact under traditional "rational" and irrational processes and there is definitely a need in the market for that to be filled. Players such as Phil Galfond have discussed possibly entering. Until then, without regulation, we will be forced to find relatively novel ways to adapt in a game that definitely appears to be declining. Key word, appears.

Might not be the best post, sorry, I'm typing with two thumbs on my phone.


oriole: I hope poker AI dosn't become
Wed, 05/17/2017 - 19:11

I hope poker AI dosn't become a problem for online gaming. Can you imagine if these super bots become available on market and everyone is able to use them. Unless there is a really good way to catch them then it could destroy online poker gaming.

Mentat: The first step, if possible,
Wed, 05/17/2017 - 19:27

The first step, if possible, is creating a safe and trusted medium for us to play in...Like here, for example, or software as an extension of social media like 2+2. Then, players have the option to play against one another in situations where they believe they have an edge, want to improve, or enjoy themselves, etc. Unfortunately, with knowledge of bots in poker networks at hand, the days of firing up a random lobby with unknowns is over, at least for me... and it's clear the poker market has gravitated away as well. I might sit at a random table to find players to battle with, but I can't imagine making much of a habit of it. Then again... that would be rational right? I have no problem with playing against AI..... So long as my rational and irrational needs are met.

Mephisto: Should not worry yet
Wed, 05/17/2017 - 22:25

I love heads-up I think it's the most skilled game of poker where it's very difficult to show an edge that's why you have to be far above your opponents to be able to beat the rake. What I think is the "bot problem" is still exaggerated. While it's true that libratus is the best at Heads-up right now, it's also true that right now he's not representing a danger for players. Here is an image for you to understand how he looks. It's a very expensive and huge computer, buying it in order to make it play online poker doesn't seem like profitable to me. I mean where in the world you can keep such a big machine. Also, don't forget it was build up by scientist at the University in Canada, I doubt that someone can take a hold of it that easy, since there interest is pure scientific. I can guarantee you that unless they make a much smaller, less expensive and more available version of libratus, you shouldn't even bother about it. And I can also guarantee you if you have time, money and other resources to build a bot like that in order to make profit, poker is not the most profitable sphere where you could use it. Moreover, it took them years to create a heads up bot, in order to create a 6 max or 9 max bot it will take another couple of years since the game is much more complicated and there are lot more factors at the table that should be considered. In conclusion, I am here to say that for now, I wouldn't worry about bots.

Marukh666: Online poker
Thu, 05/18/2017 - 05:44

I read the article above and my reult is unique.Which is A guys developed a gambling soft which beat a professional with over 1.5 millium is not a Major subject because sometime we saw an Amature player who also beat professionals in poker..And this (UP DOWN) is the best movement in poker history..But we also appreciate The guys who develop bot and we all enjoye with that..

wishiswish: The Bot makes glory
Thu, 05/18/2017 - 05:57

wow amazing article really like the developer who smashed professional,
this is remindable for amature poker players, good luck in Betcoin.

shandefoye: Unbelievable
Thu, 05/18/2017 - 06:07

This is unbelievable article in betcoin.
Cant believe a bot smashed a guy with 1.5 bln euro really appriciated Al"Libaratus and thank Betcoin about info.

Mentat: Yw as many know bots keep on
Thu, 05/18/2017 - 06:12

Yw as many know bots keep on getting better with little hopes of humans ever catching up. If this situation is not addressed, I do yes believe that it for spell out genocide for the online poker world and yes even the sites in general by failing to elevate themselves high enough to realize that poker is a game of percentages.


LottoLinks: I haven't heard anything, but I can google something up!
Thu, 05/18/2017 - 06:40

I haven't heard anything, but I can google something up lol yea right! Anyway, I liked this article a lot. It makes a lot of sense. However, there are only so many variables in any given hand in regards to the action that takes place preflop, all the way to the river. If a bot can learn to counter, then I would assume if you mix it up and don't play a particular way so that it can't analyze and store reliable data that it would prove to be difficult for the bot to excel. In turn, if it can exploit you, you should be able to exploit it. If it's bluffing because it knows it can based on your history of data collected, then you too will know its making a move - and that's relatively simple I think - simply call the fuckin bot no matter what to force it to showdown. Yea, you'll lose here and there - but you'll be especially surprised when the bot bluffs off 75% of it's stack and folds to an allin over the top shove. Idk, I think I can win against one. My problem is, I usually get ahead at some point, pretty much always, but then I stay way to damn long and run into trouble.... Good luck everyone. Play smarter....

Mentat: Hey lotto. Good post. To
Thu, 05/18/2017 - 21:37

Hey lotto. Good post. To build on the end of what you said, I think what ends up happening is a time battle. How many tables can you simultaneously maintain that ongoing thought process on? Personally, under those circumstances, I can't even imagine more than 2 and 4 would fry me. At a solved spot, such as this one, in which a bot. Can beat players like Doug Polk, if it was even possible, the game would become a means of valuation and not necessarily towards a linear goal of resource accumulation. How can you adapt to possible individualized random number generator ideations? Having read your post, I would personally find these ones to be a much greater threat than simply playing against bots instead of beginners.

enoo: Worth noting that they didn't
Thu, 05/18/2017 - 21:11

Worth noting that they didn't actually lose any money... they were playing with play money chips, so saying they lose "x euros" or "y dollars" doesn't really make sense. The fact that AI can now beat top poker players at HUNL is a significant accomplishment, but it seems like most of the coverage focuses on the amount won, which is completely arbitrary and made up. I forget what the bb/100 was, I remember seeing that it was something significant, but that is the number that matters here. Not "1.5 million Euros." Though calling it that makes for excellent clickbait ;)

BossKing503: it's crazy how the top pros
Fri, 05/19/2017 - 05:10

it's crazy how the top pros get hammer by this AI.
Can the AI teach us how to play better?
Does the Robot get to go the strip to blow that 1.5milly?

daffyD: I have to say this is a
Fri, 05/19/2017 - 08:18

I have to say this is a little depressing.. I cud be playing against a bot right now..and that's a almost guaranteed loss..they don't get emotional, don't get tired, hardly make mistakes.. depressing indeed

IH8duke: Sorry, but had to point out:
Fri, 05/19/2017 - 11:39

Sorry, but had to point out:

$1.5 Million Euro as article says.


$1.5 Million Euro makes 0 sense.

SickMetaGame: Congrats Mephisto, Mentat and Blindme...
Sat, 05/20/2017 - 17:29

Tickets credited for your answers, good luck in the weekly freeroll.


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