Ruthless, ‘superhuman’ poker-playing computer program makes elite players fold

Ruthless, ‘superhuman’ poker-playing computer program makes elite players fold

Jason Les, one of the world’s premier poker players, was representing his species when he faced off in May against a computer program named Pluribus. The game was multiplayer no-limit Texas hold ‘em. Les and other professional poker players with at least $1 million in career earnings volunteered to play the bot to test whether it had reached the elite level of poker virtuosity. “I was defending humanity’s dominance in this game,” Les said. “Unfortunately, I failed.” The triumph of Pluribus was reported Thursday in the journal Science under the headline “Superhuman AI for multiplayer poker.” Like chess, checkers, Go and other games , the most popular form of poker has now been mastered by the cold, heartless machinations of a computer program. Pluribus employs a strategy that in some respects affirms the best tactical instincts of the game’s top players. But it also has some startling tendencies, including […]

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