The “Brains vs. Artificial Intelligence: Upping the Ante” poker challenge is nearing the halfway mark, and the AI program Libratus is opening a lead over its human opponents.
The match pits Libratus against four of the world’s best professional poker players – Jimmy Chou, Dong Kim, Jason Les, and Daniel McAulay.
Brains vs. AI is a 20-day contest at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh. Competitors will play 120,000 hands of Heads-Up, No-Limit Texas Hold’em poker.
Chou said he and his colleagues initially underestimated Libratus, but have come to regard it as a tough player.
Carnegie Mellon researchers are hoping their computer program will establish a new benchmark for artificial intelligence through the tournament.
Libratus was developed by Computer Science Professor Tuomas Sandholm and his Ph.D. student Noam Brown.
In future, programs like Libratus could be used to negotiate business deals, set military strategy, or plan medical treatment.
These scenarios involve decisions based on imperfect information, like poker.
In the first Brains vs. AI contest in 2015, four leading pros amassed more chips than the AI Claudico.