Poker Academy’s A.I. Receives Glowing Editorial Coverage on DiscoveryChannel.ca Entitled “Poker Bot Pushes the Boundaries of Artificial Intelligence”

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Poker Academy, the world’s leading Texas Holdem poker training software developer, today announced the company received glowing editorial coverage about its world renowned artificial intelligence on DiscoveralChannel.ca in an article entitled “Poker Bot Pushes the Boundaries of Artificial Intelligence.” The article was written by Noelle Paredes: http://www.discoverychannel.ca/science/luck_lab/pokerbot.

Poker Academy, the world’s leading Texas Holdem poker training software developer, today announced the company received glowing editorial coverage about its world renowned artificial intelligence on DiscoveralChannel.ca in an article entitled “Poker Bot Pushes the Boundaries of Artificial Intelligence.” The article was written by Noelle Paredes: http://www.discoverychannel.ca/science/luck_lab/pokerbot.

The article’s lead-in talks about the pop culture interest of people playing Texas Hold’em against computer-based opponents powered by artificial intelligence. Paredes cites that the developers of the software “Poker Academy Texas Holdem” know the importance of delivering quality A.I. and how Poker Academy believes a game’s long-term playability depends on its ability to continually challenge the skills of human players. “Without the presence of superior artificial intelligence, gamers learn to exploit the computer’s weaknesses and competition becomes dull,” according to the article.

Paredes goes on to give background on the company’s founders, dubbing them as “experts in the science of creating intelligent machines. As professors and grad students at the University of Alberta’s Computer Poker Research Group, they conducted studies on the complexities of Texas Hold’em. The wildly popular game is considered to be the most strategically intricate variation of poker.

“The team sought to explore new insights into artificial intelligence by concentrating on a game that didn’t just rely on brute-force search – a computer technique used in chess that exhausts all possible moves until a winning position is found.

In a 1998 paper, “Poker as a Testbed for Machine Intelligence Research”, the U of A team outlined several characteristics found in poker that illustrated problems facing A.I. research.”

In the table below, the researchers compared computer intelligence issues to real game situations in poker.

General Application Problem >> Problem Realization in Poker

  • Imperfect knowledge >> Opponents’ hands are hidden
  • Multiple competing agents >>Many competing players
  • Risk management >> Betting strategies and their consequences
  • Agent modeling >> Identifying patterns in opponent’s play and exploiting them
  • Deception >> Bluffing and varying style of play

-Unreliable information >> Taking into account your opponents’ deceptive plays

Paredes calls attention to the fact that the U of A group’s world-leading research has translated into commercial success. Under their company name, Bio Tools Inc., the computer science experts have recently licensed part of its A.I. knowledge to the makers of the poker game, Stacked with Daniel Negreanu.

The article concludes by calling attention to a press release issued by Poker Academy about the success of “Big Ron” Hargrove, a semi-retired business owner, who earned more than $133,000 US after finishing third at the Caesars Palace Casino Circuit Champ Tournament in 2005.

“The seeds of any robust poker software game lie in its artificial intelligence,” says Kurt Lange, president and chief executive of Poker Academy. “From there, roots take form and hopefully develop into a challenging yet fun game that will stand test of time. Poker Academy’s A.I. has been developed over 10 years by brilliant minds. For some time now, thousands of players around the globe, like Big Ron, have been bearing the fruits of their labor in real-world casinos and online poker rooms through diligent poker training efforts leveraging our poker software. We are honored to be recognized by Discovery Channel.”

For the full article, please visit: http://www.discoverychannel.ca/science/luck_lab/pokerbot .

For more information about Poker Academy, please visit: http://www.poker-academy.com .

About Poker Academy

Poker Academy is the leading Texas Hold’em poker software developer. Poker Academy develops the world’s most advanced Texas Holdem poker game and training tool, utilizing world renowned software developed over 10 years. Poker Academy software is designed to help players learn, adapt and improve their poker skills at any level. Poker Academy games include no limit, limit, ring, and tournament play along with many tools to analyze a player’s game.

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