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Poker is NOT gambling. Hear me out. It is a game of skill – psychological and mathematical skill. Plus a little bit of luck. But you can improve and you can win on expectation.
In this video, I discuss why the game of poker is so interesting. Poker is a game of imperfect information – you never know what your opponents have until all the action is done. However, it’s not a game of blind guessing either. In poker, you can update your beliefs based on their actions, which are little clues to what cards they might be holding.
In January, I took a class called MIT Pokerbots, where students create a poker bot to battle other students’ poker bots in an online tournament. However, as you might guess, this is a very very difficult problem because poker is primarily a game of human psychology… How do you encode that into a poker playing AI??
Well, that’s a great question. Hopefully in this video and the next, I can answer that for you. This video is setting up the basics to talk about a reinforcement learning algorithm for poker – Counterfactual Regret Minimization (CFR).
0:55 Basics of Poker
5:17 Why Poker Is a Great Game to Play
7:03 Challenges/Motivation to Building a Poker AI
9:16 Optimal Strategy for Poker
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