Researchers have just announced a breakthrough poker algorithm.
“We have a strategy that can guarantee a player won’t lose”
said Michael Bowling, a computer scientist from the University of Alberta.
“We define a game to be essentially solved if a lifetime of play is unable to statistically differentiate it from being solved at 95% confidence. Imagine someone playing 200 hands of poker an hour for 12 hours a day without missing a day for 70 years. Furthermore imagine them employing the worst-case, maximally exploitive, opponent strategy, and never making a mistake.”
The breakthrough was reported on 9 January 2015 in Science in an article that explains how the result was enabled by a new algorithm, CFR+.