Archive for September 4th, 2003

Texas Hold’em Communication Protocol

Thursday, September 4th, 2003

It’s seems that computers can now play poker better than I can.

Using new abstraction techniques, we have produced viable “pseudo-optimal” strategies for the game of 2-player Texas Hold’em. The resulting poker-playing programs have demonstrated a tremendous improvement in performance. Whereas the previous best poker programs were easily beaten by any competent human player, the new programs are capable of defeating very strong players and can hold their own against world-class opposition.

– Billings et al, Approximating Game-Theoretic Optimal Strategies for Full-scale Poker [PDF]