Baby Tartanian 8 Crowned Champ

Baby Tartanian 8 Crowned Champ

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Software developers believe that we are edging ever closer to the creation of a ‘perfect poker bot’ after Baby Tartanian 8 won the latest instalment of the Annual Computer Poker Competition.

A computer programme that can engage in games of online poker against human opponents on its own and wins cash by basing its decisions on statistical observations, ‘bots’ have been around since the turn on the millennium but are now widely outlawed by most reputable domains.

Developed by Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University, Baby Tartanian 8 was presented with the prize from the Association For The Advancement Of Artificial Intelligence last month after finishing top out of eleven entrants in the total bankroll category and third in the bankroll instant run-off class.

The tournament in which Baby Tartanian 8 competed was conducted in duplicate no-limit hold‘em format and saw the entrants play over 15 million identical hands of poker before the results were collated and the winner crowned.

Although the Baby Tartanian 8 was technically defeated in the head-to-head portion of the contest by a competing programme called Slumbot, its all-round performance was enough to secure the coveted title.

Designed by Noam Brown, a PhD student at the School Of Computer Science, in partnership with his adviser, Tuomas Sandholm, a professor in the Computer Science Department, Baby Tartanian 8 follows the exploits of the famous Claudico programme, which competed in over 80,000 hands against the likes of Bjorn Li, Doug Polk, Dong Kim and Jason Les. Although this programme eventually lost out, Brown stated that he consulted feedback from the human pros before subsequently designing his improved ‘bot’.

“The ultimate goal in this line of research is to eventually beat the top humans,” said Broan.

“Hopefully in the next two to three years we will be able to accomplish that.”

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