The veterans went against a relative newbie: an artificial intelligence-powered bot built by Facebook and Carnegie Mellon University.AI has crushed professional players of chess and Go, both board games with straightforward rules.The bot stomped on its human challengers, which included World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour champions.Researchers called the bot's performance "superhuman."AI could help businesses come up with the best strategies to handle those situations, research scientists say."We're using poker as a benchmark for a measure in progress in this more complicated challenge of hidden information in a complex multiparticipant environment," said Noam Brown, a research scientist at Facebook AI Research.
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The 32-year-old is the only person to have won four World Poker Tour titles and has earned more than $7 million at tournaments.Elias was helping to test new software from researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Facebook.At the end, the bot was ahead by a good margin.A paper in the journal Science Thursday describes how Pluribus took on Elias and Ferguson, and also won handily in scenarios where a single copy of the bot played five human professionals for 10,000 hands.“If you sit this bot down with five elite professional humans, it is going to beat them and make money off them,” says Noam Brown, a researcher in Facebook’s AI lab and co-creator of Pluribus.“This is really the gold standard as far as poker goes.”
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The bot bested 15 human professionals, all of whom have won at least $1 million playing poker, such as 2000 World Series of Poker champion Chris “Jesus” Ferguson and 4-time World Poker Tour champion Darren Elias.How the AI was constructed was detailed in a paper published in the journal Science.Researchers say it’s able to surpass top human performance within 20 hours of training.Pluribus achieves its goal with just $150 worth of cloud computing for training.Like AI trained to play games like Go, Dota II and StarCraft II that precede Pluribus, the AI achieves its results by training in matches against itself.Training for more than 20 hours produces an AI player better than top human players, researchers said.
Zynga Poker was once the dominant poker game in the social casino market, but not lately.So Zynga is introducing a new mode, dubbed Spin and Win, within its World Poker Tour Tournament Center in an effort to grab more fans.This new mode gives players the experience of playing short tournaments and a chance to win payouts of up to 10 times their buy-in by spinning a prize wheel.Zynga has been trying to bring its once-dominant poker game back for a while.Thanks to added competition, it lost market share in social casino games in 2018, according to market analyst Eilers & Krejcik Gaming.For 2018, Zynga generated $316 million in social casino games revenue, down 5.4 percent from 2017.
Ryff has raised $3 million for an advertising business where it places virtual objects in a scene of a movie, TV commercial, or TV show so that they seem like a natural part of the environment.Product placement is the advertising tactic of placing a branded object, like a bottle of Coca-Cola, in a scene in a movie or a TV show.The funding comes from Tech Mahindra, an Indian tech consulting company with $4.9 billion in revenues and 121,000 employees.Roy Taylor, CEO of Ryff, said in an interview with VentureBeat that Ryff will be able to take something like a virtual bottle of liquor and insert it into a poker table in the middle of a game at the World Poker Tour, which is a client of Ryff’s.Taylor said that the animated objects have to be rendered realistically enough to be mistaken as part of a real scene.The company’s first product, called Placer, was dreamed up by cofounder Mark Turner.
Of course, there are plenty of ways to skimp and save, but Pluto TV offers an enticing collection of more than 100 channels and thousands of free movies and TV shows for the low, low price of absolutely nothing.Even those who already subscribe to a live TV streaming service may find the service useful thanks to the curated layout, though this will obviously depend on your personal preferences.Looking though the Pluto TV guide, channels are separated into similar groups.Others are more internet friendly, like the Chill Out, Life + Style, and Geek + Gaming sections.That includes familiar names like Bloomberg, Cheddar, CNBC, MSNBC, CBSN, The Weather Network, and a host of others.Instead you’ll find choices like Fight, World Poker Tour, Impact Wrestling, a dedicated Sports News network, Glory Kickboxing, and the Big Sky Network.
Chinese online games operator Ourgame International Holdings is looking to step up its expansion into the US$4.5 billion social casino gaming market in the United States this year, after reporting stable net profit and revenue for last year.Beijing-based Ourgame also expects to bolster its international operations in eSports, which are organised multiplayer video game tournaments with live television and online audience.In the company’s regulatory filing on Monday, Ourgame chairman Eric Yang Qing said the company will continue pushing forward with its transformation “from a Chinese card and board games provider to a global mind sports games and entertainment company”.The term mind sports generally refers to games of mental skill like chess and various board games, as well as recent disciplines such as eSports.“We will continue to make strategic investments and acquisitions on key areas of our ecosystem to accelerate the group’s growth,” Yang said.Revenue rose 13.2 per cent to 871.1 million yuan from 769.6 million yuan in 2015.
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