Nick "Stoxtrader" Grudzien lost his round of 500 hands to Polaris, an artificial intelligence program from the University of Alberta.
Humanity was dealt a decisive blow by a poker-playing artificial intelligence program called Polaris during the Man-Machine Poker Competition in Las Vegas.
Poker champs fought the AI system to a draw, then won in the first two of four rounds (each round had Polaris playing 500 hands against two humans, whose points were averaged.) But in the final two rounds of the match, Polaris beat both human teams, two wins out of four, with one loss and one draw.
Is that more or less complex than chess?
The key to Polaris' poker prowess last weekend was a tactical shift in midstream designed to prevent humans from exploiting perceived weaknesses. Add to that, Polaris learned from experience.