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A Poker-Playing Supercomputer Just Barely Lost to Human Pros

• motherboard.vice.com

Unfortunately for the computer, its chances didn't improve, and it lost to the humans by $732,713 on Friday.

That number might seem huge, but considering that the competition—set up by the Carnegie Mellon University researchers who designed Claudico—saw $170 million being bet over the course of two weeks, less than a million dollars is close enough to call it a draw, according to Claudico's creators. The sum lost by Claudico is less than one half of 1 percent of the entire pot.

"We knew Claudico was the strongest computer poker program in the world, but we had no idea before this competition how it would fare against four top 10 poker players," said Tuomas Sandholm, one of the researchers behind Claudico, in a statement. "It would have been no shame for Claudico to lose to a set of such talented pros, so even pulling off a statistical tie with them is a tremendous achievement."

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