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Facebook Built a Texas Hold ’em Poker Bot That Can Beat the Pros

(Bloomberg) -- Facebook Inc. doesn’t just own the world’s largest social network -- it may also own the world’s best poker player. A new artificial intelligence program the company built with Carnegie Mellon University called Pluribus recently beat five poker professionals in a six-player Texas Hold’em tournament. “No other game embodies the challenge of hidden information quite like poker, where each player has information (his or her cards) that the others lack,” Facebook wrote in a blog post. Facebook AI Research, the group behind the poker bot, isn’t developing AI for any specific product, said Noam Brown, the company researcher who led the card-playing work.

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