(Yicai Global) March 28 -- Sina Technology reported that the Texas Hold'em poker artificial intelligence (AI) program Libratus will take on Chinese Texas Hold'em poker players in the 'man-versus-machine game.'
Kaifu Lee, chief executive of Sinovation Ventures, arranged the tournament, which runs from April 6 to 10. The robot and its opponent 'Chinese Dragon Team,' led by poker master Du Yue, will play real-time synchronous games with 12 hands of cards. A total of 36,000 hands are set to be in play during the five-day full performance.
This is the first poker game with artificial intelligence against real players in Asia. Its venue is Hainan province, a tourism and resort island in south China.
Kaifu Lee said, "The aim of Sinovation Ventures in this man-versus-machine poker tourney is to trigger more discussion of future innovation and industrial development of artificial intelligence in China, and to inspire more persons with breadth of vision and young entrepreneurs to engage in and jointly promote AI industry development in China."
Poker robot Libratus -- developed by Professor Tuomas Sandholm and doctoral student Noam Brown of the Carnegie Mellon University -- gained a complete victory against four top professional poker players in Pittsburgh in the US, marking another milestone in AI after AlphaGo -- developed by Alphabet Inc.'s Deepmind -- beat Korean Go master Li Sedol.
Du Yue once won the No-Limit Texas Hold'em Poker Competition in the World Series of Poker last year, and other members of China's Dragon Team are leading veteran players.