Jeopardy is a human problem “solved” by a machine, but poker is a machine problem at the outset. Winning, or maximizing one’s winning potential, is a matter of analyzing a card game as a succession of states, wherein each state offers players probabilities of certain events happening or not happening that can then be maximized in the interests of winning. Poker is a natural computer science problem, but, fortunately, computers are rarely allowed at the table. 
Yet, sometimes they are. Meet Lengpudashi, a poker bot developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University whose name translates to “cold poker master.” Which is perfect. In a recent set of exhibition matches on China’s Hainan island, Lengpudashi won $792,327 in poker chips over the course of five days and 36,000 hands. Its opposition was Team Dragon, a group of human engineers and computer scientists led by Yue Du, an amateur poker player and venture capitalist who took home a 2016 World Series of Poker …
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