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First University Poker Academy

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Want to get into some serious poker education before the next tournament? The University of Alberta's Poki's Poker Academy AI robot opponents could be for you!

With the ongoing poker phenomenon sweeping America on television and the Internet, University of Alberta spin-off company, BioTools is hoping to cash in on the high stakes industry.

The company is using the University’s research wing to launch its online poker game development, marketed as Poki’s Poker Academy to help novices and experts alike.

The software learns patterns and adapts to various playing styles. Developers at BioTools claim that it's not just an advanced poker game but a complex learning tool that can display odds, variables, can graph results as well as the likelihood of certain poker situations.

It forces an opponent to continually change strategies and adapt their play, as it will attempt to exploit any and all weakness or predictability it finds in their playing style and can even bluff, using it’s artificial intelligence (AI) engine.

“Poker has become so popular—this software is for people who don’t yet feel comfortable going to a casino and betting money or for top players who want to improve their game. You could take a good player who would have a tough time beating our game. Poker Academy is for all levels of players,” said Mike Fedeyko, sales and marketing manager at BioTools.

“We are getting closer to beating the best players in the world. Our current programs can acquit themselves quite well against strong opposition, and they continue to become stronger as the research progresses. I do not believe they are superior to the best humans yet, but I believe that day will come—possible within the next year or two,” explains said Darse Billings, a former professional poker player and Alberta PhD student working on the project.

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