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An investigation into tournament poker strategy using evolutionary algorithms

Carter, R. G. and Levine, J. (2007) An investigation into tournament poker strategy using evolutionary algorithms. [Proceedings Paper]

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Abstract

In this paper we assess the hypothesis that a strategy including information related to game-specific factors in a poker tournament performs better than one founded on hand strength knowledge alone. Specifically, we demonstrate that the use of information pertaining to opponents’ prior actions, the stage of the tournament, one’s chip stack size and seating position all contribute towards a statistically significant improvement in the number of tournaments won. Additionally, we test the hypothesis that a strategy which combines information from all the aforementioned factors performs better than one which employs only a single factor. We show that an evolutionary algorithm is successfully able to resolve conflicting signals from the specified factors, and that the resulting strategies are statistically stronger.

Item type: Proceedings Paper
ID code: 32287
Keywords: computer games, gaming, poker, evolutionary algorithms, Electronic computers. Computer science
Subjects: Science > Mathematics > Electronic computers. Computer science
Department: Faculty of Science > Computer and Information Sciences
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Depositing user: Pure Administrator
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2011 15:32
Last modified: 17 Jul 2013 13:47
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/32287

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