We Discovered Exactly What an AI Knows About Poker...
The latest craze for AI-generated art, self-portraits and chats has got even the poker world abuzz, and here at PokerNews we couldn't help but see what exactly what ChatGPT knows about poker.
For those of you who don't know, ChatGPT is a language model that uses Reinforcement Learning from Human Feedback (RLHF), to interact with humans in a conversational manner. Below are some edited highlights from the conversations PokerNews had with ChatGPT.
So lets see exactly what this AI knows about poker, and whether it has any advice for PokerNews readers. Note: Everything in Italics comes straight from ChatGPT with minimal editing for brevity and readability.
What do you think about poker?
An easy enough place to start — what does the AI think about the game that we all know and love?
"I think poker is a fun and exciting game that can be enjoyed by people of all skill levels," said ChatGPT. "It's a great way to test your strategic thinking and decision-making skills, and can be a social activity as well.
"There are many different variations of poker, so there's always something new to learn and try."
What do you think is better - live poker or online poker?
The age old question — feel the cards and hear the chips being shuffled, or multi-table from the comfort of your own home. We wanted to know the answer from ChatGPT, but they said there wasn't a definitive answer to the question, with both live and online poker having their own unique advantages and disadvantages.
"Live poker allows players to interact with each other face-to-face, which can add a social element to the game.
"Online poker, on the other hand, allows players to participate from anywhere with an internet connection, which can be more convenient.
"Ultimately, the choice between live and online poker comes down to personal preference. Some people may prefer the social aspect of live poker, while others may prefer the convenience of online poker."
How do you get better at poker?
PokerNews has plenty of poker strategy articles to help you improve your poker skills, but ChatGPT also has their own ideas on how to get better at poker.
"One effective way to get better at poker is to practice and play as much as you can. This will give you the opportunity to try out different strategies and see how they work in real game situations.
"Another way to improve is to study and learn from experienced players. This can include reading books or articles about poker strategy, watching instructional videos, or joining a poker forum or community where you can discuss the game with other players.
"Additionally, it's important to stay focused and maintain a good mental attitude while playing. This can help you make better decisions and avoid making costly mistakes."
Do you think anyone can become a professional poker player?
The journey to becoming a professional poker player is long and arduous, and ChatGPT agrees that although it's possible for anyone to achieve this goal, it's by no means an easy task.
"Playing poker professionally requires a combination of skill, dedication, and luck. It's important to have a deep understanding of the game, including the rules and strategies, and to be able to make quick and accurate decisions.
"Professional poker players also need to be able to manage their bankroll effectively and handle the ups and downs of the game.
"In addition to these skills, it's also important to be able to maintain a positive attitude and stay focused during long and grueling sessions. Becoming a professional poker player is a challenging but potentially rewarding pursuit."
What should be done about the use of bots and real-time assistance (RTA) in poker?
We thought we'd take the opportunity to ask the bot what they think about...bots.
"The use of bots and real-time assistance (RTA) in poker has been a source of controversy and debate within the poker community. Some people argue that the use of these tools gives an unfair advantage to players who use them, and that they should be banned in order to maintain the integrity of the game.
"Others argue that the use of these tools is a form of skill, and that players who use them should be allowed to compete on an equal footing with others. There is no definitive answer to this question, and different poker organizations and venues may have different rules and regulations regarding the use of bots and RTA.
"Ultimately, the decision about how to handle these tools in poker is up to the individual players and the organizations that host the games."
In addition to the questions above, we couldn't help but get ChatGPT to answer once and for all certain famous poker questions:
Who is the best poker player in history?
"There are many factors to consider when trying to determine the best poker player in history, and the answer is likely to be a matter of personal opinion.
"Some of the most successful and respected poker players in history include Johnny Moss, Johnny Chan, Stu Ungar, and Phil Ivey."
Is Pot-Limit Omaha really "The Great Game"?
"While Pot-Limit Omaha is a popular and exciting variant of poker, it is ultimately up to individual players to decide whether they think it is the "great game" or not."
Would you call an all-in if it was the first hand of the WSOP Main Event and you had pocket aces?
"It is generally considered to be poor strategy to go all-in with pocket aces on the first hand of a poker tournament, especially a high-stakes event like the World Series of Poker Main Event."
Will Shillibier is based in the United Kingdom. He started working for PokerNews as a freelance live reporter in 2015 and joined the full-time staff in 2019. He graduated from the University of Kent in 2017 with a B.A. in German. He also holds an NCTJ Diploma in Sports Journalism.