| Artificial Intelligence in Online Gambling
|Whether you like it or not, AI is
being used all throughout the online gambling world. For many this is alarming,
others embrace it whilst for most it goes unseen. So where is
Early in 2017 the latest incarnation of poker
playing software from the boffins at Carnegie Mellon University of Pittsburgh
took on 4 top human players in a tournament known as Brains vs Artificial
Intelligence at the Rivers Casino. This was an update to a previous event where
the humans had narrowly won. This time they were thrashed.
Now this was
a special event with the software not available to anyone to buy. But
experience shows us that with many people developing these complex algorithms
in a number of universities there will be those who can transfer them to
powerful home computers to replicate the abilities. Its a sure bet that some of
the millions of anonymous avatars out there are fronting smart
One of the new uses for AI in gambling is
for the good of the players. If you ventured onto a site like
online casino there would be nothing to tell you that something was
watching over you. But with modern licensing authorities striving for ever more
player protection the AI bots have a great role to play.
|One of the latest studies carried
out by the University of London has shown great promise for the prevention of
problem gamblers, or detecting those afflicted by ludomania (gambling
addiction). Using sets of algorithms the software developers saw great results
in positively identifying player characteristics that could be identified as
pathological addiction to gambling even before the players knew themselves.
This is great news as many online operators have failed miserably to detect
these through other means.
Moving in the other direction many online bookmakers have
deployed AI to encourage players to think about more and different types of bet
by offering their customers hints of what types of bets have been successful
recently. These types of AI identify short term trends which have no basis in
reality but tempt people by their apparant high rate of success.
Typical of these is to use the Amazon recommendation principle. So as
if you were browsing Amazon and they suggest things you might want to buy,
products like 'nextbet' suggest bets you might be interested in. The
advertising slogan for this type of software is 'bettors want a reason to bet'.
Live matches also get their own AI to generate live bet opportunities based on
the current match status. Its likely that this type of software will be
outlawed in the near future for good reasons.
Several start-up business are now heralding the age of AI
modelling of future and live sporting events like Stratagem. Their products
have credibility problems as the markets have limited capacity and are very
accurate, especially football and tennis where they mostly promote their
products. This is bascially a subscription business model with emphasis on AI
for marketing. If it were good enough to beat multiple markets simultaneously
then there would be no need to sell the product to
Though this is a small market, with few
people playing online for real money, it certainly has growth potential. Neural
network AIs long ago became better than humans by some margin, an example being
eXtreme Gammon. Fast real-time analysis gives the user an advantage over any
player so make sure you playing a real person if money is