Welcome to the home page of the University of Alberta Computer Poker Research Group. We are working on creating computer programs that play poker better than any human being, as a testbed for doing good science. There are many core artificial intelligence and computer science problems that need to be solved to make an excellent player, and games like poker are a fun and controllable way to examine these problems. A longer explanation of why we're looking at poker can be found in Darse Billing's M.Sc. dissertation (Billings, 1995).

For even more detailed information about the past progress, you can look at the following publications which describe the various programs we've worked on over the years.

1997  Loki  (Papp, 1998)
1999  Poki  (Davidson, 2002)
2002  PsOpti/Sparbot  (Billings et al., IJCAI 2003)
2003  Vexbot  (Schauenberg, 2006)
2006  Hyperborean  (Zinkevich et al., NIPS 2007)
2007  Polaris  (Johanson, 2007)
2007  Hyperborean No-Limit  (Schnizlein, 2009)
2009  Hyperborean Ring  (Abou Risk, 2009)

We've made good progress but there are lots of interesting problems left and research is ongoing! To see what we are currently up to, check out the latest news for the CPRG.