The Annual Computer Poker Competition will be held again in 2014, during the month of June. Neil Burch will be returning as one of the competition chairs, with Kevin Waugh replacing Eric Jackson as the second chair. As in previous years there will be heads-up (two player) limit, three player limit, and heads-up no-limit Texas Hold'em competitions. There are a number of changes in the competition this year, with an event being removed, an event being added, and a few smaller changes.
For the first time, we will feature a three player Kuhn poker bankroll tournament. Despite the simplicity of the game, it is unsolvable. That is, unlike in two-player zero-sum games, an agent playing its portion of a Nash equilibrium is not optimal and can be taken advantage of by two coordinated agents. The intent of this contest is to provide a venue to investigate opponent modeling techniques that for statistical or computational reasons cannot be applied in three player Texas Hold’em. Additionally, we hope the drastic reduction in implementation effort will appeal to new competitors and promote a more open environment.
There is one major change in the events which are returning from last year: for heads-up limit, there will still be a total bankroll event, but there will be no instant runoff event. No limit and three player will still have both total bankroll and instant runoff events. Another change is that the three player limit games previously had 1000 hand matches, and will now have 3000 hand matches. Three player matches are now the same length as the two player games. Rules can be found at http://www.computerpokercompetition.org/index.php/competitions/rules
The current plan is to use Amazon EC2 instances again this year, with a final submission deadline of June 2. Note that these machines are quite a bit less powerful than many desktop machines, so if computing resources are a significant issue for you, please check that this is adequate. This year, we are hoping to limit entries to medium (m1.medium), compute-large (c3.large) instances, or smaller instances if possible. See (http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/instance-types/
) for details on Amazon instance types. It is possible to get access to a smaller testing instance through Amazon for free by creating an EC2 account, and all competitors will get access to a full sized competition machine for final testing at least one week prior to the final submission deadline.
expressing their interest. We would like to know which competition events you are interested in entering, and if you have participated in the past. If you require any special software - anything that is not installed by default on an Amazon EC2 instance - you must let us know by May 1, so we can try to make sure your requirements are met. Your expression of interest email is not a formal commitment, but lets us plan for the time and resources required to run the competition.