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Are there any ethical considerations relating to the prospect of use of this bot for cheating in real-money games? Either from your internal team or after public replication?

We're really focused on advancing the fundamental AI aspect. We're not here to kill poker. The popular poker sites have quite sophisticated anti-bot measures, but it's true that this is an arms race.

There are no ethical reasons why a game like poker must exist. In fact, poker gives a false sense of hope to the thousands of gambling addicts that enter casinos. It is a fun game, but there are an unlimited potential number of fun games..

1 ethical reason it ‘must exist’ is that it is a man-made game that some people enjoy without causing harm to themselves or others. Not quite sure what you’re suggesting, but “banning poker” is not going to solve the problem of gambling addiction.

I saw people who were going occasionally to casino without problems because nothing makes you lose and tilt so much as poker. I witnessed poker destroying families and people more than other games. There are people who don't like other casino games but lose heaps on poker and before they started poker their lives had more quality and meaning. I don't play other casino games but poker had a really bad influence on my life and the lives of people around me. Also, majority of money from poker comes from the players, not from the viewers and sponsors like in other sports, like football, baseball etc.

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