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>> Computers are better at maths than humans.

OP discussed it but while this is true, it is not necessarily true or straightforward when it comes to games with hidden information like poker. This is more of a game theoretical problem (Economics) than it is a purely mathematical one, which had less support in the AI/ML community, hence the delay.

The lower CPU/GPU/resource use supports that fact as does your intuition. Breaking poker required a lot of manual work and model design over brute force algorithms and reinforcement learning.

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