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Artificial Intelligence and online poker: will technologies change the future of the game?

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Today we sat down to talk with Igor Terebinov, Deputy CEO of PokerMatch International, about whether artificial intelligence could kill the future of online poker

 

AI can launch a new era of poker

The world’s coding geniuses have always considered poker to be the most complex game. Whereas, for example, all pieces are clearly visible on a chessboard, and the strategy itself is calculated for many moves ahead, in poker, the cards of all opponents are closed, so the winning options were selected based on incomplete data. Nevertheless, the machine with a specially launched program managed to master the methodology of using the well-known bluff. Before that, it was believed that machine intelligence was incapable of deliberate provocation and that only a human could bluff in poker.

Speaking about the beginning of a new era of poker, we can say that we are all already in it. Poker is a game that never stands still and is constantly evolving, and we can already see how much it has changed since its creation or over the past few years. However, it’s too early to say that AI will replace human speaking skills. It can be argued that artificial intelligence can make a significant contribution to the development of poker and change its dynamics, but it is a mistake to believe that it will start a new poker era. The game of poker is a challenging task for AI as it requires decision-making based on uncertainty and incomplete information. Thus, AI can help players make more informed decisions and improve their game strategy, but it cannot completely replace a player.

It is expected that the development of artificial intelligence will have an impact on poker as the technology improves over time. Currently, artificial intelligence is not flexible enough in terms of strategies and is very expensive to use. Therefore, it is not yet used in real online games.

 

How artificial intelligence is used in poker

I have to admit that artificial intelligence can be a useful tool for poker players, helping them to make more informed decisions and improve their game strategy. However, it is important to understand that the use of AI in poker does not guarantee victory at all, as the game of poker depends primarily on random factors and the intellectual and psychological skills of players.

AI in poker can perform the following functions:

  • Game strategy development: AI can be used to develop optimal poker strategies that can help players make more informed decisions during the game.
  • Data analysis: artificial intelligence can analyze large amounts of data that can help determine optimal strategies and predict game outcomes.
  • Probability analysis: AI is able to analyze the probability of a particular combination of cards appearing on the table.
  • Predicting opponents’ actions: analyzing the behavior of opponents and predicting their actions during the game.
  • Determining the opponent’s level: analyzing the opponent’s gaming style and determining their level. This can help players adapt to the opponent’s playing style.

 

Ethical and legal implications of using AI in poker

First of all, it should be remembered that the use of artificial intelligence in online poker is illegal in many countries and can lead to serious legal consequences. As I have already mentioned, the game of poker is based largely on human skills, such as reading facial expressions, making strategic decisions, and understanding the game and behavioral characteristics of other players. Using AI to influence the outcome of the game contradicts the ethical principles of the game and may harm the experience of other players. If you personally want to improve your poker skills, artificial intelligence will not help you in this, but will only harm you. After all, over time, you may lose your intuitive abilities and skills of behavioral characteristics of your opponents.

Moreover, the use of AI can lead to a threat to player privacy, as some of them can access poker players’ personal data and use it for their own purposes.

 

Can AI “kill” the future of online poker?

I would say no, it is almost impossible. Yes, artificial intelligence can harm gaming in its classic sense – users will play for money, not pleasure, using AI algorithms and tactics. Players may stop improving their skills by trusting artificial intelligence. Some argue that AI may kill the original spirit of the poker game, as the winner may no longer be the one who can read opponents and calculate everything in advance, but the one who can memorize the most patterns and apply them in the game.

That is, AI can harm online poker, but it does not mean that it will completely replace human intelligence in this game. After all, poker is a game that requires not only computational abilities but also intuition, experience, and the ability to read other players.

In general, the prospects for the development of artificial intelligence in the field of gambling can be useful if they are used to create fairer and safer conditions for the game.

 

The future of the poker industry in general

The poker sector has long been one of the most popular and profitable gambling industries. In recent years, the online poker market has expanded significantly thanks to innovative technologies that continue to be constantly introduced into the game. Therefore, all indicators and favorable development conditions point to an increasing demand for online poker among users.

Gamification will become a separate development vector. Gambling will increasingly move towards gamification, become faster and more interesting. We can already see trends when users choose a platform to play not because it has the best conditions, but because it has some unique feature, you can boost your level, character, get achievements, etc. To some extent, our niche competes with games, video hosting, and other entertainment platforms where users come to get their own kind of dopamine.

Let’s not forget about artificial intelligence. In the future, AI will definitely be used to create interesting and dynamic gaming situations that will adapt to the player’s level and style of play. Also, AI can be used to create more realistic virtual opponents using VR technologies that will take into account all possible game development options.

The use of blockchain technologies in poker will also grow rapidly. Blockchain will be used to store and exchange information between players, such as game history and results. This will help to increase the transparency of the game and reduce the possibility of disputes.

George Miller (Gyorgy Molnar) started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Lottery Industry Analysis and Opportunities to 2033: Scratch-Off Instant Games Expected to Register the Fastest Growth

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The “Lottery Global Market Opportunities and Strategies to 2033” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

This report describes and explains the lottery market and covers 2018-2023, termed the historic period, and 2023-2028, 2033F termed the forecast period. The report evaluates the market across each region and for the major economies within each region.

The global lottery market reached a value of nearly $355.7 billion in 2023, having grown at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.6% since 2018. The market is expected to grow from $355.7 billion in 2023 to $453.7 billion in 2028 at a rate of 5%. The market is then expected to grow at a CAGR of 3% from 2028 and reach $525.1 billion in 2033.

Growth in the historic period resulted from the increase in advertising strategies and promotions of lottery products, expansion of multi-jurisdictional lottery games and strong economic growth in emerging markets. Factors that negatively affected growth in the historic period were increase in fraud in gambling and lotteries and regulation on age limit for selling lotteries.

Going forward, changes in legislation and regulation regarding lottery operations, growing popularity of online lottery and global population growth and urbanization will drive the growth. Factor that could hinder the growth of the lottery market in the future include intense competition from casinos and other forms of entertainment and economic recession or instability.

The lottery market is segmented by type into lotto, quizzes type lottery, numbers game, scratch-off instant games, terminal-based games and other types. The lotto market was the largest segment of the lottery market segmented by type, accounting for 31.3% or $111.5 billion of the total in 2023. Going forward, the scratch-off instant games segment is expected to be the fastest growing segment in the lottery market segmented by type, at a CAGR of 6.2% during 2023-2028.

The lottery market is segmented by platform into online and offline. The offline market was the largest segment of the lottery market segmented by platform, accounting for 96.8% or $344.1 billion of the total in 2023. Going forward, the online segment is expected to be the fastest growing segment in the lottery market segmented by platform, at a CAGR of 8.9% during 2023-2028.

The lottery market is segmented by category into charitable lotteries and prize home lotteries. The charitable lotteries market was the largest segment of the lottery market segmented by category, accounting for 70.3% or $250.2 billion of the total in 2023. Going forward, the prize home lotteries segment is expected to be the fastest growing segment in the lottery market segmented by category, at a CAGR of 6% during 2023-2028.

North America was the largest region in the lottery market, accounting for 36.8% or $131 billion of the total in 2023. It was followed by Asia Pacific, Western Europe and then the other regions. Going forward, the fastest-growing regions in the lottery market will be Middle East and South America where growth will be at CAGRs of 10.8% and 7.8% respectively. These will be followed by Asia Pacific and Africa where the markets are expected to grow at CAGRs of 6.8% and 6.7% respectively.

The global lottery market is fairly fragmented, with a large number of players operating in the market. The top ten competitors in the market made up to 16.09% of the total market in 2022. The market concentration can be attributed to the presence of large number of players in different geographies. Prominent players are acquiring the products and entering into partnerships with the other companies to consolidate their market positions across the globe, while others are distributing products. The New York State Lottery was the largest competitor with a 3.28% share of the market, followed by New York State Gaming Commission with 3.27%, Camelot Group with 2.78%, Georgia Lottery Corp. with 1.91%, Loterias y Apostasy Del Estado with 1.64%, Singapore Pools with 1.18%, Francaise des Jeux with 0.65%, Arizona Lottery with 0.47%, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation with 0.46% and Lotto NZ with 0.44%.

The top opportunities in the lottery market segmented by type will arise in the lotto segment, which will gain $30.7 billion of global annual sales by 2028. The top opportunities in the lottery market segmented by platform will arise in the offline segment, which will gain $92.5 billion of global annual sales by 2028. The top opportunities in the lottery market segmented by category will arise in the charitable lotteries segment, which will gain $62.1 billion of global annual sales by 2028. The lottery market size will gain the most in China at $13.6 billion.

Market-trend-based strategies for the lottery market include innovative product developments with focus on scratch-off games, strategic collaborations and partnership to expand reach and capabilities, introduction of mobile lottery apps to improve user convenience, use of data analytics for enhanced lottery insights and roll out of new lottery games to redefine entertainment.

Player-adopted strategies in the lottery market include strengthening operational capabilities through new product developments and expanding product portfolio through strategic partnerships.

To take advantage of the opportunities, the analyst recommends the lottery companies to focus on innovating lottery offerings, focus on mobile apps for enhanced lottery services, focus on innovative lottery games for enhanced player engagement, focus on data-driven insights to navigate lottery market dynamics, focus on fastest growing market segments: scratch-off instant games and quizzes type lottery, focus on online market segment for growth, expand in emerging markets, continue to focus on developed markets, focus on strategic collaborations, focus on competitive pricing strategies for market expansion, focus on strategic promotion mix for optimal lottery market visibility, target smartphone users and focus on customer-centric engagement for enhanced lottery market reach.

Scope

Markets Covered:

  1. by Type: Lotto; Quizzes Type Lottery; Numbers Game; Scratch-Off Instant Games; Terminal-Based Games; Other Types
  2. by Platform: Offline; Online
  3. by Category: Charitable Lotteries; Prize Home Lotteries

Key Companies Mentioned: The New York State Lottery; New York State Gaming Commission; Camelot Group; Georgia Lottery Corp; Loterias y Apostasy Del Estado

Time Series: Five years historic and ten years forecast

Data: Ratios of market size and growth to related markets; GDP proportions; expenditure per capita; lottery indicators comparison

Data Segmentation: Country and regional historic and forecast data; market share of competitors; market segments

Key Attributes

Report Attribute Details
No. of Pages 301
Forecast Period 2023 – 2033
Estimated Market Value (USD) in 2023 $355.7 Billion
Forecasted Market Value (USD) by 2033 $525.1 Billion
Compound Annual Growth Rate 4.0%
Regions Covered Global

 

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes, but is not limited to:

  • The New York State Lottery
  • New York State Gaming Commission
  • Camelot Group
  • Georgia Lottery Corp
  • Loterias y Apostasy Del Estado
  • Singapore Pools
  • Francaise des Jeux
  • Arizona Lottery
  • Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation
  • Lotto NZ
  • 1x-bet.in
  • Dhankesari Lottery Sambad
  • Lottery Sambad Result
  • Takarakuji-official.jp
  • Ichiban Kuji Club
  • The Lott
  • Lotterywest
  • Oz Lotteries
  • 500.com
  • Baidu Inc
  • China Sports Lottery Operation and Management Co. Ltd.
  • 360 Lottery
  • QQ lottery
  • National Lottery
  • Jackpot.com
  • Betfred Lotto
  • Intralot SA
  • Zeal Network SE
  • Francaise des Jeux (FDJ)
  • EU Lotto Limited
  • Legacy Eight Curacao N.V
  • Wejdz do swiata LOTTO
  • Megalotto
  • SYNOT W, a. s.
  • Betfred Lotto
  • DraftKings Inc.
  • BetAmerica
  • LeoVegas AB
  • Jackpocket
  • Mido Lotto
  • Prize Pool
  • Scientific Games Corp
  • Long Game
  • Linq3
  • EMIDA Technologies
  • Atlantic Lottery Corporation
  • Hipodromo Argentino de Palermo
  • GammaStack
  • Mega Sena
  • Quina
  • Lotofacil
  • Dupla Sena
  • Mifal HaPayis
  • Milli Piyango Idaresi
  • O! Millionaire
  • NeoGames S.A.
  • Emirates Draw
  • Mahzooz
  • BuyLottoOnline
  • Camelot Lottery Solutions Group
  • Ithuba National Lottery
  • wow!lotto
  • Lottomania Nigeria

 

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AU10TIX Risk Assessment Model Exposes Critical Vulnerabilities in Identity Verification Processes

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AU10TIX, a global technology leader in identity verification and management, today launched a free Risk Assessment Model that enables businesses to conduct an initial assessment of their exposure to operational, security and identity fraud risk.

Drawing insights from billions of transactions processed globally and years of expertise in risk assessment and mitigation, the model provides personalized insights and actionable recommendations to safeguard against critical fraud vulnerabilities in identity verification processes.

By taking five minutes to answer ten brief questions specific to their business, sector, security measures, and ID verification processes, organizations receive a customized Risk Assessment Report highlighting vulnerabilities across different key areas. The report provides high-level recommendations for bolstering overall security and operational resilience, enabling businesses to proactively manage their risk landscape rather than react to incidents.

Identity fraud risk assessment is crucial for companies that handle substantial financial transactions and are exposed to compliance liabilities, such as payments, banking, crypto/trading, etc. It helps identify potential vulnerabilities in the systems and processes that could enable unauthorized access or misuse of the data. It also ensures compliance with industry regulations, protecting organizations against potential legal consequences and financial damages.

“Our new Risk Assessment Model is designed to provide initial indicators of potential risks, offering companies a clear starting point for understanding how we can help them accommodate and mitigate these challenges effectively,” said Dan Yerushalmi, CEO of AU10TIX. “The tool is integral in demonstrating our proactive approach to fraud prevention and the strategic support we offer our customers.”

This announcement underscores AU10TIX’s dedication to leading the market in compliance and security standards. By tailoring assessments to specific business environments, the new model enhances risk management strategies and bolsters overall security and operational resilience. AU10TIX is committed to delivering robust technology and comprehensive, integrated risk management solutions that help businesses stay ahead of potential risks and regulatory changes.

 

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XSOLLA JOINS FORCES WITH GAMES FOR CHANGE TO EMPOWER NEXT-GENERATION GAME DEVELOPERS TO DRIVE SOCIAL CHANGE

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Xsolla, a global video game commerce company, is honored to announce its participation in the upcoming 2024 Games for Change Festival, the annual must-attend event for anyone interested in the power of games and immersive media to foster social impact. This Games for Change collaboration highlights Xsolla’s commitment to fostering innovation and education within the gaming community.

This year’s Festival theme, “The 2030 Marker: A Catalyst for Global Change,” emphasizes gaming’s transformative power in addressing global sustainability goals. Xsolla is set to play a significant role at the event, showcasing its pioneering educational programs, such as the recent opening of the Xsolla Curine Academy in Kuala Lumpur, the unveiling of the Xsolla Online Academy, and the future vision of Xsolla Global Academies around the world, which are designed to accelerate learning and development in game creation.

Berkley Egenes, Chief Marketing and Growth Officer at Xsolla, will speak about these impactful initiatives to provide equal access to the gaming industry at the Festival. Berkley stated, “At Xsolla, we are committed to driving innovation and supporting the next generation of game developers. Our programs, like the Xsolla Online Academy and the Xsolla Global Academy, are designed to empower participants with the necessary tools and knowledge to thrive in the dynamic gaming industry – now and into the future.”

Xsolla will present the gaming industry’s Most Innovative Award at the Games for Change Awards Ceremony, celebrating exceptional creativity and advancement in game development. This award is part of Xsolla’s ongoing effort to support and promote excellence in the gaming sector.

Susanna Pollack, President of Games for Change, commented on the partnership: “We are delighted to collaborate with Xsolla for the 2024 Games for Change Festival. Their commitment to education and innovation in the gaming industry perfectly aligns with our goals. Together, we aim to demonstrate how games can be a powerful force for social and environmental good.”

The two-day Festival will take place June 27-28 in New York City (The New School/Parson’s School of Design), bringing together global voices to ignite community engagement and drive social change through games and immersive technologies. For more information on Xsolla’s involvement in the Games for Change Festival and details on how to participate in or attend the event, please visit gameforchange website.

 

 

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