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Unless you believe that developing AI is a sure way of bringing the events from Terminator to life, future application of artificial intelligence can be a very interesting thing. One industry that stands to gain a lot from introducing aspects of AI is iGaming. Companies are not the only one that will benefit from it, but players as well, both directly through the use of AI and indirectly from having a better experience during playing. AI has been a buzz word that has caused a lot of controversy in the last decade, but so far, we haven’t seen its impact in any significant way. Some indicators say that it may happen in the next year or two.

AI in gaming

Use of AI in gaming isn’t a new thing. Older folks remember Garry Kasparov’s chess battles against a series of IBM’s computers. First, it was Deep Thought in 1989. Kasparov wiped the floor with it. The next iteration was called Deep Blue in 1996. Kasparov won again 4 – 2 but became the first chess world champion who lost a game to a computer in tournament settings. The next year saw a rematch and the unthinkable happened. Gary Kasparov, one of the best chess players in history, lost a match 2.5 – 3.5 to a bunch of electronic circuits and a piece of cleverly written code. Of course, Kasparov blamed his loss on IBM cheating.

Fast forward 20 years later and it is not even a competition anymore. The current World Chess Champion, Magnus Carlsen, has an Elo rating of 2845. The most powerful chess computer program Stockfish 9 has a rating of 3438. Translated into layman terms, it means that in a hundred matches, Carlsen wouldn’t win a single one. That is how far we have come.

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Creating an Environment for Responsible iGaming

One of the biggest issues some people have with the iGaming industry is that it causes addiction and allows players to continue playing even when in well over their heads. AI can greatly help to curb that trend, by introducing warnings that could prevent addictive behavior and even force players to play responsibly. By analyzing game patterns, it can be easy to recognize players who may develop an addiction and introduce measures to prevent them from it. It can be quite easy to lose track of both time and money while playing your favorite online slot games, but with an AI keeping a watchful eye on you, bad consequences can be avoided.

Fraud Prevention

One of the biggest concerns of online iGaming companies is fraud prevention and AI can do wonders in preventing people from cheating. Ironically, the best tool these cheaters have is AI, so the industry is fighting fire with fire, in a sense. Cheating in modern online casinos is all about patterns and there is no better and faster way of detecting hidden patterns than AI. AI-powered fraud prevention tools can save a lot of money and it is easy to see why more and more companies are using them. Of course, even more, important is preserving their reputation. Nobody wants to play in an online casino that has allowed cheaters to run free, which is a reasonable reaction.

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Data Processing

Data processing is one of the most boring AI applications, but also one of the most powerful ones. It is also an area where we are seeing a massive use of artificial intelligence and machine learning today. Analyzing terabytes of data is a task no human being can accomplish in any reasonable time frame. AI, backed by a powerful computer, can do it in an afternoon, if not faster. By extrapolating the results, AI can make meaningful suggestions on playing styles and create useful feedback to both companies and players.

iGaming has always been at the forefront of technological advancement  and the industry is keen on developing and applying any new solutions that benefit it. AI is no exception and many companies have already incorporated it in some form. There is no reason to doubt that iGaming industry leaders will continue to do so in the future, benefiting both themselves and their players. Well, at least until Skynet takes over.

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