Poker AI Research Engineer

Job Type:
Dublin, Ireland

Job Purpose

Would the challenge of developing AI in one of the largest gaming communities in the world excite you?

With us you’ll help to develop artificial intelligence (AI) for poker. We will want you to help provide state-of-the-art AI programs which will learn how to play and analyse a large variety of games.  The solutions you will be working on are some of the tools that maintain the safety and integrity of poker on our site.  You will also be helping us learn from and analyse strategies developed through self-play as part of the process of developing the next generation of poker innovations.

Implementing and evaluating algorithms and providing software design and programming for projects will be the major driver in this role.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide AI-based solutions and tools to maintain the safety and integrity of our games
  • Implement state-of-the-art poker AI algorithms for many different game types
  • Help create and extend fully-flexible AI agents
  • Help create and extend a suite of game theory optimal analysis tools
  • Collaborate with teams from throughout the business on AI-based solutions

Skills and Capabilities

  • Bachelors degree in computer science, engineering or a related discipline
  • Knowledge of computational game theory
  • Knowledge of existing poker solution methodologies
  • Strong C++ skills
  • Experience with machine learning and developing AI technologies


  • Masters degree in computer science, engineering or a related discipline
  • Experience in Java, C# and SQL
  • Interest and experience in poker
  • Experience in deep learning and game theory research
  • Experience with distributed computation in clustered, multicore environments

Our Values

  • Focus on the customer
  • Work as a team
  • Strive for excellence
  • Have courage
  • Show passion

Our Culture

We eat, think and dream poker.  We are all a bunch of highly motivated people who love the game of poker and think nothing is better than coming up with a new idea and watching thousands and thousands of players trying it out.  Nothing is more exciting to us than a deep conversation about a new variant and then sitting down to try it ourselves.  We work hard and we hang out together and yes, we even play poker together. If you love poker and want to be part of the team that helps shape poker for the world, this is the place for you!

The Incentives

The salary for this job is based on experience, so whilst we are not able to go into detail at this stage, we can say that we offer great salary packages and also like to throw in a discretionary annual performance bonus.

We offer health and dental insurance for you, your partner and your children (if you all live at the same address). In addition, you are entitled to join our company pension scheme.

Our in-house training and development team deliver fantastic support in terms of developing your skills and helping you progress your career.

We have a canteen which offers hot and cold options for breakfast and lunch. In addition, there is free fresh fruit, snacks and drinks.

Our social team organise great events; including our sensational summer and Christmas parties.

The Company

The Stars Group is the ultimate owner of industry leading gaming brands such as PokerStars, PokerStars Casino, BetStars, Full Tilt, and the PokerStars Live brands, and through its ownership of Sky Betting & Gaming, a mobile-led leading online gaming operator, licenses the Sky Bet, Sky Vegas, Sky Casino, Sky Bingo and Sky Poker online gaming brands.

Collectively, these and other brands of The Stars Group have millions of registered customers globally, forming one of the world’s largest publicly listed online gaming companies.

This role is in the Group’s Dublin service office in the Poker Department.