CFR-DO: A Double Oracle Algorithm for Extensive-Form Games

Stephen McAleer, John Lanier, Pierre Baldi, and Roy Fox

Reinforcement Learning in Games workshop (RLG @ AAAI), 2021

Policy Space Response Oracles (PSRO) is a deep reinforcement learning algorithm for two-player zero-sum games that has empirically found approximate Nash equilibria in large games. Although PSRO is guaranteed to converge to a Nash equilibrium, it may take an exponential number of iterations as the number of information states grows. We propose XDO, a new extensive-form double oracle algorithm that is guaranteed to converge to an approximate Nash equilibrium linearly in the number of infostates. Unlike PSRO, which mixes best responses at the root of the game, XDO mixes best responses at every infostate. We also introduce Neural XDO (NXDO), where the best response is learned through deep RL. In tabular experiments on Leduc poker, we find that XDO achieves an approximate Nash equilibrium in a number of iterations 1-2 orders of magnitude smaller than PSRO. In experiments on a modified Leduc poker game, we show that tabular XDO achieves over 11x lower exploitability than CFR and over 82x lower exploitability than PSRO and XFP in the same amount of time. We also show that NXDO beats PSRO and is competitive with NFSP on a large no-limit poker game.