Sophisticated card-playing robots – known as “poker bots” – have now been playing online for years and the trend is accelerating. The increasing activity on poker bots forums and the growing interest generated by the annual poker bot competition (organized by the university of Alberta) are prime indicators of this trend.
Of course, online poker rooms have been fighting bots since the beginning as it hurts their revenues but, detecting bots is becoming more challenging every day as bots improve their counter-detection measures. While Full Tilt, one of the leading online poker rooms, recently successfully detected a network of bots (and redistributed the seized bankrolls, thousands of dollars, to the fooled human opponents), it only shows the tip of the iceberg.
This increasing presence of online poker bots proves, if still needed, that it is a very lucrative business to be in. But how are poker bots raking online money? In other words, how come poker bots are so successful against human players?
Thomas Kessler, founder of www.MyPokerCoach.net (a free Poker coaching service based on a leading bot), explains what makes poker bots so strong:
In the long run, poker bots are winning against humans and this can easily be explained by a number of bots’ intrinsics:
When asked what human players can do to defeat bots, Thomas says: to increase your chances against bots you should definitely train yourself with them to learn their play pattern (www.MyPokerCoach.net genuinely provides a free poker bot) and you should frequently change your online ID so that bots can’t rely on their historic database when playing against you. So, next time you play online, ask yourself if you’re ready to play against bots!
Created by voluntary Artificial Intelligence developers, www.MyPokerCoach.net provides a free online poker coach that has recently proven to be stronger than Poker Academy Pro 2 (the leading commercial poker software).