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Poker Bots in Casinos Online


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A lot of gambling chat rooms, news groups and forums devoted to the game of poker often mention so-called card-playing robots more commonly known as “bots,” and these bots are being used on commercial gambling sites.

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Poker Bots in Casinos Online

  1. 1. Poker Bots in Casinos OnlineA lot of gambling chat rooms, newsgroups and forums devoted to thegame of poker often mention so-calledcard-playing robots more commonlyknown as “bots,” and these bots arebeing used on commercial gamblingsites. Most players assume that a lot ofonline poker rooms thrive due to theuse of these special programs that areable to beat an above average playereasily or even maul a novice player. Ina traditional casino setting, you caneasily determine the weak sides of your competitor, figure out his strategy, andobserve him. While in a virtual gaming house, there is no way of telling if youropponent is human and not a program that is used to substitute a real player.If it is true there are a lot of bots capable of beating good players then this could poseas a huge problem in the online poker sector. Without the aid of a system or softwarethat would determine whether a player is a bot or not at online casinos, business couldbe significantly undercut. This feedback is coming from players themselves andgambling figures interested in the further development of the online gaming industry.A few skeptics say that with the complexity of the game and steady changingstrategies, creation of the program that can read opponents’ cards using a specialtechnique of screen scanning and can respond in real time is many decades away atbest. In the University of Alberta in Canada, a computer poker research groupdeveloped an artificially intelligent automation known as VexBot. This robot can playpoker at master level in a game of two players.The new program has been tested to the frontiers of artificial intelligence since it willbe the basis for commercial poker tutorial programs. As soon as the news about aprogram was published by the media regarding the bot, several letters were receivedmentioning the danger of system use for the purposes of illegal gambling business.Darse Billings, lead designer of VexBot, considers that the probability of the use ofbots in commercial sites is about 50:50. He also said that all of the modern programscan unlikely match his creation, a ten-year worth of team specialist research.Billings said, “The strategy of the game is difficult, and to sit down and write a programthat can beat a table of experienced human players is no trivial task.”The challenge in the creation of the system was its ability to employ certain tasks suchas bluffing and laying traps. That’s why artificial intelligence was added to the system,capable not only to calculate probabilities, but also make use of logic in the game tomodel its opponents’ behaviors.
  2. 2. The creators of VexBot said that the main advantage of the robot is it has noemotions, therefore, it will not feel shame, nervousness and the like. The robot will beindifferent to the most aggressive player.Journalists, on the other hand, who study the problem of poker bots, note that it’svery hard to see the whole picture because of the unwillingness of many gamblingoperators to answer upon the requests of this issue. There is no high-quality programthat is able to observe suspicious poker sites having unusual game patterns.A representative of Cryptologic Company commenting on the issue said that someplayers suspected of using bots have been banned from member sites. Sometimes, itis just impossible to be sure who plays as a human or as a robot. However, a companyexposing all unusual strategies prefers to be reinsured and wants to protect itself fromthe possible socializing with a bot.Professional players on the matter said that the advantage of having a bot wouldmean the bot being able to play 25 casinos simultaneously, two tables a piece. Evenif it’s playing a minimum $10-$20 on a game, it can earn $1000 an hour, if suchbot exists. Skeptics are sure that poker will still continue to gain popularity despiteall the threats from the side of programmers. In their opinion, it’s just a matter oftime before more people want to create their own bot only to be remembered but allthese attempts are doomed to fail. If you want to join in the discussion, try where poker enthusiasts have a lot to share!