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Bryan Taylor, 36, could not shake the feeling that something funny was going on. Three of his most frequent opponents on an online poker site were acting oddly, playing in ways that were so similar it was suspicious.
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Mr. Taylor, who started playing poker professionally in 2008, suspected that he was competing against computers — specifically bots, short for robots — that had been programmed to play poker and beat the odds.

And he was right. After an investigation, the site Mr. Taylor frequented, PokerStars, determined that his opponents had been computers masquerading as people and shut them down.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/14/sc...ref=technology

For some reason, this is just depressing. Similar to Watson wasting people on Jeopardy.
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I know 2 people that multi table for a bit of cash on the side, they play within the odds never taking chances and make quite a bit of money. Its not even playing real poker its just memorizing card odds tables and folding allot. Im assuming these bots do the same thing but on a larger scale and they dont have to sleep.
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Punkbuster for online poker now?
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Honestly wouldnt surprise me if the poker companies themselves ran bots.
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I play poker, and honestly these bots are only worrisome for the low low stakes from 0.01/0.02 cent to 0.25/0.50 and $1/2. Full Tilt and Pokerstars do their best to shut down the bot players, and have credited those who have been cheated. Players that play the higher stakes usually "scope" out players before hand so they can play the bad/losing players. There is no "memorizing card odds", unless your memorizing the chances your opponent has AA when you have KK which is pretty useless. But poker is a skill game, and those that have exploited their skill have made millions like jungleman12, Isidur,Durrr, Ivey, online.
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Hmmmm my boss's son has a friend that won $6 million (total across many many tournaments) in online poker. Makes me wonder if he used some sort of botting tricks like mentioned here. With online poker it's also a lot easier to count cards. My suggestion is leave real life away from the internet. A serious gambling game like poker isn't very "online friendly."
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post #7 of 28
Guys there is no "counting cards" or "memorizing odds" in poker.
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I wondered what took so long. I mean I hate bots but something like this where money could be made you figure it'd just be rampant.
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Actually poker bots have been around for a long long time...

It's just that some gambling reporter decided to write about it...

The whole concept behind the bot is to train it how to answer, through coding, telling it when to fold and when to alert the master there is a hot hand in play...etc..

So the user can ignore the table till a hot hand is dealt, like smoking aces, etc..

With these bots people can play 8 games of poker at once! If the bots are any good, they make you money too!
Edited by _GTech - 3/15/11 at 9:30pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by pear_b View Post
Guys there is no "counting cards" or "memorizing odds" in poker.
Yes there is.
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