They are worse than poker sharks. They may have taken over make money everywhere. Theyre probably even sitting right next to you at the poker table. They probably have most of your virtual chips. Human emotion does not stay in their way, and neither does greed, fatigue, or fear. Their tells are non-existent and try as you may, you wont be able to hook them up to a tilt. They are called poker bots. And rumor has it, they are bleeding you dry.
Poker bots are computer programs designed to play online poker in behalf of an actual human being as based on consistent and proven strategy. Knowing of the possible presence of these borderline cheaters within reach of your virtual money is enough to make online poker players think twice of sitting down at online poker tables.
Of course, you should not be discouraged and just keep on playing poker. As we are about to explain, these poker bots are still a long way from being infallible and even farther from being unbeatable. Moreover, online poker rooms are taking more secure measures to make it even more difficult for these poker bots to get through the rooms virtual doors.
But the thing is, there is a huge number of existing poker bots. Countless money-hungry computer programmers are tirelessly pitting technology against humans. So now, there are a lot of poker bots of different kinds, with new ones popping up on make money all the time. This only leads to one clear conclusion: They cannot all be unbeatable. This piece of information may both serve as a caution against depending on them and a consolation to players who worry about playing against them.
What if a table is occupied by more than one poker bot? If you think this hasnt happened, which in fact doesnt happen frequently then who are you kidding? In such instances, some poker bots have got to lose. In fact, only one can win in each hand.
The truth is a poker bot is just like its programmers. Theres this person who built the program and you, the user, will determine the parameters on how the poker bot will play. Thats two human variables directly affecting the actions of the poker bot. So, why not just play the damn game yourself?
Another point to realize is poker is not suited for automated mechanical play. It is a game meant for humans. Sure, a poker bot may not put on a tilt, but neither can they spot a bluff. It puts a large question mark on the benefits of a poker bot to ones game. It is more favorable to practice in improving your game.
Fortunately, these poker bots may not be a threat for long. But you might think, why should these poker rooms care, since poker bots make as much money for them as real people do? The answer is real people get restless. At the risk of their real human customers boycotting online poker altogether, they are now taking notice and are trying to do something about this growing menace.
Many online poker rooms are now installing software that can detect players who seem to be using frequent patterns in their gameplay. Its going to be quite tricky, since it is difficult to identify poker bot play from human play, making it a risky endeavor. Nobody wants to make false accusations or worse, take erroneous action like cancelling a customers account. This is something that they are currently working on.
Now, a new form of competition has been on the rise namely, who can build the better poker bot? Well be on the lookout for online poker rooms hosting bot-only tournaments. Do not laugh; a good number has already done this. Hopefully, the increase in the trend of this practice will encourage poker bot aficionados to carve a niche for themselves that can also be a profitable niche for the online poker industry, and leave the rest of us ordinary folk to play against each other.