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||Posted - 03/15/2011 : 01:20:37 AM
The New Gambler: Poker Bots
BUT THEY STILL CAN'T BEAT THE BEST HUMANS
(NEWSER) – Online poker’s not just for humans anymore: Robots have entered the game, and they’re winning tens of thousands, the New York Times reports. Such bots have existed for a while—but only recently have they gotten good at the game, thanks to advances in artificial intelligence. Top game sites like PokerStars and Full Tilt are fighting back against the bots, cutting some accounts and in some cases returning vast quantities of money to real players.
Bots are easy to buy online. One seller notes that some 400 of his customers are barred from Full Tilt, which is thus losing $70,000 in monthly revenue, he says. “They really must have wanted us gone,” though other sites aren't cracking down. But despite advances, “more than 90%” of the bots are bad, and “are losing money,” says a consultant. A professor observes that they “can rival good players, but not the best—yet.”
By Matt Cantor
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||Posted - 03/20/2011 : 10:25:52 PM
With Taylor, he made this incident earn him a living. He's now working with Full Tilt and part of his job is to study and look for poker bots.
||Posted - 03/19/2011 : 07:28:23 AM
SMARTER THAN YOU THINK
Poker Bots Invade Online Gambling
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.
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.
By GABRIEL DANCE