Poker bots are computer programs that play poker online.One of the most popular bots is the program Polaris from the University of Alberta in Canada.With the Independent Chip Model ICM he can convert the chip equities into dollar equities and determine – based on an assumption on the calling and pushing ranges of the opponents, the optimal strategy (push all-in or fold).In addition to this, a computer bot has no emotions.Heads-Up Fixed Limit Hold’em is definitely one of the variants that can best be “solved” in a mathematical way.On the other hand, with computing power and programming skills permanently improving, it is almost for sure a fact that similar to chess, computer bots will be even able to beat very strong opponents in No Limit Texas Hold’em in the future.Poker rooms have no direct financial interest in catching poker bots. However, the confidence into the poker room disappears if a bot gets caught and this security problem gets known to the public.Therefore, poker rooms are using a set of different mechanisms to detect bots.
The poker rooms have – even in their own interests (first deposit bonus) – taken comprehensive measures to prevent multi-accounting.
And as you probably know: tilt and the desire for “revenge” are large leaks of many human players – another advantage for the poker bot.
A poker bot that became known to the public because it got caught was “Deep Computer”, a computer program multitabling a turbo SNG variation at Full Tilt Poker where players started with only 300 chips.
However, this is only a problem for the poker room, and not directly for the other players.
But the big problem arises when multi-accounting players are using two or more accounts to play poker at the same cash game table or at the same tournament.
Currently, it must be assumed that poker bots are in use.