I usually train with poker academy and I am wondering how goods are the pokerbots there. What is the truth about them ? How good are they in playing poker ?
It's totaly about artificial intelligence issue. They read the poker table window as an image, and each part of the table with information specific to the hand is analyzed and recorded for computation. No matter how they were written well, no matter how they created in a good intteligence, no bots can be successful as such as a person. Because poker is not only a card game.
The truth about them, they play in in poker rooms more than you think. But today's technology prevents a lot of them. "I believe that poker sites should allow bots, but only on clearly defined tables. Players should know who the bots are, and have the choice if they would like to play them or not," says Barry Greenstein.
Giving an answer to this question is subjective but they are playing good. In the summer 2005, the online poker room Golden Palace hosted a promotional tournament in Las Vegas, at the old Binions, with a $100k giveaway prize. It was billed as the 2005 World Series of Poker Robots. The tournament was bots only with no entry fee. The bot developers were computer scientists from six nationalities who traveled at their own expense. The host platform was Poker Academy. The event also featured a demonstration headsup event with Phil Laak.
First of all Poker academy has shut down. Another company took over their website but they are not related to poker academy.
There are other better poker bots available tough. I use this Poker Bot, you can get a Free Trial there as well. This bot can be customized. You can make it play however you want. It uses Profiles (scripts) for the decision making. You can make a Profile yourself or purchase ones made by professional players.
How good are they in playing poker ?
As mentioned above the Bot that I use can be customized and you can get Profiles that play a professional top level game. The Holdem Bot looks for the following information every time it is your turn to act:
As you can see there is a great deal of information collected. All this information allows for very sophisticated Profiles to be created. One particular MTT profile has 5 different stages, meaning that it switches between different sections of code depending on the size or your stack. The chart below illustrates the different stages.
This is just one profile, there are a lot of profiles available each with their own strategies, some Profiles will bluff whenever it is theoretically safe to do so. The playing possibilities are endless.
Truth of the matter is, it is fairly easy to get a Bot that plays good poker but being profitable is much more important than playing good poker.
The major challenge for a Bot is to not be predictable. It is futile to play good if you are always playing the same. Your opponents will eventually get the upper hand. Keep in mind that players do take notes and there are also a few HUD type software that collect data on players. This is where I find most poker bots fall short, because most of the poker bots available cannot be customized and have their logic hard coded in the program.
I find it extremely important to change Profiles and playing strategy frequently to keep your opponents on their toes. You can change Profiles on the fly with the Holdem Bot and you can even set it to automatically change profiles when your stack reaches a certain size or when a specific number of players is left on the table or even at a specific time interval.
What is the truth about them ? How good are they in playing poker ? I'll speak about post-"Poker Academy" software. Now it is called Poker Genius (http://poker-genius.com). Well they are great both for beginners and more advanced players. For beginners: 1. You can learn the poker rules very fast. 2. Try all kind of games: ring games, MTTs, SnG... 3. Analyze your game. For advanced: 1. Simulate and rign or MTT structure. 2. Set the opponents behavior: play against aggressive, tight...etc. players.
And the biggest advantage for me that you can train offline.