Strongest poker bot: artificial intelligence against man

No one is surprised by computer programs that perform various multimedia tasks, and also play against real people in online games. Today there are a lot of poker bots – special programs that can “sit down” with you at a poker table and hold a good party.

Poker bots are in many respects inferior to man, often winning lots. And with every year the bots are getting more and more perfect and better. So, there is an opinion that soon they will surpass professional poker players.

Tartarian 8 – the best poker software

But not only with people poker bots compete. Championships are also organized between them. And during the last such event, the first place was given to the program Tartarian 8, which was developed by PhD student of Carnegie-Mellon University Noam Brown.

In the world poker championship among robots many programs participated. But the first place was won by the bot Tartarian 8. For 10 000 hands the program was not much, but bypassed its main rival – the Slumbot program in Texas unlimited poker. In general, the winning program won each of the competitors for 369 dollars.

Thus, Tartarian 8 became the best bot of modern times, which at the moment can not be beaten by any other computer program.
This computer program was developed by Noam Brown, along with Professor of Computer Technology Tuomas Sandholm. The boat is built on the program Tartanian 7, which is also known under the nickname Claudiсo. But the new development has received more improvements.

The full name of the bot is Baby Tartanian 8. According to the developers, their program can solve any problems with asymmetric information, adjusting to a variety of strategies. And this is what helps the bot to win in the championships, showing the best results.

Tartanian 8 has already been tried in competitions with other bots. Also the previous version of Tartarian competed against people. In the championship of bots and real players, Tartarian was released against four of the strongest poker players. And although the program lost, the gap was minimal. Therefore, we can say that this bot is a worthy competitor to professional poker players.

Prospects for poker bots in the future

After this game, Brown said that in a couple of years the bots will be stronger than all professional poker players. His program Tartarian 8, he promised to improve, so that no one can beat her. In this we can see for ourselves at the championship between people and cars, which will take place already in 2017. It is known that fight with the bot in the championship intends professional poker player Jason Lespok, who will play with the computer program more than 40,000 games in Texas unlimited poker.

Poker experts say that creating a program that can beat a person is possible. And we can already now observe such attempts. And then we’ll see who becomes stronger in poker: a person or a computer program.

Who Are The Poker Players?

With the endless publicity surrounding the World Poker Tour, people are asking the question of who plays in these tournaments? There is a lot of interest in who is the person behind the cards?

The idea of who plays poker online or off often sends many more conservative gamblers squirming back to their Friday Night Poker games for fear of becoming the “textbook gambler” described here in this article. That’s not really a problem because maybe these players need to return to the home front before they pursue the continuation of a less desired path into the world of gambling.

Poker players may come from all walks of life but the good ones understand what sets them apart from the average Joe, just as the truly great players knows what sees them tower above from the pack of simply “good” players.

You will find players who define the game, such as Doyle Brunson who certainly falls into this category. There are many poker players who would love to take a visit inside this man’s head for just a day to see what it is that puts him out in front of so many other players. What makes him such a good player and how can read people when they least expect it?

The colourful life of a poker player is appealing but many people will never play the game effectively enough to draw their income solely from the game. The true poker player is a risk taker and one who is not necessarily fulfilled as a person unless they are able to take enormous risks in life. They are entrepreneurial, competitive and always look for the next challenge after winning the last. Poker players enjoy battling wits and pitting themselves up against a fellow professional. It’s who they are and they are a free spirit who can find true contentment within the game itself.

Real poker players are “cut from the same cloth” as musicians, artists and writers. They are a rare breed who can reach deep inside to pull out a win just when their chips appear to be down. As an artist finds a way to create yet another masterpiece, a great poker player will know when to go in for the kill and pull out ahead with another win under their belt. That’s what they do, they win and because they do, they are the real players of today’s poker.

Drill Master Poker Strategy

Bottom Line

Drill Master is a unique Texas Hold’em training program that will help
improve the game of any player. Although it is primarily designed for
the low limit Texas Hold’em player the concepts of determining pot
odds, analyzing the strength of hands, identifying outs and choosing
the correct starting hands carries over into higher limit and no limit
games. The Calculator mode of the program can even be used as you play
online to help you make decisions in live games and tournaments.

The Program

To win in low limit games you can almost play a basic strategy based on
the math of the game. Your decisions to fold, call or raise will be
based on the pot odds you are getting. To determine pot odds you figure
the odds of your hand being the winner and compare this with the
relationship of the money in the pot to the size of the bet you must
put in to call. If you are getting pot odds that are greater than the
odds off making your hand, then you call. If you are not getting the
right odds, you fold. In the long run you will make money if you base
your decisions on the pot odds. This is where Poker Drill Master can
improve your game. The training modes are designed to teach you how to
quickly identify and calculate the odds.

Poker Drill Master is not a game where you play poker against the
computer, or battle against programmed AI opponents (artificial
intelligence). Instead you learn through a series of random drills or
by analyzing hands that you enter into the calculator.

Poker Drill Master is divided into four main modes: Drill, Calculator,
System, and Outs. These correspond to the four lettered icons in the
main toolbar of the program.

Drill Mode

You should start with the drill mode to hone your
skills in making the right play decisions. Semi-random poker games in
various states of completion are presented to you. It could be
pre-flop, the flop, turn or the river. You are shown how many random
players are still active in the hand. You are given the amount of money
in the pot and the size of the bet you must call. You them answer four
questions based on your hand.

  1. You will determine the probability of your hand being the winner if played to the end.
  2. You then determine how your hand ranks to the other hands.
  3. You must determine the required pot odds needed to continue with the hand.
  4. You calculate your actual pot odds based on the money I the pot.

Every aspect of Drill Mode is configurable from the Options item in the
File menu, so you can fine tune the testing to exactly what you need
the most help with. (Pre-Flop, Flop, Turn or River)

You can copy any hand you encounter in drill mode to the calculator
mode to get a complete analysis of the hand. No matter what your skill
level you may find some surprises when using this mode.

Calculator Mode

The Calculator mode is the brains
behind Poker Drill Master and it is worth the price of the program by
itself. What separates this calculator from others is that you can test
any combination of both known and unknown hands. Most calculators make
you enter a second hand to make a comparison. This doesn’t do you any
good if you are trying to determine the strength of your had against
random unknown hands. Poker Drill Masters lets you do just that. In
fact if you are playing online you can actually have the program
running and enter in your hand during a live game to help you determine
your odds of winning against random hands.

The calculator automatically figures out if it can exhaustively run
every permutation of the game, or runs a few million random games
instead. The execution time for the poker simulator is configurable
from the Options item in the File menu.

Outs and System Modes

The outs mode shows you the probability of making your hand based on
the number of outs you have. Your outs are the number of unseen cards
that can make your hand the winner. The outs mode of Poker Drill Master
is more that just an out chart. The program allows you to enter the
size of the bet you must call. It then calculates the minimum pot odds
needed to make the call a profitable one. You can choose to have it
figure the pot odds for either one or two cards to come. This is also a
handy tool that you can use while playing online.

Choosing which starting hands to play is the most important decision
you will make in Texas Hold’em. Many well known experts have published
their own pre-flop criteria for selecting starting hands that tell when
to fold, call or raise with different opening hands. Some of these are
included with the program. My recommendations for starting hands are
included in the program along with those of Sklansky and others. In
System mode you enter any hand to get the recommendations for playing
any two card combinations based on the system you select. You can t
also copy and tinker with them, or create new ones based on your own
playing style.