This website is dedicated to our favorite toy, the
online pokerbot. Let's face it: The lower stakes Hold'em tables at most online casinos these days are
becoming bot wars, like it or not. It's a game of
who's bot can beat who's bot at the micro through 1/2
limits. And it's a fun game! Why not get in there with
your own bot and see if you can beat the competition?
The best one we've seen is the Shanky Technologies Holdem Bot available
- which works at about ten popular online poker sites,
can be easily customized by low-tech poker players, and
has an active community of users who share experience
and help each other create new profiles. This bot actually plays
No Limit cash games extremely well right out of
the box, and has good free profiles available for all manner of
tournaments. Shanky also sells very impressive bots for
Pot-Limit Omaha, both Hi and Hi-Lo.
of Poker Bots
bots are near out of the box products; just open them,
select a few user options, and let them loose. Perhaps you would find it more fun to
design an entire playing profile yourself? You can do
that too, by learning to use the simple commands known
as PPL (Poker Programming Language). Most poker
players pick it up quickly and you don't need any
programming background. This way the user can control
100% of the bot's actions for any poker situation. The
Bonus Bots forum has many free profiles available that
are quite good, and an active marketplace where the
members sell and trade profiles (not to mention add-on
software such as automatic table-hoppers and SNG
popular type of online poker bot requires a third party software
decision brain; the most widely used is Online Poker Inspector
affectionately known as "OPI" among poker bot enthusiasts.
The problem with these programs is that the
decision-programming is limited to what these 3rd party
software programs are capable of. Consequently they are markedly
inferior to a bot that was programmed up from scratch by
a top player.
These come and go, but
because there are much better bots available, OPI bots
are pretty much dead.
other hand, if you are a programmer yourself and just
want a head start on building a winning bot, then you
will probably be happy with Open Holdem. This is a working
poker bot platform which requires Python and C/C++
knowledge in order to complete the playing profile and
configure the software for use and different poker rooms. This route is
both challenging and rewarding, but you are looking at
quite a project before you have a winning program on your
hands. Open Holdem is open source and thus free, but its
for hi-tech geeks only.
$500+ sign-up bonus at most online poker rooms
is nothing to sneeze
at. With a break-even bot (one that doesn't lose), they
fully cashable while you sleep! Just be careful, because
if you are using a losing bot you likely won't see any
of that bonus and may end up losing money to boot. With
a winning bot you should see all of those bonuses as
profit, plus some winnings to boot (depending on the strategy you use
for cashing them). This all boils down to a few
crucial decisions, made over and over again.
is a critical element for many pokerbot users. See our
page for more info on this topic.
Poker Bot Blog