The Anarchist’s Pokerbook

How to Build a Poker Bot

by , May 10, 2008 | 1:18 am


James in Dallas sends along a link to some talk going on among not-so-pokery programmer types about how to build a poker bot. (I sent a reply to the Craigslist ad — using a different email address even — but for some reason those poker-bot hawkers haven’t yet replied.)

Anyhow, the code monkeys have been chirping about details for nearly two years, and now, perhaps like scientists working on the Manhattan Project, some are showing their work:

Poker bots, underground online poker boiler rooms, and collusion are a reality. That doesn’t mean online poker’s not worth playing, just that it pays to be educated about what’s possible. Furthermore, there should be public discussion regarding what to do about it because one thing’s certain: computers and programming languages aren’t exactly going to be getting less powerful. The rise of the poker bots is a virtual certainty. I’d like to see the major online poker venues open up their famously vague “bot detection” and “anti-collusion” strategies to public scrutiny, as cryptography and security providers learned to do years ago. The best security algorithms and techniques all have the weight of public review behind them and I don’t see how online poker’s any different.


15 Comments to “The Anarchist’s Pokerbook ”


  1. 85nutz
    says:

    I think the link to leave a comment should be at the bottom of each post rather than the top, easier to click on once you read the entire post 🙂


  2. 85nutz
    says:

    Okay apparently I’m either really dumb or something is a mock. These comments should have been left on the “Something looks different” section. You see, the dotted (or dashed) line right above looked like the dividing line between posts so I tried to click on the one associated with the right post but I guess it didn’t work out. Maybe next time either I’ll be sober or something will be different and I’ll screw up again 🙂


  3. Ed
    says:

    Hmm..we put quite a bit of spacing between new posts and took away spacing from the comments and dashed line so it was right below the correct posting. Are you using IE?


  4. tbonezz111
    says:

    NO.. he was using Crown on the rocks!


  5. UK Poker Player
    says:

    How very Anarchist Poker of you 🙂 I had no idea that pokerbots are bots or computer programs that play online poker disguised as a human opponent, although I’m not surprised this exists. You have some great articles on your site.


  6. DanM
    says:

    Wait, are you being sarcastic? You link back to an online poker site, presumably because you have some interest in it … so if you really didn’t know about this, yikes, that’s scary!

    Square up, Blackpool pimper … is the entire concept of poker bots really new to you?


  7. DanM
    says:

    P.S. Go Wigan! (And maybe Bolton, too!)


  8. zach
    says:

    something weird just happened to me on full tilt, was in a $75 trny with AK, flop was aq4, guy bets on flop i called. As soon as I called I lost control of my options in the FT software. It auto check me as soon as the turn came out, he bet and it auto folded me. I had no options checked, like “fold to any bet” option, nothing was checked


  9. Ed
    says:

    sounds like you could have a trojan. downloaded anything lately (porn, pirated game, poker bot software you thought would work?)

    That is the only way they would be able to “control” your actions.


  10. DanM
    says:

    I’ve had something similar happen to me before — I think it was way back in the PartyPoker days. I’m no Ed when it comes to programming stuff, but i don’t think it was a bot or a virus — just a glitch. Send tech support an email. I will be curious to see what they say/do.


  11. DanM
    says:

    Ed, no gravatar?


  12. Ed
    says:

    don’t like signing up for sites just to post my avatar places. but i know it will make ya feel better if i do it…so here it goes.


  13. DanM
    says:

    but if you could do it here, on pokerati, where you’re already signed up, then you would have no prob with it?

    interesting. don’t tell scott, or he won’t let me forget it!


  14. Ed
    says:

    it had nothing to do with signing up here…i didnt want to sign up there. but for you…i would do anything. ok…almost anything.

    happy now? 😛


  15. Jason B
    says:

    This one time I was playing on yahoo for free points, before my glory days of the .01/.02 tables and I had the same thing happen to me regarding the software “malfunctioning” on me. I wrote a email to yahoo technical support for 3 months straight with no reply. Then I got so frustrated with the situation and the fact I was owed 125,780 yahoo points that I made a tshirt that says “Yahoo owes me 125,780 poker points”. Oddly, I wore it to a bar I regularly attend and ran into a fella who experienced the same thing. We circulated a web petition on Myspace for about 2 weeks and recieved about 70 signatures and maybe 2 or 3 relatiable stories. I emailed the petition to yahoo as a form of protest and boycott of yahoo poker. I have yet to get a reply, but I think they got my message. I’ll have you know when I’m sitting at the yahoo poker table and see players enjoying poker and recieving their points, I pat myself on the back for my efforts to insure “intregrity” to the game kind of like the PPA does towards the UGIEA bill!