I got my first real six-string PDF Print E-mail
Written by Indiana   
ImageI wish I was that much into poker when I was a student. Or my advisors and the department I was in were more creative in applying science. Years later when I see that a student did his bacheloror master thesis on poker I think of one thing. Not how useful university was for him, or how useless it was, I think of just that he had fun studying. And we had fun being part of that: The author of An Artificial Intelligence Agent for Texas Hold'em Poker Patrick McCurley writes in his chapter with acknolwedgements: "One of my biggest sources of inspiration and ideas came from regulars of the ?PokerAI? forums ( Not only did they provide a centralised library of useful material and offer an incredible amount of hand history samples in which to apply my solution to, I always felt assured that I could post my ideas or questions knowing that they would be answered by a group of highly intelligent experts in the domain".
And judging his work academically: From what I've seen so far this would be my future insta recommendation for people that just want to start with pokerbotting (next to Johanson's thesis), and before they are into it enough to recommend them the more cutting edge stuff.
One Billion Poker Hands for Research PDF Print E-mail
Written by Indiana   

ImagePokerAI has now released one billion real money (cash games) poker hand histories. Free, and for research purposes only. We have obfuscated these hands, as we would like to make sure that these hands are not used for opponent profiling, or to otherwise augment real money poker play. The hands have been collected with the help of many volunteers, as well as commercial datamining services (, etc.). If you like to learn more read about this in our forums.
Pokerbotting: Legal and Moral, says The Guardian PDF Print E-mail
Written by Indiana   

ImageThe Guardian, one of the most respected UK newspapers published a recent article on pokerboting, namely, that Pokerbotting ain't illegal. "Does pokerbotting imply that you're breaking the law? The short answer is no." - writes Robert Blincoe after consulting with laywers. Using pokerbot might be a breach of contact of some casinos that has decided to not allow pokerbots, but even on these sites breaching the ToS isn't something desiring special attention. "If breaching T&Cs is a crime, almost everyone's doing it." says the article. The underlying problem here is that cheating in online games is normally defined as business specific, instead of having a common, scientific game theory and computer science based definition of that. Such would clearly separate activities like botting, which does not give unfair advantage from game theory standpoint, from cheating: like collusion or client/server hacking that provides one with such advantage.
Not only Brits has developed the most elaborated laws with regard to regulating gambling, but they are also clearly ahead with better educated journalism.
PCPlus on Pokerbots and PokerAI PDF Print E-mail
Written by Indiana   

Image"Terry Manhattan discovers how using software analytical tools and artificial intelligence makes for a more interesting game", PCPlus, from June 2008. We just found another article featuring pokerbots as well as the number one organized pokerbotting community, This time it was in the UK's PCPlus magazine. You can read sample preview of this article here, or comment on it in our forums.
Coding The Wheel PDF Print E-mail
Written by Indiana   
ImageBlasting the status quo from its first article, CodingTheWheel is here to stay. The author has put already more than ten interesting, informative, and well-thought poker and pokerbotting articles, a jump start for any newbie in his poker botting career.
2+2 Best Botter Award (most vocal anyways) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Indiana   
ImageI think I just got the 2+2 best botter award: "Indiana is probably the biggest (well most vocal anyways) pro botter on 2+2". Thank you, ty, mam, dad, tyvm. Special thanks go to my producers of course - PokerStars, for giving me their support when I most needed it.
PokerAI Terms of Service Agreement PDF Print E-mail
Written by Indiana   
ImageAfter the PokerAI terms of service agreement was updated (so that employees working for online poker provider companies are not allowed to browse it), our ToS was already breached by PokerStars. Following our obligation to take the integrity of our website seriously, we have send them a warning notice.
Heads-up Limit Mastered by bots PDF Print E-mail
Written by Indiana   
ImageThe second Man vs. Machine match took place on July 3-6, where a lineup of elite players from, an internet poker training site, went head to head with the latest version of Polaris, a poker AI designed by the University of Alberta?s Computer Poker Research Group ( Polaris won with a final record of 3-2-1, and provided the CPRG with their first win over human opponents. The CPRG had created a similar event last year against professionals Phil Laak and Ali Eslami where Polaris finished with a final record of 1 win, 2 losses, and 1 tie. Read more in the Stoxpoker press release. on pokerbots PDF Print E-mail
Written by Indiana   
ImageThe Danish poker magazine published an article on pokerbots, almost ten pages long, following info collection from PokerAI Wiki and interviewing people in the pokerAI forums. The final article got published, and your can view some of it (collage and interview with Indiana) as well as read the english translation of the interview in this thread.
Update: The article and the interview was later on reprinted in full in the German edition of AceMag. Scanned version is available (search and ask in the forums). I would, by the way, really recommend the AceMag magazine, and subscribed for it myself. It's better than any other junk that you would locally get in German language.
PokerAI Wiki PDF Print E-mail
Written by Indiana   
ImageThe PokerAI Wiki is now up and running. Join and help to build the complete reference that will cover all aspects of computer poker play:, or
OpenHoldem Announced PDF Print E-mail
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ImageArticle edited: March 2008.
Since the initial announcement OpenHoldem picked up a lot of traction, surpasing in popularity its starting point, the WinHoldem bot framework. OpenHoldem is open source, hence completely free. The authors initially claimed full backward compatibily with WinHoldEm, and soon started to extend it with many new unique features. The OpenHoldem documentation and casino support already exceeds the one of WinHoldem too. The main links (e.g. OpenHoldem Webpage and download sections; OpenHoldem forums, and so on) can be found at

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