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by Bridget Wright | Published: Sunday, March 20th, 2011
A recent report by the New York Times has highlighted the growing trend in poker robots being used in a number of online poker rooms.
Although ‘bots’ have been banned by many online poker rooms, they are still available for sale on various websites allowing players to link a bot to their online poker account and make decisions for them.
While bots have been a problem for online poker in the past, they have never been very good. Their ability to read the nuances and variables involved in poker was limited. While they could calculate pot odds and the percentages involved in drawing certain cards, their ability to read opponents for bluffs and other disinformation was limited. Whereas a chess computer can read all the information it requires from the board, most information at a poker table is unknown (opponent’s cards, what the river will be).
However, with improved artificial technologies making their way into the marketplace bots are a bigger threat than ever. Players can program their bots to play in a certain style leaving human players at the table none the wiser. They have been used mainly to target online cash games, where they can play a number of tables at once, only play premium hands and leave when a predetermined profit has been reached.
However there is resistance to bots coming from the major poker rooms. Last July Pokerstars banned the use of bots and suspended the accounts of players involved. Full Tilt Poker followed suit in October and also seized $50k from the accounts of offending players.
Unlike computers used to simulate chess, or even Watson, the supercomputer that was once a carryover champ on Jeopardy, poker bots are operating in a highly lucrative market and defrauding honest players.
As the online poker industry expands and artificial intelligence continues to grow at an exponential rate, bots will become harder to spot and play with more human like characteristics.
by Bridget Wright | Published: Thursday, March 17th, 2011
Gus Hansen has continued his stellar start to 2011 by winning over $300k in a night to take his yearly winnings to $3.2 million from online poker alone.
Despite losing over $500k in a night less than a week earlier to O Fortuna PLS, Hansen has gone on a menacing run to extend his lead as online poker’s most successful player of 2011.
Hansen suffered the heavy losses to O Fortuna PLS in 2-7 Triple Draw, however he has erased the pain of defeat by taking Arbianight for $150k in 250 hands of $500/$1000 Pot Limit Omaha. In total Arabianight went down around $236k for the night.
Not willing stop there the Great Dane went on to pit himself against fellow Scandinavian Andreas ‘skjervoy’ Torbergson. After another 300 hands of Pot Limit Omaha Hansen had secured $172k from Toborgsen and was up $322k, putting a large dint in the loses he suffered to O Fortuna PLS earlier in the week.
Hansen is streaking away from the field in terms of online poker winnings for the year. With winnings in excess of $3.2 million for the year so far, Hansen is over a million dollars ahead of Matt Hawrilenko who is second on the online money list for 2011 with $1.8million.
It remains to be seen whether this yo-yo like performance will pay off for the Great Dane, however if he can keep recouping his in this fashion he is a shoe-in to end the year as online poker’s most successful player.
Play with the pro’s at Full Tilt Poker
by Bridget Wright | Published: Wednesday, March 16th, 2011
The poker community is abuzz with the news that Full Tilt Poker will hold a series of mega-high stakes games, to be known as the ONYX cup.
Kicking off in early May, the ONYX cup will be a series of six high stake tournaments. The buy-in for the first five games of the series will be $100,000. The final game will have a buy in of $250,000 and a cool One Million dollars added to the prize pool.
The winner of the ONYX cup will be declared after the final event, with only the top three players from each event gaining points. In addition to sharing in the estimated $30million in cash prizes, the winner of the ONYX cup will receive a luxury sports car and the title of world’s best high stakes player.
It is the exclusivity of this event that has the poker world licking its lips. In big tournament fields, it is increasingly difficult to see the big names square off against each other. This format will see the best in the world going head to head for some of the biggest prizes seen in tournament history.
The stakes associated means amateurs will find it difficult to make this field, leaving only the cream of the poker world to fight it out.
However you don’t need the bankroll of a pro to take part in ONYX series. Full Tilt Poker are running a range of satellites to one of the richest tournaments in poker history.
And one lucky amateur will find themselves sitting in what will arguably be one of the hottest fields in poker history. Players who make it through the initial freeroll rounds will be able to fight it out in the final freeroll for a free ticket to the ONYX cup.
There are also a series of cash satellites ranging in buy-in from $75 – $2100.
It is believed that the winner of this event will be viewed as the game’s premier player. Only players who make a very decent living from poker will able to play, giving the ONYX cup the ability to be seen the yardstick for the top pro’s.
Big name pro’s Phil Ivey, Gus Hansen, Patrick Antonius, Tom Dwan, Erik Seidel, Howard Lederer, Erick Lindgren and John Juanda are believed to be entrants into the tournament because of their ties to Full Tilt Poker.
One aspect of the ONYX cup sure to raise a few eyebrows will be the introduction of a ‘shot clock’. Players will be required to act within thirty seconds or they will be checked or folded. At the start of each day players will receive three ‘time chips’. Two of these chips will buy a player 30 seconds, while the third will buy a player two minutes.
The ONYX cup series will be filmed on a purpose built stage and broadcast to over 40 television networks around the world.
The ONYX cup series will begin in May in Las Vegas. The second event will be held in June, also in Vegas. Events three, four and five will be held in September and October throughout Asia and Europe with exact destinations for these games yet to be finalized. The grand finale of the ONYX cup will be held in December in Las Vegas.
by Natalia | Published: Monday, March 14th, 2011
If you are a poker beginner, then probably aren’t yet familiar with the number of training sites out there. One of the best choices for the new amateur player is the Full Tilt Poker Academy.
Join Full Tilt Poker now to get access to the high quality instruction of the Full Tilt Poker Academy!
Free to Full Tilt Poker players (though with some restrictions until you have earned enough reward points), the Full Tilt Poker Academy offers videos and challenges to help new players improve their skills in a variety of games and subject areas. Most of the videos are focused on Texas Hold’em and specifically no limit, but there are also plenty of videos on Omaha and the draw games offered at Full Tilt.
One of the best things about the Full Tilt Poker Academy is its focus on subjects that are important to a poker education without being an active part of the game. For instance, several videos and challenges are dedicated to bankroll management and discipline. Most beginners would prefer to ignore this, but it is probably the most important lesson a starting poker player should learn if they want any long-term success.
The lessons are all presented by Team Full Tilt pro players, so you know you are getting tip top advice. Some of the teachers include Chris Ferguson, Mike Matusow, Andy Bloch, Tom Dwan, Phil Gordon and many more. Are they giving away their greatest secrets? No, but they are offering a good base for a patient beginner to get the skills they need to become a winning poker player!
If you would like to learn from the Full Tilt Poker Academy, then sign up now for an account at Full Tilt Poker and make a deposit! This will give you access to dozens of instructional videos and challenge you to improve your skills every step of the way.