Online gambling has come a long way in the relatively few years it has been available and the invention of robots has invaded the play process in ways that remain a mystery for some participants. Artificial intelligence has already conquered the human at chess when in 1997, a chess-playing computer developed by IBM, beat world chess champion Gary Kasparov, over six games: two games to one and six draws. This may have been a wakeup call for those indulgent online gambling players who thought they could outplay a machine at poker which at the time was correct.
Poker, after all is a game of imperfect information, and that makes it much harder for artificial intelligence to beat. Bots have an advantage over the average gambler, which is demonstrated as they use complex algorithms to search the wagering markets for stray odds. They search the financial markets looking for opportunities and mistakes of bookmakers which are linked directly into betting exchanges. These bots place bets without emotion and consistently faster in larger quantities than people can. The existence of bots in online poker is alarming for some gamblers. Poker is a zero sum game, which means when the bots beat us they take our money. Online poker operators stay vigilant using algorithms that detect bot involvement in poker games online. There are players who have installed sophisticated artificial intelligent robots to mimic real poker players and take advantage of those who can’t keep up with the stamina of a machine playing cards. Online poker bots are most commonly found playing in volume at low stakes ring games or tournaments, where they are most likely to have an advantage. Recently the MIT AI poker bot called Libratus played thousands of games of heads-up, no-limit Texas hold’em against a group of top professional poker players at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh and it beat all of them.