Online Poker Bot ‘Cepheus’ Has Its Flaws

Online poker is undoubtedly the most preferred game in any online casino, and scientists are creating programs to beat it.

Christopher Hall, a prominent freelance poker writer has taken the decision to analyze Cepheus, the latest sensational online poker bot or a poker-playing computer program that is claimed to be capable of playing an almost perfect poker game. How? By playing 400 hands against Cepheus.

This computer program is developed by scientists from the University of Alberta. However, there are conditions to it: (1) The game has to be played between two players only; (2) Betting amount is fixed. These two conditions are obviously benefiting the computer – keeping things simple and as straight forward as possible for it. However, Christopher Hall claimed that the bot comes with a limitation, which is its inability to adapt against his change of style. According to him, it is important to find the opponents’ flaws and exploit them until they are cornered and forced to change their style in order to compensate, as this is the fastest and the smartest way to win without relying too heavily on neither the cards nor luck.

Hall also shared a trick – If the opponent is passive, raise and bluff more. However if they are aggressive, be passive instead and allow the opponent to bluff.

The Cepheus, he said, is very aggressive and any bluff attempted by him failed agonizingly against this program. Hall then started to play more aggressively and stopped bluffing, but Cepheus could not adapt to his way of playing and was reluctant to give up any hand in a large pot. This resulted in the ease of getting more value from moderately weak hands.

So, who (or what) is ruling the online poker games now? Man or machine? Whatever it is, you will put your own poker skills to test, and you can do it right here on S188.

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