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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.

Chris Ferguson

Christopher Philip Ferguson, nicknamed Jesus, is a famous American poker player. Having won five World Series of Poker events, Chris is a significant figure in the gambling industry. Chris was born in Los Angeles and owns a Ph.D. in computer science.

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At the age of 10, Chris has already started playing poker. He started off by playing online poker for money and by 1994, he participated in tournaments in California. In 1995, he entered his first World Series of Poker. Chris Ferguson has garnered a total live tournament winning of more than $8 million as of 2010.

Chris Ferguson is also dubbed a casino whore – someone who takes advantage of the bonuses offered by online casinos and makes a fortune out of it. He had allegedly turned $1 into over $20,000 just by playing online poker in the span of six months. To prove that this can indeed be done, Ferguson turned $0 into a whopping $10,000 on Full Tilt by first participating in freeroll tournaments.

His most significant appearance is with is wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, as he used to hide the fact that he was once just a college student when he first started gambling. He is nicknamed ‘Jesus’ for his long brown hair and beard. Ferguson uses game theory to continuously help him to improve his understanding of the game.

Ferguson’s most famous move? Throwing cards fast enough to cut through fruits, good enough to make him a bowl of fruit salad:

Chris Ferguson shows an alternative way of making fruit salad with a deck of cards.