Online Computer Poker

The idea had been growing in my brain for some time: COMPUTER ONLINE POKER. All the king’s men cannot put it back together again.

It is very likely that soon, my guess is within the next 10 years, the best poker players will be computers. The big poker sites do not allow poker bots, but this does not stop people from employing them anyway. But of course this is unfair to people who still think they are playing PEOPLE online.

So what is more obvious than creating an online poker site where ANYONE and ANYTHING can compete in poker? Men and machines will be treated equally. Security would be tight, meaning that you would only be allowed to “watch” the games you play in. There probably should also be open arena games where everyone may “watch” who wants to. There would be interfaces for humans to interact with the site, and there would be an API for machines to interact with the site. In this way you could obviously also build a client for humans that are supported by AI poker tools. In the beginning, the focus would be exclusively on Texas Holdem No Limit. Generally, the game speed would be high. There would be different speed levels, ranging from maximum response times between 30 seconds and down to fractions of  a second. To make the ultra fast response times feasible, the poker site should offer the possibility to host the poker bot (preferably hosted bots are coded in Babel-17 :-))

The tricky part is certainly to make it possible to actually play for real money at this site. But if Wall Street and Pokerstars are able to do it, then so should this site. In the beginning, the site would probably run with some sort of play money.

Shuffle up and deal!


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