Poker playing robots

Why design poker playing robots

Perhaps you might have wondered to yourself about if it was possible to master online poker websites. Now some academics and scientists have gone even further than that and hold contests to find out who can build the best poker playing robots. Winning and playing poker is probably not the first or main function that people would design robots to perform.

poker robot

Now it would seem at first glance a strange thing to enter robots into a competition to find the ones that are better at playing a card game when these could be put to other uses such as industrial research or medical advances. Yet robots and indeed computers need to have a great deal of information at their disposal or inputted to perform at their best. People on the other hand have to make decisions on very little or unlinked different pieces of information. For instance, when to stick or twist in a game of poker. We have to decide on a hunch or to tackle gamble on what we know instead of waiting longer to get the complete picture.

Robots Could Play Poker Better than You

These poker-playing robots can bluff better than humans

We learn from our mistakes at a much slower rate than any computer or robot can. Yet humans are less averse to taking risks than machines, which is precisely why researchers decided to program robots to play card games. Card game players make decisions on what they assume will happen next, or may be more accurately what they would prefer to happen next. Gamers learns as much from their mistakes as from the gambles that they got right. A robot on the other can learn at a much faster rate than people can. Robots can work faster when solving logic problems or math based equations. Yet they are not good at word based quiz shows compared with people.

So universities have built robots, which can learn quickly and will sooner rather than later manage to beat the dealer. Yet such robots would lose a game of hangman to you because they cannot cope with working things out with virtually no information.

The Mathematics of Gambling

Why the Odds of Winning are Against You

When you have tried your hand at gambling in a casino and won a couple of times it can be incredibly easy to become hooked, but if you gamble often the chances of winning are very small. It all comes down to mathematics that the casinos have working in their favor.

Take a simple game with two die for example. When both die are rolled the player wins if the total of the two sets of dots is 2, 3, 4, 10, 11 or 12. The house i.e. casino wins if the total of the two sets of dots is 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9.

While at first glance it appears that the odds of the player of winning are greater because they have 6 possible totals as opposed to 5 for the house, but on further investigation you will realize that the odds are actually stacked in the house’s favor. It all comes down to simple mathematics i.e. the number of combinations that can be rolled.

The Trick of the Math

Now for the sake of our example say that one dice is blue and the other one is red. There is only one way that a total of 12 can be rolled i.e. 2 6’s, but to make a total of 7 there are six possible combinations 1 and 6, 2 and 5, 3 and 4, 4 and 3, 5 and 2, and 6 and 1. This means that if we roll a number of times the odds of rolling a total of 7 are much higher than the odds of rolling a total of 12. As the house wins when a total of 7 is rolled the odds are stacked in their favor.

example: Markov Chain


Matrix P2 must be wrong as pointed out by various friends here before. Explanation seems to be that you take $25 to gamble two times, first hand lose is 0.5 in probability, win once and then lose once is 0.5×0.5 = 0.25 in probability, win twice is 0.5×0.5 =0.25 in probability; adding all these up will be 1 in probability. So, no case is possible to carry $50 after playing twice and thus the 2nd row 3rd column should be “0” instead of “.5”.

In the table below you can see all the possible combinations and the ways they can occur. The number of dots on the red dice is represented in Row 1 and the number of dots on the blue dice is represented in Column 1. The black text indicates the totals of the two die when added together.

The squares highlighted in yellow represent wins by the player and the squares highlighted in green represent wins by the house. While there are a total of 36 different possible combinations the odds of the house winning are double that of the player, with the house having 24 possible combinations and the player only having 12. In any given roll of the die the player has only a 33 percent chance of winning while the house has a 66 percent chance of the die rolling in its favor.

Now let’s take another, simpler example with one dice that has 2 of its 6 faces painted yellow and the other 4 painted green. The yellow represents a win for the player and the green represents a win for the house. Obviously the opportunity for the house to win is far greater than that of the player. The odds of a green face showing when the dice is rolled, is much greater.

This simple mathematical principle is used in all casino games, stacking the odds of winning in the house’s favor. The game designers insure that the odds of the house winning are much greater than the player’s. The player will win occasionally but obviously will lose more often than they win.

Best Three Tips For An Amateur Poker Player

While gameplay is considered simple, Poker is a very puzzling game. To be a good poker player, it is prudent to master the key rules of folding, calling, raising and betting. Only throw you money around when you are sure of the winning hand. Therefore, it is also very important to know the latent of each hand.

The following are three main tips that a novice poker play should observe:

Try different approaches

To avoid being intimidated and humiliated by professional players in numerous occasions, change your tactics more often. That way you will be able to find a style that suits you. Avoid multifaceted strategies if you do not have what it takes to be an aggressive player.

Do not be self-assured

To be a good player you must learn how to strike a balance between winning and losing. Whether winning or losing always stay focused and that way you will be able to concentrate more and play a better game. Being cocky will not only prevent you from strategizing further but can also make you lose your win.

Do not blow your savings account

The greatest mistake most new poker players make is playing with their hard-earned money. Being new in the industry, start by playing with play money. Through this, you will be able to master poker tricks without losing money much money. You can also play with friends who are willing to take you through the all process without demanding money from you.Learning poker through friends is considered the best poker school. Subsequently, make sure to take advantage of online sites that offer amateur poker.

At the poker table you are not always guaranteed a win. Understanding the above rules will not only improve your skills but also make you a great player. Although winning can be based on pure luck, when you run out of fluke you have your skills to depend on. Be smart and play a calculated game.