So they made a colluding bot, and it made 5/hr, and this is supposed to be scary?
This means it was playing the lowest stakes, against players who either don't know how to play, or are purposefully just fooling around, and it still didn't book a huge win.
I play mid/high stakes poker, and do quite reasonably (it's paid for all of my golf, casino gambling, and bar tabs for several years). I think I speak for most of the mid/high regulars in saying that they are more than welcome to run your bot at my table.
Running it on the low-limit tables, on the other hand, is just sackless douchebaggery.
That sounds like a foreign language to me. It flies right over MY head.
But I appreciate Mary posting that article. I don't know whether to be too concerned or not. I tend to agree with Schnozzy that for the moment those bots can probably only beat low limit games with very poor players. I wonder if bots might be being used right now for easily clearing bonuses too.
This is a fascinating subject that I really know nothing about. I hope Mary or any other CM posters will continue to keep us updated about "bots". Currently, I only play medium to small limit, and I know there is no shortage of poor players in these games, so I'm not too concerned about cheating or bots. But that's for the moment. When there's money involved, someone is going to figure out a better scam. It's human nature. Where there's a will there's a way.
I think the biggest defense against bots is that the people with the requisite skills (excellent at poker, computer security, and computer programming) to make a truly great bot are probably already making a very good living.
If somebody is already making $100-$200k/yr, between work and poker, I doubt they have any interest in making an extra $50/day in an unsporting manner. Especially since doing so would likely risk getting banned from every major poker site on the net.
I think the target market for these things is college kids who want to pull down the beer money from the $25 buyin no-limit tables.
Personally, I'm more interested in understanding what sort of bot detection mechanisms are being developed by the poker rooms. If only because that seems like it would be a far more interesting task.
One of the gamer places where you play for money has a client that runs alongside the main game and tells them what else is running on your computer while you are playing.
I presume it looks at the threads that are running.
This is not a bad idea, must be pretty close to 100%.
You have to agree to it when you sign up if you want to play.
The thing is that these hacker/programmer guys live and breathe maths logic and solutions. Its what they live for.
This guy developed the smallest browser in the world for a laff, you can download it for free...it takes about one second.