Most online poker players say that the games are becoming tougher nowadays. Possibly this is due to all the players getting better. Right. The reality is the fact that pokerbots have invaded the games in droves. The happy side of this situation is that not all of these bots are good. In fact a few of them are totally donkeys, which should actually be good for your bankroll.
Of course there are quite a few good ones at the tables now also, which is what accounts for the games becoming more difficult to win at. Mostly they occupy at the lower limit games. This is because they are not as noticeable there, and also are more put up with by the poker company there. Having those seats constantly filled is of considerable interest to the house as the rake is big and therefore a steady source of profit. So they are more likely to overlook the bots playing in those games.
Unless they start receiving too many objections from the human players, especially if these grievances are coming from a known place for example a well-known poker forum. That might cause a response in the form of a PR move from the poker site to show that they really care. This is probably nothing more than a written response and maybe they will cut off the very worst offenders. After that it is back to business as usual. Think about this, if you owned an online poker business would you be in a rush to ban a lot of your best customers?
Not everybody who plays online poker thinks that poker bots are a horrible sign for the game. A lot of sharks love having them around. They provide active tables and help assist in getting the tables going. And the reality is, all poker rooms themselves ran house bots in the early days to get games going. Not to mention the fact that some sharks feel that they can beat the robots by learning exploitable patterns that they display.
Then there are the poker robot users themselves. They probably have an interestingly refreshing explanation regarding their decision to use this kind of program. Most of them do not see themselves as bad guys despite the fact that they are violating the rules of the poker room. The bot software has no definable edge over human players, as it does not have access to any additional data than human eyes. In truth they can be a pain to setup and get going properly. But they are really fun to play with.
So perhaps we should think about giving the bots a warm welcome. If you haven’t tried messing with one, perhaps you should. What could go wrong? These things may well be the future of online poker. So join the gang today. Or at least, if you run into a pokerbot, take him out to lunch. Be courteous. Offer to buy him a quart of oil.