Published on November 4th, 2007 7:13 pm EST

poker bots are everywhere at all the poker roomsIf you are playing certain low level limits on certain sites, then there is a good chance that there is at least one poker bot sitting at your table.

To take it even further, there is a good chance that the majority of the players on your table are "bots", depending on the site and the limits.

Even in the face of overwhelming evidence that bots are infesting low limit tables, some sites just don't seem to care, and they aren't doing anything about it. Do some sites just value rake over everything else, or do some sites just not have the technology to identify and eradicate the bots?

Some "bots" operate for 12-14 hours per day, utilizing extremely similar push/fold tactics on the low limit tables. They will always buy in for the same amount, and they will always have the same general numbers when it comes to pre-flop action, aggression, etc.

Now some sites aggressively seek out and shut down the "bots." These would include Poker Stars and Party Poker. Full Tilt Poker is in the middle ground; they famously shut down a well-known high-limit bot a number of months ago, but bots still operate at the lower limits (from what I have been told.)

A few of the sites where bots seem to run rampant are Pacific Poker and Ultimatebet. If you are playing at the lower limit on Ultimatebet, for instance, there is a very high likelihood that at least one bot is sitting at your table.

So the question is: do you care that there are hundreds of bots, grinding it out on these low limit tables on some of your favorite sites? Do you want the sites to do something about it? Or do you take the opposite viewpoint, and feel that playing about a bot is very exploitable and will make you more profitable? Would you ever consider leaving a site that did nothing about their bot problem?


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