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This is technically possible. On slightly positive games, computer experts have designed programs that gamble, unattended, with perfect strategy. Quite a few web casinos forbid this in their rules. Bali Casino states: "All Internet wagers must be placed through the user interface provided by this casino on its Web pages. Any Internet wagering through other means, including the use of a `robot' player, is strictly forbidden... the Management reserves the right to invalidate all such wagers retroactively... or take any other appropriate action."

A correspondent of mine built such a program and ran it for 200,000 hands against an online video online poker games machine. With that sample size he was able to determine that the games was fair, random, and profitable. Then the house decreased the paytable, making it unbeatable. That is actually reassuring, as they had to change something that was open to inspection to protect themselves; they could not simply gaffe the machine. The e-casino in question was using the Cryptologic games package.

Operators of positive expected value games are probably aware of their theoretical vulnerability and are on the lookout for large-volume betting with perfect strategy. In fact all casinos everywhere are interested immediately in large sums. An automatic gambling interface would require careful thought on avoiding detection. The section on video online poker games in Chapter 5 describes a software program that will calculate instantly the edge on a given pay table.

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