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.
beauty of online poker games is that on the surface
it is a game of utter simplicity,
yet beneath the surface it is profound,
rich, and full of subtlety. Because
online poker games basic rules are so simple, anyone
can learn online poker games in a few minutes,
and novice players may even think
they're pretty good after a few hours.
From the expert's point of view, the
veneer of simplicity that deludes
so many players into thinking they're
good is the profitable side of the
games beauty. It doesn't take long
for pool players or golfers to realize
they're outclassed and to demand that
a match be handicapped, but losers
in online poker games return to the table over
and over again, donating their money
and blaming their losses on bad luck,
not bad play