Poker Bots in 2019

Here it is almost 2019. Wow. Do you realize we here at Shanky Technologies have been selling our poker bot software for almost 12 years? A lot has happened on the online poker landscape since March of 2007, when we started selling our Holdem Bot. Good times have come and gone, huge poker site scandals have scarred the news headlines, and individual countries have enacted various national laws to attempt to control the trade. Through it all, we are still here. Many of our original members still frequent our forum.

I have had several phone conversations with the owner of RaketheRake over the years. Nice guy. He likes us, though he must maintain an official position of pretending he doesn’t. One of our more memorable conversations occurred several years after the fallout from the USA legal fiasco, when most of the big operators were scared away from the country. I mentioned that our business had been cut by 2/3 from the glory days, upon which he assured me we were doing well to “hang on to that one-third,” as his business was operating at 10% of its peak. In my last conversation with him, several years later, they were still grinding away, same as us, hoping for some progress in individual state sanctioning of online poker (while lamenting that it will probably take another decade to become significant enough to explode the industry again).

Public awareness of poker bots has increased. Most players know about them nowadays. Heck, 888 Poker even published an article about playing against poker bots. In the last twelve years, we here at Shanky have watched inferior competitors come and go. The result of all this is an overall acceptance of bots as part of the landscape, and even a growing acceptance of them as a legitimate type of opponent. You just don’t see the angry rants about them any longer on the big poker bulletin boards. One day soon we may even see a “bots welcome” sign hanging on the front page of a poker site.

Shanky Technologies certainly has no plans on going anywhere. Not after developing the best commercial poker bot ever conceived, and expending so much effort maintaining and increasing site support. We love this business, and this hobby. When you become part of the Shanky family, you join a lasting legacy. Ask any of our old school members.

I can probably guess your next question: What’s the best way to use the bot in 2019? The answer is, of course, however you want to! That said, it is generally agreed among botters that MTTs are the easiest form of online poker to profitably bot. Especially freeze-outs, and especially large fields of 200+. Throw in a large-stack format and you have the perfect environment for a bot. Remember, a bot’s advantages play to situations that require patience and longevity. Unfortunately, large field, large-stack freeze-outs don’t exactly stuff the daily event lists. That’s okay.

You can profitably bot rebuy events, too. But in these you need a consistent method of managing the number of rebuys you purchase. Rebuying too many times will kill your overall results. The way I play rebuy events is as follows: I buy in, sit out, let the blinds go by, then rebuy once right away. Then I keep sitting out until the first hour is over, whereupon I make the add-on rebuy at the break. This puts me in the elimination stage with a slightly lower than average stack, but it is more than made up for by the fact 20% of the field is usually already eliminated. Another decent way to approach rebuy events is to simply never rebuy at all, and just let the bot play from the beginning. That way is more of a grind, but costs considerably less. It’s all about a consistent philosophy which gives you an edge over the field long-term investment wise. Take me seriously on this. Start managing your rebuys with a consistent philosophy and watch your bankroll grow.

The MTT profile that comes in the bot is excellent for tournaments of all sizes and buy-ins. If you haven’t used our bot in a while, be sure to download the latest version. We publish 2-3 updates per month on average. If you need a license, there’s a link for buying one on the bot itself. Have fun at the tables in 2019 and we’ll see you or your bot at the final table soon.

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Holdem Bot Update: version 9.3.2

Holdem Bot 9.3.2 is the current version and can be downloaded right now, here:

http://pokerbotincome.com/hedownload.htm

We are getting a lot of positive feedback from this build, for whatever reason. For example:

“Put the bot at a cash table on Ignition an hour ago and it has already tripled my stack.”

“Just got my license today and already made the money in an MTT, 16th out of 650 not too shabby.”

“Thanks for the license replacement my bot won nicely tonight at Betclic.”

“I’ve hit the money in a couple SNGs, took 2nd place for $29 in a freeroll the other day (out of 1240) and just took 7th for $10 in another freeroll (over 800 entries) tonight. All on ACR and all without risking a single cent of my initial investment because of tourney bucks they gave me. Pretty thoroughly impressed.”

This graph posted in our forum shows the kind of bankroll-building progress you can expect from botting MTTs. It’s a staircase pattern, as you can see, and when you eventually cash a nice top-3 finish it shoots to the moon. Then, just rinse and repeat (perhaps at slightly higher stakes).

Current Site Support:

iPoker support: We’re pretty sure all iPoker sites in all countries are working. You tell us.

Bodog & Bovada are both still supported, including Bodog88 in Asia and South America

USA PlayersBetOnline Poker, Ignition Casino Poker, Bovada, America’s Cardroom, Black Chip, True Poker, and Sportsbetting.ag are all “game on” for our bot.

France: The bot currently works at Betclic.fr in both the French and English language, but should also work on any other iPoker site there now

Italy: Eurobet.it, Titanbet.it, Bet365.it, 888.it and Betfair.it all now work in both the Italian and English languages, plus the bot should work at all other iPoker sites here now

Spain: 888.es and Betfair.es are now both working in Spain, plus the bot should work at all other iPoker sites here now.

 888 Poker is still supported but caution is now advised there, as they have been getting moody about their bot-tolerance policies lately – so don’t keep too much in your account. (The rest of our supported rooms are all pretty safe, as none of them have bothered us at all.)

 

Cheers,

Shanky Technologies Team

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Holdem Bot 9.2.5 Ignition patches + Windows 10

Holdem Bot 9.2.5 has been posted. This version fixes some lingering Ignition issues from the last update. It also starts a beta testing period for Windows 10 users at Americas Cardroom. You can download the new version right now, here:

http://pokerbotincome.com/hedownload.htm

Please note for Americas Cardroom only 6-max cash tables are thus far supported on Windows 10 and you must turn a switch on the bot’s option menu: Options => Other settings => Use OCR at Americas. The user manual has not been updated for this yet, as we are beta testing and seeking feedback.

Yesterday, a long-time customer sent us a screenshot of a 1st place win at Ignition out of a field of more than 180+ players. He also provided these comments:

“I had two final tables yesterday on Ignition! One of which took 1st completely unassisted.”

“”Yes that screenshot was the 1st place. I watched it shove preflop then make a full house to take the event. Things are working great!”

We also plan on getting the 3-max Jackpot tables supported on Americas Cardroom soon. Especially seeing how well those playing “Twister SNGs” at iPoker are doing with the Spin & Win profile from our forum, as this graph reflects:

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Critical iPoker Update in Holdem Bot 9.1.1

We just posted Holdem Bot version 9.1.1 with the patch for the latest iPoker software update. Although this latest iPoker update is still “rolling” and has not yet hit every site, it will soon, and 9.1.1 is a critical update for reading the stack sizes. Titan, William Hill, and Betfred have all been affected already, along with a few others. You can Download Holdem Bot 9.1.1 right now, here:

http://pokerbotincome.com/hedownload.htm

The bot should now continue to work at all iPoker rooms in all countries, as long as your language settings are in English or Italian. It was a big update and we burned the midnight oil to get this done, because we know you appreciate it, just as these customers do:

“Bot just took another 4th place, €150 won!”

“Just won 20€ testing the bot in 10/20c games and I really like the way it plays, just like I do.”

Here is a long-term results graph of the KGB profile from our forum, which is a legendary Shanky profile for many years:

See our previous post for the full site support list as it is still current. Good spring poker botting to you!

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Major Holdem Bot Update 9.0.8

Holdem Bot version 9.0.8 has been posted and can be downloaded right now, here:

http://pokerbotincome.com/hedownload.htm

Recent fixes and adds include:

Boost speed tables at BetOnline
• Ignition fixes for their new software (including card reading and button pushing issues)
• iPoker fixes for stack size display in both yellow and white text

The latest iPoker fix is interesting because the bot now detects which way the stack size is displayed and then invokes the correct process. We did the support work on “the hill,” but the result is that the bot now seems to work on all iPoker sites in all countries regardless of whether they are on our official supported list of sites or not! We would appreciate some feedback confirming this.

The last Ignition update was a real bear to re-support, but we believe we have finally weeded out all the bugs and are now reading everything correctly and pushing all the right buttons in the right places. We have a lot of member s who do MTTs here because the bot does well in them, as you can see from this screenshot a customer sent in of a $600+ cash:

Current Site Support:

iPoker support: Every site in every country? You tell us….

Bodog & Bovada are both still supported, including Bodog88 in Asia and South America

USA PlayersBetOnline Poker, Ignition Casino Poker, Bovada, America’s Cardroom, Black Chip, True Poker, and Sportsbetting.ag are all “game on” for our bot.

France: The bot currently works at Betclic.fr in both the French and English language, but should also work on any other iPoker site there now3

Italy: Eurobet.it, Titanbet.it, Bet365.it, 888.it and Betfair.it all now work in both the Italian and English languages, plus the bot should work at all other iPoker sites here now

Spain: 888.es and Betfair.es are now both working in Spain, plus the bot should work at all other iPoker sites here now

888 Poker is still supported but caution is now advised there, as they have been getting moody about their bot-tolerance policies lately – so don’t keep too much in your account. (The rest of our supported rooms are all pretty safe, as none of them have bothered us in years.)

That’s it for now. If you need a license, there’s a link for buying one on the bot itself – or else feel free to reply to this email for special purchasing instructions. Have fun at the tables and we’ll see you or your bot at a final table soon.

Cheers,

Shanky Technologies Team

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