December 29, 2014

Poker Robot Success Stories from Newbies

Happy Holidays from Shanky Technologies. And man, are the poker tables soft this time of year! Perfect pickings for a poker robot. We’ve been getting lots of happy feedback posts from new customers who have never used a bot before. Including these:

"I love your bot; it got me 5th out of 5000 in a freeroll."

"I put the Wild Bill profile in two 5NL tables, checked back a short while later, and on one of the tables he was up to $39!"

"Played 15 SNG's so far with the KGB profile and the results are 4 First Place finishes and 5 Seconds."


…among others. Did you notice one of those testimonials was about using our bot in a freeroll? Those are a great way to start if you’re a newbie. Why put your own money at risk? We’ve had stories from some members who made a very small deposit, like $100 or $50 or even zero, and built a bankroll into the thousands using our bot. That that’s a good risk/reward ratio! Consider this chart, just sent to us by a brand new member:


So far, this new bot-user has done nothing but enter their bot in 18 freerolls (using a free MTT profile) – and they have built a bankroll of almost $100 starting from nothing. That nearly pays for the bot already. Sure beats gambling.

The current version of the Holdem Poker Bot is 7.7.1. You can find it here:

This latest version comes with Doodle version 105 as the default profile. Yes, we’ve improved it again. The Doodle is a solid TAG-player that does best using a full stack at full 100-BB buy-in 9/10 max cash tables. If you’d rather take on the more aggressive 6-max tables, try one of our other new profiles such as Wild Bill or the 6-Pack. Those are sure to keep you entertained – and liable to put your opponents on full raging tilt at the same time. You can copy and paste those profiles (along with many others) into your bot right now, after logging into our support forum.

The Poker Bot currently supports more than twenty different poker sites from: the iPoker Network, 888-powered sites, the Winning Poker Network (including America’s Cardroom), plus Bodog and Bovada. Windows 8.1 is supported and the bot works great on free VM’s such as Virtual Box. We have sites supported in Italy, Spain, France, Denmark, and of course all 50 USA states including newly-legalized sites in Nevada and New Jersey. If you’re not botting with us these days, you’re missing out on some serious online poker fun – and profits.

That’s it for now. If you need a license, there’s a link for buying one on the bot menu itself. Have fun milking the fish over the New Year’s holiday and we’ll see you or your bot at the final table soon.
Cheers,

November 17, 2014

New Bot Results in November


Happy November from Shanky Technologies.  We’re getting an avalanche of happy stories from our members this month and decided to share some. It seems that those of us using the latest version of the Poker Bot are having a very happy November.

Let’s start with an update on our latest project, the 6-pack profile. We’re up to version 10 now, and it’s really mixing it up aggressively at the 6-max cash tables for some nice wins. Reports of six or seven winning sessions in a row are common. Here’s what one new member had to say about it:

“This is a nice profile Egor! I just started botting recently and, since using the different iterations of this profile since last weekend, I had several sessions where the bot went from $10 to $40-45.”

That’s from a new guy who’s just been putting the bot in the first open seat he sees.  Here’s feedback from another brand new member who stuck the bot in a tournament and went to bed:

“Last night I let my bot and your MTT kit run a €5 MTT, and in the morning I saw that it had made it to the final table for with a prize of about €50.”

Love it. Speaking of MTT’s, here’s a report from a member using the Event Horizon profile:

Here are my numbers as of yesterday:

Number of MTTs played: 16
Number of times ITM: 3
Total $ Buy-In (Including Rake): $135.30
Total $ Won: $507.32
ROI: 274.96%
Best Finish: Cashed $443.00 - 2nd out of 200+


In that report you can see how pros work tournaments. You just need to hang in there for those top-3 finishes, as this chart posted by someone using the MTT Champ profile exhibits:


Sitting on $800 profit and poised to make another upward surge. But there’s more than one way to skin a cat, as this user of the Millennium profile testifies:

“Hello - as a newbie here I have to say that Millennium went to 3rd its first time out on a $5 event and put me into the money for $150. Very good profile and VERY well rounded. I now run this profile during the evening in $3 SNG games and it will place 50% of the time. Just want to say thanks.“ shanky profiles here

If you’re not using the bot right now, you’re missing out. It’s really rocking at the moment, as you can see by the above unsolicited testimonials. With 20+ different poker rooms and all different game types supported, we’re certain you’ll find a satisfying use for it. You can download version 7.6.6, the latest version, here:


That’s it for now. If you need a license, there’s a link to purchase one right on the bot menu. Have fun at the tables and we’ll see you or your bot at the final table soon.

October 27, 2014

Poker Bot Profile Results and Updates


Greetings Poker Sharks,

A handful of us have been working to improve the new 6-pack profile for our Holdem Bot. The results thus far have been outstanding. Some of us have experienced 5+ consecutive winning sessions with it, and some of those sessions have been triple-ups or higher. This is a hyper-aggressive 6-max cash game profile designed to punch it out with the best players in the room (and the weaker ones are, of course, simply run over by it). We just posted 6-pack version 5 in the support forum, so you can access it now.

If tournaments are your thing (and they should be), you’ll find no shortage of MTT profiles in our forum, that’s for sure – and no shortage of our members reporting good results. Here’s what several of them have recently posted:

"The bot just played 5.5 hours in an MTT and brought in a nice $120 3rd place finish."

"Played 4 freerolls with the MTT/Doodle profile and was in the money 3 times."

"Even with my computer giving me technical problems, I am still positive overall using the 6-pack profile."


Keep in mind breaking even in cash games is a positive return when you’re clearing bonuses or, better yet, have a rakeback deal. We have affiliates in our forum offering up to 60% rakeback deals at certain iPoker rooms. All you have to do is post on the iPoker rakeback thread and they’ll hook you up.

We’d like to remind you how newbie-friendly our bot is. As an example, a brand new member recently decided they wanted to tweak their own cash game profile, and has just posted a graph of their results so far at $5NL:

The profit on that graph doesn’t include rakeback or bonuses cleared. Folks, if this guy can do it, you can, too. Tweaking your own profile is easy, and we’ll even help you get started. With 20+ poker rooms and all different game types supported (including speed games) you have a lot of choices as far as what game type to target.

You can download version 7.6.5, the latest  version of the Holdem Bot, here:


That’s it for now. If you need a license, use the Purchase link. Good luck at the tables and we’ll see you or your bot at the final table soon.

Sincerely,

Shanky Technologies Team

September 29, 2014

New Holdem Poker Bot Profile Available


Greetings Poker Sharks,

We just posted a new free profile in the support forum. It's called 6-Pack and is a tough loose-aggressive virtual player, designed for 6-max cash games. Here's what Egor says about it:

"This one generally plays the way I do personally. Plenty of loose open-raising, and lots of random raising of one opponent on the flop -- including a good amount of check-raising from first-position when we were the pre-flop aggressor. Some random pushing on the flop with good hands, or certain draws, after an opponent bets or raises. Also attempts to steal pots on the Turn when a pair flopped (mimicking slow-played trips). Makes a fair amount of random river-steal attempts when there was no betting on the Turn and we have no showdown value."

Feedback has been good so far. One thing is for sure, the 6-pack is fun to watch -- as it really mixes it up with strong post-flop heads up play. You can access it by logging into the forum and going to the Working Profiles board. Look for the new thread titled Egor's 6-Pack Profile. Shanky Profile

By the way, if you are not yet a member please understand there is much more to our forum that you cannot see until you log in. Lots of profiles, help with customizing the plays, and discussions about results and strategies. Right now we're talking about bluffing more aggressively when you flop a backdoor straight possibility, and working on new code-lines for the bot to make these kinds of plays. So do log in and read around if you haven't stopped by lately. Here are some recent comments:

"Just wanted to let you know the 'Tournament Alpha' profile won first out of 137. Played excellent heads up even with a short stack."

"I use Webbers profile and I won a 1 euro entry tourney which paid 200 euro. Since then using Webbers profile in MTT's  I am up another 200 dollars."

"I'm new to this but seeing success. Tried the Lion profile at 10-player SNG's.  So far I have played 8 and had 1 first place, 1 second place and two 3rd places ...also I just hit 1st place on a satellite tournament to a $50,000 GTD that takes place at 7pm tonight. All these were completely unassisted with just the bot playing."


And here's a chart someone posted showing their MTT results:


In case you can't read that, they are up right around $1,000 so far. Let me tell you, once you start using a bot to play MTT's you won't want to play them any other way. Why sit and grind it out for five hours? Let the bot do the heavy lifting and then you come in fresh after it's in the money and finish it off -- or, as many of our customers do, you might decide to let the bot finish it. Our tournament profiles have taken many first place finishes unassisted.

You can buy/try the POKER Bot (version 7.6.2) here:


And download the new free Egor's 6-pack profile:


September 18, 2014

Basics: Edge, Expectation, Variance, & Bonus Hunting


This post is to answer a lot of the newbie questions we get from time to time, and hopefully to establish a clear understanding of what it is bonus hunters and other types of professional gamblers are doing that allows them to make consistent profits. I also want to make sure newbies who are contemplating a purchase of any of our products have the right expectations going into it. 


You will notice I just referred to bonus hunters as a type of professional gambler. This is correct, because smart bonus hunters only play when they have an edge – one created by the bonus money, even though the games they play have a fixed house edge. 

There are several concepts you need to grasp in order to make money gambling. Once you do this (and implement them), the word gambling becomes an incorrect term itself – because if you are playing with an edge you are only gambling in the sense that casinos could consider themselves to be gambling – and it is pretty generally accepted that operating a casino is a sure way to make profits. 

So the first concept is the idea of having an edge. An edge is a mathematical advantage. If you are betting a friend $1 on coin flips nobody has an edge. Now, if you agree to pay him $1.10 every time he wins and he only has to pay you $1.00 when you win, he now has an edge. This particular edge calculates to be 5%; that is every time the coin is flipped his expectation is 5 cents in profit and yours is a 5-cent loss. 

This doesn’t mean much if the game is going to be short. Say you flip the coin 3 or 4 times then quit. Either one of you might very well win all the bets. But if you continue playing, sooner or later your friend will have all your money. It is a mathematical certainty. If that takes a long time, say thousands of flips, you can then divide the amount of money you lost by the number of coin flips and you will find that each flip represents almost exactly minus 5 cents to you. Astonishing? Not really. Long-term results eventually arrive at their expectation. 

In this example your friend had an edge because he was being paid more than even money on a 50/50 chance, but an edge can also be achieved by being paid even money if the chances are in your favor – lets say he knew the coin was biased and he was calling all the flips. An edge can come from any kind of odds. If you are betting on a horse that is paying 5-1 odds and his actual chances of winning are about 25%, you have an edge. Any time the payout is bigger than the actual chances of winning, that’s an edge.

Online casinos enjoy a house edge of varying degrees on every game they offer you. Some are worse than others. Let It Ride Poker for example, typically has a house edge of around 3.5% while Blackjack (when played correctly) only has a house edge of around one-half of one percent, or .50%. That means if you play perfect basic strategy you are expected to lose around a half-cent for each dollar you wager in the long run, and if you play long enough you will find that’s exactly what happened. 

This concept of the edge eventually adding up to exactly what it is supposed to is known as Expectation. And you can bank on it. Casinos do, and they never have any problems meeting payroll. There is no denying math in the end. 

It’s important to understand that there is no way around expectation. You just can’t do anything about it. There is no system of varying your bet size that has any affect whatsoever on it. A long time ago a guy named Martingale invented progressive betting systems, but they are all useless for altering expectation. You WILL experience the worst-case scenario sooner or later, and probably sooner than you think. If you flip a coin 100 times there is a very good chance you are going to see a run of 13+ heads or tails in a row along the way. 

Which brings up the next vital concept: Variance. You will see this term used in our forum a lot, often by somebody who has just undergone a losing streak. Variance is a way of describing short-term luck. Short-term results are erratic; the shorter the term the more erratic they are. If you are going to play one hand against a .50% house edge you certainly aren’t going to lose a half percent of your bet. Your results are likely going to be either a 100% win or a 100% loss. That’s as high as variance gets. The house edge is negated in this circumstance, so much so that it doesn’t even matter (being so small).


As you keep playing the influence of variance is continually reduced while the influence of expectation is continually increased. If you play two hands and quit you will probably either lose 100%, win 100%, or win 50%. Chances are roughly even that you will win 50%. This is a much lower variance than only playing one hand. The more you play the less important variance is and the more important edge is, even what seems like a very small edge.

Variance is affected by the size of the edge in any particular game. All other things being equal, the higher the edge the lower the variance. However, all other things are not always equal! Variance is also affected by the rules of the game. A very low edge game can have a very high variance. A good example is a game where longshots must be hit in order to arrive at the expectation, such as a Royal Flush in video poker.

So you can’t win playing against a negative expectation if you are going to play for any real length of time. Professional gamblers avoid this and put their money into positive expectations only. You must have a bankroll large enough to ride out the natural swings in the game; that is to say your operating capital must be sufficient to absorb the variance.

Bonus hunters have a positive expectation in spite of the fact that the games they play have a house edge. This is because of the deposit bonuses that casinos offer in an attempt to attract action. What this effectively does is create an entirely new game called Bonus Hunting, where the casino customer (who plays it right) actually enjoys the mathematical advantage. Various strategies are employed for milking as much bonus money as possible, and different people have different tolerances for variance. Thus some bonus hunters do better than others.

In the end we’ll all be cashing our chips at that big cage in the sky, at which point we’ll discover that our results equal the sum of our expectations.

September 13, 2014

Cash Game and Rake

This post is to help educate those who have unrealistic expectations from online poker and steer you in a profitable direction. We get a lot of feedback from people expressing dissatisfaction with cash game results. When I ask them to post examples from the bot’s session log showing where it played badly they are almost always unable to. (That’s because our poker bots play darn good poker.)

People get into online poker thinking that $100 bills will start pouring from their a: drive slots on the front of their computer. But they don’t have enough understanding of what is actually going on to avoid the pitfalls that await them.

A typical $25 max cash game will have about $180 on the table in a full 6-max table or about $280 on the table in a full 9-max table. With a $2.50 average pot in 6-max and a $4 average pot in 9-max that makes the average rake per hand .13 in 6-max or .20 in 9-max. In 6-max they deal about 65 hands per hour and in 9-max they deal about 40 hands per hour. Either way that’s a little over $8 per hour being removed from the table in rake.

Now pay attention to this. If everybody sits there and keeps playing, within 23 hours (less than a day) every single chip currently sitting on the table will be taken by the poker room in rake at the 6-max table. At the 9-max table it’s not quite as bad – there it will take 35 hours (less than two days) for the poker room to get every single chip on the table. 

OK folks – what is your plan for beating cash games? What’s that? What exactly is your plan for winning money when every chip on the table, all the stacks, will be taken by the poker room within a matter of hours? Especially knowing that everyone gets dealt the same cards on average? Waiting for pocket aces or pocket kings, is that the plan? Oh wait, playing slightly better than your opponents – is that it? Are you starting to see why I do NOT recommend the Super-tight settings or even the Semi-super tight settings?

Most people who read this still won’t get it. The rake from each pot is so small it just doesn’t seem significant. Surely if you cleverly check-raise your set on the turn that will make you win money at poker, right?

The truth is the only way to make money in small stakes cash games is if one or more players at your table are blatantly giving their money away, and soon. Of course that situation never lasts long. We get criticized a lot for presenting a game plan of trying to just break even playing poker and have the rakeback as profit. The reality is even that is very difficult to do when all the money on the table is being taken by the poker room in a matter of hours. It is a great testament to our bot when we get reports from people who kept even $400 of the $600 signup bonus at Full Tilt as profit.

SNG’s are much, much better. However if everybody in your SNG is playing about at the same skill level, all you are really doing is paying the entry fee each game. But these can be beaten because not everybody plays good tournament strategy, which is actually more important than playing good poker in SNGs.

MTT’s are the best way to go by far. Your entry fees are paid by all the bad players who don’t have a chance. Note that even a good cash game player is a bad tournament player if they don’t understand tournament strategy, which is equally as important as playing good poker in an MTT. To make things even better you can only play the Guaranteed MTT’s where it looks like the entries will come up short. In general MTT’s are how you can make some real money in online poker.

When we get posts from arrogant boasters talking about how they make thousands of dollars playing low stakes cash games, it is pure BS. The way to make money in cash games is to play high enough stakes where the rake doesn’t have as devastating of an effect and wait for weak players who will call off their stack when holding only 1 pair.

September 7, 2014

Security Tipps for Poker Bot Users

This thread is to try and increase the general level of online security of the poker bot users by providing acces to free tools, add ons and tips that will help keep you safe online.

Anti Virus software

Below are links to free, trusted and good quality AV software, please check them out and if you dont have one installed, get one.

http://www.avira.com

http://www.avg.com

http://www.avast.com

Now there are others, most of which arent free, however the above are all good AV's and all have a free version (Avira and AVG's are very good)

Anti Malware / Spyware 

Now an anti Malware scanner is also needed as most AV scanners will miss a lot of if not all spyware infections, again a few are listed below.

http://www.malwarebytes.org/

http://www.superantispyware.com/

http://www.lavasoft.com/products/ad_aware_free.php

Again there are others, however the above are pretty solid.

Firewalls 

an often over looked and pretty vital area of protection. Windows firewall isnt worth having, its awful, some better and free alternatives are listed below - 

www.zonealarm.com

www.personalfirewall.comodo.com

http://www.sunbeltsoftware.com/Home-Home-Office/Sunbelt-Personal-Firewall/

Out of the above most would go for zone alarm however i do like comodos personally.

I use a dedicated hardware firewall but for most people this is overkill and is prohibitively expensive also so i wont go into the depths of detail here, one of the above would be adequate and represent far better value for the average user. 

The Usual Suspects

Now its all well and good trying to prevent infection, however without Common sense theres little any tool, paid or free can do to help you, Try to avoid the following -

Torrent Sites

My personal pet hate and actually one of the leading reasons for spyware ending up on your system in the first place. A lot of the files you look for on these sites in order to save a few dollars are often either binded with some kind of malicious software or are simply malicious software labeled as something else.

"But i have AV ect" - This often wont save you. Usually on first release the malware or virus will be undetectable, rendering you only line of defense impotent.

Moral of the story guys is dont use these sites, they are more hassle than they are useful.

Malicious Sites

This covers such things as sites promising hidden riches and information ect ect, you im sure have received emails from people like this. Avoid any sites you are linked to in such circumstances, nothing good can come of it.

Also avoid sites that offer crack or software cheating downloads, such sites are often infected and may also be running malicious code your not even aware of, take care with this.

Keep Up to Date

Keep your Operating System (OS) fully up to date in terms of service packs and security updates, a weak link in the chain here can allow potential attackers an easy route in.

Also be sure to keep things such as flash player and java updated as well, exploits are often found and patched so keep auto update turned on.

Browser Choice

Internet Explorer isnt the safest browser around, Consider swapping to Firefox or Opera, Others such as Chrome or safari are also an option. I suggest firefox and have recommended a few security based add ons for firefox below -

Keyscrambler - The free version encrypts the data you input into your web browser from keyloggers and such, its a very useful and functional tool.

No Scripts - Disables the running of scripts/code when you visit a web page, you will e prompted that a script wishes to run, if you know and trust the site you can add it to the safe list, if not you can block the detected script. This add on prevents XSS issues and goes a long way to greatly improving you safety when browsing.

Better Privacy / Privacy+ - Removes and also blocks flash cookies from being installed on your PC, You may think when you delete your cookies from the browser they are gone right? Wrong, Some cookies may remain even if not seen, these flash/ LSO cookies are used by certain sites to track your long term browsing habbits, the security issues here, especially for us botters are prettyobvious, however it is a general invasion of privacy in my opinion and something we should have control over.

WOT (Web Of Trust) - Basically an updated list of known "bad" sites, you will be given a visual warning if you are about to visit a page that may have problems, you are free to decide whether or not you wish to continue, Pretty useful for general browsing.

Keep It Clean

Allowing your PC to build up lots of junk files and data on browsing habbits ect not only slows the PC down but it is also a privacy risk, run a weekly scan with one of the following free tools to keep everything running smooth and any personal data away from prying eyes -

ATF Cleaner

http://www.atribune.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=25&Itemid=25

CCleaner

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

Password Protection

Sounds simple and obvious, however its quite often the case that weak passwords are still used. When creating a password try and use a mixture of letters, Numbers and also special characters (@#$%^ ect) while this will help safe guard your password from getting bruteforced, also try using a non dictionary word or phrase as your password.

Keep your password strictly private and dont keep passwords stored on your PC unless they are in a secure container.

Sensitive Data

The storage of sensitive data is not something that should be overlooked these days, For any sensitive material you should look into creating a encrypted container or "vault" this will keep your data safe from prying eyes even if your PC should get compromised. You can also protect your data on external sources such as USB flash drives ect.

CryptainerLE

http://www.cypherix.com/cryptainer_le_download_center.htm


Router Security

Connection jacking is a problem many people have and most probably are unaware! The problem lies in non secured connections which allows others to use your internet.

Use a strong protection protocol such as WPA or preferably WPA2, however even WEP is better than nothing at all, You can check/change your settings from within your router its self.

This may seem daunting but a quick check on your routers manufactorers website will yeild the steps you need to take in a step by step manner, 

Wireless Security

Anyone who uses wireless to connect their machines to the internet should look into getting an encrypted VPN service in order to better protect the data that is transfered.

There are free services that you can use for general browsing such as -

Hotspot shield

http://hotspotshield.com/

However for botting this isnt a viable or safe option as the IP's on free services are usually recycled and may have been used before. For botting your better off with a dedicated service. There are a few options but PM me for that information as i dont want to paste it all over the forums in case of prying outside eyes.

As i said at the start, the best line of defense is common sense, the steps above should help the great majority of you secure your systems at least a little better.