Poker-botting guide

Introduction

You should understand that this guide is not the instructions for Warbot. You can read Warbot Manual here, to know how to install, configure and use the bot properly. The purpose of this guide is to help you use our product profitably, with all its potential. Warbot is really advanced Hold’em Poker bot, but unless you learn some general poker-botting concepts, it might not do you any good, other than remain just a toy for fun.

A lot of people come to our site, who are completely new not just to botting, but to Poker and its rules. If you are one of them, please accustom yourself to Hold’em Poker basic information, terms and rules first. Then you can open free account in some online casino that Warbot supports, explore play-money games, and only then, when you start to understand the game, switch to real-money.

Which casino to choose

Main criteria for choosing your casino is probably the traffic it generates. While small casinos can be appealing for their soft competition, it’s usually difficult to find enough tables and games, especially tournaments. PokerScout is great site to monitor casino traffic and read some reviews about poker-rooms.

Another important concern is sign-up bonuses that casino offers, and rakeback deals that you can find for it. This is not so much important for tournaments, but is crucial for playing cash games.

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Traffic

Choose casinos with good traffic

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Sign-up bonuses

Check out what sign-up bonuses casino offers

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Rakeback

Find out what rakeback deals can you find for this room

Which games to play

There are many kinds of games in Hold’em poker, which the bot can play: fixed- and no-limit, regular cash games, speed-poker, SitAndGoes (SNGs), multi-table tournaments (MTTs), Double-or-nothing (DON), 3-max Spins, etc.. First of all, you want to decide whether you want to play Fixed-Limit (FL) or No-Limit (NL) games.

We recommend to start with No Limit Holdem. The edge that solid players have over poor players in No Limit is gigantic. In fixed limit the fish lives longer because they aren’t usually taking that much the worst of it due to pot odds. But in No Limit they often get their whole stack when sitting with some poor inside draw or middle pair. Warbot will patiently wait for the best opportunity to punish such poor players. Often, it just needs to catch 2-3 such big plays per day to make your deposit grow. Also, No-Limit games are more popular right now in online poker-rooms, and there is more traffic there. However, Fixed-Limit games have some advantages too: less variance, more probability-dependent (which is good for AI).

We will not try to cover all possible kind of games in this guide, just highlight some specifics, pros and cons of 3 major game categories: cash, SNG and MTT. Other game types usually fall into one of these 3 groups.

Cash games

This is what usually every newbie-player starts with. Warbot can play short-handed tables (6 max) or full-ring tables (9 or 10 max). We suggest starting with full-ring tables, because it’s generally easier to beat them. “King Of The Ring” profile, that comes with the bot, is designed to play both 6max and full-ring games. If you, however, want to use other profiles from our store, make sure that you read its description before you sit at the table. Some of them work better at 9-max, some at 6-max.

Always start to play on micro limits, if you’re new to botting! Don’t go to limits higher than 0.10/0.25 NL. Human players there get more and more skillful, applying software like Hold’em Manager and Poker Tracker to use your (bot) statistics against you. They also tend to play more tight and agressive poker, which is realy not good for us if we want to make money. Remember, in poker-botting most of your winnings come from poor players, that’s the rule of the thumb! If you got a table full of TAG players, it doesn’t matter how cool your bot is – you will be break-even at the very best, but hardly profitable.

So stick with micro-limits (NL2 – NL5), try to select your tables wisely and you’ll be fine

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Edge

Largest edge for a winning player

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Variance

Variance is reasonable

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Action

Easy to get good action

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Competition

High level of competition

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Limits

Becomes hard to beat at high limits

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Rake

Rake eats your profits

Criteria

  • Rakeback / bonus
  • Big PPF%
  • Solid average stack
  • Seek for fishy tables, use table scanners

MTT (scheduled multi-table tournaments)

If you have cleared all possible sign-up bonuses in all poker-rooms, and you don’t have decent rakeback (or you’re not happy with one you have), you should switch to MTTs.

MTT begins on many tables at once. As players are eliminated, tables are consolidated until just one table is left upon which the tournament is played to its logical conclusion. Playing MTTs is an excelent way to escape the rake, and to earn profits, which you can’t dream of in micro-limit cash games. There is so much dead money in these things that you don’t need rakeback or bonuses to profit from them nicely. Dead money is a term that refers to people who have no chance of finishing high (because they just don’t take it seriuosly and don’t follow any solid strategy), and MTTs always have enough of them to more than cover your entry fees. Warbot plays MTT games out-of-the-box. Ofcourse you can buy some extra MTT profiles in our store. All of them are usually great, since MTT strategy can be easily coded in bot algorithms.

 

Bankroll (BR) management and proper selection of tourneys

The rule of thumb is to never buy into a tournament that is more than 1% of your total BR (make sure you have 100 buy ins to start playing at a certain level). If you drop below 75 buy ins then drop down to the previous level of buy ins if possible. So if you have $200 you can start playing $2 tournaments but if you drop below $150 then you need to go back to playing the $1 tournaments.

Second important thing in building your BR is proper tournament selection. Warbot profiles play very solid poker and the longer it has to show that – the better results you will have. It means, find tournaments that have a good blind structure and starting stack that gives the profile time to rise to the top of the donks. This can be done by just avoiding any “turbo” tourneys. Look for ones that have blind levels of at least 10 minutes.

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Profits

Chance to make really big money

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Overlays in guaranteed prizes

Overlay is the gap between a poker tournament’s guaranteed prize pool and the actual prize pool generated by entrants

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Variance

Variance is usually large

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Downswings

Can be frustrating due to possible long downswings

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Good for AI-logic

Decisions are pretty straightforward and programmable

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Soft competition

Have the softest competition at high stakes

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Edge

Gives big advantage to skillful player and to good AI

Criteria

  • Non-turbo is usually better than turbo (if profile doesn’t specify it)
  • Normal or deep stack is usually better
  • Seek for guaranteed prize pool with overlay
  • Its good when number of entrants >= 100

SNG (Sit And Goes)

SNG is a form of poker tournament that begins as soon as a pre-determined number of players has registered. This is in contrast to tournaments that start at a fixed time regardless of how many players have registered. There are many forms of SNG, some with single tables and some with more, ranging from 2, 6, 10, 20, 50 or more participants and in all poker variants. The only thing they have in common is that they start once they have the necessary players.

SNGs can be a profitable way to avoid the rake at the lower buy-ins. For example, $5 and $10 SNG’s have enough dead money – people just messing around who aren’t really serious – to be quite profitable without needing any bonuses or rakeback. As you move up to the medium and higher buy-in games the dead money vanishes, however. But in those games all you have to do is play solid and keep your cool in order to have an edge which negates the entry fee, something that Warbot is good at.

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Good for AI-logic

Decisions are pretty straightforward and programmable

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Variance

Little variance

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Edge

Smallest edge

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Rake

Rake is high

Criteria

  • Non-turbo is usually better than turbo (if profile doesn’t specify it)
  • Normal or deep stack is usually better

How to select tables for cash games

In order to make money steadily in cash games, the best is to run Warbot against loose-passive players (“Calling-stations“). How to find them? Well, assuming you play only micro-limits, you already have them at your tables regularly. But you can improve your results if you will sit at tables with appropriate stats.

The majority of poker-room lobbies show PPF%average % of players that see the flop and Average Pot for the tables. PPF is an average percent of players that have seen flop for last 15-30 minutes. The more it is, the more loosier game is going on, and you definitely want to join it. Average Pot is what it sounds – the average pot in currency, that the winner gets at this table. You also want it to be big, but we suggest to avoid tables with max Av.Pots, because often it means that the game there is too agressive and stakes are too high, which is risky and leads to large variance. There are few great products to help you automate table selection, for exaple TableScanTurbo.

Another thing to know is that if you’re playing against players with very short stacks, you obviously can’t win a lot of money from them. So try to avoid tables with too many short-stakers.

Profits

What earnings (profits) to expect?

The statistics vary from one profile to another. Check out our shop to find graphs and other stats of profiles that you intend to use. Please keep in mind, that profile code is not something conctant. It could be upgraded many times during tests and research (in fact, it can be still upgrading). Thats why, some of the stats, like tightness/looseness%, contbet% and others, can differ from what the bot shows now. But you can expect that your average winrate on long distance will match what you see on graphs.

So, how much money can you make and how long does it take?

Beside your profile performance, the answer depends on several things: intensity of your playing,  table (game) selection, rakeback and bonuses that you have.

How many tables do you run

Obviusly, the more tables you play at the same time, the more hands you will play and your winrate will do its job – you will make more money. Usually one poker room allows to multi-table at 6 tables. Of course, if you have more than one computer, you can run your War Bot there too, in another poker room. You can also do it one the same PC, if it is powerfull enough to run Virtual PC simultaneously

The length of your sessions

You need to run your Warbot enought time every day to make good money. But it doesn’t mean botting for 24/7. Never do this! You will become suspected very quickly with bad consequences. More than that, it makes the threat to all of our botting comunity, so please, bot responsibly. About 6-8 hours per day would be ok. If you play cash-games, start your bot at about 9:00 pm (European time), when there are a lot of fishy public. We don’t recommend to play at daytime, since there can be too many good players – regulars, sharks, etc

Rakeback and Sign-up bonuses

With a poker bonus you will be rewarded with an additional money sum when you make a deposit at a poker room. A poker bonus is usually never immediately available to you – you have to clear it first. You have to play poker and, depending on the rake (house take) you generate, the bonus or increments of the bonus will be released and credited to your regular poker account.

Rakeback offers you the opportunity to get back some of the rake you have paid. Rakeback is necessary to show a worthwhile long-term profit for most cash games. Please sign up for your poker accounts through a reputable rakeback provider. If you don’t have a bonus or rakeback going for you, you should consider playing more SNG’s or MTTs. You can signup for rakeback, for example, through RakeTheRake provider, or RakeMeBack. You can find more services like this over internet.

Be aware of Variance

In probability theory, possible deviations from the expected normal dispersion of a random value is described as variance. The variance of a random value is an measure of how far a value can deviate in the short-term from the expected long-term result or mid-value.

In a poker context, which has a random element, variance describes the possible short-term deviation from the long-term expected value of a player. For example, a player in Texas Hold’em with a flush draw on the flop gets his flush on the river around 36% of the time in the long-term. Over just a few hands it may also be the case that he only hits a flush 25% of the time i.e. that he misses his draw five times in a row.

The results of a consistently good player compared to a consistently bad one only rarely indicates that the good player takes winnings in every poker round. Somethimes the bad player simply gets lucky and variance is on his side. Downswings can be pretty painful. But don’t panic – it’s just the part of this game. On long distance Warbot will make money. Just a matter of time.