Inside PokerSnowie's brain reveals the work of Johannes Levermann, the head of research of Snowie Games. As the PokerSnowie "master trainer", Johannes explores first hand how the brain of PokerSnowie evolves and learns advanced strategic concepts, on its own.
PokerSnowie's ultimate aim is to produce the perfectly balanced game, find the ultimate un-exploitable equilibrium for all No Limit Hold'em configurations. Join us on this fascinating journey, which is just starting, into the future of poker.
In any game, there are decisions to be made, and there are payoffs for those decisions. In poker, you get to choose which hands you'll play, how to play them, and how much money to commit with them. Your reward for those decisions is the pot, and your potential cost is how much you've bet in the hand. By contrast, in Rock Paper Scissors (RPS), you simply decide what your next throw is going to be, and your payoff for that decision is winning or losing the throw. How much you win or lose in those games depends on what strategy you use. This is where Game Theory comes in. Game theory optimal is the strategic baseline. It is at the core of all games.
I was approached by the team behind snowie a couple of months ago to have a look at what they had developed. I was only interested because of the snowie name - they had solved backgammon, a game I used to love. Now they had taken poker on but poker is a completely different game to backgammon in the fact it is a game of incomplete information- they couldn’t have solved poker, it’s impossible. I told them how sceptical I was and stated if it’s system based then it’s exploitable. I was involved in the development of the early short stacking systems years ago which led to the influx of players “ruining” the regs fun. I also used to do data analysis on millions of hands a week so I thought I knew what I was talking about- their mouths were making claims their arses couldn’t cash.
Without any online hands to load, there was, until now, no possibility to see and try PokerCoach. We have decided to remedy this issue by providing a small sample of hands freely accessible.
Follow those 4 very simple steps to start using PokerCoach:
- Download the sample hands
- Unzip the folder on your desktop - it will show as a folder simply called "PokerSnowie sample hands"
- Start Pokercoach, click on import, and select the folder "PokerSnowie sample hands". The hands will be imported into PokerCoach and immediately be analysed by the server.
- Once analysed, select the files you want to go through and click on "load hands"
That's it. You can now use all the functionalities of PokerCoach and browse through the entire sample of hands.
Upon clicking the PokerCoach icon on your desktop, you will have noticed that an update is available.
So what’s really new with the new version of PokerCoach?
- We've fixed a bug with our hand import tool - reloading existing hands is now a simple and rapid process.
- You can now filter your hands by “in position” and “out of position” modes. In your hand browsing options, you will now find an additional hyperlink allowing you to select IP (In Position) or OOP (Out Of Position). Please note that the filters will work on any new hands uploaded but will be ignored for already imported hands preflop.
Go ahead, click that update button!
To proceed with the upgrade, start PokerCoach, follow the instructions provided and login to PokerCoach as usual. Your hand database will be updated but you will not lose any of your existing hands.
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Game Theory was developed during the Second World War by John von Neumann, a mathematician, and Oskar Morgenstern, an economist, and developed by US mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr. In a 1951 article on Non-Cooperative games, Nash stated that at least one ‘Nash Equilibrium’ is present in any mixed strategy game with a finite set of actions. In relation to poker, it means that there exists an equilibrium called game theory optimal (GTO).