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PokerSnowie AI Brain Update - Part I

PokerSnowie AI brain update

Today PokerSnowie is pleased to announce that a significant update to the core AI has been released, taking PokerSnowie's No Limit Hold’em ability to the next level.

It’s true that time passes quickly, since the first release over one year has already passed! During this time, PokerSnowie's brain has been training 24/7 on a large computer cluster, using refined learning algorithms. As a result of the intensified training several specific areas of play have been addressed and are described in detail within this article. We are also pleased to report that generally the neural networks have gained much more experience and PokerSnowie's overall performance has improved. In this new version, PokerSnowie's advice is now more consistent across many different situations.

A vital factor when developing the enhancements within this new release has been member feedback. At PokerSnowie we love to hear feedback and we have received a tremendous amount of support regarding our playing strength. However, and most importantly, we have always paid careful attention to those areas which are highlighted by our customers as being potential vulnerabilities. These valuable member contributions have allowed PokerSnowie to identify those common scenarios which we have subsequently enhanced.
In this article, we are highlighting specific examples of how each enhancement improves the core performance of the PokerSnowie AI. These examples are being delivered in two parts, the first of which are included below. Part II will follow in the coming days.

1) Donk bets in multi-way pots

PokerSnowie brain update: donk multiway pots

In a limped multi-way pot, the first player leads out with a pot bet. PokerSnowie's advice was to fold second nuts! Obviously this is not good advice, demonstrating PokerSnowie's most visible weakness, although it’s a weakness which cannot be easily exploited. The first player cannot simply bet with any hand, relying on PokerSnowie's tightness, due to the third player in the pot. However, clearly this fold costs quite some EV.

The new PokerSnowie brain evaluates the situation very differently. Instead of folding, it advises to call 76% and raise 24%. The EV for call or raise is 3.99, which is a difference of over 4 big blinds compared to the previous version. Four big blinds is a significant difference, given that the pot is still very small.

2) Monotone boards

PokerSnowie brain update: monotone boards

On monotone boards, PokerSnowie sometimes surprised us with extremely tight folds. In this particular situation PokerSnowie folded a ten-high flush! This case is rather special, because the ten-high flush is a fold, whereas all lower flushes are calls. This therefore means that the strange advice is not a general problem, but a sign of non-robustness on monotone boards.

The training on monotone boards has been intensified and the general behaviour is now much better. The ten-high flush is now a 100% call with an EV of 10.59, which shows how big the error of folding was!

Stay tuned for Part II of our release information where we will highlight examples related to multi-way pots and blind-verse-blind scenarios, and how the new PokerSnowie brain handles these much more efficiently.

Inside PokerSnowie's brain

PokerSnowie's ultimate aim is to 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.