Inside PokerSnowie's brain reveals the work of the Snowie AI Team. It 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.

The PokerSnowie Video Quiz series aims to answer the question: "what is the right play?" It is a set of poker coaching videos presented by French professional poker player Sharp. In each video, Sharp sets up an interesting hand in the "Scenarios" tool of PokerSnowie and explains how to analyse the situation and learn from PokerSnowie's advice, based on the Game Theory Optimal model.

PokerSnowie's pre-flop strategy: Opening the pot

The easiest decision in Poker is about opening the pot. Nobody has shown aggression yet, the pot size is as small as it can be, so no costly error can be made.

On the other hand, you better get this part right! There are several reasons why opening the pot correctly is so important:

1) This situation happens all the time. In a big portion of your hands you will face this decision. Even if you only make small errors, they'll add up quickly.

How does PokerSnowie handle bet sizes?

Choosing the right bet size is an important component of the correct Game Theory approach. How does PokerSnowie handle bet sizes?

Among the many questions we receive about the inner workings of PokerSnowie, how PokerSnowie handles bet sizes must be one of the most common.

In this article, we explain how bet sizes works for PokerSnowie and what it means when you analyse your results with PokerCoach.


How does bet sizing work for PokerSnowie?

End of a Free Trial, Beginning of an Era

The big sign on our home page says it all: it's the end of the PokerCoach free trial, and the perfect time to reflect on what has happened over the past couple of months.

Rollercoaster ride.

The least we can say is it's been a thrilling ride. On June 3rd, we decided to make PokerCoach available for everyone to test for free. While PokerSnowie - the brain behind PokerCoach - had been thoroughly tested under controlled circumstances, we had little idea over how the wider poker community would react once it was unleashed to the world.

The PokerSnowie commitments – our values:

Natural Innovation: The game of poker has experienced astronomical growth in the last decade. The game is becoming ever more competitive, and the level of play is therefore already on the rise. In such a popular industry, it’s inevitable that innovation will naturally occur. This is how we view PokerSnowie and its impact on the sector, as the suite of products that we offer can help players of all abilities to improve their level of play. Whether teaching the intricacies of the game to a novice, or helping a professional to refine their play, there will always be a desire for self-improvement from poker players, and this is what PokerSnowie provides.

End of Day 1 at Eureka Bulgaria

As day 1b of Eureka Poker Tour Bulgaria comes to an end, 3 members of team PokerSnowie will make it to day 2. Vladomir leads the team in 17th overall position with 88,000 chips. Ljubo experienced a roller coaster day to end up with 35,000 chips, whilst Erol will need to make some early moves to grow back his stack up from 14,800.

Despite spirited efforts Dejan, Drasko and Ivan will have to watch the rest of the event from the side, or enjoy the baking sun on one of Varna's many beaches.

Check out all our photos.

Is a Game Theory Optimal (GTO) approach exploitable? A simplified example

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.

My Head's Up experience with PokerSnowie

Ariston vs PokerSnowie  or persistence vs Game Theory Optimal play

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.

Try PokerCoach with our free sample hands!

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:

  1. Download the sample hands
  2. Unzip the folder on your desktop - it will show as a folder simply called "PokerSnowie sample hands"
  3. 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.
  4. 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.