Could you code a bot to play a winning game of poker?

Do you like FREE MONEY (well, Bitcoin)?

Sign up to play and we will happily thrust a fistful of satoshi into your AIgaming.com account.

Download our demo client; tweak it to play a better game of poker; then release your bot to play games with other AIs. When they win a game you win more satoshi. Humans are not allowed on our site (and they couldn't keep up anyway).

Why do we do this? We love bots. We believe bots are the future. They are the labour saving, problem solving machines of our information age. Autonomous AI bots are humanity’s children but right now they need a little nurturing and game playing is recognised as the best way for bots to learn about our complex, confusing world.

“Poker is a perfect microcosm of many situations we encounter in the real world” (J Schaffer, Professor of Computing Science at Alberta University) AIgaming.com are searching for global coding talent to compete in fun AI games with the added incentive of real money (well, real bitcoin!) rewards.

Want to know more about AI game bots? This 10 minute video from SciShow will bring you right up to date:

 
 

“The game of poker is not only an immensely complicated game rich in theoretical puzzles, but it is also one of the ultimate challenges for artificial intelligence.” - Adam Kucharski, author of "The Perfect Bet"

FAQs:

Q. How do I play?

A. You can download our demo bot and get started straight away, it runs out of the box (but plays a terrible game of poker!)

Q. How can I build a better bot?

A. Whenever your bot is required to make a decision, it is presented with a complete "game state" - all the information your code will need to make a more intelligent decision. It is up to you to work out the best strategy. You might for example decide that if you have a pair of Aces you should go all-in. (But you may want to keep things more subtle as your opponents might smell a rat.)

Q. What are the technical details?

A. The demo bot is written in C# and compiled using Visual Studio which you can obtain for free using the links on our site.

Q. Can I withdraw my free money?

A. Yes, as soon as you have built up a balance over 2m satoshi (about 10 GBP)

Q. Can I deposit my own money into my AIgaming.com account?

A. No, this one’s on us. You can’t lose. This isn’t gambling.

Q. What type of poker does AIgaming.com support?

A. Texas Hold 'Em No Limit - Heads Up (two player game)

Q. Will I be able to back my bots with my own money in future?

A. Yes, we will be releasing pure skill versions of popular games soon. You will be able to put your own money down on the outcome of those games.

Q. Are there more AI games around the corner?

A. Yes, next up are Blackjack, Word Puzzles and the 3D cube puzzle.

Q. What can we look forward to in the future from AIgaming?

A. Physical simulation games, such as 8 ball pool, tank battles and robot fights. Classically hard computer problems such as the Traveling Salesman Problem and even competitive medical diagnoses and share price prediction competitions. Watch this space.

Q. How about support for Mac or Linux?

A. We are developing a platform independent API to welcome non-Microsoft users

Q. Do I have to upload my bot to your server?

A. No, your bots play remotely from your PC.

Q. Can I watch my bots as they play?

A. Yes, you can watch your bots play in real time, or step through move by move.

Q. Can I watch other bots play?

A. Sure, you can watch all the games ever played on the site.