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Monday, 18 August 2008 17:05

OpenHoldem continues building on the foundation of programmable Texas Holdem poker bots established by WinHoldem (http://winholdem.net) and others.

The project strives for 100% reverse compatibility with WinHoldem, yet also has extended and enhanced the platform beyond what is provided by WinHoldem today.

Other project goals include:

  • Increased performance
    • Scripting language currently executes 5-10x faster than WinHoldem, due to the pre-generation of parse trees and comprehensive use of code short-circuiting
    • Statistical sampling of poker end-states is 2-5x faster than WinHoldem due to the use of highly tuned open source poker libraries
  • User friendly scripting language editor, using the Scintilla editor component
  • No inclusion of automated collusion capabilities (a.k.a teaming)
Why Choose OpenHoldem? PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 18 August 2008 17:07

-Questionable long term viability of the WinHoldem platform. WinHoldem requires connectivity to a "license server" to function. If that server is unavailable or discontinued, the software is 100% non-functional. Recent behavior by the WinHoldem author is what drove this team to create this alternative - we enjoy botting and were very afraid that WinHoldem might cease to exist some day. The WinHoldem author's actions ejection of the community 'labs' from his web site, the single-minded focus on his political agenda at the cost of software development, and finally the tacit support of piracy of the community's derivative works all support the viability question.

 -WinHoldem forces software upgrades on you whether you want them or not. With OpenHoldem, you choose when you want to upgrade, if at all.

-Peer review. Does WinHoldem really do what it says it does, and does it do it correctly? Without peer review of the source code, we will never know. The OpenHoldem team has already discovered numerous un-fixed bugs in WinHoldem in the course of OpenHoldem development.

-Are you a tinkerer? Do you want a solid code base from which to develop your own particular botting platform? OpenHoldem provides this.

-WinHoldem is a closed platform, and the community has been unwilling to contribute to the success of that platform; this is a cultural issue encouraged to a large degree by it's author. The OpenHoldem development team strongly believes that a platform that encourages contributions from many, benefits all much more than a closed approach. It may be somewhat counter-intuitive, but the platform is not the competitive advantage in the poker-botting war. The logic of the bot is what makes a bot profitable or not.

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