Monday, April 27, 2009

Heads Up: Hold'em version 2 (very close...)

So very close...

The AI player is playing quite well. Well enough, in fact, that we will need to add some personality options to dumb it down a bit if people want that.

A lot of our testing is done with the cards exposed and I sometimes laugh when it seems to make an exceptionally good play.
One hand that comes to mind, the AI flopped Aces-up and just checked it to me. I checked behind with my Queen high. The turn was a blank and the AI checked again. I decided that in a 'real' game I would take a stab here, so I did expecting the AI to check-raise me so I could fold (I tried to play as if I would without seeing his cards). Nope, he just called. The river was a queen and the AI threw out about a 2/3 pot sized bet. Wow, it let me catch up enough that I would pay off the bet in a real game. NICE!
I've also seen it bluff-raise me with nothing on scary scary boards. It will look foolish when it fails, but will work a high percentage of the time. Nice!

The current To do list is:
  • AI Personalities. (Pro, Amateur, & Tourist will likely be the ones in this next version. But unconfirmed...)
  • Add different blind levels and starting stack size options.
  • Add (optional) blind increases
  • Save the game when exiting the program.
  • Fix a few bugs. (Fewer and fewer of these...)

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Dear Peter,

I am one of the user that downloaded this app. It is a great app. I am following your blog. I have a suggestion for you to consider. I suggest that you add another option to allow two iPhones/iPods to connect to the same WiFi to play against each others.

This way, we can play heads-up poker with each and everyone of our family members/friends without having to sitdown face to face with the iPhone in between. May be let it support up to like 10 heads-up games at once?

Just a suggestion and may be you can use the bluetooth to allow two iPhones to connect, not just via WiFi, then this app can be used in the plane! Of course, this bluetooth function may have to wait until the iPhone OS 3.0 to be released!

Thanks for reading this comment. Hope you will consider it.