What is IntelliPoker?

by AintLuck.com Poker Team

IntelliPoker and PokerStars

There have been quite a number of players wondering what the new IntelliPoker is all about. There seem to be an ever increasing number of IntelliPoker Avatars showing up at the poker tables and most people have no idea what those are. Common questions we’ve seen on the forums and throughout the Internet have been:

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  • What is Intelli Poker?
  • Have you seen the new Intelli Poker avatars at the tables?
  • Do IntelliPoker players actually receive more FPP’s than regular PokerStars players?
  • Why is the IntelliPoker.com site all in German?
  • Is IntelliPoker associated with PokerStars?

Let’s attempt to answer these questions to best of our knowledge, although we do not have a German translator on hand here at AintLuck.com.

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What is IntelliPoker?

Simply put, Intellipoker.com is a German poker community run by online poker room, PokerStars. It is a poker school endorsed by the poker room specifically for Deutsch players. The site includes member blogs, a forum for the members of the site, a live chat, poker tools, and a host of live videos and articles for poker players to improve their game. Intelli Poker is provides poker coaching as well as live poker training for their poker school. The poker school seems to be the main value added feature of the community.

IntelliPoker is owned by PokerStars as players can navigate to the poker school directly within the PokerStars software. The IntelliPoker Poker School can be launched by opening up Pokerstars, clicking on Help, and clicking on “Launch Poker School”.

Currently the site is only in German (Deutsch), but there is indication that they will add English, Spanish, and Italian very soon.

What are the IntelliPoker Avatars at PokerStars?

The Intellipoker logos and avatars are part of a promotion with the site and Pokerstars, where players earn extra FPP’s (frequent player points) by using the Intelli Poker avatar when playing online at PokerStars.

Intelli Poker players earn 4 FPP’s for just using the avatar while they play and PokerStars will double their FPP amount when the members convert them.

Is IntelliPoker a poker bot software that PokerStars now advocates?

There is some confusion on whether a press release promoting IntelliPoker.net is somehow related to Pokerstars and Intellipoker.com. The Intellipoker.net press release indicated that Intellipoker.net was indeed a Poker Bot. A poker bot is a computer software program that can play poker against others. You as an individual do not have to actually make any poker playing decisions, the Intellipoker.net poker bot would make the decisions for you. Here’s some text from the the Intellipoker.net press release dated, September 7, 2006:

“The Texas Hold’em Pokerbot is a computer program that plays online poker against human opponents. The pokerbot allows you to input your own configurations, and then with your input and its own analysis it will play hand after hand on your behalf. The pokerbot can play over 1,000 hands a day if you so chose. You can also set up your own private network channel to share your cards.

One important feature is the pokerbot’s ability to emulate human behavior. Like a human player, the “bot” can see the table just as any player, with bet amounts, cards, etc. Based on the bot’s ability to see the game table, it can then calculate the player’s next move and play your hand accordingly, just as a human player would do. The bot is also capable of calling, folding, and betting using the appropriate onscreen commands. While able to emulate human behavior, the bot also removes some of the human emotions that can affect a hand negatively, such as anger or frustration.”

PokerStars.com response:

Scotty from the PokerStars VIP team had this to say in response to whether Intellipoker.net is linked to Pokerstars and if they are advocating a poker bot software:

“When we registered all the IntelliPoker.* domains two years ago, two had already been registered under .com and .net extensions. While .com was inactive,.net was a website promoting a “bot” program which was not available at the time. IntelliPoker.NET was listed in our “prohibited programs” section.

When we negotiated about the sale we made an agreement that the owner wouldn’t pick up his activities again and deletes all pages, even from possible different domains. Still, as you can see with Google results, there are some older web pages which have listed or reviewed this program. After the deal the program was removed from our list of “prohibited programs”.

We have discussed that issue in depth when deciding about the name of the poker school; common agreement was that while this is a suboptimal situation, the advantage of using such a high level domain, free trademark and more than 60 local domains names far outweighed the questions that would need to be answered at a later date.” - courtesy 2+2 forum

Conclusion on IntelliPoker

It seems that PokerStars indeed does own Intellipoker.net, but made an agreement with the previous owner in which he would remove all the content of Intellipoker.net. This means that Pokerstars did not create the poker bot software Intellipoker.net. The only reason Google and other search engines are still showing that press release for Intellipoker.net is because there are still old web pages with that information listed.

The bottom line is that IntelliPoker is currently a German poker community sponsored by PokerStars. One of the main features of the Intelli Poker community is their poker school and the ability for PokerStars players to earn extra FPP’s when using the Intelli Poker avatar while playing.

Currently, Intellipoker.com is only in German but there are plans to translate the community into English, Spanish, and Italian.

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August 4, 2008 at 10:55 am

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sean flanagan July 14, 2008 at 2:11 am

how long till this reaches america , estimate

Markus July 22, 2008 at 4:10 pm

That’s a good question Sean. We asked PokerStars about Intellipoker but I have not received a reply regarding when it would reach the US.

Ya Mam July 25, 2008 at 7:21 pm

WTF maytee, why do these german pricks get bonus.

bill harris July 27, 2008 at 11:54 am

intellipoker players in general are below average average players ( leave no child behind type school)

SoGDsimple July 30, 2008 at 6:16 am

I call BS, sounds sketchy to me

James July 30, 2008 at 5:05 pm

PokerStars is just making themselves look sketchy (as usual) ..what a stupid idea using a bot site domain. Bad move. I am sketched out, so are my friends. It’s not cool and its not the first time I wondered about the integrity of the site. Even if it is on the up and up… what the heck is up with the favoritism?!!!?!
Giving exclusive treatment to one country? Not cool either.

André August 8, 2008 at 11:31 am

so how do i get an avatar of intellipoker to start winning more FPP´s?
i dont speak german

nigel August 10, 2008 at 7:20 am

underprivilaged players,i played a lot of these guys and girls,and they dont seem to be bad players to me,im really considering finding a new site poker stars be careful,fpp bonus points , bs man. 100 s infact thousands of poeple struggle everyday in awful bad beats on poker stars ,now im staring to understand why this is.i tired ultimate bet.net seems to be more consistent with cards and no real bad beats every half and hour,think ill stick with them,good bye poker stars,how can our countrys pro players condone this favouritism and give there name to poker stars,

wild2card2 August 10, 2008 at 11:57 am

is software such as pokerbot still used and is it condoned by pokerstars. If so I think that is COMPLETE BS.

RAY A PAGE August 10, 2008 at 2:56 pm

I would like to recieve the extra FPP s myself How can I learn more about this ?

irockpoker August 10, 2008 at 3:13 pm

thanks to the intelli donks and no explination i left pokerstars…along with 15 of my friends and we headed over to bodog…where we have been very successful…also bodog lets u know news and stuff…and whats with the players…i just started seeing this intelli crap and thought it was a scam with no explination from pokerstars….so thanks pokerstars…for bringing me to a better sight….i love u guys…..NOT!!

Markus August 10, 2008 at 4:13 pm

Ray A Page, I have tried to get more information from PokerStars but I have not heard back from them yet. I will keep everyone posted. - Markus

kamil August 11, 2008 at 1:13 am

soo if i download the intelli thing will i be eligible for the intelli freerolls like the $500 one’s??

Markus August 11, 2008 at 2:13 pm

It is taking forever to receive a reply from Pokerstars regarding your questions everyone. As soon as I hear something, I will let you know. - Markus (Aintluck.com Admin)

Xoovy August 11, 2008 at 3:36 pm

Wtf with the extra bonus -_-v

Anyway Intellipoker members usually suck and are usually short stacks. I’ve won a lot of $$$ from them.

kappaholic August 12, 2008 at 9:45 am

I’m American, born in America, live in America and play poker in America. I do however speak German (self taught) and plan on getting in on this intellipoker thing.

Auf wiedersehen!


Eric August 19, 2008 at 5:10 am

For those who are complaining about this IntelliPoker stuff, stop crying. I’ve been in quite a few SnG’s with guys who had that avatar and so far they’ve all been anywhere from below average to downright horrible players. Let them ‘train’ as many players as they want since they seem to only produce donks.

Wild2card2 August 24, 2008 at 11:35 am

lmao, they can train all they want im still taking their money. it is still sketchy to me and there is one at every table now. try talking to them and get no responce. could be because they only speak german i dont know. the fact that they get extra FPP’s for being bad players really pi!@es me off. I have asked pokerstars about the player bot software and i will post their response if i ever get one!

pokergolf August 31, 2008 at 5:30 pm

feed the fish - it’s perfekt for all good players ;)

bette September 1, 2008 at 1:18 pm

It concerns me that that the German players are getting FPP bonuses but what concerns me more is that the bot can play like a human player. Does that mean that the bot program is running and playing in the money tourneys instead of the real player? In the verses above it said the bot can play up to 1000 hands for the player. So are we playing money tourneys against a bot program?

BB September 4, 2008 at 1:14 pm

My experience is that they are mostly soft players that display a label (avatar) that identifies them as easy prey. I think it is great that there is a resource (poker school) for newbies learning the game but these players either don’t pay attention or the training isn’t strong enough to help them become winning players too quickly. These guys are no threat to you if you are a winning player and you should welcome them to your table. I do disagree with what seems to be favortism in giving them exclusivity to more FFP’s. More frequent player points as incentive to ADVERTISE in your personal space (your avatar) should certainly be made available for anyone who wants to participate. If you think about it, all that is happening is people are getting paid to let their avatar be used as an advertisment. This is an ok concept no different in my mind then when Pokerstars or full tilt pay people to wear their logos at televised events. Hell, I would love to get the intelli logo just to throw opponents off to believing I am also a weak player and at the same time collect more frequent player points for displaying their ad. As far as bots and fearing them…..bots have been proven to NOT be profitable. They are programmed to act a certain way and strong players can easily beat a bot by adjusting their play to confuse the software. Search the internet and you will agree they are not a threat and the poker sites have poerful software that catches them pretty quick. I will leave you with one more thought about bots. The developers would keep it to themselves if it was a license to print money. They wouldn’t be selling it to the world.

Thats my two cents worth


Toby September 10, 2008 at 10:41 pm

LOL OMG WTF! Intellipoker.com=FAIL! Anyone who uses intelli is bad at poker and should not be on the poker tables. Also, I agree with each and every one of you, INTELLIPOKER ICON=EASY MONEY! Every time I see an Intellipoker icon, I just tell myself “Oh look, free money”

TWOFITTY September 12, 2008 at 5:49 am

Not sure if these guys suck more than the usual player. The fact that they brandish the intellipoker logo first makes you assume they take their game seriously. When you see them play bad, it just makes them look much worse.

Its easier to remember when someone plays bad, but its harder for you to remember someone that you think will play well, making a great play.

I have been seeing less of them. It could be that their reputation is finally getting to them, and for people who don’t want to be associated with some of the bad players, the little fpp a day really doesn’t make a difference.

Tim September 13, 2008 at 5:12 am

I am in a 5$ rebuy vs an intellipoker guy or bot, but he is going all-in every hand, and with 5 minutes to go before rebuy period is over, he is in 2nd place in a field of 747 players.

Alfredo Saade March 20, 2009 at 12:42 am

Pokerstars is the biggest scam.
I opened my account, and began playing real money, i put 100 us dollars in the account and made over 300 dollars. I didn’t know anyone who played at pokerstars, and it happens that when i requested a cashout they told me that i was involved in chip dumping, ARE U KIDDING ME???, they asked me for an id and a few other things, so i was hoping that it was just a misunderstanding and sent everything they needed. After a few weeks the sent me an e-mail telling me that my account was cancelled and that the decision was final. I tried getting in contact but they just decided to ignore my e-mails.
If somebody knows what i can do, please help me.

AintLuck.com Poker Team March 23, 2009 at 1:06 pm

Alfredo, I’m not sure what else you can do in this situation. You’ve tried contacting PokerStars and they haven’t replied. Perhaps try another poker room?

Teresa May 27, 2009 at 1:22 pm

I have been on Poker Stars for a few months now and although there are more bad beats than seems usual..I have found it overall to be a fair site, However, this is the first time I have had a look at this forum as I was curious to see what InteliPoker was - well I am still in shock, how can ANY Poker Room be involved in such utter rubbish or even any self respecting sponsored player give their name to this…Do the top players in Poker Stars have any say about this..I suspect not…As for the extra fpp, well Poker Stars do seem to dish out a lot of extra points on specials for Spain England etc, but feel this should exclude any Intelli Players as they are taking the extra points on a permanent basis.

Alfredo, if you feel you have been unfairly treated take it further on PRINCIPLE

Kind Regards to all


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