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Texas Hold'ems Poker Analysis Tool

by Elgon (Curate)
on Aug 31, 2002 at 14:21 UTC ( #194335=CUFP: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Having finally left University and not having statred work yet, I got bored. Given that a friend recently got me into Texas Hold'ems Poker, I thought that I'd write a tool which calculates the odds of winning a round with a given hand (assuming that everyone plays to the end.)

The tool itself does this through brute force, and hence is terribly inelegant. It is also fairly inefficient, but it works.

As always, any help, suggestions or constructive criticisms are always welcome. This includes pointing out really boneheaded things, which I am occasionally known to do.


Note that as with all of my submissions, I've had to retype it so mistakes will be there which I haven't spotted.

#! /usr/bin/perl -w use strict; # Gaz Morris' / Elgon's Texas Hold'ems # Statistical Analysis Tool June 2002 # NB - Gaz Morris == Elgon # The author allows the copying, distribution, # modification, hacking and # otherwise fiddling with the code herewritten provided # that attribution # is made to him. However he can accept absolutely no # responsibility for # your incompetence, stupidity or any repercussions # whatsoever from using # this code including, but not limited to, fire, theft # nuclear war, legal # action or failure to work in any way whatsoever. There. # This program calculates the odds of a given card pair # winning a hand # in Texas Hold'ems Poker through brute force calculation. #Codes... # a=2, b=3, c=4...l=king, m=ace # 1-4 represent the various suits # (This is only for the purpose of detecting flushes, as # suits do not affect order # hence it doesn't matter to which suit each number # corresponds.) # $iterations stores the number of hands to be played in # the cycle # NB - The more iterations, the more accurate the result, # however the more time taken # but then again if you really wanted speed, you should # have found one written in C! my $iterations = 100; my $cycle; my $win; my $wins; for($cycle = 0; $cycle < $iterations; ++$cycle) { # Okay, let's set things up, starting with the player's # hand. # Two cards are required. Ace/King suited in this example. my @hand = ('n2', 'm2'); # Now we want to produce an array which contains all our # cards, namely # a1 -> m4 and which we shall name @deck... my @deck; my $card; my @cards = ('a','b','c','d','e','f','g','h','i','j','k','l','m'); my $index; my $nextcard; foreach $card(@cards) { for ($index = 1; $index <= 4; ++$index) { $nextcard = $card.$index; push (@deck, $nextcard); } } # Now we need to shuffle the cards and then assign them # to another array... my @shuffled_deck; my $random; unshift (@deck, 'xx'); for ($index = 52; $index >= -1; --$index;) { $random = int(rand $index) + 1; push (@shuffled_deck, $deck[random]) or die "Index Cockup!"; splice (@deck, $random, 1); } # Now cut out the pair of cards assigned to the test # hand... for ($index = 0; $index <= 51; ++$index;) { if ( $shuffled_deck[$index] eq $hand[0] or $shiffled_deck[$index] eq $hand[1]) { splice (@shuffled_deck, $index, 1); } } # Now we have a test par and a shuffled and cleaned deck, # we can deal out cards for the # other nine players - 10 is the most common number of # players in a casino game. my @p2_hand; my @p3_hand; my @p4_hand; my @p5_hand; my @p6_hand; my @p7_hand; my @p8_hand; my @p9_hand; my @p10_hand; push (@p2_hand, pop @shuffled_deck); push (@p3_hand, pop @shuffled_deck); push (@p4_hand, pop @shuffled_deck); push (@p5_hand, pop @shuffled_deck); push (@p6_hand, pop @shuffled_deck); push (@p7_hand, pop @shuffled_deck); push (@p8_hand, pop @shuffled_deck); push (@p9_hand, pop @shuffled_deck); push (@p10_hand, pop @shuffled_deck); push (@p2_hand, pop @shuffled_deck); push (@p3_hand, pop @shuffled_deck); push (@p4_hand, pop @shuffled_deck); push (@p5_hand, pop @shuffled_deck); push (@p6_hand, pop @shuffled_deck); push (@p7_hand, pop @shuffled_deck); push (@p8_hand, pop @shuffled_deck); push (@p9_hand, pop @shuffled_deck); push (@p10_hand, pop @shuffled_deck); #Now we want to burn, flop, burn, turn & river... my @flop; pop @shuffled_deck; push(@flop, pop @shuffled_deck); push(@flop, pop @shuffled_deck); push(@flop, pop @shuffled_deck); pop @shuffled_deck; push(@flop, pop @shuffled_deck); pop @shuffled_deck; push(@flop, pop @shuffled_deck); # Now the grading subroutine must be used to get the # rankings of the pocket/flop # combinations for each player, selecting the best in # each case. my @players_scores; my @scores = split //, (rank(@hand, @flop)); $players_scores[0] = rank (@p2_hand, @flop); $players_scores[1] = rank (@p3_hand, @flop); $players_scores[2] = rank (@p4_hand, @flop); $players_scores[3] = rank (@p5_hand, @flop); $players_scores[4] = rank (@p6_hand, @flop); $players_scores[5] = rank (@p7_hand, @flop); $players_scores[6] = rank (@p8_hand, @flop); $players_scores[7] = rank (@p9_hand, @flop); $players_scores[8] = rank (@p10_hand, @flop); # Create some variables for use in the ranking # mechanism... my $wurble; my @thingy; foreach $wurble(@players_scores) { @thingy = split //, $wurble; if ($thingy[0] , $myscores[0]) { ++$win; } elsif ($thingy[0] == $myscores[0]) { if ($thingy[1] lt $myscores[1]) { ++$win; } if ( $thingy[1] eq $myscores[1] and $thingy[2] lt $myscores[2]) { ++$win; } if ( $thingy[1] eq $myscores[1] and $thingy[2] eq $myscores[2] and $thingy[3] lt $myscores[3]) { ++$win } if ( $thingy[1] eq $myscores[1] and $thingy[2] eq $myscores[2] and $thingy[3] eq $myscores[3] and $thingy[4] lt $myscores[4]) { ++$win } if ( $thingy[1] eq $myscores[1] and $thingy[2] eq $myscores[2] and $thingy[3] eq $myscores[3] and $thingy[4] eq $myscores[4] and $thingy[5] lt $myscores[5]) { ++$win } # NB - Count split pot as a win... if ( $thingy[1] eq $myscores[1] and $thingy[2] eq $myscores[2] and $thingy[3] eq $myscores[3] and $thingy[4] eq $myscores[4] and $thingy[5] eq $myscores[5]) { ++$win } } else { $win = 0; } } if ($win == 9) { $win = 0; ++$wins; } else { $win = 0; } open RESULTS, ">> resultlog" or die ("Can't open logfile."); print RESULTS "Flop: @flop, MyHand: @hand, Others:@p2_hand, @p3_hand +, @p4_hand, @p5_hand, @p6_hand, @p7_hand, @p8_hand, @p9_hand, @p10_hand.\n"; print RESULTS "Total Wins: $wins\n"; close RESULTS; } $wins /= $iterations; print "\nWins: $wins %\n"; sub rank { my $bar; my $card; my @cardlist; foreach $card(@_) { push (@cardlist, $card); } # Now produce all 21 possible pocket/flop combinations my @combs; $combs[0] = ($cardlist[2].$cardlist[3].$cardlist[4]. $cardlist[5]. $ +cardlist[6]); $combs[1] = ($cardlist[0].$cardlist[3].$cardlist[4]. $cardlist[5]. $ +cardlist[6]); $combs[2] = ($cardlist[0].$cardlist[2].$cardlist[4]. $cardlist[5]. $ +cardlist[6]); $combs[3] = ($cardlist[0].$cardlist[2].$cardlist[3]. $cardlist[5]. $ +cardlist[6]); $combs[4] = ($cardlist[0].$cardlist[2].$cardlist[3]. $cardlist[4]. $ +cardlist[6]); $combs[5] = ($cardlist[0].$cardlist[2].$cardlist[3]. $cardlist[4]. $ +cardlist[5]); $combs[6] = ($cardlist[1].$cardlist[3].$cardlist[4]. $cardlist[5]. $ +cardlist[6]); $combs[7] = ($cardlist[1].$cardlist[2].$cardlist[4]. $cardlist[5]. $ +cardlist[6]); $combs[8] = ($cardlist[1].$cardlist[2].$cardlist[3]. $cardlist[5]. $ +cardlist[6]); $combs[9] = ($cardlist[1].$cardlist[2].$cardlist[3]. $cardlist[4]. $ +cardlist[6]); $combs[10] = ($cardlist[1].$cardlist[2].$cardlist[3]. $cardlist[4]. +$cardlist[5]); $combs[11] = ($cardlist[0].$cardlist[1].$cardlist[2]. $cardlist[3]. +$cardlist[4]); $combs[12] = ($cardlist[0].$cardlist[1].$cardlist[2]. $cardlist[3]. +$cardlist[5]); $combs[13] = ($cardlist[0].$cardlist[1].$cardlist[2]. $cardlist[3]. +$cardlist[6]); $combs[14] = ($cardlist[0].$cardlist[1].$cardlist[2]. $cardlist[4]. +$cardlist[5]); $combs[15] = ($cardlist[0].$cardlist[1].$cardlist[2]. $cardlist[4]. +$cardlist[6]); $combs[16] = ($cardlist[0].$cardlist[1].$cardlist[2]. $cardlist[5]. +$cardlist[6]); $combs[17] = ($cardlist[0].$cardlist[1].$cardlist[3]. $cardlist[4]. +$cardlist[5]); $combs[18] = ($cardlist[0].$cardlist[1].$cardlist[3]. $cardlist[4]. +$cardlist[6]); $combs[19] = ($cardlist[0].$cardlist[1].$cardlist[3]. $cardlist[5]. +$cardlist[6]); $combs[20] = ($cardlist[0].$cardlist[1].$cardlist[4]. $cardlist[5]. +$cardlist[6]); # Now cycle through each of the possible combinations and # give it a ranking # rankings go from 1 (lowest - high card) to # 9 (highest - running flush) # plus the values of high cards to split similar scores, # such as the values # of the pairs in two pair... my @rankings; my $quin; foreach $quin(combs) { # Split the quintet into its component cards and suits, # which allows # easier detection of the various possible hands... my $values = join '', (split/\d+/, $quin); my $suits = join '', (split /\D+/, $quin); # Now get sorted values so that straights are easy to # find... my $sorted_values = join '', reverse sort(split/\d+/, $quin); # Now build a a unique list for future use, which has # certain properties # which prove useful... my $value; my %unique; my @list = split //, $sorted_values; foreach $value(@list) { $unique{value} = 1; } my @unique_list = reverse sort keys %unique; # Now look for running flushes... if (( $suits == '11111' or $suits == '22222' or $suits == '33333' or $suits == '44444') and ( $sorted_values eq 'abcde' or $sorted_values eq 'bcdef' or $sorted_values eq 'cdefg' or $sorted_values eq 'defgh' or $sorted_values eq 'efghi' or $sorted_values eq 'fghij' or $sorted_values eq 'ghijk' or $sorted_values eq 'hijkl' or $sorted_values eq 'ijklm')) { my $result = '9'.substr($sorted_values, 0, 1); push (@rankings, $result); next; } # Okay, time for four of a kind... if ( $sorted_values =~ m/a{4}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/b{4}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/c{4}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/d{4}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/e{4}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/f{4}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/g{4}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/h{4}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/i{4}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/j{4}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/k{4}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/l{4}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/k{4}/) { my $result = '8'.substr($sorted_values, 2, 1); foreach $value(@unique_list) { if ($value ne substr($result, 1, 1)) { $result .= $value; } push (@rankings, $result); next } } # Full houses, which have the property that the unique # list can only contain two # values (as do 4 of a kinds, which have already been # eliminated) hencethis provides # us with an easy way of finding them.... if (scalar(@unique_list) == 2) { my $result = 7; # Now go through the sorted list, finding the correct # values to append to $result # noting that the triplet must come first (which is # why we cannot just append # the value from the unique list.) foreach $value(@unique_list) { if ($sorted_values =~ m/$value{3}/) { $result .= $value; my $pair_value; foreach $pair_value(@unqiue_list) { if ($pair_value ne $value) { $result = .= $pair_value; } } } } push (@rankings, $result); next; } # Now flushes (fairly easy)... if ( $suits == '11111' or $suits == '22222' or $suits == '33333' or $suits == '44444') { my $result = '6'.substr($sorted_values, 0, 1); push (@rankings, $result); next; } # Now for unsuited straights (not too difficult... if ( $sorted_values eq 'abcde' or $sorted_values eq 'bcdef' or $sorted_values eq 'cdefg' or $sorted_values eq 'defgh' or $sorted_values eq 'efghi' or $sorted_values eq 'fghij' or $sorted_values eq 'ghijk' or $sorted_values eq 'hijkl' or $sorted_values eq 'ijklm') { my $result = '5'.substr($sorted_values, -1); push (@rankings, $result_; next; } # And 3-of-a-kind... if ( $sorted_values =~ m/a{3}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/b{3}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/c{3}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/d{3}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/e{3}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/f{3}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/g{3}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/h{3}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/i{3}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/j{3}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/k{3}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/l{3}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/k{3}/) { # Now get the return value - note that in any three # of a kind stored in order, the # middle card ALWAYS forms part of the triplet # irrespective of the other values... my $result = '2'.substr($sorted_values, 2, 1); for ($bar = 0; ($bar + 1); ++$bar;) { $value = substr($sprted_values, $bar, 1); if ($value ne sunstr($result, 1, 1) { $result .= $value; } } push (@rankings, $result); next; } # Now for 2 pairs, which is trickier because of the # possible patterns... # OTOH the Unique List property come into play once # again... if (scalar(@unique_list) == 3) { my $result = '3'; # Now go through the unique list, finding the pairs # on sorted_list... foreach $value(@unique_list) { if ($sorted_values =~ m/$value{2}/) { $result .= $value; } } foreach $value(@unique_list) { if ( $value ne substr($result, 1, 1) and $value ne substr($result, 2, 1)) { $result .= $value; } } } # And now for the technically far easier onw pair.... if ( $sorted_values =~ m/a{2}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/b{2}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/c{2}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/d{2}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/e{2}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/f{2}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/g{2}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/h{2}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/i{2}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/j{2}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/k{2}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/l{2}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/k{2}/) { my $result = '2'; foreach $value(@unique_list) { if ($sorted_values =~ m/$value{2}/) { $result .= $value; } } foreach $value(@unique_list) { if ($value ne substr($result, 1, 1)) { $result .= $value; } } push (@rankings, $result); next; } # Last option, high cards... my $result ='1'; foreach $value(@sorted_values) { $result .= $value; } push (@rankings, $result); } # We should now have a list of the values of each # possible hand, which we'll sort # and then return the highest (probably very # inefficiently!) my @winner; my $value; my @hand_rank; foreach $value(@rankings) { @hand_rank = split //, $value; if ($hand_rank [0] > $winner) { $winner[0] = $hand_rank[0]; $winner[1] = $hand_rank[1]; $winner[2] = $hand_rank[2]; $winner[3] = $hand_rank[3]; $winner[4] = $hand_rank[4]; $winner[5] = $hand_rank[5]; } elsif ($hand_rank[0] == $winner[0]) { if ($hand_rank [1] gt $winner[1]) { $winner[0] = $hand_rank[0]; $winner[1] = $hand_rank[1]; $winner[2] = $hand_rank[2]; $winner[3] = $hand_rank[3]; $winner[4] = $hand_rank[4]; $winner[5] = $hand_rank[5]; } elsif ( $hand_rank[1] eq $winner[1] and $hand_rank[2] gt $winner[2]) { $winner[0] = $hand_rank[0]; $winner[1] = $hand_rank[1]; $winner[2] = $hand_rank[2]; $winner[3] = $hand_rank[3]; $winner[4] = $hand_rank[4]; $winner[5] = $hand_rank[5]; } elsif ( $hand_rank[1] eq $winner[1] and $hand_rank[2] eq $winner[2] and $hand_rank[3] gt $winner[3]) { $winner[0] = $hand_rank[0]; $winner[1] = $hand_rank[1]; $winner[2] = $hand_rank[2]; $winner[3] = $hand_rank[3]; $winner[4] = $hand_rank[4]; $winner[5] = $hand_rank[5]; } elsif ( $hand_rank[1] eq $winner[1] and $hand_rank[2] eq $winner[2] and $hand_rank[3] eq $winner[3] and $hand_rank[4] gt $winner[4]) { $winner[0] = $hand_rank[0]; $winner[1] = $hand_rank[1]; $winner[2] = $hand_rank[2]; $winner[3] = $hand_rank[3]; $winner[4] = $hand_rank[4]; $winner[5] = $hand_rank[5]; } elsif ( $hand_rank[1] eq $winner[1] and $hand_rank[2] eq $winner[2] and $hand_rank[3] eq $winner[3] and $hand_rank[4] eq $winner[4] and $hand_rank[5] eq $winner[5]) { $winner[0] = $hand_rank[0]; $winner[1] = $hand_rank[1]; $winner[2] = $hand_rank[2]; $winner[3] = $hand_rank[3]; $winner[4] = $hand_rank[4]; $winner[5] = $hand_rank[5]; } } } my $answer = join '', @winner; return ($answer); }

"Rule #17 of Travel: Never try and score dope off Hassidic Jews while under the impression that they are Rastafarians."
       - Pete McCarthy, McCarthy's Bar

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Re: Texas Hold'ems Poker Analysis Tool
by ignatz (Vicar) on Aug 31, 2002 at 18:40 UTC
    Ah poker, the family game. My Grandfather Max kept food on the table for six kids by playing poker back in the 50s.

    A couple of comments:

    • Reduce out patterns. Any time you see line after line of almost the same thing like
      if ( $sorted_values =~ m/a{2}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/b{2}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/c{2}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/d{2}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/e{2}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/f{2}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/g{2}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/h{2}/)
      there's a good chance that you're wasting space and effort. Look for ways to reduce out the patterns. As an interesting exercise, you might try reducing the code to at least 1/4th of it's current size.
    • Remember the CPAN. I'd take a look at the Games::Cards module. An interesting way to reduce the size of the code and give it longevity would be to eliminate all of the sections that duplicate the functionality of that module and only focus on evaluating hands. That's one area where their is still a lot of work that needs to be done.
    I love this sort of thing. To my mind much too much time with Perl is spent being useful. With automation and all the redundant workforce out there (such as myself) more resources need to be used facilitating leisure and sloth.

    One final editorial. As Papow would say, poker isn't gambling. A true evaluation of the odds for a hand needs to include monetary aspects, the personalities and skills of the people playing a game, as well as represent not just individual hands, but the flow of play across sessions. Evaluate that and you'll have yourself a program. ;-)

Re: Texas Hold'ems Poker Analysis Tool
by TStanley (Canon) on Aug 31, 2002 at 20:45 UTC
    You can considerably reduce the size of this by typing:
    if($sorted_values=~/([abcdefghijklm]{2})/){ # Rest of code here }
    instead of the following:
    if ( $sorted_values =~ m/a{2}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/b{2}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/c{2}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/d{2}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/e{2}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/f{2}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/g{2}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/h{2}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/i{2}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/j{2}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/k{2}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/l{2}/ or $sorted_values = ~m/k{2}/) {

    Also, at the top of the program, I would put the my statements for the player hands into two lines instead of ten:
    my (@p2_hand,@p3_hand,@p4_hand,@p5_hand); my (@p6_hand,@p7_hand,@p8_hand,@p9_hand,@p10_hand);
    The last is merely a matter of programming style, but should help in reducing overall clutter

    UPDATE:kschwab's regex actually works, mine breaks as he mentions.

    It is God's job to forgive Osama Bin Laden. It is our job to arrange the meeting -- General Norman Schwartzkopf
      if($sorted_values=~/([abcdefghijklm]{2})/){ # Rest of code here }
      would match "ab" or "dm".

      How about:

      if($sorted_values=~/(([abcdefghijklm])\2)/){ # Rest of code here }
Re: Texas Hold'ems Poker Analysis Tool
by smalhotra (Scribe) on Sep 06, 2002 at 21:44 UTC
    Seeing that I'm still in University and that I would rather spend my time impulsively coding than studying I would like to challenge someone out there to some perl poker. I'm thinking of something akin to the prisoner's dilemma problem that was in TPJ two or so years ago.

    This would be more of an AI programming thing. You write a poker player, I write a poker player. Then we deal the cards and let our players play poker.

    hmmm...some things are already coming to mind. AI::Poker, AI::Poker::Player, AI::Poker::Dealer.

    package Sid's::Poker::Player; push (@Sid's::Poker::Player::ISA, AI::Poker::Player); ... my $dealer = new AI::Poker::Dealer(); $dealer->add_players($sid, $elgon, ...); $dealer->shuffle(); $dealer->burn(); $dealer->flop(); for ($dealer->players) { $_->bet(); } ... ## all in some sort of loop until everyone passes.
Re: Texas Hold'ems Poker Analysis Tool
by John M. Dlugosz (Monsignor) on Sep 04, 2002 at 21:02 UTC
    $winner[0] = $hand_rank[0]; $winner[1] = $hand_rank[1]; $winner[2] = $hand_rank[2]; $winner[3] = $hand_rank[3]; $winner[4] = $hand_rank[4]; $winner[5] = $hand_rank[5];
    This ugly fragment is repeated 6 times itself! If those are the only interesting elements in the arrays, try @winner=@hand_rank;.

    But, I wanted to point out the interesting:

    @winner[0..5]= @hand_rank[0..5];
    Also, I think you would have more oppertunity for combining things if you declared the players as an array, not individual variables. E.g. the lines push (@p2_hand, pop @shuffled_deck); differ only in a digit.


      Hi John,

      Thanks for the reply: This is one of the boneheadednesses of which I spoke in the original post. Ah, stupidity knows no bounds! In this case, there will only ever be a maximum of 6 elements in the array:

      1. The ranking of the hand (1 element)
      2. A maximum of five 'kicker' card values/pair values etc...

      NB - It is important that, in the case that fewer kickers/values being required, the others are set to zero or anulled. I guess that the array slice assignation is probably best. Ta.

      I'd already thought of combining all the players into an array (as this would definitely be a good way ultimately to cut down on code-length) but I'd not got around to incorporating it into the code yet as I'm trying to teach myself C at the moment and I'm just about getting to grips with pointers.


      "Rule #17 of Travel: Never try and score dope off Hassidic Jews while under the impression that they are Rastafarians."
             - Pete McCarthy, McCarthy's Bar

        That actualy reminds me of one of my early attempts at programming, which I did on paper before having any real contact with a computer. It was to play blackjack. A friend had a dial-up terminal and we used it to play Zork, and then to run some BASIC/Fortran tutorials. That's all I knew, but I was hooked!

        When I really did learn how to program, it was with the manual from Radio Shack that came with their original "Pocket Computer". 1K of RAM, 24-character display.

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