PyPokerEngine: poker AI development from today

PyPokerEngine is a simple framework for Texas hold'em AI development.

Getting Started - create our first AI

To get used to this library, we will create simple AI which always declares CALL action.
To create poker AI, what we do is following

  1. Create PokerPlayer class which is subclass of PypokerEngine.players.BasePokerPlayer.
  2. Implement abstract methods which inherit from BasePokerPlayer class.

Here is the code of our first AI.

from pypokerengine.players import BasePokerPlayer

class FishPlayer(BasePokerPlayer):  # Do not forget to make parent class as "BasePokerPlayer"

    #  we define the logic to make an action through this method. (so this method would be the core of your AI)
    def declare_action(self, valid_actions, hole_card, round_state):
        # valid_actions format => [raise_action_info, call_action_info, fold_action_info]
        call_action_info = valid_actions[1]
        action, amount = call_action_info["action"], call_action_info["amount"]
        return action, amount   # action returned here is sent to the poker engine

    def receive_game_start_message(self, game_info):

    def receive_round_start_message(self, round_count, hole_card, seats):

    def receive_street_start_message(self, street, round_state):

    def receive_game_update_message(self, action, round_state):

    def receive_round_result_message(self, winners, hand_info, round_state):

If you are interested in what each callback method receives, See

Play AI vs AI poker game

Ok, let's play the poker game by using our first AI FishPlayer.
To start the game, what we need to do is following

  1. Define game rule through Config object (ex. start stack, blind amount, ante, blind_structures)
  2. Register AI with Config object.
  3. Start the game and get game result

Here is the code to play poker for 10 round with our created FishPlayer.

from import setup_config, start_poker

config = setup_config(max_round=10, initial_stack=100, small_blind_amount=5)
config.register_player(name="p1", algorithm=FishPlayer())
config.register_player(name="p2", algorithm=FishPlayer())
config.register_player(name="p3", algorithm=FishPlayer())
game_result = start_poker(config, verbose=1)

We set verbose=1 in start_poker method, so simple game logs will be output after start_poker call.

Started the round 1
Street "preflop" started. (community card = [])
"p1" declared "call:10"
"p2" declared "call:10"
"p3" declared "call:10"
Street "flop" started. (community card = ['C4', 'C6', 'CA'])
"p2" declared "call:0"
"p3" declared "call:0"
"p1" declared "call:0"
Street "turn" started. (community card = ['C4', 'C6', 'CA', 'D4'])
"p2" declared "call:0"
"p3" declared "call:0"
"p1" declared "call:0"
Street "river" started. (community card = ['C4', 'C6', 'CA', 'D4', 'H2'])
"p2" declared "call:0"
"p3" declared "call:0"
"p1" declared "call:0"
"['p3']" won the round 1 (stack = {'p2': 90, 'p3': 120, 'p1': 90})
Started the round 2
"['p1']" won the round 10 (stack = {'p2': 30, 'p3': 120, 'p1': 150})

Finally, let's check the game result !!

>>> print game_result
  'rule': {'ante': 0, 'blind_structure': {}, 'max_round': 10, 'initial_stack': 100, 'small_blind_amount': 5},
  'players': [
    {'stack': 150, 'state': 'participating', 'name': 'p1', 'uuid': 'ijaukuognlkplasfspehcp'},
    {'stack': 30, 'state': 'participating', 'name': 'p2', 'uuid': 'uadjzyetdwsaxzflrdsysj'},
    {'stack': 120, 'state': 'participating', 'name': 'p3', 'uuid': 'tmnkoazoqitkzcreihrhao'}


You can install by pip.

pip install PyPokerEngine

This library supports Python 2 (2.7) and Python3 (3.5).

GUI support

We also provide GUI application. You can play poker with your AI on browser.
Please check PyPokerGUI.

Next Steps

To develop more practical AI, these tutorials would be helpful.