Future of Online Poker Tracking in Jeopardy

February 28, 2011

As of late, it seems that Full Tilt Poker may be moving to prohibit datamining sites from collecting information from Full Tilt players. After complaints were filed last year against PokerTableRatings and their coverage of Full Tilt games. Sites like PTR, known as dataming websites, track real money cash game data at online poker sites. Some data is free to those who subscribe, but some is not free and must be paid for, such as hand histories.

In a post on the 2+2 poker forum, a Full Tilt rep suggested that the online poker room had taken measures to prevent PTR from collecting data from their site, which explains why there has been little reports released by PTR regarding Full Tilt players and games. There has not, however, been any official statement made by Full Tilt regarding this issue. Nor has PTR released a statement, though they have acknowledged that this is a problem, especially for their paying users.

The problem with the datamining lies with those players who do not subscribe to a tracking site and who do not rely on these types of advantages. They say it is unfair to the everyday player that online poker sites ultimately markets to. The available data is very valuable to those players who do use it, especially at the mid to high stakes levels where the same players ¬¬¬return again and again. It is also useful in poker coaching and staking.

Since little is known about the extent to which Full Tilt Poker and other big online poker sites like PokerStars will go to prevent datminers from collecting information off of their sites, it is hard to say whether or not it may soon be something of the past. While the online poker industry is still young, but continues to grow and advance in light years, it must adapt and amend itself along the way to compensate for fairness and the overall security of its players. This may be a big step for the industry as a whole that site after site will follow, or it may prove to be just a passing issue. However, the latter is unlikely, as once a big force like Full Tilt takes something on, it doesn’t usually get swept under the rug.


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