In a bid to further embolden recreational players online poker giant PokerStars implemented key changes to its policy on usage of third-party poker software.
The changes include prohibition on seating scripts, minimum use of HUDs and prevention of data mining on the PokerStars website.
According to Eric Hollreiser, PokerStars VP of Corporate Communications, the changes were essential in order to retain the basic nature of the game as “battle of wits and a test of heart.”
As the company continues in efforts to stop third party sites from datamining its games, Zoom games seem to have benefited from it, while the same cannot be stated with regards to the Spin and Gos.
A recent forum post on TwoPlusTwo by “1v1″ read:
“EVERY PokerStars Spin and Go within 30 seconds has 2 viewers appear and stay for the duration of the match from .50-100$. It is data mining 500%. PokerStars HAS acknowledged this indirectly with a boilerplate response regarding data mining as a whole.”
The user also urged the Amaya-owned company to issue an official statement as to why datamining was still rampant on PokerStars. The company had earlier made a public announcement on November 1 with regards to restrictions on use of third party software.
PokerStars Ring Game Manager Baard Dahl said ‘there are sites that collect data from all our games’, and that they are working towards finding a solution for this particular problem.
However, there appears to be no instant solution in sight as Dahl confessed that it isn’t “as easy as flicking a switch”. He also suggested that PokerStars was hoping to ‘roll out a solution for the Spin & Gos in Q1 of 2016.’
There is never 100% in the world of iGaming. Just like customers, brands too have to deal with evolving technology. PokerStars is now faced with another challenge and hopefully for them and their players, they will overcome it just like previous years.
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