Full Tilt Poker has made changes in their latest software updates, many of which are intended to block the access of the myriad of internet datamining sites.
The matter first came to the attention due to complaints from users of the popular mining service, PokerTableRatings. While subscribers had previously been able to pour over mountains of game records on players from across the internet, Full Tilt’s changes have prevented the company software from scrapping up the necessary hand records. Now, the rivers of graphs, charts, and hand histories have slowed from a torrent to a trickle.
While no official comment has been made on the matter, a Full Tilt rep on the popular TwoPlusTwo forum site made indirect comments which seem to confirm that the company has indeed taken measures to keep their records out of the hands of outside parties. Their tact has been quite reserved, especially when compared to that of fellow internet giant, Bodog Poker.
Here’s an excerpt from a Bodog statement made early last month:
“These poker operator information portals are another example of how online poker is assisting in its own demise. I have commented previously on how the operators are doing this to themselves with hand histories, HUDs and rake back, all of which we will be cutting out. The next tier in the process is the operator information sites. Nobody who is playing poker for fun visits these sites, or, probably even knows they exist. They primarily exist to serve the needs of the professional players and therefore we will be implementing online protection against these sites to further aid the crucial leisure poker player.”
The effects of this particular move could be earth-shaking. Players who had previously relied on an avalanche of data to best their foes will now be forced to think a bit more creatively if they’re to grind out a profit.
Could this be a leveling of the playing field in the world of online poker?