Third-party program designers will continue to challenge poker sites as they seek to secure their users, along with an upstart poker site. Statistics being examined by ruthless competitors.
Firstly though, let’s define data mining for those who may not be sure what it is. Data mining is the exchange of shared profiling information amongst a community of other players. Most of the online poker sites, like Poker Sherlock or Poker Edge or have your information handed over via Poker Tracker. Although Poker Stars and Party Poker make this much more difficult (such as software for scanning your hard drive) there are round-about tricks that enable them to work but you don’t want to describe them as smoothly as you can QQ Online.
Now, with the benefit of accessing a shared database, you can join an online table using this software, one or a handful of your opponents. . Let’s say for example that you are a hand with a player named WrecklessJoe55. You are holding Th9h and the board shows Jc8cQc Ac and 2d. There is a big river bet to put in and call for your stack of reminder. We will ignore the odds situation here and now, either way, it’s not the easiest call in the world.
Now let’s say that a buyer of 100,000 hand histories via Poker Tracker you actually have some information on WrecklessJoe55 which clearly makes him a maniacal LAG player. Well that information would be a call towards leading. Just the opposite, if WrecklessJoe55 had a VPIP of 11% and PFR% of 7% along with a WSDW% of 72%, then these TAG statistics would be a fold towards leading – in fact I’d be almost certain.
The disdain poker sites for these types of software is that you have never played with WrecklessJoe55 and you shouldn’t know that information until you have ascertained it, not someone else. Yes, just like a regular live poker room. The Poker Stars security staff basically told me once that they had a guideline that they could emulate and all security policy emanates from that thinking.
Now we get to Cake Poker, an upstart network that is actually accepting USA player online! They came up with a policy that would essentially crush the inherent value of any data-mining program. It’s rather simple, as stated on the Cake Poker website:
“CakePoker players will be given the option of changing their Poker Nickname every 7 days. By changing players to their Poker Nickname often, CakePoker thus negates the effectiveness of shared or prolonged poker data tracking.”
I wonder how much time and resources Poker Stars and Party Poker would have saved their overall security budget if they had adopted the same policy? Allow the players to change their name! It’s simple! Big kudos to CakePoker for its defensiveness, the name of protecting its players. Now it no longer emulates a real live poker room, it certainly makes for a level playing field, and it’s sure to be something for the major players to think about.
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