Bodopg Blocks Data Mining Sites

by Lou on February 18, 2011

Three cheers for Bodog.  The site announced last week that it will block data mining sites from tracking players. This ban will include such data mining sites as SharkScope, PokerTableRatings, Poker Site Scout, PokerDB, and others.

Bodog’s Patrik Selin said, “I have commented previously on how the operators are doing this to themselves with hand histories, HUDs, and rakeback, all of which we will be cutting out. The next tier in the process is the operator information sites.”

Data mining was introduced to online poker a few years ago, and allowed players to track their opponents’ results by using hand histories. This practice has been increasingly used by professional players, which has provided an edge and made the games tougher to beat. Data mining allows players to make better decisions because of the wealth of statistical data they have on opponents—data they could never acquire in a live action, brick-and-mortar game.

Although major sites such as PokerStars and Full do not allow the use of data mining sites on their poker rooms, they do allow the use of poker tracking software.  The difference is that the allowable statistics are based on hand histories the player was involved in.  This is quite different from tracking statistics of other players without the requirement of having to be in a hand with another player in order to capture data about their play.

Bodog is hoping their decision to prohibit data mining sites will be an incentive for more traffic at the site.

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