They also showcase a huge selection of poker tools and regularly publish online poker news on their blog. PokerMarket is an online poker community and marketplace. Trade poker content, buy and sell stakings, or talk strategy on the forums together with more than 20.000 other poker enthusiasts. Easy Seat is the premier online poker cash game seating software available and will undoubtedly increase your profits. Advanced proprietary algorithms that enable extremely fast table processing. Other seating scripts can't come close in speed. No More Bum-Hunting. The blanket ban on all automated seating scripts came into force on April 11 following feedback from the poker community. The initial policy changes had the opposite of the desired effect as some of the script developers created workarounds for their software that ultimately resulted in dozens of seat reservations at tables, effectively blocking non-script users from being. The second argument in favor of seating scripts is that it is merely a development in the nature of the online game, just as HUDs were several years ago. The game changes, and people need to adapt to it. However, none of the previous changes have amounted to a preventable barrier to entry in the same way seating scripts have.
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Less than months after announcing it was to limit the effectiveness of so called “seating scripts” in cash games, PokerStars has completely banned these automated programs in all of its cash games.
A blog written by PokerStars Director of innovation and poker operations, Severin Rasset, on Feb. 27 outlined policy changes that were designed to “ensure the same rules and standard apply to everyone.” Rasset explained its third-party tools policies would still allow a player to be automatically seated at a cash game table, although the software would not be allowed if it seated a player at a table based on profiling potential opponents, player notes or playing statistics.
Preying on weaker players has long been an issue in cash games for all online poker site. The process, known as “bum hunting” sees players target lesser skilled opponents. While this is a perfectly viable strategy (playing against opponents who are weaker than you), some online poker players use automated seating scripts that scan for lesser skilled players in lobbies and at tables before automatically seating them at the best possible seat with these weaker opponents.
No More Bum-Hunting
The blanket ban on all automated seating scripts came into force on April 11 following feedback from the poker community. The initial policy changes had the opposite of the desired effect as some of the script developers created workarounds for their software that ultimately resulted in dozens of seat reservations at tables, effectively blocking non-script users from being seated.
A user on the Two Plus Two forums known as “sandr1x” started a thread entitled“The Anti-Scripts Petition.” The poster urged fellow PokerStars cash game players to email PokerStars’ support teams asking them for a blanket ban on automated seating scripts.
Less than 24 hours later, a PokerStars Game Integrity representative posted in the thread detailing all automated seating scripts would be banned immediately.
I am a representative of the Stars Group Game Integrity Team.
Due to ring game seating scripts inherently causing this “table blocking”, we are making changes starting from today to prohibit players using these seating scripts. This change is effective immediately. It will take several days to update information on our webpages.
We thank the players who have raised their concerns with us on this issue.
The changes have been met with positive feedback on the aforementioned Two Plus Two thread with players being particularly pleased with the lack of reserved seats at their tables.
PokerStars has since updated a 41-page dossier on the third-party tools that come under three categories: permitted at all times, prohibited only whilst the client is open, and prohibited at all times. Point eight of the 'prohibited at all times' section states “any tool or service for ring game selection efficiency.”
With early indications showing this blanket ban has had a positive effect on PokerStars’ cash games, it is likely other online poker sites will follow suit. Rumors are circulating that partypoker is set to force alias changes and will be banning Heads-Up Displays (HUDs) but there has been no official word from the partypoker management team as of yet.
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The talk about HUDs, seating scripts and different other poker tools is almost as old as the tools themselves. Serious players and amateurs have been discussing their merits for years, never finding a common ground to stand on. This article was enticed by the latest thread that popped up on a 2 + 2, dealing specifically with seating scripts and PokerStars failure to do anything regarding the matter.
Defining Seating Scripts
As the name suggests, seating scripts perform one simple function – they seat players at the tables. This, on its own, would be quite a useless tool, as clicking an open seat or joining the game is simple enough. However, seating scripts constantly scan tables and wait for a recreational player to join a table with two regulars. Once he sits in, the seating script tries to get a seat to the left of a rec.
There are several issues numerous PokerStars players are having with the auto-seating scripts. The first one is that it clearly creates an environment where the recreational players (or the ‘fish’) are being preyed upon.
The second, perhaps even more annoying one, is that once the seating scripts start battling to get a seat, regardless of whether the recreational player actually sits in or not, they will trigger the process occupying the seats for a long time one after another, making it very hard even for players willing to sit in against the other regs to get a seat.
It seems that majority of players would like to see seating scripts burn in the flames. Apart from the relatively small number of players who spend time ‘bumhunting’ (waiting for weaker players to take their money), most of the others are quite annoyed by the dynamics created by these tools.
HUDs have also been under scrutiny for a long time as many recreational players see them as an unfair advantage, but unlike HUDs, seating scripts require no effort from a player using them. With HUDs, players still have to read and interpret stats. Seating scripts are fully automated and, as such, are hated with even bigger passion.
There is no arguing that the entire idea of auto-seating and stacking ‘fish’ is bad for the economy as it will often result in the amateur players realizing they are being targeted which could, in turn, encourage them to leave the site and stop depositing. While certain players may be bad at poker, it doesn’t mean they are unintelligent and incapable of realizing what is going on.
On the other hand, there is also a group of players advocating that all of it, HUDs, seating scripts and whatever else, is simply a natural progression of the online games. Some may not like it, but it just ‘comes with the territory’ so to say.
The Bigger Picture
Poker economy is a very sensitive thing. Comparing the situation from the five or ten years ago to how the things are now clearly shows that things can change quite fast and that the profit margins are changing quickly and for the worse.
Finding an edge is, of course, important, but maintaining a good balance also plays a crucial role. Trying to go all the way with finding an edge will often disturb the balance and result in recreational players pulling the plug and running away from the games in which they are clearly seen as the sitting ducks. Those with really competitive spirits may stay and try to fight it out, but many can actually find this type of behavior insulting and refuse to pay to be treated that way. Many players are just looking for fun and it is no fun to see that the game stops the moment you stop reloading.
At the moment, PokerStars doesn’t seem to care too much. Seating scripts are not prohibited and, as many have stated, it could be a very hard thing to police even if they decided to prohibit them. However, looking at all the reactions, it seems like something needs to be done soon. Maintaining healthy economy is the paramount for the survival of poker.
There have been numerous proposals of what could be done, but the ultimate solution is hard to find. Completely banning scripts doesn’t seem viable or enforceable. Making games anonymous would not only stop scripts but would also prevent application of HUDs, which have become an integral part of the game for majority of serious players.
Turning all the games into Zoom variation seems like an option, but that would also disturb the ecosystem, as not all players, regs and recs alike, enjoy playing the Zoom. Some want to take their time, make their reads and have table banter. So that doesn’t work either.
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It seems that online poker has reached the point where it can no longer go back. Those saying that it is a natural progression may well be right (for better or for worse) and we can only hope that the situation will somehow resolve itself, possibly through the players’ efforts, since it doesn’t seem like an outside solution to the problem will be offered any time soon (if ever).