I’m feeling uneasy about the effect that Poker Tracker is having on online poker these days. It’s giving players an unfair advantage and ruining online games.
Poker Tracker alone is an incredibly useful poker tool. It gathers your hand histories so you can analyze numerous aspects of your online play, such as your win rate, ROI in certain positions, and your average loss/profit for each hand. You use it after a game to train yourself to become a stronger poker player, just like how a boxer trains with a punching bag to improve his fighting skills.
The problem is that there’s a bunch of add-on programs for Poker Tracker that directly effect your play at the table. Programs like PokerAce HUD and GameTime+ overlays everyone’s Poker Tracker stats directly on the table. Combine this with a hand history miner, like IdleMiner, and you automatically know everyone’s ROI, preflop raise percentage, aggression factor and more.
Now it’s like a boxing match where one fighter has gloves on and the other’s wearing iron knuckles. It’s not fair or ethical!
Poker sites love these programs though. It brings in the multi-tabling players who play 30,000+ hand per week. In the long run it can only hurt though. The games will get tighter as more players realize they can play almost statistically perfect with the help of certain programs. Players will just pass their chips back and forth resulting in smaller wins and bigger overall losses for everyone.
The solution is for the poker sites to simply ban the use of any real time Poker Tracking tool. Without these bot-like players everywhere, games will get looser and there will be more opportunities for players to capitalize on pure poker skill. The online poker ecosystem will return to normalcy once again.