Friday, April 15, 2011

Full Tilt Blocks Shark Scope

This was posted on canadapoker.com In an ongoing effort to fight data tracking sites, Full Tilt has blocked Sharkscope.com, the industry leader in sit’n go database. Data mining sites track and publish individual online poker player results and statistical information for other players to see and tied to poker nicknames.

According to Sharkscope’s blog:
“It is with great disappointment that we here at Sharkscope must report that our coverage of FullTilt is currently compromised due to an apparent change in FullTilt’s policy regarding data retrieval from their site,” a statement on the blog reads today.
“We are continuing to work on the problem and are still optimistic about restoring full coverage; but this may take some time,” Sharkscope informed, hinting that the site may intent to collect the data without the blessing of Full Tilt Poker.
SharkScope stated in an update on April 5th, “We respectfully request that all online players carefully consider the option of playing at sites other than Full Tilt and communicating to Full Tilt your opinions and rationale about why you prefer to play elsewhere.”

Sharkscope argue that other data mining sites still have access to the Full Tilt databases and that sharing information is common between high stakes regulars and lower stakes players should be able to benefit from this as well.
In March, Full Tilt blocked another data mining website, PokerTableRatings.com, a site that was recently acquired by Zynga Poker, after Full Tilt introduced a software update that affected the tracking ability.
Other poker sites like PokerStars are also in the process of blocking data mining sites from collecting data from their players.

I don't play a lot of online poker currently, most of my poker playing is at a Casino or Club. I have not used any software while playing online poker since I do not put in the volume to bother with any software. Lots of players swear buy 3rd party software, but I wonder if the majority of players use this type of software, will they leave Full Tilt and go elsewhere and will other online sites follow in Full Tilt's steps. Only time will tell.

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