Baard Dahl, the PokerStars Sit & Go and Tournament Manager, announced that policy changes will restrict or prohibit many third-party poker software and other tools on the popular site.
“Reference material, such as starting hand charts, now have to be ‘basic in nature,'” Dahl said in a TwoPlusTwo thread titled “3rd Party Software on PokerStars: Proposed Rule Changes.” He added, “Anything considered to be sophisticated in nature can no longer be used whilst the client is open … HUDs are no longer permitted to display non-numerical data, categorize players or dynamically display statistics specific to a certain situation.”
Color coded-HUDs and programs which enable automatic betting sizes based on the action in front of them will also be affected by the new policy changes.
“Table Optimizer has had to remove most of the preset bet amounts such as 3-bet, 4-bet, squeeze, and post-flop bet sizes based on limped, raised, and 3-bet pots. I’d guess all other similar programs will follow suit,” noted TwoPlusTwo poster “The Imp.” “So after hundreds of pages of people complaining about advanced NoteCaddy features/badges, seating scripts and pseudo-bots the main change implemented is to remove a basic feature of most programs which no-one complained about, has been in use for 10 years and is basically in the Stars client (as bet size buttons). Seriously wtf?”
Spin & Go tables will also be prohibited, which means software SpinWiz is also no longer allowed.
As far as the rationale for the changes, Dahl stated, “Unfortunately, many of the tools and tactics that professionals use to maximize their edge have made the games too difficult for new players to survive.”
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