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Is PokerTableRatings (PTR) about to climb into the ring with PokerStars, four years after getting a good kicking? According to write Bob Garcia, at EINPresswire that seems to be the case.

Is PokerTableRatings (PTR) about to climb into the ring with PokerStars, four years after getting a good kicking? According to write Bob Garcia, at EINPresswire that seems to be the case.

“Back by popular demand we are now actively tracking the statistics of players from the biggest online poker website in the world,” commented a PTR spokesperson. “PokerStars has the lion’s share of active online poker players so we’re happy to be able to provide this service for the poker community once again.”

Move Could Harm Recreational Player Base

If that’s true, it’s terrible news for an industry that has gone to great lengths, in recent years, to maintain a modicum of fairness for its recreational player pool, in order to prevent their bread and butter from going stale.

PTR is a data mining website that uses software to detect hand histories in online poker sites, and turn that into saleable information, or systems, that can be used by players to gain an edge on their opponents.

They proudly boast that they collect over 18m hands per day. I was able to reach the check out point on a deal that would have allowed me to purchase 65,000 Full Tilt Poker cash game hands for as little as $9. PTR also sells tools such as Table Finder that uses their data to find the tables that house the weaker players.

The author of the breaking news points to a change in ownership of both parties as the primary reason why PTR may be venturing back into the ring. PokerStars knocked them out in April 2012 after a prolonged period of quiet jabs failed to stop PTR from data mining on the largest online poker room in the world.

The Poker World Awaits PokerStars’ Response

Speaking at the time of the clash, Lee Jones of PokerStars, made it clear that they had no choice but to play hardball with the site, after they repeatedly ignored their ‘cease and desist’ letters, and failed to enter into appropriate dialogue with the Red Spade.

“We have a responsibility to ourselves, our industry, and most importantly to the only poker player community to care for the entire online poker ecosystem, “Jones told Diamond Flush at the time of the clash. “We have made every effort to get PTR to “play by the rules”; they have ignored us, and actively countered our defensive efforts, at every turn.”

I reached out to PokerStars for their opinion on PTR, and not much had changed.

“PokerStars stands by the ‘cease and desist’ letters that we have previously served on Poker Table Ratings and plan to continue to protect our rights.”

A quick perusal of the PTR site is still devoid of any link to PokerStars hand histories of any kind.

Lee Davy

Life can be viewed as the sum of the parts or the parts themselves. I believe in the holistic view of life, or the sum. When dealing with individual parts you develop whack-a-mole syndrome; each time you clobber one problem with your hammer another one just pops up.

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