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Online Poker - The Data-Mining Dilemma

by Julio Rodriguez |  Published: May 01, 2010


What is Data Mining? Data mining can mean any number of different things, but the popular definition is that it is a process of extracting patterns from data, or in poker’s case, a database of hands and/or results. Data mining can be done by the individual user, but for the purposes of this article, we will focus on third-party data mining, whether it be through a website or an External Personal Assistance (EPA) programme. EPA’s are simply software or other download capable tools that can make data mining faster and more efficient. Furthermore, the EPA’s also have the ability to interpret the results for the user as well. It’s easy to see why so many serious online poker players use data mining programmes to give themselves a leg-up on the competition. Players who take advantage of these programmes have access to hand histories from opponents they’ve never played before, allowing ...

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