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Comments on tracking software and poker books

by Steve Zolotow |  Published: Oct 15, 2010


I intended to devote this column and at least one more to recommending some excellent new books. But before I get to that, I want to discuss a rule that is common on most of the popular poker sites, and in my opinion, it’s a bad rule. You are allowed only limited use of hand-tracking software. Using software containing data derived from hands that didn’t occur while you were at the table is forbidden. There are several reasons why this rule is bad. Historically, it has been common for players to discuss how other players play. Obviously, these discussions focus on hands that the player who was there thinks are important to share with the player who wasn’t there. There are also discussions of who is a tough opponent (avoid his games) and who is a fish (try to get a seat at his table). With tracking software, the computer ...

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