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PokerScout Says it is Unaffected by Bodog Poker Software Update

Written by:
Ace King
Published on:
Sep/26/2011
Bodog Poker Software Update

Last week Gambling911.com broke the news that Bodog Poker had implemented new software that is supposed to prevent data mining.  The public objective was to protect recreational players. 

 “Currently there is a wealth (quite literally) of data available on individual players and websites that only benefit professional players to the detriment of recreational player and, equally therefore, to the detriment of the poker industry itself,” a statement from the company read on Wednesday. 

It continued:  “Bodog Poker Network has already forced the industry to rethink its approach to rakeback causing the major rooms to follow suit. Now Bodog’s Recreational Poker Model has removed table information they will be less attractive to professional players and by the end of the year even individual player stats, both live and historical, will no longer be available to data sites.”

PokerScout.com, which regularly publishes online poker traffic numbers, claims it is the primary target of Bodog’s newest software update.

They released their own statement Monday.

Our current traffic readings for Bodog are projections based on a combination of available data and known traffic patterns. While this data is more volatile than before, we believe it to be accurate on average. If it becomes necessary, we will simply publish estimates of Bodog's traffic as we do for some other untracked sites.

Bodog asked to be completely removed from the PokerScout website shortly after Black Friday. This caused a dilemma, because we try to keep a cordial relationship with all online poker operators, but in the end we had no choice but to deny their request. Our duty to our readers to provide neutral and complete coverage of the market necessarily took precedence over the wishes of a single operator.

No operator other than Bodog has asked to be removed from our traffic rankings.

Despite Bodog's assertions, PokerScout does not give any advantage to some players at the expense of others. Unlike some other websites, we do not track or publish individual player statistics. Many of our readers treat PokerScout as an industry scorecard, showing where the sites rank relative to each other and who is outperforming whom.

- Ace King, Gambling911.com

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