While partypoker joins the camp of no HH sites, Microgaming backs down.
Hand histories have been one of the most essential resources for players to analyze their game since the very beginning of online poker.
Players, who use tracking softwares like PokerTracker4 or Hold'em Manager2 browse a wide-variety of stats to plug their leaks or to find out how to exploit their opponents.
However, the trends in the online poker industry in the past few years, and especially this year may threaten the players' abilities to do so. Many of the online poker operators, made the HHs unavailable for their players like Unibet Poker, and it doesn't seem to hurt their player traffic - Unibet Poker has been doing great in the recent years.
As we reported earlier, the big changes at partypoker went live on the 17th, meaning players aren't able to use HUDs, seating scripts or any kinds of third-party tools in the games at the site.
The site claims, this will create a much safer and fairer environment, and even the fields, as all players can rely on is their own poker skills.
It's only been two days since the changes came into effect, so it's early to tell how it will affect the traffic at the site, but according to several of our players, the games became significantly softer.
The site will soon implement another new rule, as the minimum buy-in will be 100 big blinds for all cash games - which favors the regs over the regs in general.
On the other hand, Microgaming Network(MPN) backed down and decided to make HHs available for their players in a downloadable format. Players can get the history of the hands they were involved in in the past three years, and they can download a file, which is compatible with both Hold'em Manager 2 and Poker Tracker 4.
Our players at PCF Poker and Betsson (both members of MPN), informed us about slight changes in the player traffic, typically regulars have left the site.
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Even though many people thought sites, which will ban HHs, and HUDs will slowly dry out with the leaving of the professionals, most of them seem to do great.
With HUD-free policies, many regulars indeed leave sites like Unibet Poker or partypoker, but this just makes other pros join these sites, as the recreational players stay and therefore the games get much softer even without the tools.
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