I received a frightening email from Pokerstars today, beware!!!!
It just so happens I used Sharkscope today to look someone up while in an 18-man 3$ SNG on stars, who turned out to be the biggest fish I've ever looked up (-62% avg ROI, almost -2000$ profit and avg stake 2$) Which helped me eliminate him when he kept calling down with middle pair.
After the game I get this email:
It has come to our attention at PokerStars that you are accessing a prohibited third party website known as "SharkScope.com" during your game play.
Perhaps you were unaware that the use of SharkScope was against the rules, but use of this software under any circumstances is against our terms of service. Those terms of service are located here:
Poker Stars - Online Poker Site
Terms of Service
Among them are these terms:
5.4. EXTERNAL PLAYER ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS (EPA). PokerStars
prohibits those External Player Assistance Programs ("EPA
Programs") which are designed to provide an "Unfair Advantage"
to players. PokerStars defines "External" to mean computer
software (other than the Software), and non-software-based
databases or profiles (e.g. web sites and subscription
services). PokerStars defines an "Unfair Advantage" as any
instance in which a User accesses or compiles information
on other players beyond that which the User has personally
observed through the User's own game play. We encourage you
to read our Prohibited Online Software FAQ at:
Prohibited Online Poker Software Programs (http://www.pokerstars.com/poker/room/prohibited/)
As SharkScope provides statistics based upon a large database of hands in which you did not play, it is considered to be in violation of this policy.
For a brief transition period, we will only be issuing this warning. We ask that you stop using SharkScope immediately. On November 15, we will begin closing the accounts of players found to be using SharkScope despite having received and acknowledged a warning.
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter, and for helping us to keep PokerStars' games a fair and level playing field for all players.
PokerStars Game Security"
I really, really dont want my Stars account closed, so I'll do whatever they say haha.