Originally Posted by fergy05
So the difference between software like this and poker tracker is that they keep a central database of all hands, whereas with poker tracker it is only analysing hands that you were on the table for?
If I was to open poker tracker and run a table that I was not sitting at, would it then be analysing all of the players there, or would it ignore hands unless I am part of it? If the first assumption is correct, then if I was to leave my poker account running all night with maximum tables open, but not sitting at any of them so that it was privy to all of those players, that would be considered cheating as well?
I am not considering doing this at all, just curious as I have trouble seeing the difference between these 3 pieces of software.
Yes, you could do that, but according to PokerStars
terms of service it is cheating, as data mining at tables you're not playing at is not allowed. You could do it; maybe you'd get away with it, maybe not.
Sites like PokerStars and FullTilt have a list of forbidden software, and data miners like Poker Edge are on that list. If those sites detect it on your computer - and apparently they'll do that - they will admonish you and possibly close your account.
The PokerEdge software has a work-around. They say to open PokerEdge first, then open your poker client from poker edge and you can't be detected. I imagine the sites keep trying, and Poker Edge tries to stay ahead of them. An arms race. But why do it if you're at a site that doesn't allow it? Why not honor the rules and the spirit of the game where you play? If you don't like it, play somewhere else. I personally have no sympathy for people who get busted violating TOS then whine about how unfair it is.