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PokerStars Sends Cease and Desist Letters to PTR

Apr 17, 2012
Author: Michael Mancini
PokerStars Sends Cease and Desist Letters to PTR

PokerStars has sent a cease and desist letter to PokerTableRatings.com, threatening further legal action if the site does not stop its data mining operations in the world’s largest online poker room. PokerStars has long had an issue with the practices of PTR and other sites like it, though this likely marks the first time the site has actively threatened legal action against any such data mining site.

According to a post on Two Plus Two’s poker forums by Lee Jones, the PokerStars Head of Home Games, the site has sent cease and desist letters to PTR and those that own and operate the site. According to Jones, PokerStars has also “assembled a team of lawyers in multiple jurisdictions” in order to pursue further action against PTR if necessary.

The conflict comes from a clash between the PokerStars terms and conditions and the services offered by PTR to poker players. PokerStars’ rules state that players cannot use “External Player Assistance Programs” that provide an “Unfair Advantage” to players. These programs include any software, databases, or profiles that give players access to information on other players beyond that which a player has personally observed through their own gameplay.

Under these rules, programs like PokerTracker are legal, provided players only track hands that they played in themselves. However, if this data is supplemented with hands derived from other sources, it is now considered illegal to use this information.

That’s where PTR comes into play. On the site, players can purchase hand histories ranging from hundreds of thousands to millions of hands on a variety of online poker sites, including at PokerStars. This can give players extensive information on their opponents on the sites they play on. This information is even more extensive considering that players can narrow the parameters of the hands they receive to only cover specific game types and stakes levels.

It is unclear as of yet what – if any – reaction will come from PTR in response to the letters from PokerStars.

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