POKER SITES BATTLE TO WIN BACK RECREATIONAL PLAYERS
What is happening with online poker?
In the past 5 years more and more poker sites are taking hard and controversial actions to win back recreational players who at the end of the day are the ones who finance the ecosystem with their deposits and makes it viable for professionals to even have job.
Back in the day it was enough to just launch big first depositor bonuses, high rakeback deals and big rakeraces but that have proved to be the opposite as in practice it lured regulars to take the tables massively in detriments of recreational and the poker site started to experiment a gradually and steady declined in their depositor.
Alongside this we have to take into account other factors that heavily Influenced recreational decision to stop playing and depositing money on poker sites and one of them has to do the effect that softwares and applications had in the game as it made it more difficult for recreational to actually enjoy the experience.
Another factor to take into consideration was the proliferation of poker training sites that offered recurrent, high quality and rather cheap strategical content open to everyone. Imagine having access to a video library with hundreds and hundreds of poker videos made by poker professionals available to you anytime and anywhere.
Just to be clear here
Not saying that with or without these softwares and applications recreational will have a chance to beat a winning regular but since they play small amount of volume it just doesn’t matter how bad the recreational really is nor how good is the regular as variance will help them taste that tiny dose of success and more importantly will remain playing and depositing.
The problem with the development of gradually more and more advance and accurate softwares either to be used both on and off the tables (game analysis) is that the gap between winning regulars and recreational is growing each year making it more harder for recreational to beat regulars at the point that sometimes will do it only thanks of a badbeat or a cooler.
And this is only considering the legal and allowed softwares and application by poker sites we have yet to consider the proliferation of non-accepted and illegal softwares that further damaged the ecosystem with programs that ran automatically 24/7 without any human assistance (Poker Bots).
It was enough to outline an strategy and upload it to these pokerbot setting the limits regarding number of tables, playing time, etc., and just hit start. IT IS THIS EASY¡!.
There are also underground poker labs that devotes their efforts and resources to find new and more effective ways to cheat and be capable of cashing out larger portions off money away from the ecosystem, drying it out and hurting everyone involved, especially poker sites.
As stated at the beginning, the vast majority of all the major poker sites realize this and started to take action to try and reverse it. Some of those action borderline ridiculous as it was impossible for them to enforce them but it was a step forward in that direction.
But some of the most commonly taken decision on this regard was to banned all forms of heads up display (HUDs) but players started to bypass this using special HUDs that ran undetected by the poker sites.
So some of them started to offer anonymous tables and other even went a bit further and began to anonymize hand histories to the use of HUDs was just impractical.
Other poker sites also started to ban seating scripts that allow regulars to target and find where the weakest players are sitting and seat with them.
This form of cannibalism was one of the most damaging pieces of softwares used that literally murdered recreational experience making it unpleasant and not motivating them to deposit again. Another way poker site use to counter attack these seating scripts was by just hiding the lobbies and making it impossible for them to scrape down the tables information and feed it to them, that way protecting the recreational/weaker players.
Poker regulars or those who play professionally or semi-professionally will have to just cope with the idea that the online poker industry it’s strongly trying to reverse the negative effects softwares and applications have had in the recreational playing experience and all the decisions from now on will be to protect them.