Microgaming Will Stop Data Mining Reports

Published Wednesday, January 13, 2010 - Online-Casinos.com

Microgaming the online gambling software developer from the Isle of Man and it's Microgaming Poker Network has announced it will no longer produce reports that rely on Data Mining for it's content. Members of the poker network have been advised that the practice will be ended immediately. Measures to back the company's assertions include moves to stop the storage of hand histories on observed tables on the computers of players, and the practice of downloading and storing hand histories in bulk quantities. It was suggested by a firm spokesperson that what used to be useful in creating knowledge of the weaknesses in a player's game has now turned to a tool with which a person with the most information can exploit those weaknesses and have an advantage over the weaker player.

Head of Microgaming's poker operations, Andrew Clucas, said, “Concern has been rising over the long-term effect of third party software upon the poker industry as a whole, and in particular the negative effect it has on the recreational player demographic. The decision to put a stop to the practice of data mining on our poker network is part of Microgaming’s overarching network strategy to support operators in attracting and retaining recreational players." Mr. Clucas added, "It further demonstrates commitment in providing a secure and fair playing environment. What we are trying to achieve is a more level playing field for all the players.” Microgaming's contribution to the online gambling industry is huge and anything this company initiates is sure to be followed by like moves from other poker networks wishing to stay ahead of the competition. These measures are not there to penalize the winning players but to make the games fair and reasonable to everyone, winners and losers alike. Microgaming changed its rake allocation method from Average Contribution to Weighted Contribution, recently in a move to get Microgaming's licensees to promote the attraction of more recreational players to the fold.




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