PokerStars has announced changes to its policy, which will restrict or prohibit many third-party poker software and other tools. The policy is thought to take effect October 1. HUDs can no longer display any non-numeric data, nor can they update or refresh information based on the current street of the hand. The number of colors used to display information have also been restricted with a maximum of three colors allowed. Hotkey scripts that modify the actions of a particular keystroke or mouse click based on specifics of the hand have also been prohibited.
A change that may have the largest impact will affect how players are seated at the immensely popular Spin and Go tournaments. SpinWiz, a tool that allowed its subscribers to avoid playing tough opponents and limited the number of subscribers that would be sat in a single tournament, has been completely prohibited.
Seating scripts, which allow the players using them to automatically take a seat at a table based on criteria programmed into the software, remain acceptable under the new policy.
A number of currently permitted software tools, many of which are quite popular, would be prohibited if the change were to take effect. Day listed the following as examples:
• SessionLord’s Preflop Chart
• Holy Grail of Poker
• Poker Academy
• HEM2’s LeakBuster
• Odds Oracle
• PT4’s Leak Tracker
These changes are designed to create a more hospitable environment for recreational players because, unfortunately, many of the tools and tactics that professionals use to maximize their edge have made the games too difficult for new players to survive.