Bodog Putting The Poker Fish FirstSeptember 22, 2011 12:17 pm
A while back Bodog argued that online poker was adding to its own demise by allowing practices which, they say, only benefits a small core of professional players.
Choosing to address the needs of recreational players, which are seen as vital to the survival of the online poker industry, Bogog then implemented a whole load of bans from their site a while back. These included blocking data-mining sites, tracking software and heads-up displays (HUDS), as well as scrapping rakeback schemes.
Members of the poker community in accord with Bodogs’ move used colorful slogans to support the site’s actions, which included “ensuring that nobody gets to bring a gun to this knife fight,” and “Fish in the sea are a renewable resource. Fish in a barrel are not.”
However, not everyone agreed with Patrik Selin from Bodog Europe, with other poker players arguing that the use of reviewing tracking software was also important for the personal development of the skill level of a player and that regulars on a poker site generate a ton of rake, too.
Nevertheless, Bodog has continued to lead the field in its ambition to ensure no online player has an advantage over another other than their level of play, and has now introduced a new commitment for its customers.
Consequently, Bodog has now removed a list of all their full tables from the site’s lobby. This move is designed to prevent better players from practicing game selection or “bum-hunting,” or observing the play of their potential opponents at most ring games.
Responding to criticism from some Bodog players, a company spokesperson said:
“I know some of you are going to be mad and disagree with the decision to remove the wait lists but it should help to increase the number of tables running and creating new action. I know some of you have expressed skepticism about this effect via PMs to me already but I do anticipate this ultimately helping to create more action.”