What is this all about?

As online poker has grown in popularity, people have developed tools and web-based services to help them play better online. We think it is okay for players to use some of these tools and services. However, we think that some go beyond what we consider acceptable as an aid to playing online.

There are many things that a player can do to improve their chances in a poker game. For instance, they can play a lot and gain experience, or they can read a book about poker. Both of these techniques are clearly appropriate. At the other end of the spectrum, they can work in collusion with a partner, sharing information about hole cards and teaming up against other players. This is clearly cheating.

In between those two extremes are many tools - some of which we consider to be too close to cheating. For example, there are people building huge databases with profiles of every player on Full Tilt Poker, and they are selling access to these databases. A player with access to such a database can call up detailed information about every one of his opponents without ever playing against those opponents himself. We believe this gives that player an unfair advantage against others at his table.

Obviously, knowledgeable people will disagree over what is appropriate and what is not. We have developed what we consider to be a reasonable compromise between letting players take every possible fair advantage, and prohibiting the unfair ones.

Why did this all get started?

We have received emails on this subject from many players. Some want to use these tools and are asking if they're okay. Other players are concerned that their opponents are using them. We needed to establish a policy so we could draw a line between acceptable and unacceptable programs. We made this decision only after thorough discussion within Full Tilt Poker and with poker experts outside Full Tilt Poker, including our team of professionals.

In general, what kind of tools and services are acceptable?

The following types of tools and services are generally acceptable:

  1. Tools, services, or charts that simply tell you odds, starting hand recommendations, etc.
  2. Tools and services that profile your opponents, but make use of only information which you have accumulated through your own play.
  3. Macros and Hotkey programs that don't have any bearing on gameplay logic. For example, you can use AutoHotKey, MacroExpress or AutoIt3 to make it such that you 'bet the pot' when you press the 'P' key, but you cannot use these or other utilities to create an autofolder that folds poor starting hands, or that automates advice or actions from any other program.
  4. Tools and services that help you analyse your game but do not or cannot be setup to offer dynamic, real-time game play advice.

Why is this an issue?

Consider this: you are playing at a six-person table and the other five players at that table are using a shared database program. After each hand, they are able to see what cards every other player (except you) had. Do you want to play at that table?

Can you give some examples of acceptable tools and services?

The following are examples of tools and services which are permitted:

NOTE: Full Tilt Poker does not make any guarantees regarding the functionality, reliability, or safety of any of these programs.

  1. AdvancedPokerTraining
  2. Auto HandPoster
  3. AutoReg
  4. BlazingStars^
  5. Coach Rounder
  6. ColoringTool
  7. DoN Indicator
  8. DonkeyTracker
  9. Draw Poker Source
  10. EasySeatPoker
  11. EasySeatPro
  12. FlopZilla
  13. FlopZoom^
  14. FPP Pro Plus
  15. FreePokerDB (aka FPDB)
  16. Gam Poker Analyzer
  17. GameTime+
  18. HighStakesDB
  19. Hold'em Cockpit
  20. Holdem Indicator
  21. Holdem Manager (including Table Scanner)
  22. Hold'em Manager 2 (including Hold'em Manager Sync)
  23. Hold'em Profiler (including Super HUD)
  24. HoldemLuck
  25. Holy Grail of Poker
  26. iToldem
  27. KayTeEmPro's Odds Calculator
  28. KoySit
  29. LobbyHunter
  30. LongHUD
  31. MacroPoker
  32. MagicHoldem
  33. NoteCaddy
  34. NotesNL
  35. Official Poker Rankings
  36. Omaha Indicator
  37. OmahaChecker
  38. OpenTool
  39. Perfect Reads
  40. PlaceMint
  41. PlayerGPS
  42. PlayerPeek
  43. Pokalytics
  44. Poker Academy Prospector
  45. Poker Buddy
  46. Poker Calculator Pro by PokerProLabs
  47. Poker Copilot^
  48. Poker Evolver
  49. Poker Hole Cards
  50. Poker Indicator
  51. Poker Office
  52. Poker Pro Labs (including Super HUD)
  53. Poker Sharpener
  54. Poker Shortcuts
  55. Poker Sleuth
  56. Poker Stove
  57. Poker Vitals
  58. Poker Wizard
  59. PokerAce HUD
  60. PokerCoach†
  61. PokerDebugger
  62. PokerDreamEquity
  63. Pokerface
  64. PokerGrapher
  65. PokerHands
  66. PokerObserver HUD
  67. Poker-Spy
  68. PokerStat
  69. PokerStrategy SideKick
  70. PokerStrategy Equilab
  71. PokerTracker (including TableTracker)
  72. Pot Odd Rechner
  73. ProPokerTool's Odds Oracle
  74. PS Hand Watcher
  75. PS Mate
  76. PS Never SitOut
  77. PS Wins Viewer
  78. PSxPoker Tracker and HUD
  79. RankExplorer
  80. Selektor
  81. SharkScope (including SharkScope HUD)
  82. Sharktoolz Bankroll Manager
  83. Sharktoolz Poker-Reader
  84. SharkyScanner
  85. Sharkystrator
  86. Slice
  87. SmartBuddy
  88. SNG Solver (version 1.0.9 and newer)
  89. StackAndTile
  90. Star Tracker
  91. StarsHelper
  92. Stud Indicator
  93. Table of Interest
  94. Table Optimizer
  95. Table Shark
  96. TableDroid
  97. TableNinja
  98. TableScan Turbo
  99. Telescope by SpadeIt
  100. ThePokerDB
  101. TiltBreaker
  102. TimeMojo
  103. Tournament Indicator
  104. Tournament Shark
  105. Tournament Updater
  106. Tourney Manager
  107. Turbo SeatIN
  108. Universal Poker Table Organizer
  109. usunpokertools
  110. Winning Poker HUD

This list was last updated March 17, 2014.

^ Denotes program is compatible with Mac OS X only

† Denotes program offers a limited subset of features when the game software is open, in order to comply with our policy

In general, what kinds of tools and services are prohibited?

The following types of tools and services are prohibited:

  1. Any program that shares hole card data with other players or programs is colluding, and is prohibited.
  2. Any program that works off of a central database of player profiles or hands played is prohibited.
  3. Any program that plays without human intervention (a 'bot') or reduces the requirement of a human playing. For instance, an 'auto-folder' is prohibited.
  4. The practice of datamining (observing games without playing in order to build up a database of hand histories for future reference) is prohibited.
  5. Any software that offers dynamic, real-time commentary on the current game state that goes beyond reporting data and statistics.

Can you give some examples of tools and services which are prohibited?

The following are examples of tools and services which are prohibited at all times:

  1. Advanced Poker Calculator
  2. CardAnalyzer
  3. FrogBot
  4. FullAutoHoldem
  5. Gambot
  6. Hand HQ
  7. HH Repository
  8. HHCollector
  9. HHdealer
  10. hhSmithey
  11. Hold'em Watcher
  12. Holdem Hawk
  13. Holdem Inspector a.k.a. Online Holdem Inspector
  14. Holdem Pirate
  15. Holdem Spy
  16. ICM-Bot
  17. iHH Harvester
  18. Mandraker
  19. MyPokerIntel
  20. NoLimitFoldem
  21. Online Omaha High Inspector
  22. Online Poker Bot
  23. Online Tournament Inspector
  24. Open Holdem Bot
  25. OPI Wizard
  26. Paragon Poker Pal
  27. Poker Android
  28. Poker Bloodhound
  29. Poker Bot+
  30. Poker Crusher
  31. Poker Edge
  32. Poker Inspector a.k.a. Online Poker Inspector
  33. Poker Mate
  34. Poker Prophecy
  35. Poker Sherlock
  36. Poker Sidekick
  37. Poker Table Manager
  38. Poker Usher
  39. POKERobot
  40. Preflop Autofolder
  41. Preflop Poker Bot
  42. RatingViewer
  43. Seeker
  44. Sense Mind
  45. Shanky Bot
  46. SharkMate
  47. Sit And Go Shark
  48. Sit n' Go Brain
  49. Sixth Sense
  50. SmartCollector a.k.a. Mixed Harvesters
  51. SpadeEye
  52. Stars Hand History (SHH)
  53. StarSpy
  54. StatsForPoker
  55. Stud Inspector v1
  56. Table Ratings aka Poker Table Ratings
  57. Texas Auto Fold
  58. WarBot
  59. WinHoldem

This list was last updated March 17, 2014.

There are some tools and services which have legitimate uses for analysing your game, but which are not appropriate for use during play. For example, ICM (Independent Chip Model) and Nash Equilibrium tools may be used for post-game analysis and for studying hands which you have previously played. Also, there are some web-based results databases, and its fine to use these to look at your own results. However, you may not use such a tool while the Full Tilt Poker software is open.

Some examples of tools and services which are prohibited only while Full Tilt Poker is running are:

  1. ALL IN Expert
  2. Calculatem Pro
  3. CardRunners EV calculator
  4. Crushing-HUSNG's 3Bet-Tool
  5. EVinTIme
  6. Holdem Advantage
  7. Holdem Genius
  8. Holdem Radar
  9. Hold'em Signs
  10. HoldemResources Calculator
  11. ICM Poker
  13. Limit Hold'em Pre-flop Hand Advisor by Intellipoker
  14. NodeMind Poker Calculator
  15. Poker Player Database
  16. PokerAnalytics
  17. Pokerazor
  18. Pokerbility
  19. PokerKant
  20. PokerStrategy ICM Trainer
  21. PokerZion No-limit Advisor
  22. Push Bot Poker
  23. PushPot
  24. SAGE Decision Calculator
  25. Short Stacking Strategy Calculator
  26. SimpleNash
  27. Sit n' Go End Game Tools
  28. SitnGo Wizard (v1.0.1.162 and older)**
  29. SNG Power Tools
  30. SNG Solver
  31. Spade ICM
  32. STT Analyzer by PokerSoftware Tools
  33. Texas Calculatem

This list was last updated March 17, 2014.
* PH Stars (a compliant version of Insight Poker Hound) is permitted
** SitnGo Wizard version and later is permitted

How do I opt-out of being tracked by third-party tools?

Many of the tools listed above allow you to opt-out from being tracked, or having your information displayed to other users of the tool. As each tool has a different opt-out procedure, please review each tool's respective website or contact their support for specific information on how to opt-out of their service.

Why are there two lists of prohibited tools? What is the difference between them?

The first list details tools which are prohibited at all times. None of these tools may be used on your computer, even if not installed on the machine, and even if you do not use them in conjunction with the Full Tilt Poker client. Full Tilt Poker will take active measures to detect these tools and will take punitive action against players who have them (see 'What steps are you going to take...' below).

The second list details tools and services which may not be used in conjunction with Full Tilt Poker or while the Full Tilt Poker client software is open. We recognise that these tools have legitimate uses – perhaps for analysing your game or tracking your results – but we feel that they cross the line of what is acceptable for use during play. Full Tilt Poker will take measures to detect these tools and will issue warnings to players using them. Full Tilt Poker will also work with the developers of such tools to assist them in complying with the rules.

There's a tool / service I'd like to use, but it's not on any of these lists. Now what?

Please send an email to support@fulltiltpoker.com with all the information you have about the tool or service in question. Please include a URL to a relevant web page if possible. We will review the tool or service and let you know if it's permitted or not.

Are the above lists subject to change?

Yes. In addition to evaluating new tools and services that come to our attention, Full Tilt Poker frequently re-examines those already on the permitted and prohibited lists to ensure they continue to fall within our terms of service. In addition, the terms of service themselves and the definition of a prohibited tool or service are periodically re-examined and are subject to change without notice. These re-examinations can result in a tool or service being reclassified without notice, moving from the permitted list to the prohibited list or vice-versa. Full Tilt Poker assumes no responsibility to notify players of any such reclassifications. Players should regularly check the lists of tools and services to verify the current status of any item's classification.

Are all of the programs on the permitted list safe to use?

Full Tilt Poker does not actively endorse or support any program on the permitted list, nor do we make any guarantees regarding the functionality, reliability, or safety of any program whatsoever.

May I use a permitted tool or service to record information about players from hands in which I am not playing?

No. You may only collect hand histories and player information from hands in which you are a participant.

What steps are you going to take to prevent players from using prohibited tools and services?

We are going to look to see if any of those tools or services is running on a player's computer.

Are you going to look for anything else on players' computers?

Absolutely not. Our sole interest is in protecting our players and our site from tools and services that we believe are bad for the integrity and fairness of our games.

Can Full Tilt Poker see my internet browsing history, documents, or other private files and information?

No. Full Tilt Poker takes your privacy very seriously and complies with relevant Data Protection law. Full Tilt Poker does not collect personally-identifiable information, other than that provided by the player during account registration and routine security verifications. It is not possible for any member of Full Tilt Poker staff to read or copy private data from your machine. For more information, see our Privacy Policy.

Some prohibited programs listed above are internet web sites, especially those revolving around datamining. What steps do you take to stop their use?

Full Tilt Poker believes that it is best to take action against these services at the root. Consequently, we are continually improving our software to stop the datamining of our games. In addition, Full Tilt Poker reserves the right to take legal action as it deems fit against those services that maliciously and repeatedly breach our Terms of Service.

Can Full Tilt Poker make any changes to the files on my computer?

Full Tilt Poker may, at our discretion, prevent the Full Tilt Poker client program from running on your machine, or require players to upgrade the client program. However, it is not possible for Full Tilt Poker staff to remotely modify any file on your computer, or send any file to your machine.

Are you going to confiscate the account funds of somebody running a prohibited tool or service?

While we reserve the right to confiscate the funds of somebody running a prohibited tool or service, we are not going to do this lightly. Our goal is to educate via warning players who are found to be using prohibited software that is publicly available for download. However, we will confiscate funds if a player shows a pattern of using prohibited tools and services after being warned, or if a player attempts to bypass our detection measures, or if a player is found to be privately developing or using privately developed software which violates our policies.