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Pro player Antonius criticizes online poker software

Poker pro Patrik Antonius has criticized the development of online poker software as being so advanced that it is no longer a fair game due to the widespread use of player tracking software.

Talking to the media at the recent European Poker Tour Barcelona main event, Antonius said that the technology has turned online poker into “a totally different game,” to the extent that if you don’t use tracking software, “it’s not a fair game anymore.”

Antonius said the widespread use of tracking software meant that poker “has become more of a game of numbers.” Players were basing so many of their decisions on what the software told them to do that “it feels like you’re playing against a computer these days.”

Antonius, who insists he has never used technology to gain an advantage, said the ubiquity of tracking software led him to quit playing online Hold’em and PLO, but enjoys playing online mixed games, for which no tracking software yet exists.


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