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There has been a great deal of debate about hand histories, HUDs and tracking software in recent weeks. It’s something we have discussed extensively at MPN HQ, both among our management team and with our customers.

Currently at MPN, players can use either our ‘Classic’ poker client, which is available for Windows only and is being gradually phased out, or the new ‘Prima’ software, available for all devices. The Classic software has hand histories which are compromised¬†– full data is only stored for hands that you contributed to. In Prima, hand history files are not available at all.

After reviewing all of the feedback we have received since the launch of our new software, and considering the ongoing debate, we have come to the conclusion that our current policy on hand histories is not right. With the best of intentions, we made a mistake, and so now we’re going to make changes.

The general principles behind these changes are that:

  • Players should be able to track their own game, learn, and improve.
  • We want to be more transparent, and allow players to verify that we are doing a good job of keeping the games free of cheating. (We are, but you shouldn’t have to trust us).
  • We want to comply with the law around data portability.
  • We wish to reduce and limit the advantage that can be gained through the use of HUDs, seat or table selection software, and real-time advisory tools which use hand history data.

1. Request Hand Histories

Players can now request a download of their hand histories. To do so, players should contact their poker room’s support team, specifying the date range for which they would like the hand history file(s).¬†Hand histories are available from 1st January 2013 until now.

The hand history will be provided as a .DAT file (which is compatible with HEM v8465 or earlier and PT v4.14.23 or earlier), with complete information about all hands you were dealt into, whether you contributed to the pot or not.

Until we have been able to assess demand, requests are limited to one per week.

2. Hand History Files in Prima

In the future, most likely in Q4 this year, we will add support to our new software to download hand history files to your device. Currently, we plan for the download to be available after a short delay (e.g. 24 hours) to strike a balance between tracking your own results, and enabling HUDs.

Hand History files in the older ‘classic’ software will not be changed.

3. Easier Alias Changes

Currently, players on the MPN can change their poker alias every 30 days, or 1,000 hands (whichever comes soonest). At some point in the future, we will make these changes easier and more prominent.

We are keen to hear feedback on these proposals. Please feel free to leave your comments here, or contact us on Twitter @ThrillOfPoker.

FAQ

Q. Are you banning HUDs?

A. At this point, no. We feel that the combination of freely-available alias changes and hand histories not being available in real time will greatly reduce the advantage of using a HUD. However, we reserve the right to change our minds and ban HUDs in the future.

Q. Will the hand history files contain all hole cards of all players?

A. No, only the hands revealed by the player (by choice, or because they reached showdown) will be visible in the hand history file.

Join the discussion

  • Anonymous says:

    I think this is the best solution when it comes to HUDs and tracking software. Thank you for this change

  • Anonymous says:

    These changes are amazing. Banning Classic would be terrible and I would change platforms. Thank you, for understanding players!

  • Anonymous says:

    Good job

  • Anonymous says:

    terrible decision to support HUD’s in anyway stop being led by whining pros afraid of their income and start supporting the people who put the money into the game rather than take it out, by your own phrase reduce the advantage HUD users have, is still not removing it, stop listening to the pros and start talking to the players.

    • Alex Scott says:

      I appreciate where you’re coming from. We arrived at this decision after consultation with a wide group of players of all types. While we are not banning HUDs yet, we reserve the right to do so in the future if player sentiment changes, or new evidence comes to light.

      For us, the argument that tipped the scales was the need to support players who wish to learn and improve. All of us at MPN have at some point worked hard to improve our game. Right now, the best way to do that is to provide some sort of hand histories.

      • Anonymous says:

        Sorry I just see this as an effort to scoop up players you hope will walk away fro Party or Stars while alienating your long supportive audience, you don’t need access to hand histories of any type on screen in play to be able to study your hand history off line and in private to learn ans improve yourself, what it will do is further drive out, us opinion not important “fag smoking punters” while concentrating a mass of pros who feed on eventually just each other while the rest of us clear off to places we feel valued and not disadvantaged with the sites blessing.

  • Anonymous says:

    This is correct

  • Anonymous says:

    Finally a poker room who understand the need of analyzing our own game. Thanks for allow us to download our hand history. I always had a great fun looking for funny hands on database… Truly missed that.

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