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. MacroPoker
  31. MagicHoldem
  32. NoteCaddy
  33. NotesNL
  34. Official Poker Rankings
  35. Omaha Indicator
  36. OmahaChecker
  37. OpenTool
  38. Perfect Reads
  39. PlaceMint
  40. PlayerGPS
  41. PlayerPeek
  42. Pokalytics
  43. Poker Academy Prospector
  44. Poker Buddy
  45. Poker Calculator Pro by PokerProLabs
  46. Poker Copilot^
  47. Poker Evolver
  48. Poker Hole Cards
  49. Poker Indicator
  50. Poker Office
  51. Poker Pro Labs (including Super HUD)
  52. Poker Sharpener
  53. Poker Shortcuts
  54. Poker Sleuth
  55. Poker Stove
  56. Poker Vitals
  57. Poker Wizard
  58. PokerAce HUD
  59. PokerCoach†
  60. PokerDebugger
  61. PokerDreamEquity
  62. Pokerface
  63. PokerGrapher
  64. PokerHands
  65. PokerObserver HUD
  66. Poker-Spy
  67. PokerStat
  68. PokerStrategy SideKick
  69. PokerStrategy Equilab
  70. PokerTracker (including TableTracker)
  71. Pot Odd Rechner
  72. ProPokerTool's Odds Oracle
  73. PS Hand Watcher
  74. PS Mate
  75. PS Never SitOut
  76. PS Play ByVoice
  77. PS Wins Viewer
  78. PSxPoker Tracker and HUD
  79. RangeDefiner
  80. RankExplorer
  81. Selektor
  82. SessionLord SnGOpener
  83. SessionLord SnGAutoColoring
  84. SharkScope (including SharkScope HUD)
  85. Sharktoolz Bankroll Manager
  86. Sharktoolz Poker-Reader
  87. SharkyScanner
  88. Sharkystrator
  89. Slice
  90. SmartBuddy
  91. SNG Solver (version 1.0.9 and newer)
  92. StackAndTile
  93. Star Tracker
  94. StarsHelper
  95. Stud Indicator
  96. Table of Interest
  97. Table Optimizer
  98. Table Shark
  99. TableDroid
  100. TableNinja
  101. TableScan Turbo
  102. Telescope by SpadeIt
  103. ThePokerDB
  104. TiltBreaker
  105. TimeMojo
  106. Tournament Indicator
  107. Tournament Shark
  108. Tournament Updater
  109. Tourney Manager
  110. Turbo SeatIN
  111. Universal Poker Table Organizer
  112. usunpokertools
  113. Winning Poker HUD

This list was last updated May 15, 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 May 15, 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. LongHUD
  15. NodeMind Poker Calculator
  16. Poker Player Database
  17. PokerAnalytics
  18. Pokerazor
  19. Pokerbility
  20. PokerKant
  21. PokerStrategy ICM Trainer
  22. PokerZion No-limit Advisor
  23. Push Bot Poker
  24. PushPot
  25. RangeEdit
  26. SAGE Decision Calculator
  27. Short Stacking Strategy Calculator
  28. SimpleNash
  29. Sit n' Go End Game Tools
  30. SitnGo Wizard (v1.0.1.162 and older)**
  31. SNG Power Tools
  32. SNG Solver
  33. Spade ICM
  34. STT Analyzer by PokerSoftware Tools
  35. Texas Calculatem

This list was last updated May 15, 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@fulltilt.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.