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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 or services 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 tools or services. 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 and services that report basic game state information, such as pot odds or absolute hand strength.
  2. Tools and services that are static reference material and basic in nature, such as a simple starting hands chart.
  3. Tools and services that monitor and display numerical statistics in-game, but make use only of information that you have accumulated via your own play.
  4. 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.

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. CardHider
  4. CardRunners EV†
  5. EasyStreet
  6. FlopInspector†
  7. FreePokerDB (aka FPDB)
  8. Gam Poker Analyzer
  9. Hand2Note
  10. Holdem Indicator
  11. Hold'em Manager 2
  12. Hold’em Profiler
  13. iHoldemIndicator^
  14. iOmahaIndicator^
  15. MacroPoker
  16. Official Poker Rankings
  17. Omaha Indicator
  18. OpenTool
  19. PioSolver†
  20. PlaceMint
  21. Poker Copilot^
  22. Poker Indicator
  23. Poker Office
  24. Poker Pro Labs
  25. Poker Wizard
  26. Poker4Tuna
  27. PokerAnalytics
  28. PokerSnowie†
  29. Poker-Spy
  30. SideKick
  31. PokerTracker
  32. PS Hand Watcher
  33. PS Last Hand
  34. PS Mate
  35. PS Never SitOut
  36. PS Play ByVoice
  37. PS Wins Viewer
  38. RankExplorer
  39. Selektor
  40. SessionLord Multitabling
  41. SharkScope
  42. Simple Postflop†
  43. SitnGo Wizard (version and newer) †
  44. SmartBuddy
  45. SpinWiz (version 3.0.5 and newer)
  46. StackAndTile
  47. StarsHelper
  48. Stud Indicator
  49. Table of Interest
  50. TableDroid
  51. TableScan Turbo
  52. ThePokerDB
  53. TiltBreaker
  54. TimeMojo
  55. Tournament Indicator
  56. Turbo SeatIN
  57. Unfold Poker
  58. Universal Poker Table Organizer
  59. Xeester

This list was last updated October 22nd, 2015.

^ 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, hands played or private results 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 tool or service that offers real-time commentary or advice on the current game state that goes beyond reporting data and statistics.
  6. Any tool or service that is targeted towards the manipulation of opponents in games in which you are unable to choose a specific table to play on.

†Hosting live streams on Twitch and other similar services is not considered to be collusion and is not prohibited.

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. Holdem Tournament Raider
  17. ICM-Bot
  18. iHH Harvester
  19. Mandraker
  20. MyPokerIntel
  21. NoLimitFoldem
  22. Online Omaha High Inspector
  23. Online Poker Bot
  24. Online Tournament Inspector
  25. Open Holdem Bot
  26. OPI Wizard
  27. Paragon Poker Pal
  28. Poker Android
  29. Poker Bloodhound
  30. Poker Bot+
  31. Poker Crusher
  32. Poker Edge
  33. Poker Inspector a.k.a. Online Poker Inspector
  34. Poker Mate
  35. Poker Prophecy
  36. Poker Sherlock
  37. Poker Sidekick
  38. Poker Table Manager
  39. Poker Usher
  40. POKERobot
  41. Preflop Autofolder
  42. Preflop Poker Bot
  43. RatingViewer
  44. Seeker
  45. Sense Mind
  46. Shanky Bot
  47. SharkMate
  48. Sit And Go Shark
  49. Sit n' Go Brain
  50. Sixth Sense
  51. SmartCollector a.k.a. Mixed Harvesters
  52. SpadeEye
  53. Stars Hand History (SHH)
  54. SpinWiz (version 3.0.4 and older)
  55. StarSpy
  56. StatsForPoker
  57. Stud Inspector v1
  58. Table Ratings aka Poker Table Ratings
  59. Texas Auto Fold
  60. WarBot
  61. WinHoldem

This list was last updated October 22nd, 2015.

What about other analysis software that exists but is not permitted at all times?

There are some tools and services which have legitimate uses for analysing your game, but which are not appropriate for use during play. Typically, these tools fall under the following categories:

  1. Any tool or reference material that offers commentary or advice beyond a basic level, such as a collection of starting hand charts based on stack sizes, decision trees, or heads-up displays that dynamically change based on actions, card values or player tendencies.
  2. Any tool or service that computes advanced equity calculations, such as range vs range simulators, ICM or Nash Equilibrium-based programs.

Can you give me some examples of these tools and services which aren’t appropriate for use during play?

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

  1. ALL IN Expert
  2. ChartManager
  3. CoffeeCalcs
  4. ColoringTool
  5. FlopZilla
  6. Hold'em Signs
  7. HoldemResources Calculator
  8. Holy Grail of Poker
  10. Jennifear
  11. Limit Hold'em Pre-flop Hand Advisor by Intellipoker
  12. OmahaChecker
  13. Poker Hole Cards
  14. PokerJuice
  15. PokerRanger
  16. PokerStove
  17. ICM Trainer
  18. Equilab
  19. PreflopSSS
  20. ProPokerTool’s Odds Oracle
  21. Poker Push Bot
  22. PushPot
  23. RangeEdge
  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 October 22nd, 2015.

* PH Stars (a compliant version of Insight Poker Hound) is permitted

** SitnGo Wizard version and later is permitted

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 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 services 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.

I am a developer; is there anywhere I can get more information about Full Tilt’s policies?

More in-depth reference guides are available (PPSX, PDF) for the finer details regarding our third-party software policies. If you have any further questions, please contact