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The Internet Poker Data Mining Controversy

December 30, 2009 (CAP Newswire) — Following the suspension of another high-profile Internet poker player due to a “data mining” conspiracy, the poker site has offered a highly informative overview of just what the controversy is all about.

“Data mining can mean any number of different things, but the popular definition is that it is a process of extracting patterns from data, or in poker’s case, a database of hands and/or results,” writes Julio Rodriguez in the article.

“It’s easy to see why so many serious online poker players use data mining programs to give themselves a leg up on the competition. … There’s nothing wrong with wanting to play to the best of your ability and to continue to improve, but many leading online poker sites see EPAs as a violation of the site’s terms and conditions, compromising player privacy.”

Rodriguez goes on to explain just what is wrong about this practice, and why it’s become more attractive for certain players to try to “cheat” in this way — and what it could mean for the entire online poker world, including Internet poker affiliates.

Rather than try to summarize such a well articulated article, we’ll simply refer you to the original page. Click here to read Rodriguez’s article, “Online Poker — The Data Mining Dilemma”, at