888 Bite Back and Tell SharkScope to Cease and Desist

In a sensationally uncompromising move, 888 Poker have told SharkScope to cease the tracking of their tournaments and delete all historical data on 888 players. Despite various compromises being offered by the datamining website, 888 were steadfast in their decision to completely stop SharkScope from monitoring the results on the poker room.  

SharkScope provide a service to online poker players, whereby one can search for online poker usernames and view the overall profit, ROI and other data on those players. Guests to SharkScope are restricted to a maximum of five searches per day, with limited graphs and information. Paying users gain access to unlimited searches, with more highly-detailed information on the profit or loss histories, game strengths and trends of players.

The information mined by SharkScope is especially helpful to skilled players who are selective when choosing which Sit & Go tournaments to register to. If SharkScope reveals one or more registered players to be a heavy loser or newcomer, a 'reg' is more inclined to sit - enticed by the likelihood of easy money. Many players argue that SharkScope is unfair on recreational players, who are constantly preyed-upon by savvy players who use the website to gain a game selection advantage. Others argue that SharkScope drives away weak players, who feel shame when taunted about the losses that they have made. To counter this, SharkScope advocates contend that this service is available to all players, therefore cannot provide anyone with an unfair advantage.

The majority of online poker rooms are monitored by SharkScope, although Bovada (formerly Bodog) was one of the first to defy the datamining site by making all of its tables anonymous. As no usernames are visible at any table, SharkScope are unable to record the results of individuals on this poker room. Meanwhile, PokerStars dulled the powers of SharkScope by setting all of its players as "opted-out" of the tracking by default, thereby hiding all statistics of PokerStars players. If a player wishes for their data to be made public on SharkScope, they can "opt-in" with less than five clicks. Since Full Tilt Poker's acquisition by PokerStars, its players have also been opted-out by default, with an option of opting-in.

In a blog published on the SharkScope website, references were made to 888 being offered a similiar 'opt-in' arrangement. This was refused by 888, who claim that the decision has been made in the interest of their players. 888 note that mined player information can be sold for profit, which contravenes the rights of its players. SharkScope have accepted the news, but noted that it came as "a complete surprise" after enjoying a close long-term partnership with 888 and Pacific Poker. 

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