Are Seating Scripts Killing Online Poker? –

The growth that the poker industry experienced in recent years led to the creation of a consistent number of software programs aimed to help players to increase their success rate.

The criticism expressed during the past months by many in the poker community against software such as trackers and heads-up displays (HUDs) led a number of poker rooms open to the idea of implementing various bans and introducing different “anonymous” games, where third-party software such as these become completely irrelevant.

During the past days, however, the discussion moved onto seating scripts, which are a type of software program that automatically sit the players who use them at the juiciest tables. And, once again, the accusation against them is that this is posing a real threat to the poker’s future. In a nutshell, the seating scripts are computer programs designed to automate and optimize the process of table selection, a truly crucial aspect of the game.

“The purpose of a seating script is to get a seat, optimally to the left of a recreational player without having to play other regulars three-handed,” wrote the forum poster “ImJason” on Two Plus Two.

“The seating script constantly scans tables waiting for a third player to join and start a game. Once somebody clicks on an open seat, the seat will be shown as reserved and the player is now given 45 seconds to choose a buy-in amount or cancel. This will automatically trigger the seating script to reserve a seat next to the seat that was just reserved.”

According to “ImJason,” “If seating scripts were banned or regulated, this would easily increase the high stakes volume by 15-30 percent as it would give so many players so much more incentive to start and play games.”

However, by the poster’s own admission, the calculation is an assumption based …read more

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