Posts Tagged ‘Recreational Player Model’

PokerScout goes Offline – Bodog to Blame?

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Throughout most of yesterday and part of today, went offline. This popular site provides traffic figures on internet poker sites and also sells player data to their clientele. However, people were denied the ability to visit PokerScout after it was down for a 24-hour period.

At this point, there’s no word on if the big interruption was due to server problems or Bodog. The Bodog brand has a long-running feud with PokerScout over the latter’s willingness to sell player data. Through their “Recreational Player Model,” Bodog has made it a mission to protect amateur grinders at all costs. The idea here is to block third-party data mining sites and eliminate the use of “heads-up display software,” which provides stats and tendencies on opponents.

PokerScout’s insistence on selling stats on players undercuts the Recreational Player Model by giving pros the upperhand. For this reason, Bodog has launched an anti-PokerScout campaign and tried to get them booted offline. But again, it’s tough to say whether Bodog had a hand in actually getting PokerScout kicked offline, or if this was some kind of technical problem.

There are still a fair amount of online poker sites that do allow heads-up display software and third-party data mining. But with online poker traffic slowly declining across the board, many rooms are seeing the value in keeping recreational players around.

After all, amateur players bring new money into the industry with their deposits. And if these players are getting beaten badly by pros right away, it discourages them from sticking around. So poker rooms like Bodog, Party Poker and Lock Poker have recently made efforts to help amateurs while limiting the resources that professionals can use to beat their opponents.

Backlash over Online Poker Player Pool Segregation

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

The idea of catering to recreational players is nothing new in the online poker world. Bodog started this trend last year when they unveiled their “Recreational Player Model,” which prevents grinders from using data mining software on opponents. Months later, the Everleaf Gaming network took things a step further by preventing players who made over €750 a week from facing losing players.

As if this wasn’t going far enough, it was recently discovered that Party Poker have been segregating their players based on win rate – without officially telling anybody. So winning players have been unable to see losing players in the lobby, meaning they can only play against other regs and winners.

This latest move has really set the online poker community off with many pros voicing their complaints. A big thread recently opened up at TwoPlusTwo where various members have argued both sides of player segregation.

Two of the main arguments against player segregation are that it specifically targets winning players and seeks to create a break-even environment. The latter is key because players who compete against those with similar win rates will generally trade money back and forth while paying lots of rake in the process. The end result is that online poker sites are the only true winners from this scenario.

The big arguments for segregating grinders are that more recreational players will be encouraged to stick around after depositing, and bumhunters won’t be able to target weaker opponents all of the time.

As you can see, there are good points both for and against player segregation. But in my opinion, there may be no real winner after segregation has taken its course. Going further, it seems as if Party Poker and Everleaf are merely grasping at straws as online poker slowly loses more players each month.

It’s hard to say what the solution to a declining worldwide online poker player pool is – short of another Chris Moneymaker-type or federal legalization in the United States. So for the time being, it looks like we’ll have to let online poker segregation run its course and see what happens.

Tatjana Pasalic re-signs with Bodog Poker

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

If you’re looking for somebody to be the face of your poker site – both figuratively and physically – there’s nobody better than Tatjana Pasalic. After all, Pasalic is one of the most beautiful women in the poker industry, and she’s also one of the most skilled reporters too. Following the re-signing, the 27-year-old tweeted about the deal with the following:

Very proud and happy to announce that I have renewed my @Bodog and contract. Bring on the party and more poker videos!

Now only did Pasalic tweet about renewing the contract with Bodog Poker, but she also made a statement by saying, “The WSOP is around the corner and I can confirm I will definitely be on that plane. I love working with Bodog and they seem to like’s to another great year.”

Many players and fans enjoy her insightful interviews, and the Croatian babe’s accent certainly adds something to the equation as well. Of course, nobody’s going to accuse Pasalic of being the world’s best poker player – she has $5,937 in live poker tournament cashes. However, not every signing is purely based on tournament performance, and Pasalic is a great Bodog re-signing for a number of reasons, with the biggest being that she fits their Recreational Player Model.

As you many know, Bodog has dedicated themselves to recruiting recreational players. And if they’re trying to get amateur players to their site, having a pretty face like Tatjana Pasalic will definitely go a long ways towards making this happen.

If you’re wondering about Pasalic’s specific credentials, she has done reporting work for Party Poker, the WPT, and the TV show “Face The Game.” In addition to this, many people credit her with starting a poker boom in her native country of Croatia. She’s also done some modeling work, as you can see below: