HH Dealer Adds CEREUS Network

Date: 2010-01-05
Author: Sean Gibson

Data mined hands are becoming increasingly popular among online poker players for various purposes.  Recently, a company that provides poker data mining services, HH Dealer, upgraded its coverage and capabilities.  The data mining program offers hands for iPoker, PartyPoker, CEREUS, PokerStars, and Full Tilt Poker Hold’em and Omaha cash games.

The most obvious reason to use hand history files is to gain an edge by importing bulk volumes into a hand history utility like PokerTracker 3 or Holdem Manager.  This allows players to break down opponents’ tendencies and game play stats in a Heads-Up Display (HUD) or player detail window.  Others use hand histories to track how their friends, enemies, and favorite pros are doing at the tables.

HH Dealer offers two ways of purchasing hand histories with its Bulk Purchase and Monthly Purchase methods.  The site regularly tracks more than three million hands per day across all of the different sites it mines.  To review the site’s offerings, customers can use the new coverage tool to see how many hands were mined.  The filters include site, game, stakes, and table type.  When a person selects what filters they wish to use and clicks the “Show” button, the past 14 days comes up in a bar graph report showing how many hands were captured.

The Bulk Purchase area is where customers go if they want to buy a large number of hands in one transaction.  Players have five filters to use to supply an order: poker site, game, stakes, table type, and number of hands.  The minimum order is 250,000 hands and the maximum you can order is four million, with prices based on the number of hands you purchase.  For example, if you wish to purchase hands from PokerStars, No Limit Hold’em, $1-$2, Six-Max, and a million hands, the price is $55.

When you initiate a query using the Bulk Purchase tool, the site generates a grid to show you how much difference in price it would be for different volumes and stakes.  Using this example, the grid showed that buying four million hands for the same level would be $163 or, if I wanted to buy two million hands from $0.50-$1, it would be $77.  These prices are competitive in the marketplace and payment methods include Moneybookers and PayPal.

The other method of purchasing hand histories from HH Dealer is the Monthly Purchase option.  For this price, users receive a daily e-mail with the hand histories of the previous day to their Inbox.  Payments only cover future hands and as soon as the site receives your money, it starts sending hands.  When you initiate the Monthly Purchase option, you choose one of the site's supported games and stakes.  The cost of one online poker site at $1-$2 (six-max and full ring hands) for a month was $25, which comes out to less than a $1 per day.  Once you’ve made your payment, you’ll start receiving e-mails with information on how to download your order.

If going through e-mail is too difficult or you don’t want to fill up your Inbox with messages from HH Dealer, the site has a downloadable software tool.  This allows users to make two simple clicks to retrieve their hand histories and there’s no hassle of dealing with e-mails.  The new Version 1.10 added CEREUS Network support.

HH Dealer has a support area thread within the Holdem Manager forums.  Within this thread, you will be able to contact the management team behind the site and ask questions of other users.  If you are having trouble importing hands or have any support issues, the team is easily found via e-mail, ICQ, or AIM.

Note that programs like HHDealer.com may be against the Terms and Conditions of popular online poker sites, so be sure to review these before purchasing.

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