HandHQ Adds Merge Gaming Network Support

Date: 2011-06-10
Author: Paul Ellis

While HandHQ has long been a leading supplier of data mining for popular sites like PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, Absolute Poker, the iPoker Network, the Ongame Network, Bodog, and others, it has also begun to support sites that have not previously been data mined.

Since the events of the April 15th indictments against the founders of the largest three U.S.-facing online poker sites in the business, more and more software companies have made themselves available to rooms that have remained friendly to U.S. players.

Now, HandHQ has announced that it has added support for the increasingly popular suite of online poker sites on the Merge Gaming Network like Carbon Poker and Lock Poker.

HandHQ currently makes millions of hand histories available and allows online players to purchase these hands and import them directly into PokerTracker, Holdem Manager, and Poker Office.  The hand information gives players a wealth of information without ever having to invest a big blind at the table.

The information gained from data mining sites like HandHQ offers a great number of advantages to online poker players.  The review and importing of data allows you to get an edge on your opponents by seeing how tightly or loosely they play as well as whether the player has a passive or aggressive betting style.

Data mining also can demonstrate how much opposing players have won or lost, as well as their critical stats.  The information is extremely valuable and is the way that some professional online players find leaks in their opponents’ games.  Having complete information on your opponents can be the difference between being a losing player and a being a winning player.

By using the best hand grabbing and data mining technology available, HandHQ provides a wealth of information for virtually every online poker room, but the addition of the Merge Gaming Network is welcome news.

To give you some background, on April 15th, the U.S. Department of Justice unsealed indictments against 11 defendants, from payment processors to the founders of the three largest U.S.-facing online poker rooms.  In response to the indictments, PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker ceased U.S. operations.

While the big three sites were shut down to U.S. players, several smaller sites were still operating and, as you’d expect, players began flooding to them to continue playing online poker.  The most popular sites included Carbon Poker and Lock Poker, which operate on the Merge Network.  However, many poker software companies had largely avoided Merge because of the lack of player volume.

Since April 15th, more companies have begun offering their software for Merge, including HandHQ.  Now, players can data mine hands from No Limit Hold’em, Limit Hold’em, and Pot Limit Omaha games at variety of stakes and buy-ins on one of the fastest growing online poker networks available.  Interested HandHQ customers can take a look at the wide array of information available with a 10,000-hand sample pack for just $0.99.

Read our HandHQ review for more details.

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