Hot Topics in Poker Software for June 25, 2011

Date: 2011-06-25
Author: Dan Cypra

If you’ve been perusing the PokerSoftware forum in the last few days, then you know several hot topics have been discussed. From software for new players to Black Friday, members of PokerSoftware have been talking about it all. With that in mind, let’s take a look at several Hot Topics in Poker Software.

We’ll start with a question posted in recent days from a newcomer to poker: “I have a severely limited bankroll and I really want to get better at the game. I am willing to put in 18 hours per day. My question is, ‘Is it normal to make stupid mistakes when you are just a beginner?’ I started playing in February 2011. Before that, I have never played for money before, just for chips with friends.”

PokerSoftware writer Paul Ellis weighed in on the new player experience, posting, “Poker is a skill game that is constantly evolving and requires years of study to really improve. Some people pick it up quickly, but the reality is you need to log a significant volume of play to really learn the game. Books, training sites, and coaches are all tremendous assets/resources, but you should always be improving as a player.”

By the way, if you’re a new online poker player, then be sure to check out our Beginner’s Guide to Poker Software. We’ll walk you through what software should be on your radar right now and what you can wait a while to start using. It’s a one-of-a-kind guide and can be found by clicking on the “New to Poker Software” link on the top of our site.

Black Friday has also been a hot topic on PokerSoftware. Well, not just on PokerSoftware, but also around the internet. One poster on our site questioned, “I am not sure if this is just a temporary seizure or something that will be worked out or not. I'm pretty out of the loop as far as the poker politics go. Will I eventually be able to play on PokerStars again this summer? Should I cash out or leave it on PokerStars in hopes that the situation is alleviated?”

PokerStars allowed U.S. player cashouts within a week of the Black Friday seizure of its dot-com domain name and funds allegedly destined for players.

Ellis weighed in: “While it appears that the seizure is temporary, there is no telling as to whether it will last 24 more hours or 2-4 more years. Anywhere in that time frame, or longer, is entirely possible. My gut tells me that the sites will not reopen their real money clients to U.S.-facing business until after the U.S. passes legislation licensing and regulating online poker on a Federal level. When this could happen is anyone's guess.”

On Friday, Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX) introduced HR 2366, which establishes a licensing and regulatory framework for online poker in the United States. Players would be able to compete on any U.S.-based site so long as their state does not opt out of the bill or prohibit online gaming. When HR 2366 will be discussed in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce remains to be seen.

Finally, we’ll turn to Holdem Manager, which is in the midst of rolling out its second-generation client, HEM 2. Holdem Manager officials have been actively seeking alpha-testers on PokerSoftware: “Existing HM user that wants to test a new Alpha product that we have been working on at Holdem Manager? Email”

Ellis encouraged any readers interested in shaping the future of the popular tracking and database program to sign up to become an alpha-tester: “Definitely suggest that users take a look at this. It's an excellent opportunity to test something and make some significant changes to HM.”

See what else is brewing by visiting our Software Discussion forum.

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