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· Published 21.06.2019 · last updated 21.06.2019


Microgaming(MPN) changes its decision on HUDs hand histories at least a bit

Currently at MPN, players can use either our ‘Classic’ poker client, which is available for Windows only and is being gradually phased out, or the new ‘Prima’ software, available for all devices. The Classic software has hand histories which are compromised – full data is only stored for hands that you contributed to. In Prima, hand history files are not available at all.

After reviewing all of the feedback which MPN have recived after their new software update, and considering the ongoing debate, they have come to the conclusion that their current policy on hand histories is not right. With the best of intentions, they made a mistake which they want to change now.

The general principles behind these changes are that:

  • Players should be able to track their own game, learn, and improve.
  • We want to be more transparent, and allow players to verify that we are doing a good job of keeping the games free of cheating. (We are, but you shouldn’t have to trust us).
  • We want to comply with the law around data portability.
  • We wish to discourage players from using hand history data in a way that gives them an unfair advantage over other players. This includes the use of HUDs, seat or table selection software, and real-time advisory tools which use hand history data.

Request Hand Histories

Players can now request a download of their hand histories. To do so, players should contact their poker room’s support team, specifying the date range for which they would like the hand history file(s). Hand histories are available from 1st January 2013 until now.

The hand history will be provided as a .DAT file (which is compatible with HEM v8465 or earlier and PT v4.14.23 or earlier), with complete information about all hands you were dealt into, whether you contributed to the pot or not.

Hand History Files in Prima

In the future, most likely in Q4 this year, MPN will add support to the new software to download hand history files to your device. Currently, they plan for the download to be available after a short delay (e.g. 24 hours) to strike a balance between tracking your own results, and enabling HUDs.

Hand History files in the older ‘classic’ software will not be changed.

Easier Alias Changes

Currently, players on the Microgaming Network(MPN) can change their poker alias every 30 days, or 1,000 hands (whichever comes soonest).

FAQ from the side of MPN

Q. Are you banning HUDs?

A. At this point, no. We feel that the combination of freely-available alias changes and hand histories not being available in real time will greatly reduce the advantage of using a HUD. However, we reserve the right to change our minds and ban HUDs in the future.

Q. Will the hand history files contain all hole cards of all players?

A. No, only the hands revealed by the player (by choice, or because they reached showdown) will be visible in the hand history file.

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