PokerStars Allowed Poker Tools

Pokerstars Allowed Tools

Pokerstars is the single most popular online venue for online poker has some stringent rules on exactly which type of poker tools and odds calculators are allowed and approved for play at PokerStars.com

As a broad rule PokerStars allow tools and services provided that:

  1. Tools, services or hand charts that tell you odds and pre-flop starting hand recommendations.
  2. Tools and services that profile your opponents, but make only use the data which you have accumulated through your own play on the site.
  3. Macros and Hotkey programs are permitted provided they don’t have any bearing on game play logic. eg. AutoHotKey, MacroExpress or AutoIt3 may be used to ‘bet the pot’ when you pressing the ‘P’ key, but cannot be used  to create an auto-fold program that folds starting hands, or that automates advice or actions from any other software.
  4. Tools and services that help you analyse your game but do not or cannot be setup to offer direct, real-time advice on the appropriate action to take.

PokerStars do not Allow and prohibit the following types of Poker Tools:

  1. Software that shares hole card data with other players or programs is colluding.
  2. Any program that works off of a centralized database of player profiles or hands played is prohibited.
  3. Any program that plays without human intervention aka ‘poker bot’  or reduces the requirement of a human playing. auto-folders are banned.
  4. Data-mining (watching hands without playing to build up a database of hand histories for future reference) is not allowed.
  5. Software that offers direct game play advice on the appropriate action to take is also not permitted.

 

 PokerStars Allowed Poker Tools:

The following Poker Tools are on the approved list, PokerStars Allowed Poker Tools as at February 15, 2012. While the list of allowed tools and poker odds calculators varies from time to time this is a pretty comprehensive listing of which Tools PokerStars allow.

Auto HandPoster BlazingStars^ Calculatem Pro
Coach Rounder DoN Indicator DonkeyTracker
Draw Poker Source FlopZilla FlopZoom^
FPP Pro Plus FreePokerDB (aka FPDB) Gam Poker Analyzer
GameTime+ Hold’em Cockpit Holdem Genius
Holdem Helpem Holdem Indicator Holdem Manager (including Table Scanner)
Hold’em Manager 2 (including Hold’em Manager Sync) Holdem Partner Hold’em Profiler (including Super HUD)
Holdem Ranger (including RealTime HUD) HoldemLuck Holy Grail of Poker
iToldem KayTeEmPro’s Odds Calculator LobbyHunter
LongHUD MagicHoldem NoteCaddy
NotesNL Official Poker Rankings Omaha Brain
Omaha Indicator Omaha Poker Coach OpenTool
Perfect Reads PH_Stars PlaceMint
PlayerGPS PlayerPeek Poker Academy Prospector
Poker Buddy Poker Butler Poker Calculator Pro by PokerProLabs
Poker Copilot^ Poker EV Poker Evolver
Poker Indicator Poker Office Poker Potjie
Poker Pro Labs (including Super HUD) Poker Sharpener Poker Shortcuts
Poker Sleuth Poker Sniffer Poker Stove
Poker Vitals Poker Weapon Poker Wingman
PokerAce HUD PokerDebugger PokerEval (Registered Version Only)
Pokerface PokerGrapher PokerHands
PokerObserver HUD Poker-Spy PokerStat
PokerStrategy Elephant PokerStrategy Equilator PokerStrategy SideKick
PokerStrategy Equilab PokerTableStats PokerTracker (including TableTracker)
Pot Odd Rechner PPA Poker Calculator ProPokerTools Odds Oracle
PS Hand Watcher PS Mate RankExplorer
Sharktoolz Bankroll Manager Sharktoolz Poker-Reader Sharkystrator
SitnGo Wizard (version 1.0.1.163 and newer) SmartBuddy StackAndTile
Slice Star Tracker StoxPoker Combo
Stud Indicator Table of Interest Table Shark
TableDroid TableNinja TableScan Turbo
Telescope by SpadeIt Texas Calculatem Texas Hold’em Hands v2.0
ThePokerDB TiltBreaker Tournament Indicator
Tournament Shark Tournament Updater Tourney Manager

 

PokerStars Banned Poker Tools:

The following Poker Tools are banned at PokerStars at all times as at February 15, 2012. The below list of poker tools are those making the prohibited list, players at PokerStars may not use any of the software listed below as they violate PokerStars Terms of Usage.

Advanced Poker Calculator CardAnalyzer FullAutoHoldem
Gambot Hand HQ HH Repository
HHCollector HHdealer hhSmithey
HighStakesDB Hold’em Watcher Holdem Hawk
Holdem Inspector a.k.a. Online Holdem Inspector Holdem Pirate Holdem Spy
ICM-Bot iHH Harvester Mandraker
MyPokerIntel NoLimitFoldem Online Omaha High Inspector
Online Poker Bot Online Tournament Inspector Open Holdem Bot
OPI Wizard Paragon Poker Pal Poker Android
Poker Bloodhound Poker Bot+ Poker Crusher
Poker Edge Poker Inspector a.k.a. Online Poker Inspector Poker Mate
Poker Prophecy Poker Sherlock Poker Sidekick
Poker Table Manager Poker Usher POKERobot
Preflop Autofolder Preflop Poker Bot RatingViewer
Seeker Sense Mind SharkMate
Sit And Go Shark Sit n’ Go Brain Sixth Sense
SmartCollector a.k.a. Mixed Harvesters SpadeEye Stars Hand History (SHH)
StarSpy StatsForPoker Stud Inspector v1
Table Ratings aka Poker Table Ratings Texas Auto Fold WinHoldem

PokerStars Banned Poker Tools:

Several poker tools and services listed below may be used offline, when not playing or running PokerStars software, their legitimate usage would be to analyse your game play. Eg. Both ICM (Independent Chip Model) and Nash Equilibrium tools may be used for post-game hand analysis of hands you have played.

Several web based poker databases accompany the listings below that are fine for usage when no running the Pokerstars game client.

The following list was updated February 15, 2012.

CardRunners EV calculator CCrushing-HUSNG’s 3Bet-Tool EVinTIme
Holdem Advantage Holdem Radar Hold’em Signs
ICM Explorer ICM Poker Insight Poker Hound*
Limit Hold’em Pre-flop Hand Advisor by Intellipoker Poker Player Database NodeMind Poker Calculator
PokerAnalytics Pokerazor Pokerbility
PokerKant PokerStrategy ICM Trainer PokerZion No-limit Advisor
Push Bot Poker PushPot SAGE Decision Calculator
SharkScope (including SharkScope HUD) Short Stacking Strategy Calculator Sit n’Go End Game Tools
SitnGo Wizard (v1.0.1.162 and older)** SNG Power Tools SNG Solver
Spade ICM STT Analyzer by PokerSoftware Tools

* PH Stars (a compliant version of Insight Poker Hound) is permitted
** SitnGo Wizard version 1.0.1.163 and later is permitted.

 

What action can PokerStars take if you are caught using a banned tool?

PokerStars can confiscate your funds if they choose but they tend to take a more lenient approach by warning and educating players of their infringements yet they do warn that will confiscate a players funds if shown a consistent pattern of using prohibited tools and services after being warned, or if detection measures are bypassed.

Source: http://www.pokerstars.eu/poker/room/prohibited/

PokerStars regularly update their list of allowed Calculators and Odds Tools, to be sure that your chosen poker tool is on the PokerStars Allowed Poker Tools list always double check the lasted approved and banned lists directly from PokerStars. If your poker tool or service is not on the list you can always email their support and ask whether it is allowed or banned.


Comments

PokerStars Allowed Poker Tools — 4 Comments

  1. In general, what kind of tools and services are acceptable?

    The following types of tools and services are generally acceptable:

    Tools and services that simply report basic game state information, such as pot odds or absolute hand strength.

    Tools and services that are static reference material and basic in nature, such as a single table-based starting hand chart.

    Tools and services that monitor and display numerical based statistics in-game, but make use of only information which you have accumulated through your own play.

    Macros and Hotkey programs that don’t have any bearing on gameplay logic. For example, you can use AutoHotKey, MacroExpress or AutoIt3 to make it such that you ‘bet the pot’ when you press the ‘P’ key, but you cannot use these or other utilities to create an autofolder that folds poor starting hands, or that automates advice or actions from any other tool or service.

  2. 11/11/2015 – Updated list of allowed poker tools at Pokerstars.

    AdvancedPokerTraining
    Auto HandPoster
    CardHider
    CardRunners EV
    EasyStreet
    FlopInspector
    Flopzilla (version 1.7.9 and newer)
    FreePokerDB (aka FPDB)
    Gam Poker Analyzer
    Hand2Note
    Holdem Indicator
    Hold’em Manager 2
    Hold’em Profiler
    HoldemBoss (version 24 and newer)
    iHoldemIndicator
    iOmahaIndicator
    MacroPoker
    NoteCaddy
    Official Poker Rankings
    Omaha Indicator
    OpenTool
    PioSolver
    PlaceMint
    PLO Ranger
    Poker Copilot
    Poker HoleCards
    Poker Indicator
    Poker Office
    Poker Pro Labs
    Poker Wizard
    Poker4Tuna
    PokerAnalytics
    PokerAssistant ByPlayers
    PokerSnowie
    Poker-Spy
    PokerStrategy SideKick
    PokerTracker 4
    PS Hand Watcher
    PS Last Hand
    PS Mate
    PS Never SitOut
    PS Play ByVoice
    PS Wins Viewer
    PSHandler (version 1.31 and newer)
    RankExplorer
    Selektor
    SessionLord Multitabling
    SessionLord SngAutoColoring
    SharkScope (including Sharkscope HUD)
    SimplePostflop
    SitnGo Wizard (version 1.0.1.163 and newer)
    SmartBuddy
    StackAndTile
    StarsHelper
    Stud Indicator
    Table Ninja II (version 2.6.13 and newer)
    Table of Interest
    Table Optimizer
    TableDroid
    ThePokerDB
    TiltBreaker
    TimeMojo
    Tournament Indicator
    Unfold Poker
    Universal Poker Table Organizer
    Xeester

  3. PokerStars banned Tools

    In general, what kinds of tools and services are prohibited?

    The following types of tools and services are prohibited:

    Any tool or service that shares hole card data with other players or services is colluding, and is prohibited.‡

    Any tool or service that works off of a central database of player profiles, hands played or private results is prohibited.

    Any tool or service that plays without human intervention (a ‘bot’) or reduces the requirement of a human playing. For instance, an ‘auto-folder’ is prohibited.
    The practice of datamining (observing games without playing in order to build up a database of hand histories for future reference) is prohibited.

    Any tool or service that offers real-time commentary or advice on the current game state that goes beyond reporting data and statistics.

    Any tool or service that is targeted towards the manipulation of opponents in games in which you are unable to choose a specific table to play on, such as Spin & Go’s

    ‡ Hosting live streams on Twitch and other similar services is not considered as sharing hole card data.

  4. List of Banned Tools at PokerStars: updated 11/20/2015
    Advanced Poker Calculator
    CardAnalyzer
    Frogbot
    FullAutoHoldem
    Gambot
    Hand HQ
    HH Repository
    HHCollector
    HHdealer
    hhSmithy
    Hold’em Watcher
    Holdem Hawk
    Holdem Inspector a.k.a. Online Holdem Inspector
    Holdem Pirate
    Holdem Spy
    Holdem Tournament Raider
    ICM-Bot iHH Harvester
    Mandraker
    MyPokerIntel
    NoLimitFoldem
    Online Omaha High Inspector
    Online Poker Bot
    Online Tournament Inspector
    Open Holdem Bot
    OPI Wizard
    Paragon Poker Pal
    Poker Android
    Poker Bloodhound
    Poker Bot+
    Poker Crusher
    Poker Edge
    Poker Inspector a.k.a. Online Poker Inspector
    Poker Mate
    Poker Prophecy
    Poker Sherlock
    Poker Sidekick
    Poker Table Manager
    Poker Usher
    POKERobot
    Preflop Autofolder
    Preflop Poker Bot
    RatingViewer
    Seeker
    Sense Mind
    Shanky Bot
    SharkMate
    Sit And Go Shark
    Sit n’ Go Brain
    Sixth Sense
    SmartCollector a.k.a. Mixed Harvesters
    SpadeEye
    Stars Hand History (SHH)
    SpinWiz
    StarSpy
    StatsForPoker
    Stud Inspector
    Table Ratings aka Poker Table Ratings
    Texas Auto Fold
    WarBot
    WinHoldem

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