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After an extended period away from the spotlight, Finnish poker pro Patrik Antonius (pictured) resurfaced at the European Poker Tour Barcelona stop, where he gave a few short interviews to the poker media about his absence from the game. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- In a previous interview, Antonius mentioned that he had recently been spending time with his family, recovering from an injury, and training to become a better athlete. But there is another reason why we haven't seen the Finnish high-stakes pro back at the nosebleeds online. Antonius believes that poker software has become so advanced that players who choose not to use such applications, such as himself, are now at a big disadvantage. "You know, it's a little sad, but it looks like the technology has advanced so much that it's become a totally different game," he told PokerListings. "Nowadays, players use software that gives them so much information and so much data that it has become more of a game of numbers." Antonius has never cared for poker software and says he has an innate ability to make the right plays by following his gut. "I never used any of these programs," he continued. "I've never used technology to get an edge. I'm more of a feel player who's living in the moment." There are a variety of tools available to poker players, the most popular being programs being Hold'em Manager and PokerTracker (pictured). Players gain an advantage on their opponents by feeding the software hand histories, which are then parsed to display a dizzying array of statistics. While a player might not remember his opponent, the software will faithfully overlay stats next to any screen name it has encountered in the past. While most poker sites allow the use of some software tools, others give its users too much of an advantage and have been banned altogether. On its website, PokerStars gives an example of functionality that would be prohibited to use: "There are people building huge databases with profiles of every player on PokerStars and they are selling access to these databases. A player with access to such a database can call up detailed information about every one of his opponents without ever playing against those opponents himself." For someone who has never used poker software, Antonius has done extraordinarily well online. Under his combined online poker screen names, he has banked just over $17 million playing against some of the world's best at the nosebleeds. Only Phil Ivey has more recorded online winnings with $19.2 million. Antonius' recent hiatus can also be attributed to a big loss which he recently suffered. "I lost about a million straight and then I realized that I couldn't beat the ring games anymore and that was largely due to tracking software," he said. The Finnish pro's decision to step back from games he believes he can no longer beat is in stark contrast to Dutch high-stakes player Gus Hansen (pictured). The former Full Tilt-sponsored pro sits at the opposite end of the online earning spectrum with a total loss of over $20 million, which most believe is a product of Hansen playing opponents who have him outmatched. But while Antonius will likely shy away from the popular online games, he still enjoys playing Mixed Games for now. "Well, I'm sure some smart people are working on it and that there will be programs for Stud or Heads-Up 2-7 Triple Draw," he said. "I would take my chances against any high-stakes player live, but online I don't like my chances anymore, unfortunately." Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
Last month, the two leading poker tracking programs, PokerTrackerand Hold'em Manager, announced they would be joining forces to create a new company called Max Value Software. The news of the merger led to much speculation in the poker community about the future of the popular applications and whether the alliance would create a monopoly that was detrimental to consumers. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsafe, one of the leading suppliers of online gaming products worldwide and a major sponsor of Gumball 3000. Sign up now for great bonuses, €3,000,000 guaranteed monthly, and plenty of live events! --- According to the company's press release, the decision was made in order to pool resources and reduce redundancies in technology and customer service. Due to the similarities between the products, owners believe that by teaming up, the two companies will become more efficient and will be able to spend more time working on innovations like a cloud-based hand tracking solution. But with the two applications being the most popular on the market, some users fear that the providers will now be in a position to gouge customers. "The company as a whole has a monopoly," said Rupert on 2+2. "It's probably smart to keep the two products, but they can basically price however they want to… There is no choice or competition." Others believe that with such a stranglehold on the industry, the merged company will migrate its pricing to a far more lucrative monthly subscription model. "Subscription-based products have long been in the pipeline. It's been clear that sources of income have been drying up, so to take a proportion of customer's earnings each month rather than a lump sum makes perfect business sense," explained user Miffed. "Yes of course that's not favorable for the player, but it is a fairly straightforward business plan. Anyone who thinks otherwise is utterly naive." PokerTracker representative Steve McLoughlinaddressed that concern in an interview with PokerStrategy, assuring that neither Hold'em Manager 2 nor PokerTracker 4 would be moving to such a model. However, "It is far too early for us to speculate on or commit to pricing for any other future products we have in the pipeline," he added. As poster RaisedAgainst pointed out, the two products were mentioned specifically by version number, meaning future iterations like HM 3 and PT5 could have varying payment models. User Hood was unconcerned with the alliance, explaining there was little stopping other companies from entering the market if the quality of PokerTracker and Hold'em Manager declined. "If the new PT/HM were to raise prices substantially, I don't see why the market won't respond quickly with alternatives," he said. "There is already a fully working tracker with excellent parser support, working HUD etc… which can be used as the basis for commercial software." Chabra agreed and reasoned that the company's current competitors could always catch up: "There already are other decent poker tracking programs out there (Poker Office to name one) that haven't quite caught on, but have the chance to improve and take over the market should HM/PT slip up." It's yet to be seen if innovation will be stifled by the two software providers teaming up, but McLoughlin believes that by continuing to offer the products separately, development will continue as usual. "[We] have competed against one another while being friendly for a long time. Our business merger is not intended to change the way the brands will compete. Both brands will continue down their own unique paths with some behind-the-scenes unifying technology," he said. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
The leading poker tracking and HUD software providers PokerTrackerand Holdem Manager have merged, officials announced on Thursday. Read the merger release and FAQ. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsafe, one of the leading suppliers of online gaming products worldwide and a major sponsor of Gumball 3000. Sign up now for great bonuses, €3,000,000 guaranteed monthly, and plenty of live events! --- This is certainly big news. While there are other companies out there providing online poker software, no other company on its own comes close to the influence that PokerTracker and Holdem Manager have had on online poker players. Therefore, this news might potentially affect more players worldwide than the recent Amaya acquisition of PokerStars and Full Tilt due to the plethora of players already using PokerTracker and Holdem Manager. If you are wondering how this might affect you, you are not alone. When the two biggest companies in any industry combine, customers want to know how it will impact them and we don't expect any difference here. So what do we know? The two brands will continue to operate separately, with a strong commitment to both products for the indefinite future. PokerTracker and Holdem Manager will be utilizing their combined 22-year history in poker software by consolidating their individual company's strengths, including intellectual property, management teams, staff, and other resources. According to a press release, there should be a rosy future for online poker players using these poker tools: "Our customers are better positioned today and into the future because of (i) the combined experience of the two teams in developing and supporting software for online poker players and (ii) our increased ability to reinvest in the innovation and improvements in the most popular online poker software brands in the world today." With two companies of such size combining, one has to wonder where future competition will come from and if prices are about to surge. To that end, the merged company said it does not plan on increasing prices and believes new versions of its software will not slow down: "Plans for an eventual release of PT5 and HM3 have not changed because of the merger. However, those products are currently only in the very early stage of planning. An actual release date for either product has not been estimated." Innovations to PokerTracker and Holdem Manager are expected to flourish due to the new merger. One such example is HM Cloud Beta. The software promises to deliver a cloud-based HUD, enabling your computer's resources to be free to do other things such as add more tables and more sites. The two development teams not only plan to work on this product coming out of beta as fast as possible, but also use this technology to develop Cloud software for PokerTracker. Support is also expected to improve; however, this may take some time. Since each product was developed separately, it is understandable that support teams will not be cross-trained overnight. However, in the long-term, it is expected that a combined support team will improve user support options and hopefully provide a better overall experience. Time will tell how this merger of the two of the largest poker software companies around will affect the community. In the short-run, we will be able to enjoy the software we love, and players and new customers will still have the same options at the same prices. In the long-run, it is uncertain that the combined forces will develop products and updates faster as a combined company than they might have done as competitors pushing each company to out-do each other. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.