PokerStars finally bans all seating scripts.
Last updated on April 15th, 2019
Earlier this year PokerStars decided to change their policies with regards to seating scripts. Unfortunately, the restrictions they put into place did not have a positive effect on ring games – if anything they made things worse. Now, a bit unexpected, PokerStars decided to prohibit the use of any tool that aids the player with his table-selection.
"We are also going to be adjusting our Third Party Tool Policy to be significantly more restrictive on the use of seating scripts. All ring game seating scripts will be prohibited", PokerStars wrote in an email today. Although they said that the publishing of the new policies on their website might take several days they also said that the policies become effective immediately.
How will this affect the players?
With 888, ChicoPoker and now PokerStars, many poker sites started to actively prohibit the use of seating scripts. Many players will probably still want to use a script where it is allowed and simultaneously play without one where it isn't. I have already contacted the PokerStars support about this and told them that I will remove all functionality with regards to PokerStars from NEED4SEAT, so that players can keep using it on other sites while their PokerStars client is open. Unfortunately, for the time being, they said that using NEED4SEAT or any other seating script is prohibited while their software is open.
NEED4SEAT will be updated tomorrow, after which it will no longer support PokerStars and FullTilt. I will update this post as soon as I receive more information. If you want to stay up to date on the issue you can follow NEED4SEAT on facebook, where any updates will also be published.
Update (April 12th, 2019): Support for PokerStars and FullTilt has now officially been dropped. I have contacted Scott from the PokerStars integrity team about it and hope that they will review the software and allow it to be run simultaneously to the PokerStars and FullTilt clients.
Update (April 15th, 2019): It is officially allowed now to use NEED4SEAT on other poker sites while PokerStars is running, so you don't need to worry about that anymore. I have received an email confirming that from PokerStars today.