Originally Posted by StrikeR300
I can't imagine an effective way to stop everyone from using a hud. As a guy with a four monitor/2 computer setup, as long as there's more then 2-3 sites I could care less what the table limit is.
HUDs are unstoppable.
As long as you allow players to have hand histories, then there will be software to managed databases of hand histories. They can still use that database even without a HUD, and the DB will be able to display live stats on current players at current tables in in it's own windows, and automatically keep it's display windows alongside the table windows.
The HUD is just a tiny piece of software that puts relevant stats on top of the poker tables themselves to make it a bit quicker and easier to read.
The only way to stop HUDs would be to stop the collection of hand histories. That itself is almost impossible, because anything that can be displayed on your computer screen can be recorded and saved in a database, etc.
But not allowing players to easily access hand histories also would promote fraud, theft and a lack of trust in the integrity of the sites. You wouldn't have guys on 2p2 being able to statistically analyze the behavior of cheaters to prove they were cheating, you could only hope that the NGC's audits and staff were so super smart they couldn't be fooled by the UBs and APs of the world, let alone rings of colluders, bots, etc.
Poker sites have a lot of tools at their disposal to change how their games play, and how profitable it is for nits to mass multi-table. First among them is their VIP programs. The FPP/VPP accelerators built into PokerStars programs is one of the big incentives for the mass multitablers, but PS can turn these incentives down or off any time they think they are bad for games.
If there is a ton of competition from licensed sites and players prefer to play on the sites that have VIP programs and game features that don't give extra benefits to mass multitablers, then PS will be forced to tweak their VIP benefits to compete.
But PS may actually have the business model right. In reality is their VIP program is an excellent replacement for Props, both because it's cheaper for them and creates more games. In live poker, Props often make way over 100% rake back in exchange for being forced to start games and work certain shifts, etc. With their VIP program, PS essentially created a cadre of independent contractors who could make a fine living, earning up to almost 100% rake back, by simply playing a ton of tables at once, ensuring that PS always has a huge selection of games running to attract casual players.
This is why "rake free" poker never makes sense as a business model. Casual players rarely care about the rake, they mostly care about being able to get action and play games whenever they want to log in. Professionals care about the rake, but in a rake free type of environment the house doesn't have any incentives to get professionals to play often, so it's really difficult to get games started. So they have the chicken/egg problem. Lots of pros would love to play "rake free" if there were games, but there are no games so no one plays. At PS there are always games, even now.