The Muck: Is running Sims in live poker a problem?

On Sunday, Jared Jaffe stirred the pot when he shared a photo on Twitter of Brock Wilson with what appears to be a preflop chart or an open SIM card on his phone during a live poker tournament.

Wilson was not in a hand as he was pictured glancing at a solver on his phone. He didn’t break any rules of the poker room he was playing in – Wynn Las Vegas. Yet many people wondered if the use of some kind of real-time assistance (RTA) live poker hand analysis tools, sims or applications are acceptable, even just preflop charts.

It was not in one hand…

The use of RTAs have been a hot topic in recent months following the Ali Imsirovic and Jake Schindler cheating allegations. Real-time support tools can essentially turn a regular poker player into an unbeatable robot, although it should be noted that preflop charts cannot help players make post-flop decisions, and the shared photo by Jaffee does not prove that Wilson had used some sort of RTA is in one hand, which Jaffee acknowledged and conceded in a tweet.

Jaffee’s tweet received mixed responses, much like any controversial topic. Some felt that Wilson had done nothing wrong, while others thought the opposite.

“All I see is a VERY HARD WORKER studying the history of a hand during a timeout,” Adam Demersseman (@DemerssemanAdam) tweeted.

“As long as he doesn’t throw his phone or slam the table when he loses a big hand, that’s fine.” Len Ashby joked, making fun of the The frustration of Daniel Negreanu phone snapping incident last week.

“I don’t see any problem with that unless it’s during the hand,” @DrBoogerLips wrote.

Not everyone sees it that way

Brock Wilson
Brock Wilson

Matt Savagethe poker world tour executive director of the tour, asked a question on Twitter regarding the live poker RTA issue. He sought the opinion of his followers.

“If someone is doing this sort of thing, I think we should be quick to kill their hand when the cards are dealt,” Dan Smith replied.

“There are actually no rules about it now, but in my opinion it should become illegal to use any study tool at a live table other than a hand,” John Guilbertaka YoH Viral, argues.

Wilson defended his actions and accused Jaffee of “bullying” him for being “corny.”

“Yeah so when Aaron Massy came up behind me and took a picture and sent it to your group chat I’m sure it was like ‘Omg ADD problem here guys let’s post this to help the game!’ and that’s what you came up with – punishing corny behavior with a whirlwind,” Wilson wrote sarcastically.

“Also, I’ve done a lot more for the game than you have…. You haven’t done anything…. You come to the table like a robot…no one likes to play with you…don’t bite more than you can’t chew here,” Jaffee replied to Wilson.

“I mean gambling is one thing, but tournaments, you gotta let go of the hammer. If wizards can’t memorize spots, then it’s hard.” @TheDeeezer argue.

“I think phones should not be allowed to use this would create a better experience for all players around the world to communicate instead of looking at the phone for 3/4 of the time it would also make the game more loose Imo and people wouldn’t use preflop or PIO charts, monker,” @Pantaleooo writing.

“Get rid of the phones all together if that can’t be enforced. Maybe a few extra short breaks to go check your phone. Any phone seen at the table, kills hand and/or penalty,” @CrazyTrainJames tweeted.

The poker community can’t agree on whether analyzing the play between hands at the poker table is acceptable behavior. But most, at least those who don’t break the rules, seem to agree that using RTA during a hand, live or online, is cheating.

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