PokerStars & SharkScope “OPT IN” Required Changes

Hi Scopers,

As a part of the rules for third party software on Pokerstars, we’ve been directed to change our Opt In procedures for, and (See the how to Opt In procedure at the bottom)

Our great relationship with Pokerstars only gets stronger when we comply with their requirements. Unfortunately PokerStars are now requiring us to use a default opt-in system on their regulated networks such as .fr, .es and .it as they have done for their regular .com network for a few years.

What it means in the short term is that you won’t see the full compliments of stats until all the players Opt In. What you will still see is the” Ability Rating” and “Vs Me” Functuality.

Whilst in the short term these rule changes do significantly reduce the amount of information available to most users with regards to looking at other PokerStars player statistics there are still many ways SharkScope can still be used effectively:

  • Ability Rating

The Ability rating is a relative score that only has interpretive value when compared to the Ability score of others but is an extremely effective way of quickly judging the strength of your opponents. Although it’s calculated based on actual gameplay and takes advantage of the wealth of tournament data available to Sharkscope to provide a statistically significant assessment of success, there is not enough information publicly available to reverse-engineer its algorithm, and so private player information remains safe and secure.

  • Versus Me Functionality

Once you have configured your own player names if you search a player who has not opted in yet, or even has blocked their name, you will see the full statistics derived from the games that you have played against that player.

To assist you in understanding these options we have created a tutorial video which is now available to watch on our SharkScope Tutorials page.


To minimize the effect of these changes for our users we have, through our Opt-In Cash Giveaway and other means, managed to increase the number of opted in players to a level which is many times more than those who have chosen to completely block their statistics. Thousands more players are currently opting-in each week.

Here’s the opt-in procedure as follows:

By default all ROI and Profit data is hidden. To opt-in and show this data the user must 

  •  Email with your player name and which PS client you’re on (IT, ES or FR) and attach a screen shot showing you logged into the PokerStars software with your screen name visible 


  • Alternatively email PokerStars support with your request and they will pass it on to us (no screenshot required).

 In order to keep SharkScope as the number 1 source for your statistics we are complying with the PokerStars requirements.

We greatly appreciate your understanding and value you as a loyal SharkScope customer.


Team SharkScope

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