We're not sure if it merits the title given to it of 'The Coolest Thing Ever' but Bluff Magazine's latest player aid certainly offers a useful way for pokerheads to track, interact, and satisfy their poker urges online.
The Coolest etc has its origins in The Poker DB which as far back
as 2004 has tracked hundreds of thousands of tournament results and
been the catalyst for ranking almost two million players based on
tournament performance, total lifetime winnings, biggest cashes and
Bluff claims there is no more accurate way to track play or for players to compare their performance with the rest of the poker community. "It is hands-down the largest player-accessible poker database anywhere on the planet," said a Bluff spokesman launching the facility on the newly designed Bluff Magazine.com website.
With a name like 'The Coolest Thing Ever', this tool has to be more than super-useful, it has to make poker more fun; and that’s what the new community tools are for. The new Buddy List allows players to track friends online, see where they are playing, and view their up to date results in a personally customizable dashboard. New Buddy Alerts notify users when targets are active - live on PC, by email or on mobile phone via text message.
The real-time Custom Tournament Directory means that players can eschew the hassle of loading poker software to find the tournament structure, game, buy in, prize range, site preference and starting time of choice. The player now simply enters his or her requirements and the Directory does it all.
Bluff's Chief Technical Officer, Jeff Markley says, “'The Coolest Thing Ever' has been a massive technical challenge. Migrating and manipulating millions of records, and adding never-before used technologies has been a labor of love, but its something that, as a poker player, I know will be appreciated by the poker community. All I can tell everybody is to try it – once they do they will never stop using it."