It appears European Union data protection and privacy laws have forced the most comprehensive poker tournament data aggregator on the internet to make some changes.
In compliance with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation rules, The Hendon Mob Poker Database is now allowing players to delete accounts or rename an existing account with a nickname.
The Hendon Mob Poker Database is the most accurate poker tournament results database on the planet. The majority of poker media consider it a trusted resource. Plus, tournament players often use its results as a way to size up the competition.
The aggregator uses results provided directly by most major poker venues and tours around the world. Of course, it is not 100 percent accurate. There are venues and tours that do not provide Hendon Mob with results. Plus, others allowing players to opt out of having individual results publicized.
However, Hendon Mob is still long considered a way to force players from countries where poker winnings are taxed, like the US, to report all published results. Now, players with a desire to hide their results may have a way to do it.
Global Poker Index acquires The Hendon Mob
The Global Poker Index (GPI) acquired parent company The Hendon Mob Limited (UK) in July 2013. It now provides the data behind the GPI’s global poker rankings.
At the time of the acquisition, Hendon Mob was hailed the most comprehensive database of poker players and live tournament poker results in the world. It contains information on over 250,000 players and nearly 70,000 events.
It is also home to an online poker forum, representing the UK’s largest online poker community.
GPI CEO Alexandre Dreyfus called Hendon Mob the best poker database in the world. Additionally, he vowed to support and grow it as the premier destination for live poker tournament information.
The Hendon Mob actually began as a group of four pro poker players from London, England who regularly appeared on various UK poker TV shows. The four players are:
- Joe Beevers
- Barny Boatman
- Ross Boatman
- Ram Vaswani
The group’s poker tournament database website launched in 2000.
Barny Boatman said GPI would ensure Hendon Mob’s legacy is safe and its future secure.
Additionally, Beevers said the coming together of the two entities would make Hendon Mob bigger and better.
GPI said it planned to continue investing and developing The Hendon Mob website. It has made various cosmetic changes over the years. The database has expanded to include a broader range of tournaments. Plus, results show up on the site faster than ever.
Abusive data collection allegations
In response to a post on the Two Plus Two Poker Forums outlining the effect of the GDPR laws on the site and calling its data collection “abusive,” a member of the Hendon Mob team said Hendon Mob is no more guilty of abusive data collection than major tennis or golf tours that publish event results.
The Hendon Mob spokesperson admitted GDPR laws have forced some changes to the way it operates. However, casinos and tours release all the information it publishes in accordance with terms and conditions players agree to in registering for a tournament.
The Hendon Mob spokesperson went on to say the site will continue to work hard to serve the poker community.
Players who want their account removed or changed to a nickname can contact The Hendon Mob through email at [email protected].
However, since the changes to the site’s policies are based on European laws, Hendon Mob may not delete accounts for US players.
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