IdleMiner is a company that create handgrabber software.
Most of the handgrabbers on the market today are created by IdleMiner. Most poker players spell their name as “Idleminer”, in much the same way the PokerStars are often spelled “Pokerstars”.
They have grouped their handgrabber software into 2 different “series”: Hand Grabber and IdleMiner.
They both have the same basic features: They let you save hand histories. However, the IdleMiner series provide extra features that make datamining easier.
Below are a short description of the Hand Grabber and IdleMiner software.
Hand Grabber is IdleMiners most basic handgrabbers.
- iPoker Hand Grabber
- Pacific Poker Hand Grabber
- Everest Poker Hand Grabber
- Bodog Hand Grabber
- Ongame Hand Grabber
- Full Tilt Hand Grabber
The first Hand Grabber programs were focused on allowing people to save hand histories from pokerrooms that didn’t do so themselves. This were fx. the case with Pacific Poker.
However, Hand Grabber also allow you to save hand histories from games you don’t participate in – All you have to do is open the tables and “observe” people playing. With the 3rd generation of pokertrackers (Pokertracker 3 and Holdem Manager) it has become much easier for players to take advantage of datamining, since the programs can easily handle several millions of hand histories, and therefore the debmand for handgrabbers to use for datamining has risen.
While Hand Grabber let you save hand histories from observed games, you still have to open and close the tables yourself. This means that you can’t leave your computer to datamine for a prolonged amount of time, since the player will inevitable leave the tables at some point, and all the tables you have opened up will eventually end up being empty or closed down by the poker room (the number of tables without any players are limited, and empty tables are removed).
To solve this problem you need a “table opener”, which is a small program that open and close tables. Most of SpadIt’s table selection programs has a built in table opener.
The IdleMiner programs have all the features of Hand Grabber, and on top of that they have extra features that make datamining much easier.
The most notable difference between the Hand Grabber programs and IdleMiner is that the IdleMiner programs has a built in table opener, so you can leave them to gather information about your opponents while you are out shopping or while you sleep.