Poker Stars Seeks Out Online Poker Bots

Published Tuesday, January 19, 2016 -
Poker Stars Seeks Out Online Poker Bots

Cashing in on a game of internet poker can be really easy if the player is using a computer to play and win. Poker Stars is making every attempt to stop the use of bots by its customers and has started to freeze the accounts of high stakes players in a bid to distinguish between human players and robots. Back in November the Director of Corporate Communications for Amaya Gaming parent firm of PokerStars, Eric Hollreiser, wrote a blog entitled a ‘Comprehensive Plan for Enhanced PokerStars Experience.’

A few years ago the drive to bring back poker as a game enjoyed by many and not just one that catered to the elite created a recreational poker model for all operators to follow. The direction that the industry was taking catering of the fittest and most adept at winning happened to be driving everyday average players away because the competition became unnatural. The goal was outlined by Hollreiser in his statement that Poker Stars should ‘re-emphasize the fun and social aspects of online poker while attracting and retaining more players to the game.’ Hollreiser also said, “Today, we want to make clear that the line will be drawn to preserve poker as a battle of wits and a test of heart. This will only have a direct effect on a small proportion of players and builds upon our responsibility to provide a level playing field for all players.”

The situation is clear that in order to weed out the robot employing poker players some real testing must be done. A statement from the poker room said, “PokerStars also plans to roll out new policies that will reinforce the fundamental elements of human competition by limiting certain software programs that may provide an unfair advantage to some players.

“It shouldn’t be about clicking a button because harvested stats tell you to. For this reason, we are on a path to eliminate many of these technological advantages that are used by a minority of players.”


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