Robots Gaining Traction In Online Poker Play

Published Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - Online-Casinos.com
Robots Gaining Traction In Online Poker Play
The use of computers in the online gambling industry to work out the odds is a given and the use of computers to play against the house is also relatively common in the world of internet poker. Using ‘bots’ which are computer programmes created to play against real people or software giving some players an unfair advantage is not considered legal. PartyPoker’s specialist Poker Fraud Team is comprised of a collection of former poker professionals equipped with the necessary knowledge and expertise to investigate suspicious activities. The GVC Holdings owned PartyPoker has confirmed that the Poker Fraud Team has closed 277 ‘bot’ accounts between December 2018 and March 2019, which resulted in almost $735,000 (£562,000/€652,000) in associated funds being returned to poker players. The Poker Fraud Team is “a small, dedicated PartyPoker team” which has been expanded recently. The spokesperson for GVC said players have been invited to contact the fraud team directly if they detect any suspicious activity at online tables. PartyPoker is saying it will investigate all leads. PartyPoker also said that suspicious activities can be collusion between two or more players or the use of ‘bots’ or other prohibited software for an unfair advantage. PartyPoker’s ambassador Patrick Leonard commented, “Two years ago it wouldn’t have been possible, but after seeing the security department first hand, the team working there and the tools they are using, I’m very confident now that they can tackle people trying to play against the rules,” Although the ‘bot’ problem is one that is being tackled by some online gambling operators it is not just gambling that has been infiltrated by the unscrupulous players that are making the games unfair for all trusting participants. These robots area also changing the way tickets to events are sold. The government of the United Kingdom is experiencing pressure from the entertainment industry and it is considering enforcing stricter sanctions on operators of bots who allow tickets to events to be quickly bought in bulk and then resold at inflated prices.

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