partypoker Continues Their War on the Bot Issue6 months ago
partypoker has announced they have rounded up yet more bots in their prolonged assault on the issue. Throughout July 2019 a total of 121 fraudulent accounts were terminated with $76,267 and €88,351 being recouped from the offenders.
In recent weeks partypoker has come under fire for their decision to remove the option to download hand histories and use HUDs. Many figures in the poker community have expressed their displeasure at what they say is a move that hinders the ability of players to conduct their own anti-cheating investigations. Now, it is plain to see for everyone that partypoker means business when it comes to unethical play.
This purge during July is only the most recent example of what they have unearthed. Between December 2018 and March 2019 277 bot accounts were discovered and banned leading to the confiscation of $734,852.15 that was returned to players. 94 more in April, 42 in May, and 67 in June prove that this is a serious effort to maintain the integrity of the games.
During July, 89 of the 121 banned accounts were from the worldwide server, and 32 were from the ring fenced European region. These figures kind of hint that the bot problem is balanced across all regions and probably all sites. The specialised fraud team that are on the case are an example to the rest of the industry.
partypoker brand ambassador Patrick Leonard said
“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.”
All being well this purge will finally see the end of the bot infestation and we can play online without fear that we are being scammed by a silicon beast playing without any human intervention.
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