partypoker ‘Fraud Squad’ Closes 277 Bot Accounts and Redistributes $734,000 to Affected Players

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partypoker ‘Fraud Squad’ Closes 277 Bot Accounts and Redistributes $734,000 to Affected Players
09:15
10 Apr

partypoker has confirmed the closure of more than 270 ‘bot’ accounts and redistributed over $700,000 in funds to players affected as the site’s Poker Fraud Team battles against the online poker cheats…

The recently-expanded Poker Fraud Team comprises former poker pros with specialist training who investigate suspicious activity on the site, partypoker investing extra money in the fight to ‘address issues of fairness’.

Team partypoker’s Patrick Leonard explained:

“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.

The ‘suspicious activity’ that the anti-fraud squad at partypoker are looking for ranges from collusion between players, to bot usage and any other potentially unfair software and behaviour.

The numbers released by the site this week show that the additional funds spent on the security measures and team are paying off.

A total of 277 ‘bot’ accounts were discovered and banned between December 1st 2018 and March 31st of this year, while $734,852.15 in associated funds was redistributed to affected players.

More than 75% of the account closures came as a result of detection by the new fraud team.

Leonard added:

“In my opinion it isn't worth somebody trying to bend the rules because, in the words of Liam Neeson: ‘They will find you, they will catch you and they will.. ban you!’

In their determined bid to make the site a safer place to play, partypoker are asking players to contact the fraud team directly if they detect any suspicious activity by sending an email to info@partypoker.com.

The site promises promises to investigate all incidents reported and provide regular updates on the number of accounts closed and funds recovered and redistributed.


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