Party Poker, owned by GVC Holdings, have revealed they closed 277 accounts due to suspicious activity.
All of these closures took place between December 2018 and March 2019.
There are suspicions that these accounts were being used by ‘bots’ – computer programmes as opposed to real players. Accounts that were closed contained around $735,000 believed to be won fraudulently.
Party Poker has a specialist Poker Fraud Team looking into this issue. This department consists of former poker professionals who all have the knowledge and expertise to spot a bot.
More than three-quarters of account closures in this period were made pro-actively by the team.
Party Poker have appealed to players to also contact them if they have suspicions over a player or players. They have promised to investigate all leads.
The suspicious behaviour can include potential collusion between 2 or more players at the table.
“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,” said Party Poker ambassador Patrick Leonard.
However, it isn’t just the poker industry facing a fight against bots.
Other affected sectors infiltrated by bots include ticketing and online petitions.
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