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PokerStars investigating possible PLO bot ring worth $1.5 million

Daniel Smyth 11 Jun 2015
  • Suspected bot ring on PokerStars.
  • Illegal play may be worth $1.5 million.
  • PokerStars investigating the situation.
PokerStars confirms investigation into bot ring allegations.

No one likes a cheat at the poker table which is why a group of players have been conducting their own investigations after a suspected bot ring worth an estimated $1.5 million was flagged up on PokerStars.

Although allegations of suspected cheating should always be taken with a pinch of salt until confirmed, PokerStars has moved to address recent concerns by a number of grinders by confirming that it is looking into a potential bot ring.

Back in March a small group of players began to suspect that something wasn't quite right with at least 16 of their opponents after a comparison of their stats was carried out. Using a Russian tracking site (which offers in-depth stats on any online player at PokerStars for a paid subscription), "Oink" and "Grethe" found that a number of accounts active at PLO $0.25/$0.50 and PLO $0.50/$1 had some inexplicable similarities in their strategy.

Are Bots on the Loose?

Comparing bet frequencies, the amount of times the players folded and how long they spent playing each session, the super sleuths were convinced that something wasn't right and decided to take their findings to the masses.

Highlighting the issue on 2+2, the community then began to speculate that the implicated accounts may be using automated decision software to assist their play. However, earlier this week it was revealed that PokerStars has already closed down a number of suspicious accounts and is conducting an investigation into the matter. 

Between the community and PokerStars' investigations, it looks likely that the accounts are being controlled by bots and, if estimates are correct, then these bots may have made as much as $1.5 million. 

"Please rest assured that we do not tolerate automated players (bots) on PokerStars. We have an extensive arsenal of detection tools in order to ensure that each player is a human being. We are currently conducting an investigation of this issue. This may take several days to complete and we appreciate your patience during this period," read a statement from PokerStars on 2+2.

PokerStars Rectifying the Situation

It's also been suggested that these suspected bots may also be active on Full Tilt and 888Poker. Although unconfirmed and purely speculation at this point, if true it would mean that many thousands of players may have hoodwinked by the illegal software. 

Fortunately, PokerStars is looking into the situation and has already begun shutting down accounts which is a great sign that anyone affected by the latest incident will be able to grind in confidence from now on. Moreover, it's also possible that people who lost money to a bot may have a portion of their losses refunded if it can be proved that they were the victim of unfair play.

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