Partypoker Announces Another 57 Bot-Account Seizures
Partypoker has announced the latest results in its ongoing battle against poker bots illicitly participating on its site, providing an update detailing its crackdown on the activity for the month of October, 2019. After a down month in September, partypoker identified and seized in October a combined 57 “rogue accounts” across its global (dot.com) and firewalled France-Spain (dot.eu) platforms.
According to the partypoker blog, 50 of the seized botting accounts had been running on the global dot.com site, while the other seven originated from France or Spain and played on the dot.eu client. Party also stated that a total of $13,976 was seized from the 50 shuttered global dot.com accounts, and another €1,490 was confiscated from the seven botting accounts found in party’s ring-fenced dot.eu games. (Partypoker’s global dot.com site is banked in the US dollar currency, a carryover from its days when it was available in the United States, while its France-Spain offering is banked in euros.)
Partypoker has run its anti-bot campaign since the start of December, 2018. By our count, party has seized and identified 732 botting accounts in the 11 months since beginning its anti-cheating effort targeting the bots. With another prominent bot battler, the Microgaming Poker Network (MPN), shutting down its network sometime in 2020, party has become the de facto public leader in taking on the dreaded bot scourge. Earlier this year, the Winning Poker Network also attempted to publicize its brief anti-botting efforts but effectively dropped the ball, and several other sites and networks are known to have issued refunds due to discovering illicit bot activity but are less public about their results and goals.
“The site continues to invest in resources aimed at safeguarding the safety of its players, spearheaded by a specialist Poker Fraud Team comprising a collection of former poker professionals whose duty is to investigate suspicious activity and aid partypoker in ridding the site of unscrupulous accounts,” stated partypoker in the latest iteration of its anti-botting vow.
“The site pledges to update players on the account closures made every month,” party added. The site has indeed made good on its promise to provide monthly updates on its efforts since it made the battle public last April. Partypoker continues to ask its players to assist in the process by notifying the site about suspected botting accounts. The site’s anti-fraud team continues its promise to investigate all such reports that are received.