Americas Cardroom Lifts Lid on Poker Bots and $175,000 Fraud

April 15th, 2019 by Daniel Smyth

The battle against poker bots has spread to Americas Cardroom and what it describes as the “first and only” transparent reimbursement policy.

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Americas Cardroom has become the latest operator to take decisive action against poker bots. (Image: mysoulisalockwithoutakey)

Following the recent revelation that Partypoker has used new technology to take down 277 poker bots, Americas Cardroom has done the same.

Americas Cardroom Comes Clean

Players at the Winning Poker Network (WPN) site were first alerted to the war against cheats via an April 12 tweet.

Elaborating on the move against super bot “FoxRox,” WPN published a blog post about its new “face up” policy. Although it didn’t outline the specific techniques used to detect poker bots, WPN has pledged to provide full transparency with regards to refunds.

“We reimburse money won from players by accounts proven to be breaking WPN’s fair play policies. We use the following method for reimbursement,” reads the April 12 blog post.

As part of the new policy, WPN will take the following action against accounts implicated in any bot scandals:

Reimbursement by Game Type

a) Tournaments – Ladder Up: We remove the offending player from the payout spot and move each lower payout spot up one position and pay each player the difference between his old spot and new spot.

b) Cash games – We subtract losses to the offending player from wins taken from the offending player in a given session.

Reimbursement Cap

We reimburse to a cap of $25,000 per offending player. The reimbursed funds are distributed to affected players beginning with the most recent occurrence to the oldest,” the April 12 post continues.

The new drive to tackle poker bots comes just 12 months after Americas Cardroom was hit by a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. Having previously been the victim of a similar cybercrime in 2017, the site was forced to go offline while the issue was rectified.

Since that time, the poker site has managed to fend off any major incidents. That appears to have given the security team more time to focus on poker bots.

Fight for Supremacy Ignites Battle Against Poker Bots

Although automated software has long been an issue, it now appears to be a major focus for operators.

Partypoker has led the way and now Americas Cardroom is looking to capitalize. Building on the moves made by its competitor, the site has explicitly named those involved.

As well as outing the perpetrator, Americas Cardroom has a running list of affected players and the compensation they’ve received.

This level of transparency should not only improve the image of Americas Cardroom but force all operators to be more open about poker bots. Indeed, with small edges potentially leading to significant gains, others may follow suit in order to stay competitive.

6 Responses to “Americas Cardroom Lifts Lid on Poker Bots and $175,000 Fraud”

  1. Transcendence says:

    Great news! I tweet this!

  2. okeedokalee says:

    Will Pokerstars adopt this stance?

  3. XYZ2123 says:

    I applaud ACR’s handling of this situation. This level of transparency will only benefit them. Hopefully they’ll continue to up their game against players with unfair advantages.

  4. Rijckenborg says:

    How can we be sure that the poker room owner don’t have their own bot?

  5. KristaK says:

    Bravo Bravo!!!! how awful are these Bots all over the place … i lose mostly and now if Bots are also taking my chips i wonder if i even wish continue play online

  6. vladdracul says:

    I do wonder if the players at any given table are players or house bots designed to increase action and pot sizes. And it seems some “players” only function is to go on all in with junk all the time just trying to crack aces for fun and eliminate more players faster. I play tournaments and wow, some of the crazy is forced by the blinds increasing but there are a lot of maniacs out there, that is for sure.

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