Full Tilt Poker has recently frozen a number of accounts suspected of cheating through the use of poker bots. Poker bots are computer programs that would play the games instead of the human player. They are deemed illegal by virtually all poker rooms.
Poker bots have increasingly become a concern in recent years as savvy computer programmers find ways to swindle unsuspecting players with artificial intelligence software. The bot registers for games and multi-tables without the assistance of a human user. They’re mostly used in cash games, but have also been found in sit n’ go’s, where the software uses Nash Equilibrium and an ICM calculator to make optimal moves against opponents.
Earlier this summer, we heard about a scandal on PokerStars involving a ring of cheaters from China that have played over 8 Million hands.
E-mails have been sent out to an unspecified number of players after an investigation by Full Tilt regarding a violation of terms & conditions of the poker room. All accounts found to be in violation of the rule have been banned and any funds in the accounts have also been confiscated. None of the player aliases have been made public nor the amount of moneys confiscated.
In a statement issued, Full Tilt said: “For a number of reasons, we are unable to provide additional information regarding this case, including the players involved and the game type where it occurred.” Full Tilt apologized to their customers for this inconvenience.
Many argue that bots have been in operation for some time but until recently many companies have been turning a blind eye to the situation. With security now becoming even more of a concern at the major online poker sites it seems that the days of bots could be numbered.