Can the world of online poker dispose of the criminals?
Posted on September 20, 2010 by John Trevors for Luckyroom.com
This is the title page on the BBC website on an article that is trying to penetrate the sanctuary of online poker by presenting a comprehensive report about the recent fraud case, which was discovered at PokerStars and the well-known group of Chinese team players who “ravaged” the DONs tournaments (Double or Nothing – half of the participants double their buy in while the rest win nothing).
The fact is that online poker players have absolutely no indication that they are victims of fraud unless the team players become too greedy and careless. An online poker player stated that he had absolutely no idea of what happened but he realized it only after he saw other players to chat online about the famous Chinese collusion and found that people were receiving compensation. He contacted Pokerstars and the next day he received a refund.
Over 25,000 players recently received compensation as it was proved that they were victims of a Chinese team of poker players playing on Pokerstars which were involved in a scam. PokerStars has already refunded all the players to the disgruntled customers and pledged to intensify their security measures. The total cost occurred by the famous online poker room amounted to 2.1 Million Dollars.
On Double or nothing games what matters is to stay in the game until half of the players are eliminated. Therefore, the tactic of the team players was to become less aggressive when the other members of the gang threatened to stay out of the game. The Chinese players were making huge bets and then were folding in order the team player to increase his short chip stuck or were letting the time bank expire after an opponent bet as an indication that they were disconnected. This had a result for players to be folding their cards and therefore the Chinese group receiving all the pot without revealing the hands.
The problem for authorities and companies is that it is virtually impossible to prevent such collusion because the players can share information on current hands via phone or msn undetected. Cheating is usually discovered by the company recursively when poker experts of the Security Departments establish specific standards using sophisticated software to identify suspicious style games.
However, we should note here that the most online poker rooms are safe, the possibility of collusion exists to any poker room and has nothing to do with the algorithms and the protocols used to prevent personal data loss or to ensure safe financial transactions. PokerStars receives hundreds of complaints on a daily basis. As a former employee stated on the “5 live Investigates”, “95% of the allegations were not correct. It were complains by customers who lost their money, but there was no collusion. However, Pokerstars had the obligation to investigate everything”. The former employee claims that during his work on behalf of Pokerstars, the staff had turned off automatic alarms that reported cases of possible collusion as they were flooded by a huge number of alerts.
PokerStars responded to the statement of the former employee that the automatic alarm was never turned off: “The automatic notifications of possible collusion recorded in order of priority but PokerStars investigated all of them. It is true that some notices that were in the latter stages were not resolved immediately, but as suspected criminals were getting more and more suspects they become a priority by themselves”.
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