WPN Calls Full-On War On Poker Bots

By Ben Hamill - April 27 2019

Two Bot Accounts Closed, Money Returned by WPN

The Winning Poker Network (WPN) has finally called all bets off on the fight against online bots. From now on, said the WPN, it’s a full-on war aimed at complete elimination. And it’s high time really, what with quite a bit of time having passed since Joey Ingram first attracted a lot of negative public attention to the fact.

It’s obvious that the popular Poker network means business; made evident by the fact that two user accounts have recently been closed and a $25,000 re-imbursement policy instituted as an official caveat. On the money end of things, more than $200,000 has been confirmed in refunds.

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Caught In The Act

The new war on Poker-playing bots recently reached a boiling point when a video streamed live on Twitch offered solid evidence of a Poker bot in action. The bot in question, FoxRox, revealed itself for what it really was when it reached the point of having to go head to head with human player Eric Collier in a $16.50 buy-in event hosted by Americas Cardroom (ACR).

True to its bot-nature, the minute the game seemed to go bottom-up for FoxRox, it started to exact its electronic vengeance on its opponent. Its method of choice was folding out on the blind, and repeatedly so; without fail; at the nine-second mark.

Needless to say, this didn’t exactly scream human involvement and the video of the bot engrossed in its attempts to rectify what it deemed to be a bunch of Poker wrongs, went viral before anyone was able to call proper shenanigans on its unconventional and highly calculated methods. Words were said, actions were taken and before long, the evidence landed up in the hands of someone in camp-WPN.

The end result? A $25,000 re-imbursement cap and policy.

Named And Shamed

Since the incident, a list of the offending accounts have been published online, alongside the amounts to be reimbursed as well as each account’s 10 most recent payments. Both of the terminated bot accounts belong to users who are accessing the ether from Latvia.

The termination comes barely a week after a total of 277 bot accounts were shut down by partypoker. The operator recently established a specialised Poker Fraud Team tasked with identifying and eradicating any suspicious behaviour and goings-on in its various online Poker rooms.

The operator also managed to return $734,852.15 to the various parties who came up short as a direct result of the bots’ participation in the various games.