Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Poker Robots Taking Your Money
so you decided to go ahead and play online poker. You put &75 into your account to give it a try. At first you do ok, getting it to $100 or so, but then this one guy comes to the table and just seems to never lose. He always folds at the right time, calls your bluffs, & never throws money away on a bad hand. What's up? Well it seems some poker sites might be using Bots to take newcomers and others for their money!
Concern is growing in online chat rooms and news groups devoted to poker that sophisticated card-playing robots – known as “bots” in the nomenclature of the Web – are being used on commercial gambling sites to fleece newcomers, the strategy-impaired and maybe even above-average players.
Widespread use of bots capable of beating your average player would pose a significant problem for the red-hot online poker sector, which has grown exponentially in recent years and is expected to top the $1 billion revenue mark this year. Without some way of verifying the identity – and humanity – of players, the business could be significantly undercut.