Many I-gaming operators have been slow to adopt multi-player poker for fear of collusion, but those that have been in the industry for some time know that a few simple steps can prevent any operator from getting cheated by its players.
Chris Todd, a spokesperson for Party Poker, said it is actually easier to detect collusion online because operators have access to all the play logs of all players, and any suspicious activity can be detected in real time, as well as over a long period of time.
PartyPoker.com uses an arsenal of advanced technologies to detect and prevent collusion, and anyone found to be in collusion is banned permanently from the site and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Having host Mike Sexton on board helps too, as his experience and knowledge of the game enables him to sniff out play that isn't on the up-and-up.
Todd said the site also has a prevention process that includes:
- A series of special proprietary data-processing tools designed to shortlist suspicious players.
- Continual tracking of the betting pattern of each player as well as the correlation between play pattern of two or more players, including their overall win percentage. Players whose win percentages deviate substantially from normal averages are monitored for possible collusion.
- Continual monitoring of player activity on the site with suspicious activity and duplicate accounts promptly investigated.
- A "live floorman" is present to assist players with reporting and monitoring suspicious activities during games. If at any time a player suspects collusion between other players, he can click a button to submit a request for the floorman to investigate the situation.
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