PokerStars Takes On Cheating

PokerStars Takes On Cheating

Thursday, 21 January 2016

The push by PokerStars to rid online poker of cheats and bots has reportedly taken a new turn following an update to some of its terms and conditions.

PokerStars been working hard to tackle the problem of unfair play, which can include bots, multi-accounting and playing on someone else's account, and a recent post on the 2+2 forum has outlined some of the poker giant’s possible new verification procedures for those suspected of cheating.

The unverified post reports that PokerStars could now request video evidence from certain grinders in order to prove that these aren’t using illegal software or gaining insights into the styles of others for use in future sessions.

The forum poster reported that the news came via an e-mail sent to a fellow high-stakes pro as a matter of precaution and players suspected of cheating could now be required to submit the video evidence within ten days of their account being flagged for investigation.

The post goes on to report that PokerStars is purportedly requiring all of this video evidence to clearly show the face of any competitor in order to confirm their identity while beginning with a 360-degree shot to verify surroundings.

Audio must also be supposedly included in any requested recording while competitors are additionally required to start any recorded session from an empty computer desktop before initiating the PokerStars client and logging into their account.

As if this wasn’t enough, the post goes on to report that PokerStars also wants any recorded session it asks for to last a minimum of 70 ‘active’ minutes while all recordings must be of ‘sufficient quality to see and track the activities that are taking place on your desktop’.

“In addition, the recording must capture your surrounding environment including your monitor, keyboard, mouse and the movement of your hands,” read the 2+2 post.

If the post in genuine and PokerStars does intend to begin asking suspected cheats for video evidence, the process would certainly help tackle the issue of cheating. But, many in the game are not happy and have called the alleged plans an invasion of privacy.

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