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March 5, 2008 - Online poker rooms and casinos have long used anti-fraud prevention and detection techniques, whether in regards to bonus abuse, cheating bot software or stolen credit cards. They've even gone so far to monitor and keep a watchful eye on their players, especially those who act erratically or not becoming of a refined and dignified online gambler. You know....the one's that wear their bibs and fold their napkins on their lap when sitting at the computer.

So you get my point? There has never been a 100% surefire way of detecting and preventing fraud. And that's what two software developers are aiming to do and then pitch to online gambling operators. In a report published in the latest issue of New Scientist Tech, two men from the University of Buffalo in New York (where, ironically, online gambling is illegal), are working on a high-tech software platform that creates a "gambling DNA" for all players.

With the specific aim of weeding out the poker bots from the real humans, the software catalogues every move a player makes and builds a DNA profile over time based on the collective of these moves. I know what you're thinking. Every scenario is different and you never act the exact same way twice. Well, you'd be surprised just how predictable humans can be.

The thing about poker bots is that they are even more predictable. Unless we are talking about some serious artificial intelligence, most poker bots are programmed to act the same way...it's all based on the numbers. So while a poker bot may act in the same manner as a player, the real value of this software is that it will be able to identify if a phisher has hacked into a players account and is "gambling on their behalf", which is not all too uncommon. Any drastic changes in playing behavior will automatically get red flagged and the account will go on suspicion.

Critics of the software, however, say it is still not a surefire way of preventing and detecting fraud...as if there will ever be a surefire way of doing that. Since the best poker players actively seek to develop a persona of unpredictability - so as not to be taken at the tables by other players - the software could very well end up red flagging some legitimate players and making some disgruntled customers - something which no online casino or poker room wants.

Originally published: March, 2008 | Categories: Online Poker

 

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