Following the controversial "Confessions of a Botter (ACR/WPN)" thread on the 2+2 forums, the Winning Poker Network (WPN) has officially declared war on all poker bots. Phil Nagy, CEO of WPN, has had enough and said that the war is on and "there would be casualties."
WPN has been heavily criticized for not implementing sufficient measures to effectively fight off the usage of pokerbots on its network, thanks to the self-confessed pokerbot creator "themadbotter" who blatantly showed off his botting prowess on the 2+2 forums, bragging to everyone there that his bot had successfully won $30,000 within the course of six months. Furthermore, after announcing that he had finally withdrawn all the funds, he expressed his desire to retire from botting not because it was the wrong thing to do, but because he wanted to pursue "something more meaningful".
Themadbotter elaborated further on how he was able to trick the network and most of its players by programming the bot to do things that would mimic real human behavior: he would program the bot to randomly sit out and take breaks every couple of hours, would never play for over six hours straight, would mistakenly click occasionally, would type very short comments occasionally in the chatbox, joined waiting lists, and frequently switched tables. Indeed, he was proud to have created a cheat pokerbot under the guise of a real human being.
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To make matters worse, themadbotter blamed unregulated networks such as WPN for tolerating bots, saying, "They are the best type of customers for many sites. They play a lot of volume, fill up the tables, and pay rake; they wait patiently for deposits/withdrawals; they never complain or pepper support with e-mails."
Themadbotter's statement ticked off Nagy who said that, "within 30 days WPN would become the most bot-unfriendly network around. I will make mistakes, I will ban real-money people, and I will ban real people because they seem like bots, and I will be merciless about it. To do this right, you gotta draw a line in the sand, if you end up being a casualty of war ... collateral damage, I apologize, but this is what the people want."
Themadbotter is Back
While themadbotter looked like he disappeared forever into the virtual shroud after getting spooked by the threat of being reported to ACR by 2+2 forum member NovaCaine, he suddenly showed up again.
He posted, "ACR CEO was on Twitch earlier and promised that at the end of the month, the site will become very bot-unfriendly; that botters will no longer be able to operate with complete impunity."
The last word he wrote was simply:
Watch out ACR/WPN, it looks like themadbotter is coming out of his short-lived retirement.
WPN promises pokerbot crackdown