Lawsuit Filed Against Full Tilt Poker After $80k Confiscated From Online Accounts

Full Tilt Poker has had a law suit filed against them in the Los Angeles County Superior Court after two players had $80,000 confiscated from their online poker account having been accused of using poker bots.
Full Tilt Poker strictly forbids the use of poker bots and maintains that the funds were seized after site experts investigated and concluded their style of play was consistent with that of a bot. The site also asserts that one of the players had another account at FTP in contravention of its multi-accounting policy.
Lary Kennedy and Greg Omotoy have both professed their innocence in the matter and have named Full Tilt Poker and share holders Chris Ferguson, Mike Matusow, Howard Lederer, and Phil Ivey in the law suit. As well as seeking the return of their money, the pair are alleging Full Tilt uses bots of its own to increase the element of luck in the game, as well as filling empty seats.
Poker bots, despite being banned from many poker sites, are still increasingly common and these poker software calculators can run on auto pilot continuously, never tiring and playing consistently throughout the day, often in multiple games thus giving them an unfair advantage over their human counterparts.
The University of Alberta conducted studies on whether bots were able to beat humans at poker and devised a programme called Polaris which they tried out against poker professionals Phil Laak and Ali Eslami. The close results against these top players as well as reports of bots producing consistent profit for the users online would support the decision to ban them from sites as not in the interest of the game.
This is just the beginning of a very interesting court case that will reveal details of the state of bot activity online and is sure to send a clear message to bot users that such activity is not tolerated, is being monitored and if discovered will lead to frozen accounts and confiscated funds.

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