Americas Cardroom Takes a Stand vs Bots, Reimburses Players $175K

In a stunning move that many hope will reverberate throughout the entire online poker industry, US-friendly Americas Cardroom has vowed to ban bots on its poker tables and has reimbursed players $175,728.80 as a result.

By: Charles Rettmuller

The $175K refund was distributed to more than 4,000 players after ACR put the hammer down and banned a Latvian player known as "FoxRox". ACR has indicated via social media that plenty more bot accounts will be banned in the coming days with additional refunds landing in accounts of affected players.

The No Bots initiative is part of a new reimbursement policy established by the Winning Poker Network, home to ACR and Black Chip Poker. The policy aims for transparency, resulting in the publication of refund amounts and the accompanying screen names of players found to be poker bots and in violation of fair play standards.

Reimbursements to players will be calculated in a formulaic fashion that will allow tournament players to ladder up after removal of the offending player from the payout pool. Reputable players who lose to confirmed bots on the cash game tables will see their losses returned as well.

Players who recall being fleeced by a banned bot and have not received an email detailing the refund are encouraged to check their records and notify support with their findings. WPN's new policy calls for reimbursement "to a cap of $25,000 per offending player" with the funds doled out "to affected players beginning with the most recent occurrence to the oldest."

While FoxRox remains alone on the list of banned accounts at the moment, ACR reps have indicated that more will be joining the confirmed bot after the weekend.

"We won't stop," said a subsequent post on the Americas Cardroom Twitter account. "We are looking forward to finish the battle we started against bots and the people behind them."

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