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Players on the poker forum 2+2 ended up detecting a series of Russian bot operators on PokerStars this week, busting the bots by analyzing their play and getting the accounts banned by the poker giant.
Forum members spotted the bots on the Pot Limit Omaha $0.50-$1 and $1-2 Six Max cash tables on PokerStars. The group then began analyzing their play, gaining enough evidence for the poker site to ban 26 accounts that had been used for the scheme.
As a result of the ban, players who suffered at the hands of the bot had funds reimbursed, although many have complained that PokerStars has kept the rake on the games, with some players guessing the company profited by $2.5 million.
This isn't the first time that 2+2 members have caught bots. The have previously busted many unscrupulous bots by analyzing behaviors and comparing them with human norms. If the activities don't match up, the group refers the account to PokerStars, who then reviews and blocks the accounts.