Online poker group Partypoker has revealed that they've shut down 94 bot accounts throughout their network, reimbursing players to the tune of nearly $200,000.
The company shuttered 39 accounts on the .com network last month, seizing $144,000 in ill-gotten gains, sending that money back to legitimate customers. The group also closed 55 accounts on the French/Spanish network, taking in an additional €34,500. Partypoker has taken bot accounts seriously, closing 277 accounts from a period of December 1st, 2018 to March 31st, 2019, paying back $735,000 to players.
Bot accounts aren't overseen by players, instead running on software to try and use the best poker strategies available. These often pay off for the accounts, which are then funneled to the bot owners.
Since Partypoker began cracking down on bot accounts, they've shut down 371 accounts, taking back $917,000 and distributing the funds to legitimate players that were affected.