Online poker group 888poker has announced that they're going to be refunding about $300,000 to player accounts after they were able to recover funds that bot accounts used to take money from players.
The bots were found to have been using artificial intelligence to take advantage over real players, taking their funds in the process. 888 has been investing money into busting the bots, using software to identify the accounts, seizing the money, and making the game fairer for all players.
"Our continued progress in tackling bots is crucial in ensuring that 888poker continues to provide an enjoyable, safe and level playing field for all of our players," said 888poker's Matak Krakow. "This has been driven not only by our increased investment in our detection capabilities but also through the continued support and cooperation of our players, who have an important role to play in helping provide us with vital information about players they think are using AI and RTA."
"We will continue to do all in our power to ensure we keep poker fun and fair, as part of our Made to Play strategy, and listening to our players will be a key factor to progress on this front."
Thus far, 888 has refunded 1,390 players $80,858, and more refunds will be coming in the months ahead.