It’s not just traditional poker bots that have faced the wrath of Americas Cardroom. We just discovered that the US-facing online poker site has been putting Seating Script users in their crosshairs.
“It’s true, we’ve been targeting Seating Script users since the end of 2019, and we’ve hunted down a lot of them,” confirmed Michael Harris, spokesperson for Americas Cardroom. “Our goal is to create an environment that’s 100% safe for poker players. That means a poker room free of bots. And free of Seating Script users.”
Americas Cardroom considers those using Seating Scripts to be, for a lack of a better word, predatory. Seating Scripts allows players to essentially choose who they want to play against. For example, with a Seating Script, players can enter nicknames of weaker players and essentially hunt them down. When the script automatically detects that these weaker players have taken a seat, the script reserves a spot directly to the player’s left. Because Seating Scripts create an unfair advantage, Americas Cardroom has chosen to create a system that finds them and bans them. The poker room employs a tool that regularly times how long it takes players to sit down at the tables and detects patterns of play to figure out who is using a Seating Script. Once found, first-time offenders will face an immediate 3-day suspension. Those caught using a script for a second time will face a 1-month suspension. And in keeping with a “3 strikes you’re out” philosophy, those caught using a script for a third time will be banned from Americas Cardroom and all WPN sites permanently.
According to Harris, Seating Scripts include any tool that lets players do any of the following:
• Reserve a seat
• Secure a seat
• Perform real-time hand analysis/advice
• Target players by nickname
• Label players
• Collect data on hands the user is not actively a part of
It turns out that Americas Cardroom’s Seating Script detection and banning system isn’t new. Since 2019, 129 players have been warned or received a penalty.
ACR strongly discourages players from buying any sort of software against WPN game integrity policies. Seating Script developers are fully aware that any user of their products might get banned.
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