Richard Marcus

Online Poker Room and Online Casino Cheat Bulletins

There have been no significant online poker scams reported since the Win32/SPY.Odlanor spyware enabled hackers to see opponents' hole-cards on Poker Stars and Full Tilt Poker in September, 2015.

In late July, 2016, an online poker player calling himself "themadbotter" posted on the Two Plus Two online poker forum that he has been actively cheating on various online poker sites by using sophisticated pokerbots. Although he claims to have retired from online poker cheating, I consider his threat real and ongoing, and believe he has cheated online players out of more than $30,000 during a six-month period in 2016.

In February 2016, PokerStars had reportedly been hit with Russian bot attacks during TCOOP events, most notably in heads-up play. PokerStars claimed that after an investigation the potential bot was found to be a human player. There were some more bot claims on the site later in the year, but PokerStars has repeatedly assured its players that such attacks have not happened.

During the year 2016, a hacking group known as DD4BC launched DDoS attacks against PokerStars, Neteller, Betfair and the New Jersey online gambling sector. The French web hosting company OVH reported that its site was hit by two separate hack attacks. The main worry here is pilfered information that can lead to extortion using betcoins and other online payment methods to collect ransoms.

In the summer of 2017, a group of online poker scammers assumed the identities of well-known online poker players and used them to convince legitimate online players to pay for expensive coaching lessons to improve their playing skills. One of the high-stakes online players whose identity was stolen and used for this scam was Ben "Sauce123" Sulsky. Legitimate players need to be aware and on the lookout for false famous poker players surfing the online games.

In fall of 2017, many cryptocurrencies that were highly promoted to improve the efficiency and safety of online poker and casino games, including player accounts' safety and maintenance, were shown to be vulnerable to compromise. At the heart of this matter, coinciding with the Bitcoin devaluation, was the CoinPoker cryptocurrency poker room. Online players are encouraged to stay abreast of all information pertaining to online cryptocurrencies and how they may negatively effect online poker and casinos, especially when it comes to theft and manipulation of players' accounts.