The topic of cheating in poker is more relevant than ever with several allegations of cheating in the world of high stakes poker. partypoker and PokerStars took unprecedented action to ban players from live events they caught cheating on their online platform. In addition, GGPoker recently launched its Poker Integrity Council to help blacklisted cheaters. Now, A5 Labs wants to use high-tech methods to prevent cheating and fraud in online poker games.
A5 Labs is a team of technology entrepreneurs and AI scientists who are committed to, among other things, making the world of competitive gaming fun and fair. They use technologically advanced techniques to help their customers fight against fraud and cheating in competitive online gaming, with online poker being one of their primary focus.
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Online poker sites have large databases containing customer details and all hands played over a specific period of time. The artificial intelligence created by A5 Labs can use all of this information to help poker sites create a fair platform for everyone, from the micro-stakes recreational player to the world of high-stakes crushers.
A5 Labs released a white paper on poker.org which highlights how online poker operators can use technology to prevent cheating, speed up verifications and even share data with each other without violating data privacy laws. This last point is a major sticking point when it comes to creating a global poker blacklist.
One option suggested by A5 Labs is to use NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, which act as avatars in the online gaming world. This NFT would be unique to the player forever and allow a player to remain anonymous on the outside while enjoying all the benefits of being identifiable to poker operators.
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For example, players could build their reputation rating much like someone does their credit score. Having an NFT linked to a player would mean that person could play at 888poker, then decide to play at GGPoker and the two sites could instantly share information between them. In turn, this means that players and sites would not have to go through lengthy “Know You Customer” verification processes multiple times. Additionally, poker sites would know what games the player usually plays and how they play those games, and whether or not there has been suspicious play or activity on that account, helping to weed out the so-called bad actors in the community by sharing information while preserving the anonymity of the player.
The full white paper can be read at poker.org and it makes for interesting reading. Be sure to check it out if you have time.