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GGPoker Banning Online Poker Player Stables

Site Making Efforts To Bar Player Groups

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Players who are part of an online poker stable now risk having their accounts suspended and funds seized at GGPoker.

The company announced earlier this week that the platform would take a hard stance against stables. The news comes more than a year after cheating allegations including collusion and multi-accounting surfaced regarding a group of players managed by high-stakes tournament pro Bryn Kenney.

“The activities of stables that systematically violate the rules of the platform (including teamplay, softplay, ghosting, collusion, bumhunting, multi-accounting, collective collection of statistics, notes and mining) must be stopped, otherwise, according to the Agreement on Ecology and Safety updated on April 8, bankrolls players’ stables will be confiscated,” GG noted in a statement.

“We accept as true that poker is an individual game, and such activities of stables imply the promotion of an attitude towards poker as a collective game, which is contrary to the entire positioning of the GGPoker Network.”

Seeking Transparency

GG officials noted that the site will only allow players to back others using the site’s in-platform staking options. The site is looking to expand that in the next two months with a function allowing users to see a player’s backers.

“Stables should not publicly advertise player backing,” the site noted. “Backing should be a private arrangement and not a marketing tool to attract more players to stables. Any stable that violates these rules is prohibited from doing business on PokerOK (a GG skin) and GGPoker Network, as well as players associated with them, who may be subject to restrictions, blocking or confiscation of funds.”

How exactly the company will crack down on potential stables remains unknown.

High-stakes tournament crusher Fedor Holz has taken on the role of GG’s site integrity ambassador and has worked to bar data mining and mass data analysis from the platform. GG and other major online sites make use of software to detect collusion and other forms of cheating.

PokerStrategy.com suggests that GG security staff may also be looking for “coordinated late registration, chat observers, identical player notes, and proof of funds being requested via KYC checks.”

GG made some news in December after a superuser at the site was revealed. A player was able to make use of a security flaw to gain some advantages. The company has since issued security patches to prevent similar issues.