The online poker world was upset when it came to light that German poker pro Fedor Kruse took advantage of real-time assistance (RTA) to gain an edge at a number of online poker rooms including GGPoker. The Call of Duty streamer turned poker pro was turned in by his roommates and it showed that online poker rooms needed to do more to protect unsuspecting players from being exploited.
GGPoker Improves RTA Detection
Now, nearly two weeks after the scandal erupted, GGPoker has issued a statement outlining improved measures to better-detect RTA-related cheating across the platform. The poker room said they have enhanced their RTA detection methods and have introduced more robust internal process for dealing with cheaters.
Following the update, the site was able to ban 40 accounts found to have used solvers. They also confiscated funds amounting to $1,175,305 from 13 of the banned accounts. Dozens of other accounts have also been issued warnings, and they could also be banned upon confirmation that they cheated.
This should serve as caution for those who are planning to use solvers at GGPoker — that they must avoid the practice or face the risk of having their accounts permanently banned from the site, with their monies seized. A permanent ban is GGPoker’s most serious punishment for offenders.
How Kruse Cheated
Kruse, who mostly played tournaments, began his foray into cash games less than a year ago, starting with $0.50/$1 stakes. According to his fellow German players, Kruse was a “break-even” cash games player until he quickly ascended the stakes, playing as high as $200/$400.
During that rapid climb, he would achieve incredible results, which is quite unusual, considering that he’s just new to the games. This was when suspicions of him using real-time solvers began circulating, and eventually it was confirmed that Kruse indeed relied on a “dream machine” during some of his cash game sessions.  The machine was an RTA, which he kept open on one computer while playing on another.
Fedor Kruse would consult the solver in the middle of the game, and use the pre-solved spots available to make the optimal GTO decisions. Other players also took notice of his pattern of playing, in which he would always choose to play 100 big blinds deep, and apply similar bet-sizings with those used in solvers. According to observers, Kruse’s plays were very “non-intuitive”, an indication that he’s playing with the aid of a real-time solver.
In a span of just two weeks, the German player managed to rack up more than $90,000 and even reached the $10,000 buy-in games. He was able to bypass security by using two mouse devices. A photo of his grinding station with a two-computer set-up was also shared on Two Plus Two.
His roommates said they’ve confronted Kruse about the practice but the player continued to use solvers and even jokingly warned them they’d never win over the regulars if they wouldn’t use the “dream machine”.
RTA Is “Detectable”
While GGPoker did not specifically mentioned Kruse when it released a statement on the cheating controversy, it can be assumed that the scandal pushed the site to do something, especially as cheating has become prevalent in the online environment.
Getting rid of RTAs is no easy task and so GGPoker will need some help from players to minimize the use of such software. The site said their new process will include player reporting, and it will work by enabling players to flag a hand history through the hand replayer if they suspect something is off. The team will also perform massive data collection and will analyze hands deeply, with the help of the poker experts which likely include some veteran pros.
Through this methods, GGPoker will be able to determine whether there is GTO involved in a play and if an RTA was used. GGPoker also maintained that RTA is detectable, allaying fears among the poker community that rampant use of the software will ultimately result in the death of online poker.

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