12/20/11 : Bodog chief addresses security issues
As promised informally earlier in the week, Bodog has announced the introduction of additional security measures to its Recreational Poker Model following wide-spread industry speculation and discussion surrounding the company's introduction of anonymous tables, a reported decline in Bodog's statistics by PokerScout and issues of poor security, collusion and cash-out delays.
Despite the negative issues arising from the company's new business strategy Bodog chief Patrik Selin stands by the decision to implement the model as being in the best interest of: casual players; minimising "sharp players"; the revival of the declining online poker sector; and improving operator’s fiscal returns.
The company's latest statement addresses the issue of a lack of username that industry observers point out creates or increases the opportunity for collusion of which Bodog has undertaken to introduce a protectionary measure in the first quarter of next year ahead of its planned release.
The update will allow players "to request their hand history for any game they feel was ‘wrong' with the added bonus of having all cards from the hand ‘open'. It will be possible for all players to view all the cards rather than just their own", which the company says will provide its system with a higher security value than poker rooms with usernames.
Further updates will include the ability to show just one card when the player mucks, the reintroduction of players being able to see their folded cards as the hand plays out and additional graphics on cards at certain times during a game to enhance the entertainment factor for the casual player.