Friday February 22,2013 : 14 PLAYERS FROZEN OUT BY SVENSKA SPEL
Suspected cheating incident involving bots emerges
Swedish-State operator Svenska Spel has uncovered a potential poker scandal that has been classified as "serious fraud".
Swedish police have been called in to investigate the matter following the completion of an internal investigation undertaken by the Swedish gaming operator.
According to Aftonbladet, the company picked up irregularities in October 2012 following a tip-off concerning players analysing game play and gaining advantage of their opponents utilising "some kind of software".
Svenska Spel said it takes the incident seriously and has closed 14 player accounts with funds frozen in those accounts collectively amounting to around $108 000 while gains derived off those accounts is estimated to be around $1.8 million.
Lennart Kall, chief executive officer of Svenska Spel said: “Svenska Spel's business is based on great responsibility for our customers' gaming habits and game security. I welcome the fact that the police have taken on the matter".
Johan Söderkvist, press officer at Svenska Spel admits the Company could have handled the situation better saying they will use the investigation to review their procedures and improve existing systems.
"We suspect that some kind of gambling analysis software was used to gain advantage. Overall, there is $1.8 million that was recorded during this time, but we can not establish with certainty that the players used these illicit funds at all times while playing," Söderkvist told Sportbladet Poker.