PokerStars has commented the cheating scandal that broke out on the site's Double or Nothing Sit & Go tables earlier this year. According to an email response sent to Poker News Daily, PokerStars have paid $2.1 million in compensation to the players affected by collusion, and made improvements to their prevention and detection methods.
The representative for PokerStars told Poker News Daily that the collusion was detected in early February, and a total of 38 accounts have been closed. These accounts had won $494,000 in DoN SNG's but the site has paid out way more than that ($2.1 million) in compensation to affected players.
Collusion went on at the $10 through $100 DoN SNG's, most of it at the $50 through $100 levels. The colluders, most or all of them believed to be Chinese, sometimes took up half of the seats at any one game which certainly makes moves like squeezing out flat callers fairly easy.
PokerStars admit their game security department still has room for improvement, but many measures have already been taken and the site welcomes feedback from players. "PokerStars has introduced a new security function to prevent players from certain countries from playing in the same Double or Nothing events together,” the site's representative states in the email to Poker News Daily. This ensures that only one player from each of several countries will be able to play in the same DoN, though the "black list" of restricted countries has not been made public.
Source: Poker News Daily.