Bodog and PartyPoker Anonymous Tables Revealed Not to Be So

The anonymous poker tables launched at Bodog and PartyPoker have both been cracked by HHSmithy (video below). Last week Bodog had released a software update which replaced all player names with numbers 1 – 9, and claimed everything was anonymous and this would break all tracking. PartyPoker has offered anonymous heads up tables for about one year. The least technical summary we can offer is the tables are not actually anonymous, instead merely hidden and not very well. All the data is available on the client-side for anyone who knows how to extract it. The issue is similar to how the Playstation Network was hacked. As you will see by watching the video for each, a low level programmer could write a program to extract the data from the client-side poker program, and convert it so that a program like Holdem Manager or PokerTracker would work.

I would strongly recommend watching the videos, below, of how Bodog’s anonymous tables were cracked and Party’s anonymous heads-up tables cracked. If you are interested in the technical details of how this was performed I recommend reading the full articles for Bodog and Party.

Bodog Anonymous Tables Cracked

PartyPoker HU Anonymous Player Names Revealed

Bodog’s exploit is the more concerning of the two (see video below) and the room may actually be considered insecure now. When cracked, instead of a player name you see the Login Account Number for the Bodog member, so make sure the other half of your login, your password, is complex.

 

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Bodog.eu Moves US Players to Bovada.lv  

Bodog.eu notified US customers today, December 14th they would be re-branding to Bovada.lv. The site will still be operated by Morris Mohawk Gaming Group (MMGG), but their license to use the Bodog Brand name expires at the end of 2011.

Players balances, accounts, and login information will remain the same on Bovada, and be seamlessly transitioned over. Bovada will still share the software, tables and player pools with the Bodog brands from around the world. As we reported in July, the new site will still operate under the KGC license they held under the Bodog name.

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PartyPoker Offers Rake-Free Tournaments in January

All PartyPoker multi-table tournaments will be rake-free throughout the month of January. During this promotion players will not be charged any tournament fees on any multi-table tournament, and 100% of buy-ins will go into the prize pools. The promotion ends at 23:59 ET on 31 January 2012.

This month PartyPoker is also offering a 100% Reload Bonus, up to $100, using the bonus code: RAKEFREE