In recent days, PartyPoker has announced a misguided plan to remove player access to downloadable hand histories in their online poker games. †

Hand histories are fundamental to the trust that players place in online poker sites. Time and time again, hand histories have been essential in protecting players against cheating – cheating by both other players and by the site itself. It is very unsafe to play at an online poker operator that does not allow players to keep their own hand histories.

Here’s some media coverage on the issue with various quotes and interviews with me throughout:

partypoker Hand History Restrictions Will “Harm Honest Players,” Warns Security Analyst Michael Josem

Poker Software Developer Lashes Out at PartyPoker over Looming Restrictions

Michael Josem is a long-term consumer advocate, most prominently as a global leader in combating fraud in the online gambling industry. He was in part the inspiration for the 20th Century Fox Movie, Runner Runner, starring Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake.

Josem has over a decade of experience as a senior business leader working across various high-tech and online industries, and takes action to build a better community. His primary volunteer roles include service for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and Graih, the homelessness charity.

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