|Collusion Rings Galore!|
And the email address is there for a reason!
Back on October 21, a TwoPlusTwo poker forum member named "FarseerFinland" alerted the poker community with this post: "Huge collusion ring at high-stakes MTTs at partyPoker."
PartyPoker, which has been striving to overtake PokerStars as the #1 online poker site, took this post very seriously and immediately responded to it.
The original poster to this thread has been playing online games at PartyPoker for more than a decade and now plays under the name "DukeOfSuffolk".
Two very suspicious plays were detailed in a complaint to PartyPoker, both in $109-and-up buy-in poker tournaments. PartyPoker investigated the claims and quickly confirmed them. Its investigation led to bans from the site as well as repayments to those who were victimized by the collusion ring.
Prior to his posting and prior to PartyPoker's investigation, "DukeOfSuffolk" launched his own very thorough investigation, citing several hands and identifying groups of players he determined were involved in the collusion ring. He went on to add several more players to the ring as his investigation progressed, providing links to their hand-histories and details of their finishes in these suspected tournaments.
Then on October 22, "FarseerFinland" posted that "Poker_Rep"informed him that all the accounts mentioned by "DukeOfSuffolk" were suspended and placed under investigation. Two days later, on October 24, "Party_Rep" posted that all the information was being investigated by the relevant teams and that the collusion allegations were being taken very seriously
And finally PartyPoker managing director Tom Waters confirmed that "a group of accounts were found to be playing in teams in order to collude against other players."
My take: Well, I guess the email address collusion@partypoker says it all.