The U.S.-friendly Equity Poker Network (EPN), online for only a little more than three months, announced today that its Security and Fraud Department managed to uncover fraudulent activity on the network and has closed down a number of accounts as a result.
According to a press release, a “collusion ring” was discovered to be operating on the upstart network and was shut down after a full investigation. Any players found to be affected by the fraudulent activity will be fully refunded, with credits to those accounts likely to be processed shortly.
“The welfare of our players is our top priority and we will not tolerate cheating or any other form of fraud occurring on our network,” an EPN spokesperson said. “We take all precautions to safeguard our network and to protect our players and their bankrolls.”
Anchored by the Full Flush Poker skin, EPN has been slowly moving up the ladder of poker rooms and networks that cater to U.S. players in unregulated states since launching on Nov. 8, 2013. As of this writing, the three-month old poker network is in a dead heat in terms of cash player traffic with Bitcoin-friendly SealWithClubs. The pair are tied for sixth place among U.S.-facing rooms with 120 players in a seven-day average, PokerScout reports.
Investigators at EPN apparently moved swiftly to wipeout the collusion. The press release failed to mention how many players may have been involved in the fraudulent behavior, but did say that the perpetrators were dealt with “quickly and permanently.”