A quick and simple solution… If companies like Party Gaming/Poker were serious about cutting out automated/robot play, why not insert a captcha function (word verification required) every so many games?
Captcha is used by portals like Yahoo, email sites like Yahoo, and domain registrants like godaddy to block automated account creation. It is the phrase you read from a “warped” graphic image and type in during the registration sequence.
If automation/’bots are blocked by these mainstream sites, why wouldn’t it work for poker? What am I missing?