Poker Cheats – Player Collusion
by Jason Green of Predictem.com
This article will let you know how to spot cheating, so if you are looking to cheat, sorry, you need to read elsewhere. Being cheated in home games of poker happens all the time, but this article will focus on an online form of cheating. You need to be aware of how people do it and how you can spot it.
Currently Texas Holdem poker rooms on the Net may be the safest place to play. You should never trust strangers, you should have been taught this, and when playing online it can limit the shifty people that you encounter. The dealer is a computer program, so cheating is very hard to do and if it does it is generally not against you but the program. You need not worry about the handling of the cards, as obviously there are no real cards that are used when playing poker online.
There are a lot of poker players that will not play over the Internet because they are afraid of poker hackers. Before you play online you must make sure that the poker room you are on is a legit one, in being one that is safe and secure. The more well-known poker rooms are the ones that tend to be safe. (See our list: Poker Room Reviews) In the past there were security issues, but the reputable poker rooms now have the best security measures possible, so that more poker players feel comfortable playing on the site. Believe us when we say that these places make so much money running a legit operation, they don't need to cheat nor want any part of it!
The predominant form of cheating is when players are working together, which is also called player collusion. This is when there are 2 or more poker players that show each other what cards they are holding. This type of cheating is very hard to do in a live table game, but when playing poker over the Internet it can give players that opportunity to be on the phone (or online chat) with another player or be sitting right next to them using another computer. The good thing is that these types of players are ones that generally do not know how to use collusion to their advantage. They have to be well coordinated and that takes a lot of practice. Internet casinos look for signs of player collusion and they also will make checks to find out if 2 or more players are playing at the same table often. When players are working together they use a hit and run tactic, as they have to play on a high limit poker table and then go to another poker room with what they have won and not go back. Collusion does happen and here are some telltale signs that you should keep a keen eye out for.
1. Look for players that really play hard and fast in order to take another player out of the game. Look for players that keep re-raising each other to make players that are not in the scam, aka the collusion, call multiple bets right away.
2. Look for players that will never play fast before the flop. This is the time that colluding players will talk to each other about what cards the yare holding. When a poker player is on their time to act check out their reaction time, as if it is always slow you may want to be a little wary.
3. Look for players that will increase bets by re-raising with someone that is in a position between them. What this will do is get the max amount of bets from a person not in the colluding group, in order to take them out. An immediate red flag should go up if one of the players that re-raises has junk, or if one player folds when there is still one more player to bet even though the pot is already really big. When playing poker there is a good time to bluff and times that you should fold, so because of this watch out for players that have very bad judgment. Spot that player as either a sucker that you should take money from or a possible cheater.
This type of cheating, or any type of cheating for that matter, is pretty rare. If you are pretty sure someone IS cheating, you should not call them on it, but rather get in touch with the administrators of the poker room you are playing out or simply get up and leave the table. There are so many poker rooms on the Net today that it is simple to find a legit game.
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