How To Spot an Online Cheater on Poker Game
How To Spot an Online Cheater
The good news is that there has probably never been a safer time to play games of chance than today. Whether your game is roulette, blackjack, Texas Holdem or other poker games or even the slots, casinos are more tightly regulated than you could believe. And even as safe as casinos are, probably the safest place to play right now is an online poker room.
Think about the “cheats” you’ve seen in movies – usually it is the dealer. In an online poker room, the dealer is a program. Programs don’t cheat. And you don’t have to worry about anyone marking or shaving the cards, pulling one out of his sleeve, or any other illegal card hanky panky because there are no cards online.
Some poker players are leery of playing games online. They worry about hackers or other players being able to “see” their hole cards. After the famous incident at one online poker room having security issues, operators upped the ante with all kinds of security measures, both technical and the kind of security a casino uses to make sure no one can tamper with the games.
Go back to the cheating you’ve seen in movies. Most of it involves a couple of players working together. And that holds true here. Collusion between players is the most common form of cheating in online poker games. You get two or more players revealing their cards to each other. Now this is difficult to do in a live poker game…and in some circumstances downright dangerous. But playing online, the players could be on the phone to each other, or sitting side by side looking at each other’s laptops as they raise the stakes. But frankly online poker rooms look signs of collusion. Do two players always play the same table together?
There are some things you can watch for. Players who never play fast before the flop. That’s when they tell each other what poker cards they hold. Or a group of players hiking up bets by reraising some poor guy between them. If one of the re-raisers has a terrible hand, or folds with one bet to go, they might be colluding.