Cheating

No, don’t think that this article has something to do with online poker cheating tips. On the contrary, it was meant to help you detect cheating. Online poker rooms are perhaps the safest place to play at right now.

Have you ever been told to "never trust a stranger"? Well, playing online decreases the number of cheaters you could possibly be dealing with. In poker rooms the dealer is not a human being, it’s a program. Programs can’t cheat. No illegal card handling to worry about.

Many poker players have reservations about playing online because of the risk of "hackers". Well, it’s true that there are websites out there that maintain they can either "see players' pocket cards" or something of the sort. Don’t trust a website that makes such claims.

Some instances of an online poker room experiencing security problems brought about great security improvements and now the most popular online poker rooms are really obsessed with security. Online poker websites boast not only the technical security – they take all the measures you'd expect in a traditional offline casino.

The most widely used form of cheating in online poker rooms is player collusion when two or more players make their cards known to each other. This kind of cheating is more difficult to accomplish in a live game, but playing online allows players to have an accomplice on the phone with them, or sitting in the same room at another PC.

The good news is that the majority of these cheaters don’t know how to use that advantage wisely. It takes a lot of practice to learn how to coordinate well together. Besides, top poker websites not only look for signs of collusion, but keep an eye on players who always play at the same table together. Those, who practice player collusion, succeed only if they opt for "hit and run" strategy (hit up a high-limit table, then leave the room and never come back).
Just in case, while playing at online poker rooms, try to be on your guard and look for the following things:

  1. A team of players who make attempts to make other players stay out of the game. They usually reach their aim by re-raising each other so that non-cheaters have no other option but to call multiple bets at once.
  2. Players who avoid playing fast pre-flop. That's the time to talk about what hands they’ve got. Watch whoever has the position to the left of the dealer and pay attention to reaction time.
  3. Several players who increase bets by re-raising with a player in between them.

This allows them to get as many bets out of a third party as possible. You should suspect a dishonest play if one of those “re-raisers” has a very bad hand, or if one of them folds with one bet to go in spite of a solid pot. Most players know when it’s better to bluff and when it’s better to fold, so be careful if you happen to play at the same table with players who make such stupid game decisions like that. In all likelihood, such players are either a potential goldmine for other players or cheaters.

Be sure that you are highly unlikely to encounter a player who practices poker cheating schemes. Still, if you do come across players who use such schemes, don’t accuse them of cheating. You should better contact the poker room's administrator or leave the table.