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Poker Cheating

Cheating is never a good thing, especially when it comes to gambling. It's one of those things that can very easily get you kicked out of and banned from brick and mortar casinos for life. It's also a good way to get banned from an online poker room. There are four levels of cheating and we're going to take a look at each one. Hopefully, you're not guilty of any of these and if you have been engaging in one of them - especially the first one - and didn't realize it was cheating, stop before it gets worse and your online poker days become numbered.

Minor cheating
Minor cheating can be defined as a player sitting on the phone or chatting online with a friend who is sitting at the same table playing poker together and sharing with one another what hole cards they have. They do not share a bankroll and are actually opponents against one another. This is the most common form of online poker cheating and while many people may not consider it to be cheating, in its own way, it is.

Idiot cheating
Less common now than in the beginning days of online poker rooms, players who timed out still held their hands for a bet and got to see everyone's else's bet before finally playing their own. Plus, their style of play is so obvious that everyone knows they are cheating in some way. Most online poker rooms today automatically fold a player's hand if they time out.

Inept collusion
Remember player A and player B up above chatting away on the phone while they play? Well if they play partners and are extremely obvious in their collusion while playing at the table, once again, everyone is going to know that they are cheating. Thanks to the fact that most online poker rooms have hand histories, the colluders are usually caught because the management can watch as they raise the bet hand after hand after hand until everyone but the partner with the best hand is left standing.

Expert collusion
These are the cheaters you need to watch out for. They are the ones that have figured out how to play at the same table with two different accounts that are on two separate Internet connections. Usually this doesn't work and one of the online poker room's red flag's goes up. These players also play their two identities at other tables in order to avoid being caught.

Cheaters always get caught and if you think you are a victim of collusion while playing at an online poker room, contact the management immediately and report what table you were playing at, what seat you were in, who the culprit or culprits are, and the date and time you were playing. Nothing spoils a good card game like a cheater. 
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