Poker Collusion: Identify Online Poker Cheating

When playing high stakes online poker tensions run high. Beads of sweat collect on your forehead and drop onto the keyboard. Every click of the mouse can mean winning or losing thousands of dollars. The last thing you need to worry about is or cheating going on at the virtual poker table, or collusion, as it is referred in the online poker community.

poker collusionNot so long ago collusion was a major concern in the online poker industry. Players would team up to defeat other players, or find other ways of conning you out of your hard earned cash.

Fortunately, tightened security features have made it much more difficult for cheats to steal your money. Sites like Poker Stars, Full Tilt Poker, Doyle’s Room, and Cake Poker, all take collusion extremely seriously and are continuously developing new software and security features to stay one step ahead of the cheats, and ensure your games are safe and devoid of collusion.

However, cheating will always be a part of poker, and it’s not a bad idea to keep an eye out for the cheats to make sure they don’t slip through the cracks. It’s not unlike flying on an airplane. Airports do their best to screen passengers, but it’s also our duty to keep an eye out for suspicious characters.

So how do you identify a person who is cheating at a table, and what do you do about it if you think they are taking part in poker collusion?

The key to identifying the cheat at the table is to always stay alert and be aware of your surroundings.  If you have been playing poker for any length of time you should be able to identify the signs of cheating:

  • Illogical betting
  • Increased pace of play
  • Rapid change of playing style
  • Commonly raises in unusual situations
  • Regularly calls bets when shouldn’t have

Advanced security features make PokerStars one of the most popular online poker sites.

Taking action is a different matter altogether.  If you suspect someone is cheating we recommend taking down the screen name(s) of the player(s) you suspect of cheating screen, writing down the hand numbers of the hands you thing cheating occurred (which, for example, appear in the upper left hand corner when playing online poker at Poker Stars or can be found in ‘hand history’), and then notifying the site security.

They will be able to look into the IP addresses of those players you suspect of cheating, as well as use other sophisticated security measures to see if any collusion has taken place. Just be careful not to cry wolf after every bad beat you have encountered. Make sure there is probable cause for you to accuse other players of cheating at online poker.

The most important thing is to arm yourself with knowledge about the game, keep an eye out for the warning signs of collusion, and report suspected cheaters. Online poker safety has come a long way in the last few years, and it will grow even stronger if we do our part to keep collusion out of online poker sites.