CHEATING AT ONLINE POKER (Online)
There are several ways to cheat at poker in the online environment
to gain an unfair advantage:
Collusion - When playing online poker, players at the same
table can communicate through an instant messaging system or
over the phone to share hole card information. In doing this,
they can play best hand forward, whipsaw (a way to cheat at poker
in which to players use betting to trap opponents), as well as push
players out. Obviously, sleight-of-hand cannot be used to cheat at
cards as done in the casino and private game environments. As
previously mentioned, other ways that collusion can be used to
cheat at cards is playing soft or dumping chips to keep a partner
alive in tournament play.
Bots and Database Applications: Another way that a player can
cheat at online poker is using software that gives the play
statistics of those that are playing against him. By typing
one's opponents into a purchased database, past histories are
provided to give the card cheater an edge on strategy. Another
way a player may cheat at poker in the online environment is
pulling the plug. By disconnecting the internet, he can take
advantage of situations to save himself from having to call the
bet (but still taking his hand to showdown). On top of this, some
players employ computer players (also known as bots) to take over
their account and play for them.
Account Hacking: Yet another threat in the online poker
environment is account hacking. This is a major problem because
your account is no different than a bank account. All a thief needs
is your account name and password and he can access the money, dump
it is a game, etc., and you will not be able to recover the losses.
Because your account is connected to an email address, there are
crafty ways for this to take place, and anyone having a considerable
amount of money in an online account should be aware of
these threats and how to prevent them.
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