This article talks about how to spot cheating done while playing poker online.

Typically, most online gaming is very safe; it limits the amount of scam artists you could potentially be playing with. Out of several online texas holdem poker rooms are perhaps the safest places to play. The reason for this is that the dealer is a program and programs don’t cheat. Since there are no physical cards online, you don’t have to worry about any sort of illegal card handling.

Many poker players refuse to play online because of a fear of hackers who can corrupt the software or manipulate the game. Many sites claim that they can see the opponents’ cards before they are dealt because of the hacker breach. In truth, however, this is absolutely untrue. In an earlier event where an online poker room had several net security problems alerted the operators and now top sites have ensured that they are excessively secure. Not only is the technical security intact, they have all the measures you’d expect in a brick-and-mortar casino.

The most common form of online cheating that can occur is player collusion. This happens when two or more players reveal to each other what cards they hold. This is very difficult to pull off in a live game, but playing online gives players the chance to collude with another person on the phone or someone sitting next to them at another computer.

However, most people are not aware of this practice and neither do they know how to use it to their benefit. Coordination to collude effectively takes practice. Online poker rooms not only look for telltale signs of such deceptive action, but check to see if two players always play at the same table together. Colluding players would have to hit up a high-limit table, then run off to another online poker room with their winnings and never look back. This is difficult to do, but in the event that it happens, here is what to watch out for.

  • Look for a team of players who try to pressurize other players out of the game. This means re-raising each other to make non-colluding players call multiple bets at once.
  • Be wary of players who never play fast pre-flop. Think about what they hold. Watch whoever is under the scanner and be cautious of reaction time.

Watch out for a group of players who hike up bets by re-raising with someone in between them. This gets the maximum amount of bets out of a third party. The time to be extremely cautious would be if one of those players re-raising has a very poor hand, or if one of them folds with one bet to go despite a massive pot. That’s when one typically bluffs or folds and most poker players are aware of this. So if anything contrary to that is happening you most likely have a cheater on your hands.