In the first part of this article series, we discussed three popular ways players cheat when they play poker online. The majority of players nowadays use various scripts and bots, which are definitely frowned upon, and some are outright legal. Some make several accounts (multi-accounting), and some use outside help from a professional poker player (ghosting).
This time, we’ll cover three additional ways players cheat. These are here just to inform you to report a player if you spot a cheater, as we highly advise against using any of these techniques.
As a matter of fact, some of the best USA online poker sites will not hesitate to ban you forever if they spot you cheating. Therefore, it’s always wiser to learn poker traditionally and get better with time than to cheat.
Let’s take a look at other cheating methods.
Collusion is not a new way to cheat, as poker players did it in live poker games as well. It’s simply cooperation between two players sitting at the same table.
This is even easier in the online poker environment as it is more difficult to spot collusion. However, this is clearly a case of fraud, and players who collude are likely to be kicked from an online poker platform forever.
Account selling is pretty much self-explanatory. When a poker player sells their account to another person for profit, this is considered fraud.
Therefore, that other person would play using the account they bought, and this is against the rules. Sometimes, less experienced poker players can “sell a seat” to a professional poker player, making a profit that way.
Although all online poker rooms are automated, errors happen from time to time. After all, poker software is made by humans, and central poker servers are maintained by humans.
Although this happens very rarely, some players were able to exploit an error made on the platform to gain an advantage.
We concluded the two-part article on cheating in online poker. They are written to help newcomers understand the ways some people cheat and report them if they spot a cheater.
It’s important to point out that cheating is not that common, especially not in some of the best USA poker sites which have teams of professionals working on minimizing the number of cheaters on their respective platforms.
Therefore, feel free to choose an online poker platform and play poker without worrying too much about cheaters. However, if you notice that something doesn’t add up, make sure to inform the site’s officials.