3 Ways That Are Frequently Used To Cheat In Online Poker Games

Last Updated on January 27, 2021 Author:Juan Blanco

Online Poker CheatingAs technology evolves, cheaters have also become more sophisticated in carrying out fraudulent practices especially in industries that are hugely dependent on computers and the internet.

Online poker sadly has also fallen prey to a number of cheating scams.

Over the years, online poker sites have become attractive targets for fraudsters and hackers despite putting in place stringent security measures. These individuals employ every method possible to get what they want at the expense of the innocent, unsuspecting players.

While online rooms have been enforcing tighter checks within their respective platforms to identify potential cheaters, it also helps if you, as a player, knows who and what behavior to look out for while playing, in the absence of face-to-face interaction.

This can be a daunting task, but to help you out, we’ve compiled some of the methods that cheater use in online poker.

Poker Bots

The use of poker bots is prevalent in the virtual space. These computer programs can compete with humans and while it can be argued that they can never match the skills of the human player, these bots are way ahead than humans in other aspects.

For example, bots never get tired. They don’t experience tilt, and they’re not prone to making inaccurate clicks. Some modern poker bots can even compete with humans on a high level, given that they’re equipped with all the predefined mathematical calculations. If an opponent acts with a pattern, doesn’t respond to chat, and plays an unreasonable number of tables in an unlimited time, you’re more likely dealing with a bot.


This form of cheating has recently made headlines and the controversy involved no less than Daniel Cates, one of the world’s best poker players. Ghosting works by asking advice from a professional player with better skills in the middle of your play, especially in high-level games, without your opponents knowing it.

This cannot be done in a live poker setting, but this is common in MTTs. Some even allow the pros to have full control of their accounts as soon as they reach the final table. If a player suddenly shows a dramatic shift in their style and strategy, a highly-skilled pro may be advising them what to do.

Collusion/Card Sharing

Collusion happens both in live and online poker. A player can convince one or two of his friends to play together in one table and share cards. This way, they’ll have access to some information, giving them an edge over the other players.

So be vigilant. Watch out for a certain group who always play together and win more often. They could be colluding.

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