Unfortunately, dishonest people will try to make it whenever money is to be earned, and some players will try to conspire to obtain an unfair edge in poker. We’ll look at the various collusion in online poker and how online poker sites combat collusion.
EXPLAINING ONLINE POKER COLLUSION
Handshake between two people
When players at a table intentionally collaborate to acquire an unfair advantage, this is collaboration. They collaborate by sharing information about their hole cards, learning about the playing styles of their opponents, and soft playing each other. Their ambition is to include any player on their team.
Poker is a game of limited information; thus, the more knowledge you have, the more you have the edge over the other players at the table. Typically, the informational benefit comes from playing the game for a long time and learning what strategy to employ based on information available to everyone at the table.
If you get to the river with QT on a board of J68832, and your opponent makes a large overbet to put you all in, you should be concerned about a K high or A high flush. If you’re conspiring with two other individuals and they tell you they folded K7 and A4 before the flop, you now know you have the best possible flush and can call comfortably. Collusion can also be utilized to determine whether you should draw to a specific hand. For example, suppose you’re drawing to a flush and debating whether or not to call. In that case, the players with whom you’re colluding can tell you whether or not they folded any cards of your suit, providing you information about how likely you are to make your hand if you call and allowing you to behave accordingly.
If you’re conspiring with two other individuals and they tell you they folded K7 and A4 before the flop, you now know you have the best possible flush and can call comfortably. Collusion can also be utilized to determine whether you should draw to a specific hand.
ONLINE POKER WEBSITES: HOW DO THEY PREVENT COLLUSION?
Online poker providers understand the importance of collaboration and actively seek out and remove colluders for player safety. One method they achieve this is by restricting table access to players who have the same IP address. This only applies to cash games, not tournaments, and if two players from the same IP address try to sit at the same cash table, the site will refuse them. They think that two players playing in the same house will be inclined to collude with one another but will refuse to do so.
After all, it doesn’t matter who wins the pot because it will be split, and inflating the pool equals more money for the rake. If a poker site has adequate evidence that accounts are colluding, they will be frozen, and any assets left in them will be seized. If they are found guilty after the investigation, their accounts will be closed, and any assets taken will be redistributed to the harmed players.
SUSPECTING ONLINE POKER COLLUSION
However, the onus isn’t solely on the poker site to catch colluders; you may spot them yourself if you know what to look for. Chip Transfer One person handing cash to another We haven’t covered chip transferring, often known as “chip dumping,” in this article because it doesn’t have the same impact on other players as ordinary collusion. Chip dumping in cash games is a method of money laundering on a poker site. A player will deposit their ‘dirty’ money into the poker site through one of the less reputable deposit methods, join a cash game table where their beneficiary is playing, and then intentionally lose money on that account. The ‘clean gains’ from the poker site can then be withdrawn and deposited wherever the secondary account wishes.
On the other hand, Chip dumping can be done in tournaments to provide a group working together with an advantage. If a colluders’ team is playing and one player has a talent advantage over the others, it makes sense for the team to give that individual as many chips as possible to give them the best chance of winning. Chip dumping can be done in various ways, depending on how visible they want to be. When in a heads-up pot with the receiver, one strategy is for the chip dumper almost to go all-in, leaving the slightest amount behind, and then fold to the recipient’s all-in.
Another, less visible way is to play the hand cautiously against each other until they reach the river, at which point they will know whether or not the recipient has the best hand, and then get the money in. Collecting Players Because the colluders don’t care who wins the hand, they can be as aggressive as they want to try to force other players out of the pot. Numerous colluders are squeezing out players and stealing the bank without going to a showdown. Preflop, the first colluder opens, the unwitting player 3bets, the second colluder 4bets, and the action return to the first colluder who 5bets. None of these strategies is foolproof because the unknowing player may have a hand that allows them to go all-in at any time, but if the colluders keep the 4bets and 5bets short, they may fold when their target goes all in and lose a tiny amount of money. Postflop, the same process can happen: the first colluder bets, the target raises or just calls, the second colluder extends over them, and the first colluder raises again. The target must have a mighty hand in a multiway pot, or a solid read that the others are bluffing. Even if the colluders are occasionally caught out by a target who has the nuts, the scheme will work the vast most of the time, and they will be able to shut down as soon as their target adds any more money to the pot. If you notice this maneuver frequently happening at your tables, try to see if it’s the duplicate two or three accounts, as they could be conspiring.
WHAT TO DO IF AN ONLINE POKER COLLUSION OCCURS?
If you notice any collaboration or even believe that people at your table are colluding, you should report it to the site where you’re playing. This can be done via live chat with a support team member or email. The sites take cooperation and other forms of cheating very seriously, so any reports will be investigated.
The Online Casino sites take cooperation and other forms of cheating very seriously, so any reports will be investigated. Many sites will inform you of their findings, giving you further peace of mind and demonstrating that your request was not neglected. While collusion in online poker is uncommon, some players are enticed to do so. Fortunately, poker sites are actively combating it, and now that you’re aware of the warning indications, you can join in the fight.