Poker Etiquette: Cheating Methods You Should Be Aware Of
Cheating is one thing every poker player should seriously guard against. Nobody likes a guy who cheats in poker. Thus it is considered to be a major sin with regard to poker etiquette. Unfortunately, whether you play at home with friends, casino or tournament, or even online, there'll be folks out there who, one time or another, just can't stand not to cheat.
Though cheating does come in various forms, we can classify them into four categories. These are collusion, mechanics, using imported chips, and using marked cards. We'll distinguish each one of these forms of cheating so that if you spot something of the same nature being done on a poker table you can report it or simply avoid it.
You can expect that there'll be less cheating when playing poker with your friends or family, since these home games usually involve very small stakes. Players at your home will be more concerned with meeting with old friends than winning the pot on the table.
One of the most prevalent kind of cheating you'll ever see is the good old quick peek into the other guy's cards. You'll see this anywhere and is the easiest way to cheat after all.
Using marked cards would be one form of cheating that most people have heard of. This method of cheating is executed by marking the cards previously before they are used in a game. The old way (and really obvious method) of marking cards would be by tearing off a piece or nicking them using a fingernail. Nowadays cheaters use punched cards or cards marked by invisible ink that can only be seen using special eye glasses.
Bringing in more chips does another form of cheating. Though this method of cheating is easily checked by using custom made chips. Casinos will have their own custom made chips so this won't be a big problem. But if you're playing from home, you can avoid the trouble by marking your own poker chips.
Mechanics is a method of cheating that involves the dealer in most instances. The cheat is done by sleight of hand. An example would be dealing from the bottom of the deck, false shuffling, and a host of other methods. This form of cheating is kind of hard to spot, but it can be avoided by having a truly dedicated dealer. You'll never have to worry about this in online poker.
Collusion is a form of cheating that is hard to catch. This form of cheating requires two or more players conniving to beat other players. This can be done online or offline (land-based casino/home game).
Whatever method of cheating is out there, just remember that it is against poker etiquette. Those who are caught cheating often face penalties or are blacklisted. Be aware of the different forms and keep your guard up.