Monday, August 23, 2010

Who At Your Brick and Mortar Poker Table is NOT Cheating?

Maybe you think I should be asking this question about your online poker table, but, believe it or not, cheating on your local casino's live poker tables is getting way out of hand. Between the collusion play in cash games, softplay and chip-dumping in tournaments, and card-switching in both, you really have to wonder who is NOT cheating these days. To narrow this down a bit, let's take a look at the smaller stakes poker tables in both cash games and tournaments. There the cheating is lots more common than you might think. More card-switchers are working these games simply because they know less attention is paid to them by poker room personnel. As difficult as proficient card-switching at poker tables may be, the derring-do of low-stakes card-switching cheats surprises even me.

On the low-stakes tournament side I am seeing lots of scams revolving around collusion and chip dumping, especially holding out chips from one tournament-level and re-introducing them in a higher one. Many casino poker rooms are still allowing players to choose their tables and seat numbers, a practice that breeds collusion, chip-dumping and soft-playing.

So with all this dirty dealing and playing...who at the poker table is NOT cheating? Well, sorry, I don't have the answer to that one, but I do have the answer to this one: Who at the table has NEVER cheated in a brick and mortar poker game? If collusion and softplaying are to be considered cheating, then the answer is probably "no one."