Home Poker Game Cheating


Cheating in home poker games is definitely something people worry too much about. There simply is no incentive for people to cheat at low-limit games. In my experience, many people who talk about cheating have problems of their own - either they are not intelligent people, or they are so risk-averse and worried about losing that they compensate for their own insecurities by directing their fears towards others. They remind me of people who lose money in the stock market and talk about how the market is rigged.

How to deal with home poker cheating

Obviously, if you think people are cheating then you shouldn't play in their game but also don't be paranoid if someone flops quads twice in one night. It happens. Any punishments and penalties dealing with cheating should be at the complete discretion of the host. If you have a good "douchebag radar" then you'll be fine - just be a little extra careful when playing in any non-regulated game that is either high-stakes or that uses a dedicated dealer. A game is less likely to have a mechanic (i.e. crooked dealer) when the dealer rotates.

Types of home poker cheating

Cheating is broken up into 3 main areas:

  • People: This is usually done in two different ways - collusion and chip dumping. Collusion is when two players conspire to play in a way to make it unfair to other players in the hand. It is essentially team play. Chip dumping is a result of one player deliberately loses his chips to a player he prefers. These are the toughest forums of cheating to prove.

  • Chips: This is done when a player brings in foreign chips into the game, or steals chips from either another player or from the host, in the case of a home game. You will want to either hide the extra chips very well, or the best would be to get custom chips - although this can get expensive.

  • Cards: This is done by marking the cards or, if dealing, dealing favorable cards to certain people. Some people believe that looking at another player's cards is illegal. But others argue that it is a player's own responsibility to hide their cards enough so that people don't see them. Looking at other's cards is definitely unethical though.


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