Three Types of Cheating in Poker

February 26th, 2010  |  Published in Casino Tips

Poker is a competitive sport- after all there are big wins and big losses associated with the game. Unfortunately, anytime you have a competitive sport or an occasion where money stands to be won, you will encounter people who are all too willing to cheat. In fact, cheating is so common in poker, that there are specific terms used to define the five most common types of cheating that go on at the table.

Three Common Ways Players Cheat at the Poker Table

1. Check-Chopping: Check-chopping refers to a player’s palming chips during a game. For example, if a player folds early in a hand he or she may offer to manage the pot. The player will divide the table chips and hand them to the player who won the hand, little does that player know the pot helper hid a chip or two in their hand. Often the cheater will place an adhesive on their hand to help with this, but some cheaters are skilled enough to do it without help.

2. Rat holing: In rat holing a player will sneak his or her own chips off the table during game play. The player will either palm the chips or sneak them in to their lap when the dealer and other players are not looking. Typically this is done so the player ends up with a higher profit then they would have otherwise.

3. Card Marking: Marked cards are a deck of cards that have been marked to indicate the cards value on the backside. This way the cheater can know the value of each card. There are several different ways to mark a card, and once marked the cheater can tell the value of every other player’s hand at the table. Cards are either marked before the game starts or while the game is in progress.

Cheating at poker is as old as the game itself. Cheating may work in smaller, at-home games. However, casino employees are trained and retrained on every method of cheating. For this reason, it is very unlikely that a cheater will get away with the act in the casino for very long. Once they are caught, casinos punish cheaters as much as they can. The cheater will be banned from not only that casino, but every casino owned by the company. For example, Harris owns casinos all over the country. If a player was caught cheating at a Harris casino in Las Vegas, they could be banned from hundreds of casinos across the United States. In the end, it is unlikely attempted to cheat was worth it.

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