While online poker operator game integrity teams are always on the lookout for potential cheaters, it’s important that you — as a player — keep your wits about you and be wary of suspicious behavior. Three forms of cheating in particular, bots, ghosting, and collusion, are something you should be cognizant of.
In this exclusive interview with Baard Dahl, Head of PokerStars’ Game Integrity Department, we discuss the nature of his team’s investigations against bots and collusion.
Baard also tells us about his professional background, shares his thoughts about the continuous progress in artificial intelligence, and reveals some fascinating insights about how his team works to ensure the security of online poker gameplay.
Bots and collusion in online poker are an extremely hot topic in the poker community these days. For the first time ever, PokerStars’ Game Integrity Department has publicly released numbers relating to their on-site security efforts.
In addition to an infographic sharing these numbers, we’ve got an exclusive Q&A with representatives of the company’s Gaming Integrity Department. Their answers to our questions are quite eye-opening, indeed!
One of the dirtiest cheating tactics in poker – collusion – can unfortunately sometimes find it’s way into home games and even brick and mortar establishments. If you spot collusion happening, get up and leave the game immediately.
This article details how collusion can be executed at live poker tables. Always keep your eyes peeled to ensure that neither you nor anyone else at the table is getting cheated.
Written by legendary casino cheat Richard Marcus back in 2006, Dirty Poker remains a fascinating read. Though some parts have become somewhat dated, due to technological advancements in enhancing poker security, this book is highly intriguing.
Of specific interest to poker fans, Marcus reveals common cheating methods used online (relatively dated), in live poker rooms (slightly dated) and in home games (still VERY relevant). Certainly worth the time it takes to read this book.
Following the excellent feedback we’ve gotten on his first article here on the Cardplayer Lifestyle poker blog, A Cyber Security Expert’s Analysis of Online Poker, Eddie Harari was kind enough to contribute this more in-depth piece examining the question of whether or not it’s possible to have a fully secure online poker environment. Mr. Harari has over 25 years of experience in the field and he also plays poker recreationally, both live and online. In addition to an exhaustive review of the prevalent security issues and risk analysis, both on the player and operator sides, he tackles the hot topic of online poker collusion – a MUST-READ!