The Disadvantages of Online Poker Collusion

The popularity of online poker has made people believe that they can become rich just sitting in front of a computer playing a card game. This belief has also made people think of ways to cheat the casino and their fellow poker players.

One of the most common forms of cheating in online poker is collusion. In collusion, two or more players collude or connive with each other to gain an unfair advantage over other players on the table. The colluding players share information about their hands through the use of clever signals, or in the case of online poker, the telephone. Collusion is so common that it is estimated that one in five online poker tables contain some colluding players.

In a real casino, such as those in Las Vegas, it is next to impossible to conduct collusion without attracting the attention of the casino staff. Casinos are very strict about all forms of cheating and will ban players who attempt such behavior. The possibility of getting caught makes collusion in land-based casinos an extremely difficult task.

In stark contrast, the Internet provides anonymity and privacy to online poker players, which makes collusion a much easier and manageable job to pull off. Online poker players can do anything they want while playing, such as sitting with their pajamas on, yelling at the top of their lungs or even drinking beer while munching popcorn.

A real and live poker game eliminates the possibility of conniving with other players through secret conversations or hand signals. Furthermore, if you attempt to collude with a partner in a live poker game the other players will get suspicious easily. But online poker offers a convenient and easy way to collude - through the telephone.

Talking to your fellow poker player to share game information seems like a work of genius. But the question is, does collusion really work?

At first glance, collusion looks like an effective way to cheat, but it has several drawbacks. First, most colluding players haven't worked out a clear way to communicate. They start talking excitedly about their hands but this often results in misunderstandings and mistakes.

Second, colluding players sometimes don't know what to do with the information they have. Either they are clueless about their next move or they are just plain stupid.

Third, the effectiveness of a collusion strategy depends on the number of players involved. Two colluding players don't make any difference in a table of 8-10 poker players. It is also improbable that a three- or four-way telephone conversation is likely to succeed as this would only lead to confusion.

Lastly, collusion destroys a player's concentration. Players in collusion need to be constantly communicating with each other and this lessens the mental concentration needed to win the game. The players, aside from studying their own poker hands, also have to analyze their partner's hands and create a suitable gameplan. This often results in marginal hands and poor overall play.

Online poker collusion is not just worth the effort. In fact, you could just as easily make money playing online poker the fair and honest way than to concoct dirty tricks with a friend. So don't bother to try cheating if you really want to make a fortune from online poker.