Poker at home is meant to be a friendly game where players don't have to worry about being robbed at the table. It's one thing to lose your money to fair play, but to lose your money to cheats is something all home poker players need to take seriously. There are three main categories of information in the poker cheating at home section,
Sleight of Hand: Much cheating occurs with players who are able to manipulate the deck or cards in their hands. These types of tricks are similar to those employed by card magicians, and much of the techniques are the same. It isn't to warn you against playing poker with card magicians, but given the inclination, a card magician makes for a great poker cheat. The first type of sleight of hand described is the Mechanic's Grip. This is a technique for holding the deck from which most sleight of hand tricks are born.
Other Methods: "Magic tricks" with cards aren't the only way that the poker cheat can operate. There is no end to the ways in which the poker cheat can team up with other cheats in the same game, bring their own trick cards or chips into another person's game, or interact with the pot. All of the cheating methods described here are real threats and real ruses that are used by poker cheats.
Protection: Knowledge of how poker cheats operate is one defense. There are also other ways to protect yourself from potential cheating in your home game. These include establishing better control over the players in the game, the cards that are used, and the way in which dealing is done. At the end of the day, the goal is to create a home game atmosphere that is protected enough that a poker cheat is discouraged from playing in that game.
Some poker players think that by sharing information with their friends on Party Poker, they can gain an advantage and cheat their opponents. This is known as poker collusion, two or more players will use a chatroom, instant messages or even the telephone to tell their friends what cards they have. They can each decide whether or not to continue with their hand or fold it based on that information. For example:
Player 1 is dealt two Jacks
Player 2 is dealt two Kings
The players exchange this information and the Jacks would of course fold, knowing they are behind right away and needing to catch one of the two remaining Jacks in the deck to take the lead.
Collusion gains the poker player an edge over the rest of their opponents, they have more information about the cards dealt and know how likely the remaining cards are to make a hand. This edge can provide players with large profits as they progress in tournaments by folding strong hands that could possibly see them knocked out. Cheating Party Poker in this manor can also be put into place in cash games, where the profits are equally as good.
Other Forms Of Cheating On Party Poker
Players could also cheat by "chip dumping" - A player will help out his friend(s) by losing some, or all, of his chips to either keep their friend in the game with a bigger chip count or boost their chip count to take the lead in a tournament and give them a great chance of winning or taking a good money finish. As with collusion, the chip dumping players would then share out any profits between themselves after the game.
The Party Poker Solution
There is no need to worry. Party Poker have strict cheating rules in place to stop collusion and chip dumping. Using high tech software, Party can automatically spot suspicious betting patterns, like the example of two Jacks vs. two Kings above, and flag the accounts involved. Repeated behavior like this will get the accounts suspended and reviewed. The hand histories of all Party Poker accounts are stored, so it is easy for a human to check through the records for obvious examples of collusion and chip dumping. When evidence of cheating is found, the accounts involved are terminated and banned from Party Poker.
The world's largest online poker room, also has the world's best security measures in place against cheating.
HACKING ONLINE POKER
HACKING IN THE PAST
Hacking Online Poker is largely a myth. There is only one ever recorded case of it happening. Click here to read it. This specific case involves taking advantage of a flaw in a random number generation code. This has been fixed by specific verification of their RNG's (random number generator).
HACKING DOESN'T HAPPEN
Hacking just cannot happen -- at least not from the outside. Why? Well any semi-legitimate online poker company employs 128bit encryption. Such as digital certificates from companies like THAWTE. The value of these certificates is that the client side program (say partypoker client) connects on a secure level to their server - therefore it is encrypted on your computer and decrypted on the server side. Making it nearly impossible to hack, the server that is.
HACKING THE CLIENT
Hacking the client is something that happens quite frequently.
For instance, you can open your poker directory.
c:\program files\poker client\images\
and you could open all those images and modify them. The new images would appear on your client only.
Example: modify table.jpg to add a pot odds chart instead of blank table felt.
Another way to hack the client is to "Hex-Edit" it. Go to Download.com search for the programs by the name of "Hex Edit" and download one. Then use this program to open the client example "pokerclient.exe" . And you can view a lot of information programmed into the client.
For the most part this is just an interesting way to look at how the program runs. However, in the past its been used to modify a couple interesting things such as registering banned names on that poker client. Such as "POKERCLIENT SUPPORT" or "ASSHOLEPLAYER" , etc.