Texas Hold ‘em is a very popular game now and then. Poker. You mention the name and it conjures up ideas synonymous with famous films such as Oceans Eleven and Rounders. The idea of cowboys and gunslinging also rings in some people's ears, hence the name, Texas Hold ‘em. One of the biggest advances in the exposure of poker to the world at large has been the invention of the camera, placed under a table, to show what a player is holding. This has allowed large audiences to gain exposure to what was previously a back room game played by a small selection of people. There are a number of ways that online Texas Holdem players can do this, including:
Using the chat window, the colluders communicate in a pre-established code, right in front of the other players' eyes, whereby they compare their two hands and then fold the weaker of the two, only playing the stronger
The colluders take turns betting and raising heavily into a third player, forcing him or her to either keep calling ridiculous bets or keep folding out of every hand.
In offline Texas Holdem, this can occur as hand gestures, bodily cues, or careful arrangement of one's chip stack, but in internet play this occurs by communicating through some alternate method -- telephone, private email, or an instant message.
Cheating is an offense to the game of poker.And it has no place at the Texas Holdem table. One of the great appeals of Texas Holdem is that anybody -- expert of beginner -- can win. And that is as it should be. By sitting down at the Texas Holdem table you are implicitly consenting to play by the same rules as everyone else there. That too is as it should be.
Cheating is the bad apple that spoils the whole bunch. It gives Texas Holdem a bad name. Cheating is stealing -- plain and simple. That's why it's incumbent upon honest players like yourself to call out cheating whenever you spot it. Report it with a vengeance. And get yourself to a different Texas Holdem table as fast as you can.
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