25 March, 2008
This past Easter Sunday, thousands of players stood up the Easter dinner table to sit down instead at the poker table, gathering online for a whole different kind of feast. Multiple top online poker sites hosted big tournaments with big prizes and, as always happens at such events, some players celebrated later that night several thousand dollars richer.
The PokerStars Sunday Million saw 7,445 players logging in for their share of the pot, with a player named Tsipor taking the big prize of $147,561.00 away from chip leader Maluko0, who still walked away with an undisappointing second place win and $122,670.00 for his efforts.
Meanwhile, Sunday Bodog Poker following up its recent Bodog Poker Open with its weekly $100,000 Guaranteed tournament finals that attracted but a meager 603 players, but still managed to generate an impressive $39,000+ overlay. The winner, MONSTER_DONG was the big $25,000 winner, with RonnDough taking a sweet $14,300 second.
At Full Tilt Poker, 3,784 battled for the top prize of $133,991.44 in the Full Tilt Poker $750,000 Guaranteed Tournament, and nine hours after it started, a player going by CapTinBisKuiT claimed it for himself.
So, clearly, even though Easter Sunday typically sees a slowdown at the online poker rooms, that doesn’t make it any less of an opportunity for those everyday folks who do show up to win big.
17 March, 2008
Online Poker Safety: How to Avoid Being Cheated by Other Players
Part II of II – How to Protect Yourself from Cheating
In part I of this two-part posting, we discussed the types of cheating being conducted by a very small number of online poker players out there. Now we’ll get into the ways to protect yourself from this happening to you, as well as what to do if you suspect yourself of having been a victim of such ill-begotten gains.
- Choose your poker sites carefully. No poker site wants cheating to occur at their tables, but some sites are better at preventing it than others. The first step in researching poker sites is to read their Safety or Integrity page. Yes, these pages are typically long and boring, but in the case of protecting yourself from cheaters, the more detailed and specific the explanation of how your player safety is ensured, the better. Then, if you’re still uncertain where to deposit your bankroll, visit one or more of the online poker player forums (there are certainly plenty of them) and look for postings by players themselves about their experiences with the security (or lack thereof) of any sites you’re considering.
- Check the hand histories. A hand history can give you a good idea of whether you were the victim of cheating or just the object of a bad beat.
- Contact the site. If you still believe yourself a victim of cheating, then courteously contact the poker site administrator and request an investigation into the situation.
The best way to protect yourself is to know what’s out there. So now you know. Hopefully this keener eye on what to look out for will arm you with the confidence continue making the most of all the fun, excitement, and profit that the field of fabulous online poker rooms have made available to you.
All this having been said, remember that the vast majority of players out there are just like you, honest poker lovers looking to have some fun and win an honest buck while doing so. So go out and enjoy yourself.
12 March, 2008
World-renowned poker pro Jennifer Harman loves animals. And in an effort to help them where they can’t help themselves, she’s hosting an international online poker charity tournament to benefit their many (and growing) needs.
Taking place at FullTiltPoker.com, the Animal-Loving charity online poker tournament brings together animal-loving poker pros and amateurs alike from around the world to benefit the Nevada SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), a no-kill animal shelter.
Joining Harman will be fellow Team Full Tilt big names: Gus Hansen, Mike Matusow, Chris “Jesus” Ferguson, Howard “The Professor” Lederer.
Other celebs joining in on the event include (with their FullTiltPoker usernames, where available, in quotes):
- Jeff Brushie, “SMAKEbreak”, world halfpipe champion snowboarder;
- Ross Powers, 2-time X-Games champ and Olympic medalist;
- Kris Swierz, “WheatSApuff”, pro snowboarder;
- Parks Bonifay, “pbpbpb”, 5-time wakeboard world champ and X-Games gold medalist;
- Shane Bonifay, “jeanyes407”, Gravity Games and X-Games wakeboard medalist;
- Danny Harf, “d9bigtime”, 4-time X-Games gold medalist wakeboarder;
- Jimmy Button, “BTNFLY”, pro-motocross champ.
The “Animal Lovers” event will be a $5 + $5 No Limit Texas Hold’em tournament, starting at 9 pm EDT, March 16, 2008.
4 March, 2008
When talking about being cheated playing online poker, the concern is not about inappropriate action taken by the poker sites, as this is so rare as to be virtually negligible. It is about malicious activity being perpetrated by a handful of your fellow players, those in particular who believe that their poker abilities are inadequate enough at winning them the big bucks that they feel they have to resort to cheating in order to win.
Poker may be 70% luck, but the element of skill involved, comprising that other 30%, should not be skill in using devious and unethical means to get one over on your fellow players. Bluffing is one thing; cheating is altogether another.
There are many forms of cheating at online poker, the most predominant ones being:
- Multi-accounting – where a single player signs up for multiple accounts with the same site
- Seat-selling – where a player sells their online poker account to a professional player for a share of the gains
- Multi-tabling – while many sites permit multi-tabling at ring game tables (and we see no real devilishness here), the cheating version of this occurs mostly during tournaments wherein each player should only be getting one seat, but somehow manages to land him or herself multiple seats in the same tournament, thereby giving them an unfair advantage
- Ghosting – less an actionable form of cheating than a practice of questionable ethics, this is when a player of less skill accepts advice during a hand from a more experienced player secretly standing by and observing the game.
How then to protect yourself for this type of behavior? How can you sit in at an online table with the peace of mind that you’ll be enjoying some good, clean, fun and with the trust that, should anyone try to take advantage of you by breaking the rules, you’ll catch on soon enough to avoid losing your chips and be able to take appropriate action against the perpetrator(s)?
That will be the subject of part II of this post: How to Protect Yourself from Being Cheated by Other Players