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As much as poker exists, there are many people who try to gain an advantage in the game by dishonest means. Unfortunately, online poker gives players even more opportunities with impunity to use all sorts of fraudulent tricks. With the help of all kinds of fast messaging services, players can easily share information about pocket cards and discuss how to entice an opponent into a trap. So how not to become a victim of online poker scammers?
Fortunately, most poker rooms provide an opportunity to save hand histories which can be analyzed with the help of special software. So in case of gross violation of the rules, it is likely that the conspiracy will be revealed and the guilty one will be punished.
Soft Play does not create any problems when playing cash games, however, its use cannot be called fair play. Players who use it harm poker. Soft Play is a situation where two (or more) players for some reason prefer not to play aggressively against each other. Perhaps they are just comrades and do not want to harm each other. Perhaps they are just strong players who played a lot of hands at the same table and know that it's better not to risk once again and choose the weaker opponents for attacks. They play passively against each other, avoid raises even with very strong hands. In the tournament this leads to certain difficulties. Let's say, you won a stack from one of these players, but if not for soft play, its size could be much larger, which in turn would increase your stack. So, you would become a victim of soft play to a certain extent.
Two players (or more) choose a third victim. Their task is to oust him from the competition for the pot with the help of aggression. It happens approximately as follows:
The victim can also be an open-raiser, in which case the cheater A makes 3-bet, and the cheater B makes 4-bet. In the second case, scammers risk a little more, but still, as a rule, they win. You should remember it not to become a victim of online poker scammers.
Using this tactic, deceivers tend to avoid a showdown, since, in most cases, one of them or even both have complete garbage. The essence of the squeeze is to force the opponent to fold. In such a way there is no need to wait for premium hands, the main thing is to intimidate the victim.
The Squeeze is especially dangerous when it is used on a bubble in SNG’s when the blinds are very high compared to the stack sizes, and every round is important. One successful squeeze can cost the victim a place in prizes.
In order not to become a victim of squeeze scammers, first of all, you should watch the game of opponents. If one of them applies a similar betting model, then perhaps he is a scammer. If you have the opportunity to bring them to showdown, do it. If the hands of one or both of your opponents are garbage - this is almost one hundred percent proof that your rivals have tried to deceive you by joint efforts.
If someone uses chip dumping in cash games, this is unlikely to harm you. In tournaments, its use becomes a serious problem. Chip-dumping is the transfer of the stack to the partner, so that he has more chances to succeed in the tournament in the future. Chip-dumping is very difficult to calculate, because, as a rule, this is a one-time phenomenon. After it was applied, one of the scammers, as a rule, is dropped out of a tournament and there is no other way to do the same thing. Chip-dumping can be done in several approaches, but this happens much less often. If you suspect someone in chip-dumping, write a letter to the support team, as they have the opportunity to check whether this player did something similar in the past.
Of course, not all inadequate and strange actions of other players are a fraud, but if the same players systematically do one of the actions that were described above, it's better to report about them not to become a victim of online poker scammers.
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