The Most Common Scam of Online Poker

When two or more players cooperate on the table, this is known as collusion or collusion. It manifests itself in different ways, for example through a simple player called as a simple move, through secretly communicating the cards and generally stealing the money.


For this cooperation to be beneficial, you need to invest time. Multi-tabling is not an option. That is why they are colluding with high stakes players. In the bubble, one of the big stacks can fold, voluntarily loses chips and both arrive.


The advantage of the small stack is bigger than the loss for the big stack. The real losers are the tables with medium stacks, because their opportunities to make money decrease.


It is almost impossible for poker rooms to stop this scam, those who make this scam use mobile, Skype or MSN for their conversations. Yes, collusion is a scam and the terms and conditions of each poker room are clear, drastic measures will be taken against players who do.


Case studies:

Hand number 1

An example of how players artificially build a boat.

Scammer 1 receives the worst hand in Texas Hold’em. The victim of the scam receives kings. The swindler 2 receives six. The flop is T-3-6, and the number 1 scammer bets knowing he has no chance to win. The victim rises, and the number 2 scammer challenges him. The number 1 scammer goes back up and on the turn gets the entire victim’s money. However, the crook 1 always folds the river, so he does not have to show his hand. Players who feel they are being swindled communicate it to the poker room, which will check the history of the hands to detect any suspicious behavior.


Hand number 2


One of the scammers receives a 7-2 our victim has a couple of jacks, while the second scammer receives 5-6. Now an ace appears on the flop. Our victim still has opportunities to win the hand, if he were playing against regular opponents, but if these continue to increase, our victim will pretend that one of them has an ace and will fold.


Hand number 3

In this situation, scammers come to save a stack.

The hands are AQ for the swindler 1, TT for the victim, and AK for the swindler 2. The flop is A-9-T. After a bet and both scammers will go all in. As a scammer knowing that your partner has an ace, you can fold with AQ and save your stack.


How to protect yourself?

Most poker rooms use anti-collision software, but as in multi-accounting, the best weapon is to watch the players. Attentive players notice something abnormal. They ask for the history of the hands and analyze the information to confirm that they are suspects.


If you think they cheated on you, you should check the information and notify the poker room. You can also communicate your concern to forums such as 2 + 2, where you will find players with a lot of knowledge.


Who has done it?

  1. Nick Grudzien

Until 2010, Nick “stoxtrader” Grudzien was a respected high stakes player, coach and poker author. He even created his own site from However, today its name is related to one of the biggest online poker scandals. The 2 + 2 Noah’s user provided evidence that Grudzien had admitted that he had done multi-accounting and collusion on Full Tilt Poker and Poker Stars.


According to him, he originally used other accounts for the production of training videos, to be later used for scam purposes. His first suspicious collision accounts were 40putts and knock stiff. It was learned that they were behind a simple player. There was no evidence and Grudzien rejected all allegations.


The discussion of 2 + 2 lasted some time, when Noah’s finally decided to consult the Poker Table ratings database. With the help of his information, it was possible to prove that Grudzien had played at the same time as his partner Robert Papp’s. Four of the suspicious accounts had won four million dollars in collusion.


  1. The Chinese Collusion Ring

This case of collusion was not discovered in a long time. A group of cheats from China had colluded the Poker Stars Sit and Go’s between the summer of 2009 and 2012. They focused on buy-in tournaments of $ 50 and $ 100 and won over $ 750,000 before being caught.


The community may never have heard it, but one of the players, called Jane 0123, tried to lift the ban that Poker Stars had placed on him and his accomplices, and went to ask people for help in 2 + 2.


The entire community learned that 49 players had been banned because they were colluding and cheating other players. When Poker Stars realized this they froze the accounts.


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