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To cheat at Texas holdem is very much discourage. But others may not be as honest as you. That is why as a player, it is advisable to take note of the various cheats or tricks that they are using to avoid being taken advantage of.
Players in online Texas holdem can collude as a form of cheating. Collusion is when two or more players partner up to mislead the other players at the table and unfairly take their money. They may use pre-established codes as a form of communication among players. They compare their hands, and then make the weaker hand fold in favor of the stronger hand.
The sandwich trick is used when 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. And in offline Texas holdem, signaling is used by cheaters. These are in the form of 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.
Some players will use false shuffles and riffle shuffles as a form of cheats. Cheaters will use these shuffles in combination, along with some false dealing to give any player certain cards. A simple way to prevent it is to make sure that another party cuts the deck before the deal.
One of the great appeals of Texas Holdem is that anybody, expert or beginner can win. Cheating is an offense to the game of poker. And it has no place at the Texas Holdem table. By sitting down at the Texas Holdem table you are implicitly consenting to play by the same rules as everyone else there. A great feeling is achieved if you won the fair way, and not winning using cheats.