Nearly everyone who takes up the game of poker, at one time or
another considers the possibility of trying to cheat. After all, wouldn't it be
great to take everyone's money without going through the effort of playing well
and suffering bad beats? At first glance, cheating seems incredibly attractive.
As a cheater, you have a secret advantage over other players, increasing your
chance of winning, and if you do things well enough, nobody ever knows what
you're up to. Wow. You could even go on to become fabulously rich.
Okay, hold it right there. Not so fast. Let's jump out of this little daydream
for a moment and look at this matter realistically.
The truth is that cheating is not for everyone. Some people simply do not have
the mental and emotional makeup to execute it properly and live with themselves
afterwards. Here's the question: Are you one of those people who would be able
to pull it off, or do you fit into the huge category of players who, when it
comes right down to it, simply cannot bring themselves to actually play the game
Let's find out. I have devised a little quiz for you. Answer the following three
Question 1: You are seated in a home poker game. The player to your left
unknowingly holds his cards in such a way that you are able to see them. Do you:
A. Tell him you can see his cards so he can correct the
problem and not let it happen again. After all, thatís common courtesy, and
telling him is the right thing to do.
B. Keep this information to yourself and use it to your advantage.
Additionally, you hope he never notices that he is holding his cards like
Question 2: You are playing in a casino. While dealing a
particular hand, the dealer inadvertently flashes one of the cards, and you see
what it is. No one else notices. Do you:
A. Announce to the everyone at the table that you saw one
of the cards being dealt. You figure that everyone you're playing with is
also entitled to know what that card is.
B. Keep quiet. Secretly, you hope the player receiving that card stays in
the hand that so you will know one of his cards and have an advantage over
Question 3: You are in a game among friends. While one of the
players is shuffling the cards, you happen to notice the card that ends up at
the bottom of the deck. Do you:
A. Ask him to shuffle the cards some more. You inform
everyone that you caught a glimpse of that bottom card. Of course, they all
appreciate your honesty.
B. Keep your big mouth shut. During that hand, the card you saw will be out
of play. Knowing that fact gives you an advantage, which youíll gladly take.
How did you do? If you answered each of these three questions
with Choice 'A', then you are a great person, an honest and ethical human being,
and I would want you for a trusted friend. However, and I say this pointedly,
you are not someone who should ever consider the possibility of cheating at
poker. You do not have the mental or emotional wherewithal to be able to pull it
On the other hand, if you answered each of these questions with Choice 'B', then
perhaps you have what it takes to attempt to cheat. Your mental and emotional
makeup is such that you might be able to endure the rigors necessary to pursue a
course of cheating.
So, if you are among this group, does that mean you should now go forth and
start trying to cheat when you play poker? Absolutely not! Cheating is never
advisable, even for those who are capable of doing it. Cheating is always an
immoral and disgraceful activity. There is nothing admirable about a cheater. I
strongly advise you: Do not start down the path to cheating, no matter what.
This test is meant merely to provide you with a little insight into how your
mind (and heart) works with regard to the prospect of cheating. What did you
find out? Are you a person who might be capable of cheating at poker? If not,
then take comfort in the fact that you are ethically sound, and please don't
ever consider the possibility of cheating. If, however, you are a person who has
the inherent ability to cheat, then I say this to you: Don't do it anyway!
Venture forth into the world of poker, and take with you your newfound knowledge
about yourself. After all, through knowledge, comes empowerment.
Timmor L. White is the founder and president of Online
Poker Systems and the OPS Group. With a background in
Internet technology, he is active in the study and
reporting of online-poker playing strategies. If you
wish to explore a specific way to cheat when playing
online, click here:
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