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Don’t Show Your Cards to the Press
Ali Tekintamgac used false media representatives to cheat at live poker. He won big but now he’s been banned for life (I hope).
Player and blogger at final table
I hate cheaters. Anyone who walks the just path must hate cheaters. They’re pissing at the idea of fair competition and your hard work.
Cheating in poker is doubly bad since every time it happens, poker’s reputation goes down enormously because of the game’s sordid history.
For poker’s reputation to reflect the true conditions in today’s poker, poker needs to be extra clean. To win a reputation similar to chess’, poker needs to be much cleaner than chess.
So how can cheating be stopped? In general it’s very hard, both in live poker and online poker.
But the kind of cheating we’ve seen in PPT and EPT is very easy to stop:
Don’t show your cards!
For a poker player, it should be standard procedure not to show your cards to people behind your back. It’s just a natural instinct.
After all, protecting your cards isn’t that hard. Why would anyone be sloppy with this little detail? Most of all in big tournaments.
If you show your cards, you’re asking to be cheated.