Unfortunately, as with any activity involving competition and/or money, the possibility to cheat (and BE cheated, for that matter) exists with online gambling as well. The information below is a short introduction to the different issues regarding cheating which may occur in online casinos and how the sites themselves respond and/or control the behavior. Also, we’ve included some links to blacklists and lists of rogue casinos that you may find worth checking out.
Cheating – Casinos
Overall, most of the casinos you visit (or, at least the ones you SHOULD visit) are reliable and trustworthy and you have little to fear in terms of getting cheated. Most sites, and the ones we recommend, proudly display symbols or information indicating their use of certain software packages ensuring their trustworthiness and/or independent audits to verify their operations. Nearly all online casinos adhere to a strict ‘fair-gaming’ policy which you, as a player, should come to expect and demand. Whatever fears you may have, most reputable online casinos are generally as safe as or even more secure than most popular websites which handle financial transactions. Like any industry, there are of course some online poker sites which should be avoided for their lack of transparency and/or shady dealings. If you’re at all in doubt, check out some of the links below to sites that have compiled a list of online casinos to avoid. Also, you may want to check out our reviews section for a list and description of sites that we vouch.
Cheating – Players
Cheating in a casino – whether online or on land – is never a good idea. The consequences are severe both in terms of repercussions from the casino itself and from law enforcement. Online casinos are actually able to monitor players even better than their ‘live’ counterparts and their software generally includes numerous tools which can detect: if someone is playing from multiple locations, using different log-in names, playing as a team, manipulating screen information, etc. Casinos are, quite naturally, extremely intolerant of this type of behavior and if caught, you risk not only being banned from that site, but the casino also has the option (and won’t hesitate to exercise it!) of reporting your name to other casinos (placing you on a ‘blacklist’) and law enforcement.