The only realistic fear about poker casino ownership should be whether they are adequately capitalized to pay you when you win. Even though this shouldn’t be a problem-for every player who wins, there has to be one who loses, a very different situation than sports betting or Player vs. House games-I could envision it, if the operators were undercapitalized or faced losses from other business operations.
So, my first advice about online poker is, if you’re going to play, make sure you play in a casino whose ownership is either quite wealthy, quite well-known (so they have valuable reputations at stake), or both.
By the way, I don’t own stock in, or part of, any casino, online or otherwise. Now, did you believe that last statement? Well, it’s true. Did you believe THAT last statement? Well, it’s true too. Get the point? You should maintain a healthy skepticism about self-serving statements made on the subject of Internet gambling. I know I’m not going to lie to you, but you can’t be sure of that, just because I say it. Maintain that skeptical attitude when handing over your cash, and you’ll stand a much better chance of getting it back.
Partners Pose Biggest Danger in Online Poker
There is one major concern for online poker players: partnerships. Even in live poker games, players have to be worry about players who pool their resources, in an effort to trap other players. It isn’t a question of passing Aces back and forth under the table, but rather partnership play, which works something like this:
Players A and C are partners; Player B is just a regular player. Player A bets, B calls, C raises, A raises, and B folds, because he figures his hand isn’t strong enough to play against both a raiser and a re-raiser. A and C later split up B’s money.
World-class players aren’t too afraid of this sort of thing, because usually they will wait until they have the sort of powerful hand that will bust up A and C. Merely good players worry, but they do have casino personnel on hand to help keep an eye out for this sort of thing, and they also know that the cheating partners have to fear getting the tar beat out of them if the other players discover what’s happening.
The risks of Toto HK partnership cheating in online poker increase, for a few reasons. First, the online players don’t have to fear physical reprisal; at worst, they’ll lose their money. Second, you don’t need two players; one player, with two computers, two telephone lines, and two separate accounts, can do it all by himself, and he has the additional advantage of being able to see his “teammate’s” hand.