Which pokerrooms can be trusted?

Obviuosly not all pokerrooms can be trusted, I recieve lots of spam mail from sites advertizing huge bonuses and I would never consider for a second to use any of those; either they are scams or even simpler, from sheer principle: You should never reward any spammers by accepting any of their offers. There has also been cases of pokerrooms that wouldn't return players money, but bottom line is that if you choose the serious pokerrooms (which is the vast majority), they will not try to hustle you, since this would spread like fire and jeopardize a very profitable business for them.

How do pokerrooms make money

You should be very aware that pokerrooms make a lot of money whether you win or loose! When you win, you win other players money and when you loose, you loose your own money - but no matter what the pokerroom will get their “rake” which is a small percentage they take from each pot. The rake is normally around 5% on cash games and a little more on tournaments, around 10% to 25%. There are many different ways for calculating rake, but this is the primary way that pokerrooms make money. Since they profit whether you loose or win, they have no reason for trying to cheat you and should they do anyway, they put their entire business at stake. So I don't worry too much about whether I will get my winnings or whether they will empty my credit card or bank account. It should also be added that in Denmark where I live, we have laws to provide a high degree of protection when using online transactions in general.

Other ways to get cheated

When it comes to real cheating there has been found examples in the past, and lately there was an example of cheat at where a cracked version of their software permitted a player to see his opponents cards but this is very uncommon. A more usual way of cheating is known as “collution” meaining that two or more players cooperates to gain an edge on the other players. The pokerrooms are constantly keeping their eyes out for this and if you suspect that this is happening, you should report it to the pokerroom. I don't know how common this cheat is, but players caught at it, will be banned and have their accounts frozen. I haven't found my self in a game yet where I have suspected collution, but I have heard of examples from others. I don't consider this a likely threat in my own games, but the best countermeasure is to report suspecious plays to the pokerrooms who can then examine their logs and take action if needed.

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