There are no such things as cheats, cheat codes or PokerStars cheating software. Any site on the web that claims to have discovered any of these things is out to make a quick buck from the people gullible enough to believe it. Algorithms and encryption technology have come a long way since the early days of online poker. It’s next to impossible for anyone to hack the software or PokerStars servers.
In any environment, there will always be people who try to get ahead by playing outside the rules, and the cut-throat nature of online gaming is certainly conducive to that attitude. Fortunately, the site’s management maintains a dedicated security team focused on rooting out individuals and groups who are attempting to cheat PokerStars.
There are three kinds of PokerStars cheating to watch out for:
Bots at PokerStars?
Building a winning poker program is incredibly difficult. Since there’s no way to cheat the PokerStars software, a winning bot needs to be legitimately better than most of its opponents. It requires enough close knowledge of poker strategy that anyone who could pull it off would make more money by grinding the tables himself. But the big odds against success have not stopped people from breaking the PokerStars terms and conditions by attempting to create a winning bot.
The PokerStars security team keeps track of patterns of play on their site. Any account playing inhumanly long sessions, keeping unnaturally precise playing times, or exhibiting other suspicious behavior will be investigated. The PokerStars player base can be a huge help in this regard, alerting the security team of accounts that seem unusual.
When a bot or ring of bots is discovered, PokerStars bans the accounts in question and redistributes the funds from those accounts to honest players who were affected by the bots.
Multi-Accounting and Collusion on PokerStars
The security team watches to make sure players are using only one account and one screen name, and that they are not working at one table as a team to gain an unfair edge over the other players. Both of these methods of cheating are unlikely to make a winning player out a losing one, but unfortunately, that hasn’t stopped people from implementing them.
However, the security team keeps a careful eye on these methods of PokerStars cheats, helped out by tips from other players. There have been some cases of multi-accounting and colluding over the years, but PokerStars has banned the villainous accounts and refunded money to players who were affected.