Poker is an interesting game, one in which the line between being moral and respectful is often blurred by the game’s primary goal: outplay, lie and steal as much money as you possibly can.

While I don’t condone cheating in almost any aspect of life, poker is a bit of a grey area. You see as long poker has existed, so has the poker cheat. I’m of the opinion that if something has always been one way and always will be one way, then that’s just the way it is; accept it and move on.

Cheating is a part of poker, just as taking an epic beating (and having your hands broken under angry boot heels) is a part of cheating. Every cheat knows the golden rule: don’t get caught.

If a cheat does get caught the repercussions are understood. If you’re going to go to the dark side and become a dirty, greasy cheat, then you’re going to have learn how to do it right. This takes thousands of hours of practice, and a level of forethought rarely called upon by the average Joe. Oddly enough you need to understand more about the game than you would ever need if you were to play it straight.

As Penn Jillette explained in his spectacular book How to Cheat your Friends at Poker learning to cheat is like learning to become a pilot. You don’t learn through trial and error. You study and practice until you’re 100% sure you can get it right every time. You never make a mistake, you never miss, because if you do you’re going down without a chute, all you can do is cover your head and hope for the best.

I believe that if you’re going to play the game, you need to do your homework to understand how cheats cheat. It’s impossible to protect yourself if you don’t know what you need to protect yourself from. If it takes a cheat to spot a cheat, then you’re going to have to become a cheat to confidently play the game straight, oddly enough.

Click on the infographic below to learn the very basics of how to cheat at poker.

If you want to learn more pick up Jillette’s book. It will give you everything you need to know to begin your new life on the grift.

Post any comments questions or whatever below.


Simon is an overactive gambler and the Staff Writer here at Silver Oak. He loves casino bonuses, online slots, and using the em dash too often. Currently, he rests his typing hands in Vancouver, Canada.