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Collusion In Micro FLHE Tables

By: HoldThisPete @ 09:50 (EST) / 314 / Comment ( 4 )
There are a few of us here in PSO who, like me, enjoy playing micro FLHE games. BUT BEWARE that even in $0.02/$0.04 limit games you can be cheated!

Back in December while playing at a couple of tables (quite a few players of course play way more) I noticed two very aggressive players. I hit pause on my Netflix movie and watched these two guys play and realized these guys were a team! It reminded me of a scene taken out of "Rounders" where the players would keep raising the pot until their "target" would finally fold.

I reported the players to PokerStars and received a prompt reply that they would look into it.

Today I looked at my cash history and saw $1 credited to me from admin. on Jan. 27.  I quickly pulled up my email account and found a letter titled "PokerStars Support - Collusion Report Complete".

The following is a copy of the email sent to me. I am very happy to say that PokerStars watches out for even the little guys like me who play for pennies a day.


Hello XXXXX,

First allow me to apologize for the delay in responding to your report. This
particular case was quite involved and more time than usual was required for
the review.

We have concluded that the play of 'krutyvus' and 'gengorka' violated the
integrity of our games. They have been informed that they are no longer
welcome to play on our site.

In addition, we have 'rolled back' hands in which they won money unfairly
and redistributed the funds to the players who were affected. Overall, you
lost $1.00 to these players at the table that you might not have ordinarily
lost if they had been playing fairly. I have credited this amount to your
account, so that you will not have been financially disadvantaged by playing
at the same table as them.

The integrity of the games at PokerStars is of paramount importance to us
and we will not abide unfair play in our games. We work hard to police our
games to assure our players of a fair, secure place to play. In the rare
cases where violations of our Terms of Service have occurred we make sure
that any players affected are compensated appropriately.

Thank you for your continued play here on PokerStars. Please do not hesitate
to let us know any time we can be of help.


PokerStars Support Team

----- Original Message -----
Sent: 2010/12/22 08:18:07
Subject: Possible Collusion Between Players

>I am writing to report what I believe is collusion between  gengorka and 
>krutyvus. As I'm writing this letter they are both  sitting at table
>The reason for my suspicion is the manner in which they are betting.  
>Typically both will limp into a pot and if one bets on the flop the other
>raise and this will continue to maximum allowed. Very rarely will both be 
>showing at river showdown.
>I noticed this play earlier while both were at my table so I sat and watched 
>them play for awhile before leaving.
>At this time I was about to enter table Benguella when I saw both players 
>at it again.
>Please check into this as I truly believe these two players are stealing 
>from others in their play.

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