I have questions about specific cases, and thought I’d post them here, first to hopefully get answers from @Chasetheriver and/or staff members, and second for anyone interested to also benefit from them.
As Rob said in his article, “Poker is supposed to be an individual game”, and working together at poker tables is obviously against the rules.
But sometimes, there are harmless situations that occur when playing with friends, or even strangers, and I would like to know whether they are considered as forms of cheating and colluding, or are allowed and do not violate any rules.
A situation where for example, I am in a tournament, at the same table with a friend and a few others, and I have more tournament chips than the friend who is probably about to bust out. In a hand where I have the nuts and I’m betting aggressively, everyone folds except my friend. So I decide, without my friend’s knowledge or request, to either stop betting so that he/she doesn’t lose any more chips calling my bets, or to fold and let them have the pot. Is that considered cheating?
The person doesn’t even have to be a friend. It could be any player I sympathized with during that one hand who isn’t an accomplice or even aware of my decision.
Another example is a situation where there’s a split and I decide to fold. That would benefit the other person I’m splitting the pot with, but that would be my own decision, without their knowledge or even approval. Is that considered cheating?
I’m asking because these situations happened before and could happen again, and some players at the table weren’t happy with it obviously, and threatened those who did it with reporting them etc… Although it was just one or 2 hands and there were no visible signs of teaming up or planned collusion.
There are other examples I’m sure. I’ll post other ones if I can think of any, and if anyone has any similar situations to share, we could all learn more about what is considered cheating and what isn’t.