Angle shooting: When players get caught using dirty tactics on TV

With poker being highly competitive and players seeking to find ways to expand their edge, angle shooting can sometimes surface during a live game. However, these tactics do nothing to improve the reputation of the game, or the players involved. There is little tolerance in the modern poker world for shady techniques used to gain an edge.

Angle shooting is classified as anything which is not clearly outside the rules in a way where punishment could be enforced but does take unfair advantage of an opponent by underhanded means.

There is a blurred line between angle shooting and cheating, and many consider them to be the same thing. Angle shooters use grey legal areas in the rules of the game to do things which are unethical, immoral and against the spirit of the game.

Here are three televised examples of what you should not be doing.

Armenian Mike tries to walk back his all-in bet


In this example, a player makes an attempt to change his action based on the fact that he got called. The rules are, if you push a bet into the middle and get called, saying that you were making the bet as joke will not allow you to have your money back.

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This next example shows that you should always make sure that your bigger value chips are not tucked away behind your smaller ones. This is a mistake a beginner could unknowingly make, but when an experienced player does this, it sets alarm bells ringing.

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In our third example, a player attempts to use the excuse of language difficulties to mislead his opponent into thinking he raised by accident. Of course, every player knows that if you verbally announce a raise you have to make a raise, so in this instance, the raiser is attempting to trick his opponent into thinking it was accidental.

Article by Craig Bradshaw

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