Question: Are you concerned about collusion?
I know collusion is cheating, against the rules, unethical, illegal, lowdown, frowned upon by the poker community, can get you booted, etc., etc.
But can it really be detected? I'm talking about Online Poker.
Aside from some of the techniques like "sandwiching" to build the pot, what about this scenario?
Three friends from different cities all over the country, get together in a neutral city with their laptops. They all have different connections: one has Verizon, one has AT&T, and one has Comcast. The significance of this is that no one has the same IP address.
They sit around in circle in their hotel room and play in a big money ring game (or medium, or small, although it doesn't seem worth the trip for small money). Basically, they really only care about one thing, seeing each other's cards. Although, they'd surely collude to build pots bigger, subtley, anytime they can.
But just knowing what the three of them are holding seems like a huge advantage. If one guy has Kc3c, and the other one folds Ac2d, and the flop comes 8c5c4d, the guy with the Kc3c knows he's drawing to the nut flush. So even if the next two cards are clubs, he knows he has the goods. True, if someone else is holding the Qc, he may figure the K or A is still out there and not call, but many would call with the Qc.
This is just one example, but they are too numerous to list. Plus odds
would be different if you were seeing 6 hole cards instead of 2.
I wouldn't necessarily say that you couldn't win under those circumstances, but it would be like playing with one arm tied behind your back. You'd certainly be at a disadvantage.
Did you ever see some guy raising and re-raising, and on later streets folds, but something strikes you as strange enough to make you think, "what's that idiot folding NOW for?" Has that ever happened to you?
I'm curious if anyone thinks this is something to be concerned about, considering the world wide gaming community.
P.S. (added material): Or how about this: 25 players in some poor country somewhere "out there" all get together in a semi-circle in an auditorium, and join in on the same MTT with about 450 players. Far-fetched? I haven't done the math, but I think if just one of them won, it would make their week, (month?).