I caught someone cheating and need advice
I play at the local card room as well as in a “Poker league”, the other day I finished up a tourney at the local card room and headed over to a place where the league had a game. I had never played at this particular venue and knew pretty much no one that was playing when I walked in to sign up. After a while I got to a table and it turned out that I knew two people there, the actual dealer at the table and one other player who showed up just before the game started. I was in seat 3 and there was a drunken guy that was in seat 4, but I just ignored him for the most part. After about 20 minutes or another guy walks in and I recognize him as a dealer at the poker room from which I had just come from, he didn’t recognize me that I could tell and he said nothing to me, he was going to have to wait to get into the game so he stood right behind me to my left and to the drunk guy’s right and was talking with his buddy the drunk guy. After losing a few hands to the drunken guy I finally get a playable hand, pkt 8’s and I doubled the bet pre-flop. Now, I need to point out that for someone to see my cards when they are standing behind me would be pretty difficult, they would have to be really looking to see them as I am very aware of my surroundings, I am kind of anal that way. Anyways, after I bet I hear the guy behind me, (The dealer at the local Poker room), say to the drunken guy “he’s got pkt 8’s”. At this point I am thinking, there is no way I just heard that, a guy like that would never do that I must have heard it wrong. So, the drunken guy calls me as does most of the table, the flop comes out Q84, everyone checks to me and I push all in, I was short stacked. I am still trying to figure out if I really heard what I thought I had heard? So the drunken guy who had playing as loose as I have ever seen anyone play, and now he is short stacked, looks at the pot and says out loud, “I am not going to bet with someone that has the nuts”. Once again, I am blown away as this just confirmed that I had actually heard what I thought I heard. He folds. Everyone else calls and I rake a nice pot and obviously this is not my issue it is just the set up.
The guy behind me is a “respected” dealer at a poker room where he is licensed by the powers that be and he also plays in the same league in which I play and has just cheated and I heard pretty much everything, as far as I know he had been telling the drunken guy all of my hands up to this point. Even if I had held up my cards and this guy had seen them, protocol dictates that you do not tell another player who is active in the game what you had just seen. After this incident I started being much more protective of my cards and oddly enough the guy behind me walks away for a little while…Hmmm!
So here’s my dilemma, should I share the details of this with the people that run the league and have them deal with this problem? I was also thinking of letting his place of employment know about this indiscretion as well? However, since there are no cameras at the league games, it does come down to my word against his and I am thinking if he is willing to cheat in league games, what is stopping him from cheating at the poker room?
Or should I, as I have been thinking of doing, confront this guy with my knowledge of what he did and let him know that I am not interested in trying to ruin his reputation, however if I catch him doing it again, I will with no second thought report him not only to the league, but I will file a report with his employer and the State.
Any and all thoughts?