The World of Poker Cheating Devices Unveiled

The World of Poker Cheating Devices Unveiled

Not since the infamous Mike Postle cheating scandal that tarnished the image of high-stakes poker players has there been so much controversy in the game. It looks like the worst may not be over as another player, this time Bryn Kenney, is accused of unethical behavior in a high profile online cash game.

Kenney’s alleged unethical behaviour allegedly occurred in a GGPoker 6-Max Turbos and Hypers SNG, but the exact nature of his actions remains unclear. He was accused of peeking into his opponent’s cards, and ‘cheating in the game’.

According to the report, he used an infrared (IR), or camera, on his phone that can read markings made on a playing card’s surface. The device creates a series of black spots along the four edges of the cards. This can be used to determine a card’s suit and value. The information is then transmitted to a nearby receiver, which can decipher the signal and inform the player of the card’s identity.

The article explains that the device can be tampered with in a number of ways. It is possible, for example, to use a smartphone capable of detecting the IR beams emitted from the device and disabling its reading abilities. It is also possible to jam the signal or simply use a lens that is less sensitive to IR light. Even casino-floor cameras can be modified to screen out IR, making it difficult for cheaters and their IR lights to be hidden from surveillance cameras.