One of the major differences between private poker and public (club and casino) poker is the collusion cheating routinely practiced by cliques of professional players in public poker. Few outsiders or victims ever suspect professional cheating in public poker because the techniques used are subtle and hard to observe visually. Most public-game professionals execute their collusion so naturally and casually that the management of major casinos and card clubs remain unaware of their cheating, even when it routinely occurs in their own card rooms. Moreover, many public-game professionals practice collusion cheating without qualms. They consider their cheating as a legitimate trade tool that enables them to offset the draining effect of the house rake or collection.
The chart on the next page lists the most important classical and traditional, professional and amateur cheating methods used in public and private card games.
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