Anonymous Bodog Tables Prevent Cheating

In the online poker world, there are different types of precautions taken to help prevent cheating from happening. Some people might look at this and think that people are just being paranoid, but the fact of the matter is that there have been some major cheating scandals in online games. For Absolute Poker and UltimateBet, this came in the form of a backdoor that was programmed into the software that allowed certain users to always see the cards of the opponents during the middle of the hand allowing for perfect play.

Bodog Canada has always been a popular choice for Canadian players who want to get in on the action at some poker tables, and they have an atypical way of dealing with this issue. All of the hole card information is made publicly available for every single player in every single hand on every single table a while after the hand is played. This means that you will always be able to go back and analyze whether or not cheating was happening through this incredibly high level of transparency. This approach, however, is not without its own issues.

For example, one problem with this approach is that this information could be mined to find patterns in the play of specific players which could lead someone to be able to pick apart other players by knowing exactly how they play without ever playing a single hand against them before. This would be a major problem for the poker ecosystem, so Bodog has put in a measure to keep this from being an issue: anonymous tables. Unlike typical poker rooms that give players screen names that allow users to track the play of their opponents over the long run and look for patterns, Bodog makes all of their players completely anonymous to prevent this type of long-term tracking.

There are two major effects that this has on the games. First, it means that you have to actually pay attention to how your opponents play at the tables instead of just reading statistics off of a heads-up display. A lot of players are happy about this because it means that multi-table, robotic players will not be able to saturate the tables and create boring games. Second, it means that no one will be able to track your play in the long run to evaluate your weaknesses. This leads to a more realistic playing environment.

Some people are opposed to this approach because they are so used to the old model. They believe that cheating can be detected through ordinary means, but the UltimateBet and Absolute Poker scandals showed us that this isn't necessarily the case. Cheaters went for years without getting caught on those sites, and so there are plenty who view Bodog's forward-thinking anonymous tables as the best approach for the modern games.