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The term ‘angle shooting’ refers to all the unethical ways to take advantage of others in a card game that are not considered cheating expressly. You can find a list with videos of the various types of angle shooting techniques below.

 

 

Angle shooting – How to “cheat” at poker and get away with it

 

The controversial practice of angle shooting is another type of advantage gambling method. These are not expressly illegal, but possibly unethical ways to beat your opponent in card games.

However, when the term “angle” is applied to gambling situations outside of the professional poker scene, it often loses its negative connotation. A sports or horse bettor can have an angle which is perfectly legitimate and requires no malfeasance. In this context, an angle simply means a path to profit, and it is indeed a path to profit, in poker as well, just make sure you know the line.

 

Angle shooting definition: In card games, angle shooting means using unfair tactics. Angle shooting is most often used in poker, and interestingly online poker, but technically, angle shooting is possible in all card games. (UPDATE 2021: I no longer recommend angle shooting in online poker, most online poker platforms in 2021 don’t really tolerate them, and are very good at identifying them. You will get banned very fast if you attempt them.)

 

 

Is angle shooting cheating?

 

Angle shooting is definitely unethical. There is a dispute on where is the line between angle shooting and actual cheating,. However, said line seems to be blurry and the difference is likely only a matter of degree. It depends on the location, situation, the dealer, the players you play with. In short: angle shooting is a skill like any other, you have to have a ‘feel’ for it, otherwise you will quickly end up being branded as a cheater (which is devastating if you area professional). And the only way to develop that intuitive understanding required to analyze the situation and quickly make decisions (required to successfully angle shoot) only come with practice.

 

Summary:

 

 

Online casinos with poker and live blackjack

The following online gambling websites have poker and live blackjack, although only online angle shooting techniques are possible in online casinos, you can also try card counting or shuffle tracking with the live blackjack dealers.

These are the online casinos I’m currently active in and recommend (most of them have poker and sports betting too):

 

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Angle shooting in poker tutorial

 

Angle shooting in poker is controversial to say the least (but can be very entertaining to watch, as a spectator). This can get you banned, and can ruin your reputation, if you don’t know where the line is.

Let’s look at the different techniques used in poker to better understand angle shooting. Each example comes with a video showing you that specific angle shooting technique in action. Hopefully, this guide and list, and the video examples, will set you on the right track, but real life practice is necessary. Don’t expect to become an angle shooting expert just by reading guides and watching videos.

 

 

List of angle shooting techniques used in the world of professional poker

 

1., All-in without looking, or the “I haven’t looked at my hand, I swear”: If someone goes all-in without looking, do not ever believe them. They always look. Don’t be fooled.

On the video below you can see a few methods how people cheat and look at their hands, then lie to everyone around them. This will help you spot them:


2., Berating your opponent, a.k.a. “being a dick”:  You have to be careful with this one, because you are never allowed to insult your fellow players. Even excessive rudeness is enough to get you banned. However, lightly, not too strongly berating your opponents is allowed. This can confuse them, and make them uncomfortable, raising their stress levels, which will inevitably lead to them making mistakes more frequently.

On the video below you can see some good examples of how the infamous Tony G uses this technique. Keep in mind, what is acceptable, depends on the location, situation and the other players.

 


3., Acting out of turn, fake hand: There are many different variations of this. One example could be, if out of turn, a player declares they just hit a great hand, and then the opponent would muck their own hand in desperation. But in reality it’s all a ruse and the cheater had a great hand all along. This is definitely illegal in tournaments.

However, acting out of turn to confuse other players, using time extension, like on the video below, can confuse your opponents and make them fold:


4., Acting, faking, a.k.a “hollywooding”: You’re allowed to  mislead and dupe your opponents by acting. It’s only called “hollywooding” when it’s really over the top and you can tell it’s acting.

We can see some great examples of acting and hollywooding on the video below:


5., Hiding big denomination chips. Sometimes it’s not intentional, sometimes it is, it’s really hard to tell. Can you tell?

Here is a video of a pro player who hid his chips. Was it intentional, or was he playing an angle? I honestly don’t know:


 

6., The incomplete call, false raise:  You are raising by 100. However, the angle shooter only puts in a slightly lower amount, you don1T notice it, nobody does, and he is silent as the grave. You assume he called, and you show your cards. If you won, the angle shooter will point out that his bet wasn’t actually completed, so he didn’t really call. Of course, if he won, you would of course never know anything untoward has happened, as the angle shooter will collect the pot directly.

Another version of this can be used in casinos where the rules allow for doubling of the bet without verbal declaration. The bet is small, but angle shooter puts forth a bunch of chips, you assume he doubled, you have a bad hand and you fold. But when the bet is actually counted, it turns out he didn’t. He lies, and says it was an accident and he only put forth more chips by mistake. You lose.

Yet another way is when an angle shooter cuts out calling or raising chips, but only slyly pushes his chips from side to side, but not forward, because it’s binding in most casinos. This way the cheater can gauge the reaction of other players, and act accordingly. On the video below, at 21:49, you can see a good example of this:


7., Ambiguous gesture, ambiguous check: This happens when someone makes a move that can be interpreted as a check, but it’s an intentionally misleading hand gesture, such as a wave of the hand. They can do this to see what everyone else has been planning to do, and after everyone else checks, they may announce that they want to raise after all, and pretend that their gesture was misunderstood. Sometimes this can happen by accident too.

On the video below you can see a great example of an ambiguous check:


8., The “I don’t speak English”: If you are not a native English speaker, you might get away with much more, if you know how to paly your cards right (pun intended). You can use any of the angle shooting techniques outlined on this page, and just add the magic line “I don’t speak English very well”, with a heavy accent, if you get caught. It might get you out of a sticky situation. But it doesn’t always work.

This video is an example of when even this doesn’t save you, no wonder, such blatant attempt at cheating:


Online casinos with poker and live blackjack

The following online gambling websites have poker and live blackjack, although only online angle shooting techniques are possible in online casinos, you can also try card counting or shuffle tracking with the live blackjack dealers.

These are the online casinos I’m currently active in and recommend (most of them have poker and sports betting too):

 

Black Lotus Casino

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USA and Canada players are accepted.
  • Get 200% match bonus, up to $600. Use the code: WELCOME600
  • +$30 bonus. Use code: WINBLACK

Bonuses for existing players:
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  • 32 Free Spins on Cosmopolitan Code: CHEER3
  • 32 Free Spins on 7 Chakras Code: CHEER4
  • 32 Free Spins on Le Chocolatier Code: CHEER5
  • 32 Free Spins on Fairy Dust Forest Code: CHEER6
UPDATE, SPECIAL CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY BONUS: It's the Elf Hat Game of the season! Can you keep your eyes on the lucky hat? Choose the right one with the present and see what festive prize you will win! For returning players only.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: 40-60x for match bonuses and usually 60x for free spins and other bonuses, depends on the bonus check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Wagering limitation:
  • 100% - Slots and Keno
  • 50% - Roulette and Three Card Poker
  • 25% - Baccarat
  • 10% - Video Poker
  • 5% - Blackjack, Craps
  • 0% - Everything else

 

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  Terms and conditions of the casino apply (if any). Check the casino's webpage for up to date terms and conditions and wagering limitations.  

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Only for UK players, new players only.
Playthrough requirement: 65x
Wagering limitation:
  • Slots: 100%
  • Roulette: 25%
  • All Blackjack Games: 25%
  • 3 Card Brag: 50%
  • Casino Hold'em: 25%
  • Baccarat: 0%
  • Everything else: 0%

 

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  • 100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
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Betsson Casino and Sports Book

European casino & sportsbook & poker
North American players are not accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to €100
  • 101 free spins on your first deposit
  • €5,000 every week for one lucky active returning player (no wagering limitation, no playthrough requirement)

US players can not register. Betsson has over 1500 games, the most games of any casino. You can read the review of Betsson casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 35 times before withdrawal. No wagering requirement for the weekly extra money.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus: • 100%: Slots • 10%: All Roulette (except Live), Caribbean Stud & Casino Stud Poker Games • 10%: All Casino Hold’Em, Red Dog, Pai Gow, Poker Games, Oasis Poker & Texas Hold’Em Poker Games • 5%: All BlackJack (except Live BlackJack), Baccarat, Video Poker, Pontoon, Beat Me, Punto Banco Games
Wagering limitation:
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  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.

 

Angle shooting in online poker

 

Angle shooting is not restricted to brick & mortar gambling. Angle shooting is possible online as well.

UPDATE 2021: I no longer recommend angle shooting in online poker, most online poker platforms in 2021 don’t really tolerate them, and are very good at identifying them. You will get banned very fast if you attempt them.

 

1., Going south: A player leaves a ring game, right after winning big. He returns immediately afterwards ,with minimum stack. Many online poker rooms have rules against this kind of behaviour, but not all of them.

In this compilation video there are a few exampels of such beahaviour and other irritatiing behaviour you will come across i nthe online poker community:


2., Ghosting: A streamer who livestreams playing poker online is exposing his hole cards to his viewers.  A viewer can join that same game. Said player, the “ghost, will be able to see his hole cards and easily beat the streamer. This is untraceable, and even today, there is no risk of getting caught by the platform.

Another version of ghosting is ‘coaching’, when the player has a ‘coach’, and advisor who helps him choose the best tactics while playing. It is a practice forbidden in live tournaments, but it’s downright impossible to enforce online. Cheating at poker this way gives a serious advantage to the player. It’s also completely impossible to spot for other players.

Below is an example of ghosting, it’s a a recording from a Twitch livestream:


3., Disconnection protection abuse: Temporary disconnection issues are a huge headache for most online casinos, and online poker platforms. Therefore, online poker sites introduced the so called  “disconnection protection”. If you have money in the pot, and you get disconnected, you will stay in the hand as if the amount you added was going all-in. The hand will stand, until the showdown, regardless of whether others raise. The angle shooters abuse this by disconnecting on purpose, so their current bet can ride until the showdown. Many online casinos and poker sites have outlawed this kind of behavior and have strict rules to discourage this sort of activity. They can ban you from the online casino and you will lose all your winnings.

Below you can see a video of just how a disconnection looks like. It’s not very exciting, and I only added the video because every other method had a video too.


4., Data mining: In this context, this refers to the systematic collection of hand histories. Collect enough of those, and they can be used to create so called profiles (their strategy, technique, expected reactions, temperament, history of bets), using specially designed software e.g.: HH Smithy and Pokertableratings.com. Using software to analyse one’s own history is generally accepted, and actually it is a powerful tool to help you get better at poker, most professional use them. However,  acquiring histories of other players online is sort of a grey area, and can be considered a kind of “digital angle shooting”. If you build a profile of an opponent, the app will basically tell you your opponents likely move, to a high degree of accuracy, a powerful advantage.

Below is a video of HH Smithy poker software in action:


5., Scripts: There are many scripts out there, and many are designed to give you an advantage and be undetectable. Seating scripts and various other table selection apps, plugins aren’t always prohibited (check with your platform first, some don1t like them), even though they provide a very real (but small) advantage compared to those who don’t use it.

You can see below how Poker Minion Seating Script looks like, and what it does, and how to use it:

 

 

Advantages and disadvantages of angle shooting

 

Advantages of angle shooting:

 

Disadvantages of angle shooting:

 

 

Ethics of angle shooting, don’t be a bad apple

 

As you can see on the angle shooting videos above, it always langeres at least one other player. You might get away with it, but eventually, if you do it enough, you will be THE guy, that no one wants to paly with. Does it worth a few more pots? Maybe. Does it worth getting banned? Maybe. Is a bad reputation an acceptable tradeoff? You decide.

As a spectator I absolutely love watching angle shooters, especially if they get caught and get banned. But, as player, I hate it when my opponents use it. At the end of the day most people who angle shoot, do it, because they are just not good enough, so, as they say it nowadays: git gud.

Maybe playing poker is just not for you after all, if you need to cheat….

 

 

Angle shooting video tutorial

 

 

If you are interested in this topic I recommend bookmarking this page, along with the other advantage gambling guides. Search engines are fickle, and sometimes the webpage doesn’t show up in search results at all. If you intend to return to this at one point, it’s best to bookmark it.

 

/Angle shooting is only one of the advantage gambling methods. There are many more. Check out the other advantage gambling methods and learn to make money gambling like the professional gamblers./

 

Last updated: 2021-01-03

 

Gamble responsibly! Good luck,
SimonTheSorcerer

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Simon's Guide to Angle Shooting in Live Poker and Online Poker
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Simon's Guide to Angle Shooting in Live Poker and Online Poker
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Angle shooting (in particular angle shooting in live poker and online poker) examined. Different angle shooting techniques, strategies such as fake hand, incomplete call, ambiguous call or "going south" explained with video tutorials.
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2 Responses

  1. PetersoFerguson says:

    Why do you ahve this in-depth, almost step-by-step guide on angle shooting, cheating in poker if you are against it? What? (Btw. helped me a lot, thx, lve that there are video examples of each type)

    1. SimonTheSorcerer says:

      I’m a completionist. I have a guide to every advantage gambling method there is, all the strategies, techniques used by professional gamblers (I’m a professional gambler, 15 years of experience). And I needed to have one about angles shooting too, because it’s not considered cheating (I do consider it cheating tbh., but officially it’s not). I’m glad you liked it, and it helped you. Check out the other guides as well, you might like those too.

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