• August 3, 2021

What is Chip Dumping in poker?

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Chip dumping in poker is something players need to be aware of in order to avoid being cheated. It occurs when a player loses a hand intentionally to another player at the table with the intention of giving them their chips. It is a very bad action and can get you banned from almost any casino or online poker room. Typically it happens in tournaments so that the player aided by chip dumping gains an advantage to give them a greater chance to win.
Chip dumping is considered illegal by poker rooms.
Chip dumping is a common practice that is followed the world over by poker players with varied levels of experience. It is not uncommon to see a couple of players, or more, get together during the early rounds of a game and go all-in. The outcome usually is such that one of those players wins a major hand from the word ‘go’ and therefore, for the remainder of the game, that player has a better chance of winning.
At the end of the game, the players who got together and planned this chip dumping session all get a share of the winnings. In a way, chip dumping is a form of fixing the initial part of the game and the way it is run. This ensures that at least one or more players end up with big stacks and end up with a greater chance of bullying their way through to winning the game.
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Why Do People Chip Dump?
The most common historical reason for chip dumping is to aid a friend or associate at the poker table by giving him more chips. It is typically perpetrated in tournaments so that the aided player will have a better chance to win.
In the age of internet poker, chip dumping has become a way for players to launder funds at cash tables, which is the big reason why it is a bannable offense at most sites.
How Do People Chip Dump?
The online poker scam most often goes down in one of two ways:

  1. a) The crook will deposit funds with a stolen credit card and then dump the chips at a cash table, often heads-up, to an accomplice or another account he created. The owner of the account that was dumped to then cashes out.
    b) The crook will hijack an innocent player’s account, buy-in at a cash table, and dump the chips to an accomplice, who then cashes out.

The actual mechanics of dumping are quite simple. Players will either make stupidly large bets with terrible hands, expecting to lose to the accomplice, or make large bets/raises, only to fold on a later street to a tiny bet (a bet which any legit player would quickly call).
The online poker rooms are keenly aware of this scam and are very good at sniffing out perpetrators before their cashouts are approved.
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