They’re watching you: how online casinos keep out the cheaters

  • Online casinos invest millions into the latest software to identifying potential cheaters
  • Online casinos immediately freeze a player’s capabilities if they suspect cheating

Land-based casinos spend millions of dollars every year investing in the latest technology to spot potential cheaters – from the very second a visitor pulls into the car park to the moment they sit at the table and start splashing the cash.

Number plate recognition, face recognition, security cameras covering every square-inch and highly trained staff knowing exactly what to look for and how to react swiftly if they suspect someone to be cheating are all options available in your standard bricks and mortar betting establishment. And it means that, by and large, the cheats, the tricksters and those who want to use some of the more ‘questionable’ methods of winning are kept at bay.

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They may not have the luxury of surveillance cameras and guards prowling the pit, but online casinos are always on the lookout for unscrupulous behaviour…

However, none of that counts when it comes to someone hitting the online casino and although much harder to cheat the system with no physical cards or chips to manipulate, there are those more scrupulous or clever – depending on your opinion – individuals that can still work their magic at the casino.

So, what measures do online casinos take to identify that an act of cheating may be occurring? Well, let’s take a look.

Roulette limit

We’ll start with a controversial betting strategy. Although the Martingale method of playing roulette is not strictly cheating, online casinos soon cottoned on to this type of pattern of play.

The idea that you double your bet after each loss to gain a profit of one is essentially sound enough, but to counter players trying to take advantage of this method, most online casinos introduced a betting limit on the roulette wheel so if you find yourself picking the wrong bet six or seven times in a row, it will leave your bankroll blown out.

Online casinos these days are also capable of tracking your every move and if they suspect you may be trying this method on a continued basis and may freeze your account.

Verification checks

Multiple verification checks make it much harder for people to set up multiple accounts with the intention of getting numerous deposit bonuses.

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Online verification checks, security codes and more may be frustrating but they’re there to keep you safe and playing against others who want to play fairly

In the past, it was easy for people to create numerous accounts and be able to win big jackpots on slots without ever depositing any of their own money after playing the necessary amount of spins on a particular slot game.

Although in the early phases, players trying to cheat the system would simply change their IP address but technology has moved on somewhat and multiple verification checks are utilised and if there are any suspicions of foul play, the cancellation of an account will be bought into effect immediately.

Random Number Generator

RNG’s have been hacked into before in the past allowing people to manipulate what number the ball will land on in roulette and thus take big wins from each spin.

Naturally, multiple big wins would arise suspicion and to counter this, online casinos will often tend not to operate it until all bets have been played on any given spin.

However, the ability to break into an online casinos random number generator is more boarding on hacking and is highly illegal with serious repercussions.

Software such as PitBoss

PitBoss is a software that online casinos have been using to identify potential cheaters through the use of online bots, online advisors, software cheats and even collusion.

It does this by monitoring games by providing operators with player data such as playing habits and skill levels.

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Clever software and security on dedicated mobile apps and casinos ensures that the ‘nasties’ are kept at bay

This type of software (amongst others) allows alleged bots and cheaters to be flagged for removal and if they’re proven to be cheating, banned and is playing a vital role for online casinos to protect themselves from potential cheaters.

Apps

A whole host of online casinos which are available through either the app store or google play has also helped add an extra element of security. It is much harder to add ‘bugs’ to an app rather than a URL driven website due to the complexity of the software and unique capabilities of an app.

As technologies progress, cheaters and hackers will continue to find new ways of cheating the casino but we can all be assured that online casinos are leaving no leaf unturned when it comes to keeping a close eye on their activity.

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