What is a ‘Neocheater’?

A Neocheater is a term used mainly in poker (or other high-stake card games) to describe someone who cheats by Neocheating.

‘Neocheater’ Explained

The term ‘Neocheater’ was coined by Frank Wallace in his 1980 book “Neocheating the Unbeatable Weapon in Poker, Black Jack, Bridge and Gin”.

A Neocheater will manipulate card play in such a way as to allow them to walk away at the end of the game with the most winnings. The Neocheater does not need to rely on more obvious techniques such as marking cards or card counting.

Wallace claimed the main advantages of becoming a Neocheater are that unlike more traditional methods of cheating, the techniques do not take years of practice and there is less chance of getting caught when in the casino.

A Neocheater will not betray their cheating by always giving themselves a winning four ace hand, but they will use their skills to give themselves just enough of an advantage to consistently gain an unbeatable hand.

The Neocheater is also good at detecting other cheats in a game. They may even keep another cheat at the table, to distract other players from their game or from detecting the Neocheater’s techniques. Or they may choose to keep a cheat playing so that eventually the Neocheater can take a lot of money from them.

Wallace claimed that a Neocheater can learn sleight-of-hand and other tactics with little practice. Some Neocheating techniques include:

Cutting aces – or any other card – at will. Aces are useful in many poker hands, giving the Neocheater an advantage.
Stacking four of a kind – using culling or stacking of discards to manipulate play.
Controlling hands – using techniques such as blind shuffling and false riffling to deal themselves a better hand of cards.