What is ‘Peg’?
‘Peg’ is a term used to describe a method of cheating in poker. It involves physically marking the cards, so it is only used by cheats in live poker games where they will have the opportunity to feel their opponents’ cards, i.e. while dealing. The marks placed on the cards are indentations rather than tears. The cheater can, therefore, tell what rank a card is by feeling it.
When you peg a card, you mark the card on the front to make an indentation on the back. Cheaters usually use something sharp or pointed to make this indentation – a pin or thumbtack, for example, although sometimes cheats simply use their fingernail. This type of cheat is also referred to as pegging, punching and blistering.
It is different from other types of cheating that make a physical tear on the card. These cheats are known as pricking or nailing. Pricking usually involves somehow marking the back of the cards, while nailing often involves making small tears on the edges of cards. In both cases, the outcome is the same as pegging: the cheat can use the marks to determine the rank of a card.
It is not possible to peg cards in online casino poker games so this is a cheat that is only used in live poker where players, including the cheat, physically handle the cards. The indentations are often hard to detect by unsuspecting players, but they can be felt quite easily by the cheat. The indentation will not normally tell the cheat the exact face value of the cards (unless the method of pegging is fairly sophisticated), but this is not necessary – usually all the cheat wants is an indication of the rank of the cards. They can then use this knowledge to adjust their playing strategy.