Online Poker Scams

How the Online Poker Scams Work:

Online poker has become such a popular game that scammers are enjoying a smooth ride when it comes to cashing out on your behalf. There are 5 variations: The Cash Out, Deposit, Poker Affiliate, Poker Room Employee, and Anonymous. Feel free to report in the Comments section any fraudulent names in the industry. Let’s take a look.

Watch the video below to see some poker scams exposed or read on:

Poker Scams Video


Variation 1: The Poker Cash Out

The most notorious way a shady poker site pulls the scam is when you request a cash-out. Justifying the nature of processing gambling funds to some countries, who have confusing or contradictory online gambling laws, these fake online casinos claim to have sent you your withdrawals, while in reality never did.

They will then have you going nuts contacting your bank forever trying to trace these supposedly missing bank wires.

Variation 2: The Deposit

In this scam you make a deposit into a poker site, your transaction is processed and removed from the balance of your credit or debit card, but never appears in your poker room account.

What will follow is then a long and drawn out procedure where you have to pull your hair to try and get the poker site to listen to your complaint or get the money added to your account.


Variation 3: The Poker Affiliate

Questionable sites promise a commission for each real money player you bring in who joins and makes a deposit. However, when those players join and you try to claim your commission (which could be cash deposit, increase in rake back, or special exclusive tournaments) the poker site will refuse to honour them for ridiculous reasons.

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Variation 4: The Online Poker Employee

This scam is huge. It is the most dangerous one out of all these five variations. The scam happens when a group of employees or ex-employees of a poker site join a poker room as normal anonymous players.

They are able to see what every other players cards are. Some websites are really build specifically for this reason.

Variation 5: The Anonymous Poker Table:

This goes somehow hand in hand with variation number 4. Certain sites claim that their tables are completely anonymous, meaning it would be impossible for tracking software and the such like to pin point players and would make playing much fairer.

However, it was reported that their tables are far from anonymous, and once you know how to do it, you could see which player was who and use the tracking software which makes spotting weaker players and the such like much easier.

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How To Avoid The Online Poker Scams:

Always, always, always research the site before you join. Ask friends, read forum posts, google every single keyword that relates to that site. Look only for reputable services and details, such as this Bet365 information.

On the other hand, do not trust an online poker site whose only available way of funding your account is by wiring money through Western Union, Money Gram, or by depositing money on reloadable cards such as GreenDot, MoneyPak, Vanilla Reload, or Ukash.

Also, be very careful about random emails coming into your inbox revealing insane casino secrets.


How To Report The Online Poker Scams:

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

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7 thoughts on “Online Poker Scams”

  1. For 6 Weeks Global Poker has been a nightmare.
    For 2 years I’ve only been able to login using the Login via Facebook. They wouldn’t let me change it 2 years ago wen I started
    Suddenly me n many others can’t login.
    Global has given 6 different reasons, none of an their fault, from my clock is wrong-to Switch to FIREFOX! No Direct customer support, Each dialogue is by sending email, wait 3 to 6 days…get ridiculous exuse,
    then wait another 3 to 6 days wen that failed.
    Speaking of ridiculous 3 times I have to CLICK THE SPACE WITH PALM TREES…

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  3. Everyone avoid poker as well. It is a total scam site. I won $300 there from a Sunday $5000 GTD tournament that I satellited into with a freeroll — tried to withdrawl afterwards and my account balance just dissapeared with no receipt or explanation of how I would ever get the money. PLEASE do not ever deposit on this site. I always play freerolls on new sites, win some money, and try to withdrawl in order to see if they are legit. This site is NOT legit… 100% confirmed SCAM.

  4. Gino Barilone

    It’s insane how much money is generated or "stolen" on a daily or should I say hourly basis in this industry. While there are very trustworthy sites like for sportsbetting and casinos (and No I’m not an Employee) and Global Pokernel thus far seems quite legit despite the ranting over sending I’d and utility type bill on 1st cash out..which I wouldn’t want to do business with a site who DOESN’T do that…its definitely an industry where hypervigilance is a Must when trusting your money to a company etc in a foreign company that is untouchable by our laws, and u have nearly zero recourse like u would with say an Ebay Purchase etc. Deals like 500% deposit match for sportsbooks should be a HUGE red flag that the online casino is gunna fold up tent soon with everyone’s money, or just never pay out for as long as they can. Bitcoins is certainly one of the best options for deposit & cashout..and I allways take the time to review the online casino/sportsbook cash out policy, fees etc. One of the reasons I chose was they had #1-rating for paying out (which is the most important aspect obviously…becuz what good is great bonuses etc if they never pay out cash, only taking it in! (Smh) and gives u one cash out a month with NO fee -Check by Courier, for those without Bitcoin.Well I’ve made this too long of a post, but great site, great tool to use if enjoying casino play at home. There are far more fraud sites than reputable ones, but with so many tools at your fingertips (yes..I mean the there’s no allmost no excuse to get taken by scammers.

  5. don gotelaere

    I ran my winnings to $95.00 on global poker today and fifteen minute later my account was reduced to $45.00. $50.00 just disappeared. And now I can’t find any site that tells me how to cash out.

  6. Hello Chantal,

    Thank you for your email.

    After further review of your account, your recent cashout was recently rejected because the funds originate from a recent deposit you made.

    Furthermore, your cashout does not meet the criteria for approval because you did not play enough.

    Please play the funds.

    Thank you for your understanding and cooperation at this time.


    Payments & Security Services Agent

    Disclaimer: We will never ask you for your password, PIN, or credit card information by email.

    > _______________________________________________________
    > From: Chantal Louise Jansen <>
    > Sent: 04/22/17 00:41:47
    > To:
    > Subject: Re: Withdrawal Cancelled
    > So then tell me how long must a depositing client wait before they can
    > withdraw their own money?.
    > and then advise me after this period that you have set be it a week a
    > month or a year or even ten years ,how do you determine that the
    > client that has waited the time is not laundering money?.So now give
    > me a date when i can withdraw, the funds, so that i dont feel like a
    > criminal that laundered 10$ from your multi billion
    > Once you have dictated the date that i can withdraw and you satisfied
    > that i have not laundered money, please transfer to my skrill account,
    > and then close my pokerstars account indefinitely, without the
    > possibility of ever signing up again.
    > Thank you
    > .
    > On 4/22/17, <> wrote:
    > > Hello Chantal,
    > >
    > > We are sorry to hear that you are not happy about our service.
    > >
    > > Please note that your recent deposit and subsequent withdrawal is unusual,
    > > because we are not a bank or a money transferring service – instead, we
    > > provide online poker games. Unusual deposit and withdrawal patterns require
    > > us to learn more about the situation.
    > >
    > > We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
    > >
    > > Regards,
    > >
    > > Fabio
    > > Stars Security
    > >
    > > To enhance the security of your Stars Account, we strongly encourage you to
    > > set up our additional security features; Stars PIN, SMS Verification, RSA
    > > Token and Security Questions. Activation of these features is extremely
    > > simple and can be completed within the ‘Account’ menu within our software.
    > >
    > > We will NEVER ask you to confirm your login credentials or password via
    > > email, phone or chat facility or in any way. We do not advise giving your
    > > login information to anyone under any circumstances.
    > >
    > >
    > >> _______________________________________________________
    > >> From: Chantal Louise Jansen <>
    > >> Sent: 04/21/17 17:43:25
    > >> To:
    > >> Subject: Re: Re: Stars Security – Withdrawal Cancelled
    > >>
    > >> Tto check if your site is not a scam site, and that you do honour
    > >> withdrawals,THERE IS YOUR REASON, I i do not want to waste any more of
    > >> my time arguing over a LOUSY10 $, pay it keep it i really dont care,
    > >> hopefully i can save some other people from this scam site.
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> On 4/21/17, <> wrote:
    > >> > Hello,
    > >> >
    > >> > Thank you for your email and we apologize for the inconvenience.
    > >> >
    > >> > Could you please explain why you wish to withdraw your funds
    > >> > immediately
    > >> > after making a deposit with almost no activity in our site?
    > >> >
    > >> > We would like to understand the nature of your cashout request.
    > >> >
    > >> > Thank you for your collaboration.
    > >> >
    > >> > Regards,
    > >> >
    > >> > Evelyn
    > >> > PokerStars Operations
    > >> >
    > >> >> _______________________________________________________
    > >> >> From: Chantal Louise Jansen <>
    > >> >> Sent: 04/21/17 10:31:52
    > >> >> To:
    > >> >> Subject: Re: Stars Security – Withdrawal Cancelled
    > >> >>
    > >> >> Good Day
    > >> >> I was advised as per your site, that withdrawals can only be made
    > >> >> after t 48 hours which i have honoured, I can understand your question
    > >> >> if im withdrwaing a huge amount, But not an amount for a Big MAC meal.
    > >> >> If the funds are mine, I should be legally free to withdraw the funds,
    > >> >> It seems your site has taken my funds in good faith and does not give
    > >> >> me the option to withdraw,
    > >> >> Kindly send me your transcsript which says im not allowed to withdraw
    > >> >> my
    > >> >> funds,
    > >> >> I am highly dissapointed, as i won 2 small tournaments, and am getting
    > >> >> a major issue to withdraw a lousy 10 $, What will happen should i win
    > >> >> a major tournament with a huge amount,?????????????, Not for one
    > >> >> moment in my many years of being on Pokerstars did i ever suspect that
    > >> >> your site was almost like a scam,
    > >> >> This is my very first withdrawal, should you not honour my withdrawal
    > >> >> , it would be extremely easy for me to continue living without MY 10$,
    > >> >> but i gather not so easy for negative publicity as the EMAIL THAT YOU
    > >> >>
    > >> >>
    > >> >>
    > >> >> On 4/21/17, <>
    > >> >> wrote:
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> > Hello showni123,
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> > Your recent withdrawal has been cancelled and the funds returned to
    > >> >> > your
    > >> >> > Stars Account.
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> > Could you please explain why you wish to withdraw your funds
    > >> >> > immediately
    > >> >> > after making a deposit?
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> > We have an obligation to understand the reason for the movement of
    > >> >> > money
    > >> >> > on
    > >> >> > our site. We need to know this information so that we can comply
    > >> >> > with
    > >> >> > relevant rules and regulations on money laundering.
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> > Your recent deposit and subsequent withdrawal is unusual, because we
    > >> >> > are
    > >> >> > not
    > >> >> > a bank or a money transferring service – instead, we provide online
    > >> >> > games.
    > >> >> > Unusual deposit and withdraw patterns require us to learn more about
    > >> >> > the
    > >> >> > situation.
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> > We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> > Sincerely,
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> > Stars Security
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> >
    > >> >
    > >> >
    > >> >
    > >
    > >
    > >

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    Add star Chantal Louise Jansen<> Sat, Apr 22, 2017 at 10:24 AM
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    Its obvious you scamming high school dropouts lack intelligence as you
    unable to answer any of my questions posed in all my previous emails,
    To finalize this incident, I hereby give my consent that you take my
    10$ and give it to the first homeless person that you see, perhaps it
    will provide some brief comfort to that person.
    Do not STEAL it for yourself , as when you get to the big guy one day
    and he asks about the 10$, you can have clear conscience that from all
    this melodrama some good gesture was made.
    TIME ON THIS MATTER, as a child you learn not to touch fire as it
    burns, so thank you for the lesson.
    Good Bye
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  7. I was playing on Global Poker and the employee Jeni came on the table and said "stop saying your cards after the flop(that I won)1 time, and I did, and then she left the table and cut my chat off 1st, then as I was playing on the table she took 173QD in chips from me that I eared, then banned me off the whole game with no probable cause whatsoever I want too sue because I did no violation on this site whatsoever and this was highly unfair and totally unprofessional.

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