No, I’m not referring to a new shooting angle with my webcam here; nor am I talking about shooting at the nearest shooting range; nor about pool playing angles; I am talking about that set of actions undertaken by clever cheats which occupy a strange grey area in the world of both online poker sites as well as casinos.
Angle shooting is engaging in actions that may technically be within the scope of the rules of the game, but that are considered unethical or unfair to exploit or take advantage of another player. For example, an angle shooter might motion as if he were folding his hand to induce other players to fold theirs out of turn.
Like the time when I was playing this online poker tourney on a live casino online where there were these two players who were taking 20-30 seconds every time it was their turn to play. They did it every single time as if they were in cahoots. One of them was continuously chatting in some foreign language and the other was constantly aiming abuse at the pot-winning participant, including me. Is the slow playing taking it away from me, I wondered….I figured the only advantage he was getting was by aggravating and angering everyone on the table and put a couple of them on tilt even.
Look at another setting: Jack, my friend, was at a showdown and this guy deliberately miscalls his hand – probably with the intention of influencing Jack who may have had a better hand, to muck! I mean, Jack had top pair, and Mr. Miscaller very likely had a lower pair, but he declares on the chat, “I have the straight”
Jack folds in anger and frustration. The whole table realized that Mr. Miscaller was lying but it was no use – Jack had folded a winner, the angle shooter guy took the nice big pot!
Yet another form of angle shooting which is pretty exclusive to online poker is to abuse the disconnect protection (DP) rules most internet poker sites have in place. Disconnect Protection is a rule