PokerStars is now offering “steps” tournaments, wherein players can win entry and vacation packages  for either the European Poker Tour’s bitcoin casinos no deposit bonus Caribbean Adventure (PCA) or Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) events.

The steps system gives players another path into these large buy-in tournaments for cheap. Here’s how it works: Players start at the Step 1 single-table tournaments for either 500 Frequent Player Points (FPP) or $7.50.

Place first or second in Step 1 and receive a $27 (or 1,750 FPP) entry into Step 2. Players who finish third in the Step 1 will win reentry into another Step 1 tournament. Those who finish fourth win $1.50.

Place first or second in the Step 2 and receive an $82 (or 5,125 FPP) entry into Step 3. Players who finish third and fourth in the Step 2 will get to try Step 2 again. The player who finishes fifth wins an entry into Step 1 (basically backtracking a step, but still in the running for the top prize).

The top two players of the Step 3 table win a $215 entry (or 13,500 FTP) into Step 4. Players finishing third to fifth receive and entry into Step 3 to try it again.

Players who finish first and second in Step 4 win a $700 entry into Step 5. Third place receives another shot at Step 4. Fourth- and fifth-place finishers go back to Step 3; and the sixth-place finisher goes back to Step 2.

Finish first or second in Step 5 and you’ll receive a $2,100 ticket into either an 18-player sit-and-go or a single-table sit-and-go where the prize packages are awarded. The two-table satellite will award a prize package to the top three finishers. The single-table satellite will award the winner the package, as well as monetary prizes to second ($1,500), third ($1,000), fourth ($1,000), fifth ($1,000), sixth ($500), and seventh ($500).

Players can start at any Step-level they wish by buying in directly with cash. The cash value of the PCA prize package is $12,000, and the value varies for the APPT events.

Minimal-skill methods

The easiest and most common types of cheating require no ability of manipulation, but rather merely the nerve. Such methods include shorting the pot, avoiding house fees, and peeking at other players’ cards. However, it is very difficult to prove because when confronted, at least the first time, the cheat often calls the cheating an honest mistake.

One minimal-skill method that occurs in non-casino games happens when a player who has folded appoints himself the tender of the pot, stacking chips, counting them, and delivering them to the winning player. Check-chopping is when such a “helpful” player palms a chip. Odorless adhesive can be used for this purpose.

Another minimal-skill method is going south (also known as “ratholing”), where a player covertly removes a portion of his chips from play while remaining in the game, normally in order to preserve the winnings as profit, or prevent a major loss in “big bet” games.

Cheating in Poker

Cheating in poker is any behavior outside the rules intended to give an unfair advantage to one or more players.

Cheating can be done many ways, including collusion, sleight-of-hand (such as bottom dealing or stacking the deck), or the use of physical objects such as Marked cards or holdout devices.

Cheating occurs in both friendly games and casinos. Cheats may operate alone, but also may operate in teams or small groups.

Following is a list of terms used to categorize specific card cheats:

* card mechanic: A card cheat who specializes in sleight-of-hand manipulation of cards, a card sharp.

* base dealer: Also called a bottom dealer, or a second dealer, this relies on two related methods that manipulate the dealing of cards.

* paper player: A card cheat that exploits the use of marked cards.

* hand mucker: A card cheat that specializes in switching cards.

* machine player: A card cheat that uses mechanical holdouts.