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comments about PlayOK
Yes, this happens from time to time...but IMO it's not that common. Also: I believe they can't do it invisibly. PlayOK grays out the user name when the table frame loses focus, and switching to the chat window will trigger that. I haven't tried hard, but I don't think you can even have the table frame and the PlayOK chat frame open at the same time (in separate windows, say) so both sender and receiver would show it. So if you see that happening regularly, yeah, seems pretty likely they're cheating. But then you just block them.

BUT, I take the precaution, generally, of checking the record of a player I don't know. When I see a high win percentage overall...certainly 60% and above, but even 55% is worth's time to see that player's partnership results. Because there are some fairly obvious forms of cheating that wouldn't be detectable, really in any way...probably not even by slow actions.

Cheating has always been a problem playing online. I actually suspect there's LESS cheating at PlayOK than there was on, say, Yahoo, because of the time constraints and the other precautions.
PlayOK Chat window-based cheating would be more likely to occur between players from different IP addresses.

If you are at the same location, you could either verbalize your cheating or just allow both partners to see both screens.

To have a truly rational claim on the subject of cheating, I'm afraid you'd have to collect a sizable volume of evidence that provides overwhelming proof of suspicious game play.

I can't argue the likelihood of cheating online.
It spoils online gaming, but sadly little can be done ...especially if you are playing with strangers.
It's unbelievable how much you don't know about the game you've been playing all your life. -- Mickey Mantle

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