Online Poker Disconnection
Most online poker site clients allow a player to be disconnected for a certain period without losing a hand. If a client detects that you have been disconnected, it will attempt to reconnect automatically. This is often hardly noticeable and does not affect your game.
If attempts at reconnection fail and the extra time you are given by the system to get back in the game lapses, the server will dip into your “disconnection protection” pool of credits. The dealer, assuming you have these credits, declares you as all-in for the duration of the hand. It does not recognise that you are not all-in despite still having chips. Your hand competes for the main pot at the showdown and the other players will play for the side pot that was created following your disconnection.
If you fail to reconnect in time and have no “disconnection protection” credits, the client will declare that you have folded – even if you have a potential winning hand.
Online Poker Disconnection and Cheating
Some players are known to abuse the online poker disconnection system by making use of the “all-in protection.” These cheaters disconnect their computers on purpose when they see that it would more than likely to benefit them to be all-in. As a result, online poker sites have set limits to the number of times a player can be protected by this rule. Some sites even promote “no all-in” tables – your hand is declared folded if you’re disconnected and the allotted reconnection time expires.
In the virtual world of online poker, the other players in a game obviously can’t see you face to face. So when you need to take a break from a game, you must remember to click a button such as “Sit out” or “Deal me out next hand”, depending on the site’s setup. This will excuse you from having to pay any blinds or antes. Clicking the button that says “I’m back” or something similar is all you need to do when you are ready to rejoin a game.
To prevent online poker disconnection problems, it’s important to ensure that you keep to the agreed rules for breaks. Often poker sites allow you to sit out for two rounds of blinds. At a full table, this amounts to at least 15 hands. However, most online poker sites allow only limited time away from a table. If you’re absent for too long, you will be stood up and all your chips will be returned to your account.
If you fail to return in time and miss the blinds, you will be given two choices – you can either wait for the blind to reach you again as play progresses around the table, or you can post an amount equal to the sum of the blinds.