The online poker sites would have you believe that their software is fair for all players. In fact many of the online poker sites are required to submit their software for rigorous testing to prove it is a fair game for all players. However, is the software really fair? On the other hand, is there something going on in the background that many people never realize?
Many victims of bad beats will scream “this site is rigged” while others will counter that the suck outs and bad beats are all a part of poker and it happens even in live games. While that is true, it still begs the question as to whether there is more to the online poker game than meets the eye.
In a recent study conducted by a popular poker forum, the question, “Are Online Poker Sites Rigged?” was posed and the results were nearly split with 42% saying yes and 58% saying no. However, opinions by players really have no bearing on the truth as to whether there is something amiss in the software.
Attention to the fact that there are flaws in the software used to produce ‘random’ cards has always been the focal point of the argument for those who believe there is a problem. The fact that a computer program is determining the outcome using a RNG (Random Number Generator), is not new, however, the fact that a computer program is determining the outcome and also the method by which that outcome is determined is.
As a poker player who campsed in cash games, I found it hard to believe that a computer program could be so sophisticated that it could accurately determine which cards a player holds. It is mind boggling and contradictory that a computer program can readily determine the outcome of a hand by using a RNG to do likewise.
A common poker application developed by several poker sites, called Poker Stove, uses a RNG to determine a small number of factors and combinations that can improve your likelihood of winning the poker hand. Stove is an example of a poker application that uses an estimator to determine statistically the likelihood of your hole cards and your opponents. The calculation is done for you, then you can determine how you should play your hand based on your likely outcome.
However, poker has been the pursuit of man since the dawn of civilization. Perhaps the only area of endeavor where men have truly gone beyond the mere Replicated harness is the game of poker. Poker has been around for a decade more than a computer program, and offers a format that is not controlled by a computer program and a man against players.
The men who first conquered the long lost land of Persia, Pakistan and India, most likely had a computer in their boots to guide their queens. Similarly the men who drove the Mississippi boats across the vast waters of the United States are the ones we may most likely agree are the most intelligent and civilization rich developers of all time. Whereas today’s computer programs to determine the outcome of sporting events and political elections are almost automated, in the past, the teams that genie out in the blue machines of fate such as the steamboats and the monsters of legend had and always had a human; the programmers that wrote the poker programs were and are just as human as the players they are trying to beat.
sportsbooks and casinos make tremendous profits by employing the “jayapoker” that bookmakers refer to as “insiders”. By poolsing their money in multiple bets, bookmakers and casinos can insure themselves a profit regardless of the outcome of each individual bet. In this scenario, the casino or sportsbook truly is the aggressor. In this scenario, the casino or bookmaker Corporation would be the prey. But, the odds of winning are so dramatically in favor of the sportsbooks and casinos that the money is soon turned over to the casinos and bookmaker corporations. The ultimate goal is always to make a profit.
On many occasions when gambling or gaming is promoting, there is a lot of money to be made by the people who first initiate the gambling. All that gambling relies on is a set of numbers that come up from a device called a Random Number Generator (RNG). The casino or sportsbook will often lay down some specific numbers in play in hopes the player will win.
At that point, the player puts those numbers into a little slot machine and the player is paid a little for each number the dealer plays. The number of symbols played in the slot machine are arranged in a specific fashion on a wheel or card. The mechanics of playing the game is pretty much the same in most gambling games. The only difference is in the format of the game and the way the numbers are paid out.
It’s likely you’ll hear the term ” Random Number Generator” used to describe a card shuffler. A card shuffler is a machine that will spin a stick clockwise to shuffle two decks of playing cards.