Are Online Poker Sites Fair Or Rigged?

Written by Sarah on December 16, 2021 in Gambling with no comments.

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 Dewalive” 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. The fact that a computer program is determining which cards to deal shows that the game is not truly random. More than 52% of the cards in a pack used in the real world have not been dealt in this way.

In addition, the fact that a computer program is determining the outcome proves that the game is not truly random. It makes the martingale system at work profitable because the machine will eventually shuffle the cards. The Honest Lotto SystemProgram provides a way of figuring out when certain cards will come in which games using a concept of statistical probability.

Of course, no poker player will present their cards in a live game with a live dealer and there is no way to ensure that the cards will be dealt in a fair manner. Then again, no player is going to postulate that a computerized shuffler is the solution to the problem either.

At the heart of the concern about online poker is the unknown and it should come as no surprise that the unknown is also the focus of a lot of the online poker conspiracy theorists. The fact that the cards are being dealt by a computer and a separate program (the shuffler) allows cheating by the dealer and the possibility of card clumping which was discussed in the first paragraph.

There are additional conspiracy theories involving additional casinos and bookies. The reason these casinos are suspect is that in the process of shuffling the cards they will tend to bias the outcome towards their own cards. It is possible that if the deck had to be shuffled many thousands of hands would be played in the same shoe which would mean a bias towards card ones.

In conclusion, the run of cards on an e-casino is as unique as the hands that are played. Although it is possible for a computer to clump the cards, it is very unlikely a player would be able to determine if this would be true given the sheer volume of cards being dealt per hour.

The reality is that unless you are a math genius or have unlimited wealth, it is impossible to determine if your cards are truly random or if there is a bias. Therefore, the best you can do is enjoy the game while it lasts!

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