There is a common misconception, especially amongst beginner poker players, that online poker is rigged. There is a belief that the cards are dealt in set patterns so that certain hands will be specifically chosen by the site, resulting in numerous bad beats for players.
Sometimes, due to this frequency of bad beats, a player may claim that the site is rigged and that no hands and cards are dealt out at random.
This creates a negative opinion about the world of online poker and adds many different online poker myths.
This article sets out discuss the mistaken belief that online poker is rigged and offers readers an insight into why online poker is safer than ever before.
Is the software rigged?
The RNG is regularly monitored by officials in order to unsure proper and legal conduct. Therefore the poker rooms would have to knowingly break the law to rig the software.
Furthermore, there is an extremely high chance that information of such a system would be discover quickly due to the large volumes of online traffic sites receive and this would scar the integrity of the room.
There is also the risk for sites that the room would be forced to close and they would face large fines and legal action due to their exploits.
Some of the most common reasons people think poker software is rigged are as follows:
- There are too many bad beats in online poker
- The poker cards are fixed so that people will continue to play
- The poker cards are fixed in order to build bigger pots
According to the poker training website Deuces Cracked, yes, there are many more bad beats hands online but that is just because there are many more hands played at an online poker table thus more bets. Furthermore, you are not sitting down face to face with the players so therefore it’s harder to stop a bluff.
The chances of an online site fixing cards so that people will continue to play and in order to build bigger pots is almost impossible. The site would have to scrap the use of its RNG and design a system that is able to detect a losing player and be able to deliver ‘good hands’ to those players and another system that would detect which players have the most money and the likelihood for them raising the pot.
To build a system like that would not only be incredibly difficult but it would also be illegal and as stated before if such a system was discovered there would be serious ramifications.
Past Examples of Fraudulence
There is really only one serious online poker cheating scandal in history. In the past, there was evidence of “super user” accounts on some online sites.
The “super user” account was able to see every players hole cards during the game, which of course made it extremely easy to win. This type of account was discovered because the “super user” was playing in an unusual way, and was winning such large amounts.
However, the software was patched to prevent it happening ever again and now sites run with much more sophisticated tracking software to make sure the chance of something like this happening again is kept to a minimal.
Different strategies used to cheat
The Pokerbot is an advanced intelligence software program designed to infiltrate any poker websites and can play poker avoiding detection while making a profit online.
These Pokerbots are easily detected on the bigger poker sites such as PokerStars.com but not for smaller sites or for low stakes. Many players use these bots in order to cheat which is considered a very serious offence.
If a player is found out to be using a bot he is banned from the site, his funds are blocked and all his previous opponents are refunded for the money they lost against the person using the bot.
The other online strategies used to cheat is an online card shuffling software program which deals the player with the software higher cards than the other players. This is also totally forbidden on all online poker sites.
Are my funds safe?
All regulated poker sites are forced to keep players’ funds in safe accounts and are not allowed to invest or lend them in anyway. This means that your bankroll is safe and secure.
However, trouble can occur for players if money is deposited into unverified poker site. Therefore it is important to research a site before you begin a transaction in order to make sure the site is licensed and verified.
In most cases, the bigger online poker rooms are the safest places to play.
How to know if a site is reliable?
- The site has a large community of members
- The site has been in business for a long period of time
- The site is regularly audited by third parties. This information can usually be found in the terms and conditions section of the site.
However, there is one main perk of using the smaller poker sites – that the smaller sites have a weaker level of competition which means more profitable games.
Yes, the smaller websites have an increased risk of going bust and keeping your funds but as the competition is weaker on these sites it is easier to win. This creates a reward vs risk situation that poker players must take time considering, and not all players will choose the same.
Furthermore, players can also look for the seal of approval from their state’s division of gaming enforcement. It normally appears of the bottom or top of the site and states that the site is 100% legal and safe in that particular state.