Are Online Poker Sites Fair Or Rigged?

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. The fact that a computer program is determining the outcome using a RNG (Random Number Generator), is not new. In fact, the debate over online poker Sites being rigged centers on the fact that the cards are generated as ‘end game’ cards and not as the cards that would actually follow if we were playing in a live game.

The fact that the cards are computer generated has never been an issue for me. I have always believed that if the poker room Pennison Tophat and Bingo, were to submit a computer program for review and approval, that the poker room would be able to prove that their software is fair for all players. Although, the fact remains that the argument has yet to be settled.

Despite this evidence to the contrary, concern over the fairness of online poker rooms has never been more intense. This argument has been bolstered by the apparent insider poker stories, which have appeared in major newspapers around the world.

A few weeks ago, the UK’s senior crown court published judgments in favor of a poker player who had beenwrongfully convicted for committing financial fraud in a case where the online poker siteFinancial Fraud Enforcement was involved.

The judge ruled that the online poker site was not involved in the case and that therefore the complaint against the poker player should be dropped.

understandable and mathematically justifiable

While I am a firm believer that everyone is mentally capable of making up their own mind about something, I also realize that the common opinion is not always the correct one. In this case, the general feeling that has been emerging is that the online poker sites are not fair to players.

In my opinion, a key aspect to the minds of the online poker sites is the constant mantra of “it’s just a game” or “it’s just a game from the Linux program”. Boss Media, the programmers of Wine, the software that lets you run Windows software on Mac and Linux computers, have made a statement that their software is both secure and fair. Given the track record of software security in the fashion it has been integrated into modern operating systems, I don’t really buy into the “its just a game” mentality.

In my opinion, if online poker sites were to incorporate a fair RNG into their software, there would be no reason to LarConclusion online poker is not rigged. The only thing I can think of is that if the poker sites were to collude, there would be enough of a reason to believe that they would want the players to lose.

The instant answer is no, online poker is not rigged. The software the poker sites use to implement the random number generator is a highly complex algorithm that is intended to be unpredictable and yet still produce random results at least fifty percent of the time. Additionally, the additional poker algorithms also tend to produce similarly random results.

Where an amateur poker player can benefit from these additional Protections [] is in the fact that the poker sites publish their payout percentages. This is the only really accurate information about the odds of winning an online poker game that you can count on.

Playing Texas Holdem Poker online, you can frustrate yourself too if you play tight and fold too often. However, if you’re folding too much you’re not giving your poker chips as a cost for the time you’re spending to fold. In addition, if you’re not folding enough you’re leaking money, something you can’t have in online poker.

On the other hand if you’re betting aggressively and folding often, you’re not maximizing your profits.