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?
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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.
Are Online Poker Sites Rigged?
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 between those who believe there is a problem and those who don’t believe. At the time of the original question, only 23% of poker players believed the sites were rigged.
However, that number has now increased by a significant percentage to 43% as the old skeptics are now cautiously accepting of the fact that the sites are not rigged. Only 21% of players said they were less likely to play online poker after the reveal of the softporn cheating scandals.
This further proves that the scandals have had a marked effect on players as 87% of those who were less likely to play after the scandal, now play online poker.
It is interesting to note that this perception of a rigged game has increased among seasoned players and only a select few are still denying the truth and continuing to believe that online poker is fair for all players.
It is also interesting to note that older players who have played for years in casinos and card rooms believe that the sites are not rigged and are happy for others to do the same thing they once did. This could very well be because they have become old friends and have maintained a common bond through years of playing.
The question of whether online poker is rigged or not, is a bit of a grey area. Most players, including myself, pros and students alike, will agree that it is not rigged, however, the majority of poker sites are registered in various states and countries. This means that whether it is paid or not, these poker sites assemble the cards and use software to program the shuffler and cards to properly disguise the outcome.
However, is that even cheating? Well, the objective is to beat the house and sometimes that could be accomplished by a master card counter, playing the same deck over and over and sitting patiently for it to be dealt in enough shuffles to effect the desired shuffle. However, is that the way it works?
Many players will contend that the ace, queen, and jack are the most vital cards because they are the easiest to make runs at as stated in blackjack, if you draw a ten or an ace you will have a good hand, but if you don’t and you start with a six you will have a dismal hand unless you get tripped.
However, sixes are the most vulnerable to the ace and ten while their stronger counterparts the seven and eights. As far as the weakest card is concerned, the five is the most vulnerable card to being trashed.
When playing online try to start off with a low amount of credit so you don’t risk losing too much of it if the cards don’t start coming through. Play two or three tables at a time if possible and if the payout isn’t good, leave the site.Conclusion:Online poker is mostly played by people who want to win, therefore, to win, you need to study the techniques and strategies to beat the house. Studying the different poker games and learning their strategies and techniques is a great way to win at poker.