It is no secret that online poker sites use an enormous amount of security and encryption to protect their software from poker bots, colluders, and cheaters. However, one secret they can not protect is the deterministic algorithms they use in their software that decides the outcome of hands. Furthermore, any person that knows the algorithms can easily and simply win more often in online poker.
Initially, online poker sites had no need for extra algorithms used to 'level the field' as the simple use of a random number generator (RNG) would appear to produce a fair shuffle and seemingly accurate game. However in 2001, after several programmers were able to expose the flaws of the RNG and the inability of the RNG to produce an adequate number of random decks, (thereby making it easy to predict the flop, turn, and river), the online poker sites had to make changes.
After several changes were made in the seed generation of the RNG and sophisticated measures taken to produce a wider variety of random deck sequences, the online poker sites faced a new problem - collusion and cheating by unscrupulous players. This problem was addressed with a new set of algorithms that would produce a fair game by preventing colluding using sequential deterministic algorithms.
The implementation of those sequential algorithms intended to stop colluders actually created a new problem, it removed the true statistics and probability of the game. In other words, if you are holding pocket aces and the flop is A 9 Q, you essentially have a greater than 91% chance of wining the hand in live play. When the board finishes out 10 J or flush cards and you lose to a flush or straight by your opponent that is called a bad beat.
Simply put, the true odds of you winning the hand are no longer part of the game, because of the sequential algorithms used. These algorithms replace the true odds and determine the outcome based on their own mathematical decisions. That is why many people will claim that online poker is rigged.
The secret is understanding how the algorithms work, and using that knowledge to curtail your own constant bad beats. In other words, the program makes a deterministic decision on the winning hand without regard to the odds, your outs, statistics, or any other true measure of the game. Therefore, if you want to win online poker, you need to understand the algorithms and put it to use in your game.
As with any public activity, there are do’s and don’ts that need to be adhered to when gambling online. Sometimes on the internet, people forget that they are still interacting with real people. With one person on a computer, the world seems small and lifeless. But this is not so. There are millions of people online everyday. So when visiting a gambling web site there are rules that should be followed. The first is going to a site that is above one’s skill level. If a person enjoys poker, but is not that good, going to an advanced poker web site will not only cause a person to lose a lot of money, but also make the other players angry. People like to compete against people who other at their skill level. They do not want to waste their time on a less experienced player. If new to the game, stay on the beginners web site.
Never harass others online. This includes calling people names, forcing them to bet more than they are comfortable with, and interfering with their betting in general. When people feel harassed, they will leave a site and might not return. This could mean a lot of money lost for the web site. This will not be tolerated. Harassing other players could result in having one’s membership taken away for good. Be nice to others and they will be nice to you. Everyone on betting web sites want to have fun and enjoy themselves.
Don’t lie about age. This is perhaps the biggest mistake people make on gambling web sites. It is illegal for minors to gamble. If a person is not eighteen, they have no business being on a gambling web site. Memberships will be taken away and fines could incur. Gambling is for adults only. Respect the rules and have a great time gambling.