Maintaining Security When Playing Poker Gambling – Your security as a player of online poker gambling games is of course the main thing that must be considered and maintained by game providers.
You don’t have to go far in the world of online poker to find discussions about rigged games, inaccurate deals, collusion and cheating. It seems that every forum, site, or blog you visit will have people arguing about how prominent cheating is in online gaming, and whether the idn play poker sites themselves are putting up games to their advantage. So, let’s look at both sides of the argument, and get to the bottom of it once and for all.
Are poker sites crooked?
The first thing to look at is the poker site itself. From the “big boys” like Full Tilt Poker, and PokerStars to smaller sites like Bodog or Cake, they all have one thing in common – they profit by taking advantage of the game. That means they take a fraction of every dollar bet on the site, so they make a profit no matter which player wins or loses at their table. The more players that come to play poker on their site, the more they make, so it is in their interest to keep those players happy. Players lose trust, and a site goes bankrupt, which is why major poker sites invest millions in security measures and software to ensure their play is as fair as possible. So the answer is pretty clear no, poker sites (or at least the big and established ones) are not crooked, and in fact they are very active in keeping the game fair and preventing cheating. They also invest heavily in software to ensure that their deals are fair which brings us to our next point…
Is this transaction fair?
In the casino card room, a human dealer shuffles and deals cards. In online poker, the software does this which is another aspect of online poker that is often attacked by opponents who believe it is rigged. The argument says that since the random number generator (RNG), which is the software used to shuffle the cards, can never be truly random (because of how computers work) it must be rigged. However, there is a very simple way to prove that online transactions are very fair and that is by looking at statistical analysis of hand history. PokerStars, who recently dealt with their 50 billion hands, provided an excellent sample size, and examining them proves that the odds of getting a particular hand online are the same as getting that hand offline. In other words, the software that shuffles and deals cards at major poker sites does its job very well, and delivers fair play!
However, the flip side of the argument is the fact that, because it is a computer that shuffles and deals cards, and because computers cannot generate truly random shuffles, it is possible for a talented and determined individual to predict the cards before they are dealt and gain an edge. Well, that brings us to our third point……