Recently, a well-known and respected online poker site was charged with allegations of game manipulation, which effected players on these sites in adverse ways. After some legal and commissioned scrutiny into the matter, it had been determined that this site had insiders create accounts, that enabled them to see their opponents’hands, thus creating an unfair advantage.
The effected site had a disgruntled (or at minimum, a disingenuous) former employee create what is called a “Super User” account at their site. This account, since the name implies, enabled its user to “see” most of the hands of his/her opponents, when in a poker room. Obviously, this allowed this user to fold when it had been necessary to take action, and bet aggressively, once the hand they held dictated a reason to accomplish so.
Players that played in the rooms of the Super User, started smelling a rat, when the consumer could not lose, and would repeatedly win hands, even when others in the room had strong hands. These players wound up reporting their findings on poker forum bulletin boards initially, and also presented the important points to the poker rooms’management staff as well. After the gaming commissions that sanctioned this site began investigating the problem, the poker rooms’management admitted that the former employee, had actually, created this account, and had used it inappropriately for self-gain.
As it turns out, the online poker site had enabled an administrative procedure to permit such accounts to be created, for the purposes of testing their software. Unfortunately, the wrong disingenuous person got his hands on this functionality. The online poker site combed through all of their hand histories, where this illegal player was playing, and reimbursed all players who have been adversely effected by these improper acts.
Consequently of the escapade, online players have began to question the merits of online poker sites, and whether hands per hour is fair or whether it’s unfairly manipulated marilliondesigns. It’s this author’s belief that online poker is on the up-and-up for probably the most part, but there’s always the opportunity for unscrupulous activity, much like any business. Here are some comforting ideas, in support of the merits of online poker:
Regulation abound – Many of the most popular and reputable sites are regulated (in their jurisdiction) by reputable gaming commissions. These commissions have strict rules and accounting principles that must be followed, or the site runs the risk of losing their license. Routinely, these gaming commissions audit the online poker sites’systems, and search for abnormalities. Moreover, a few of the world’s most famous online poker sites are public companies, which can be held accountable in additional public manners.
Random function – Every reputable poker site’s card generation software is implemented using computer software’s “random” function. This function, implemented generally in most computer programming languages today, uses an algorithm, that legitimately randomizes the selection of a card. These random functions are the same used by randomized lottery systems.
Players looking – Many players that participate in online poker, are always on the alert for almost any “strange” functional behavior of the poker site. Anything discovered can immediately be reported to the poker site’s management team and the governing gaming commission. Also, with the creation of a huge selection of poker forums on the net, issues like they’re discussed in more detail, among the city of internet poker players. This can help to produce a checks-and-balances philosophy between the consumer community and the poker sites themselves.
Reputation – The popular and reputable poker sites cannot afford to cheat or have allegations of cheating associated with their site. A negative reputation means instant loss in credibility, which will severely impact the site’s bottom line. Credible poker sites cannot pay the stigma associated with cheating.
Software – Keep in mind that the poker site’s functionality is just just like its design and the implementation and testing of its software engineers. Poor design will cause poor game results, which lead ultimately to a tarnished reputation for the poker site. Quality poker sites spend lots of time and money on developing their software or licensing their software from reputable software development houses.
In conclusion, it is paramount in importance to patronize reputable and licensed online poker sites, that exhibit the quality and characteristics noted above. Although there’s no 100 % guarantee that the poker experience will be legitimate, the odds of the are really in your favor, when you patronize a credible and reputable site.