In this new series of posts we’ll have a look at some exciting methods that are being used to monitor online poker sites and try to answer the question ‘is online poker rigged?‘…
Look on any internet poker forum and you can see threads with heated debate on the subject of online poker being and potential rigging. The arguments have been going round in circles since online poker began.
What you can expect to see:
Very strong opinions from both camps.
Tilted players venting steam after having their aces cracked or losing to runner runner 5 times in a row.
The occasional well thought out argument as to why or why not online poker is fair or rigged.
What you don’t expect to see:
So, it’s a breath of fresh air to see some new tests being carried out by Online Poker Watchdog. In the last few months they have analysed millions of hands from some major online poker sites. In these tests, which have been dubbed ‘bad beat tests’, hands that are all-in pre-flop have been selected and the number of times the hands won in reality has been compared with the number of times they should win in a perfect world.
Also, they have made it possible for anyone who uses Poker Tracker to test their own hand histories for evidence that their poker site is fair. This is possible because the bad beat test has been made available for free download on the Online Poker Watchdog home page.
BAD BEAT TEST, SHORT VIDEO SERIES
Detailed information and full reports on each test are available at Online Poker Watchdog. However, those who want a quick user friendly explanation of these bad beat tests should view the series of short videos as they take you through a hand history analysis from start to finish. These videos will be very useful for anyone who wants to test their own hand histories as they provide a step by step tutorial of how to do so.
In part 1 you see a quick explanation of the bad beat test, how to download the test and how to import the test into Poker Tracker
In the next post we’ll be showing Part 2 of the series.