It is obvious that there are several differences in an online poker room and a live poker casino. Most of these differences are easily seen and transparent to the general poker playing public. However, many contrasts are not visible or apparent while playing poker online. The major variance between online poker and live casino poker is the cards and how they are delivered to the player.
There are great advantages to playing in a live casino as the integrity of the game is rarely put into question, since the shuffling, the dealing and the ‘eye in the sky’ keeps the game fair and makes it nearly impossible to compromise that integrity. However, online poker lacks many of these protections for the player, in that a computer program achieves the shuffling and dealing of the cards.
Therefore, an understanding of how online poker sites software program works is crucial to any player that desires to put money into an online poker account in the hopes of building a bankroll and cashing out. Simply because, if you understand how the software works, you can be assured that you are not subjected to illicit attempts by other players, the poker room or even the software to cheat you out of your hard earned money.
All online poker sites use a variation of a random number generator to create a shuffled deck. Although this may appear to be sufficient, many times over the last several years, theses shuffling algorithms were broken and subsequently gave cheaters an opportunity to exploit the game and other players. The discovery of the cheaters by affected poker sites, prompted them to create additional poker algorithms to prevent attempts at cheating and colluding.
Those algorithms would control the action at a table to ensure that one player is not able to win every single hand as was the case in the Absolute poker scandal. In that instance, a single player won nearly 98% of all hands played in a major tournament, beating out several hundred other players. Mathematically it is impossible to win every hand in a tournament, and therefore the poker sites installed software to prevent this from happening.
In addition, the online poker sites software programs is able to detect a player who may be colluding with another player and therefore the program has the ability to alter the outcome of the cards to prevent that player from winning. This same software has the ability to detect poker bots as well. In the case of a poker bot, the software will take into consideration every individual action by a player and logically compare that to determine if the player in fact is a bot or a real person.
The problem with these additional poker algorithms is that they inherently affect a skilled player’s ability to consistently cash. The fact that any alteration to the statistical outcome of poker hands is tantamount to cheating by the house. In other words, it is no different than if a live dealer were setting the deck to allow a particular player to win or force a player to lose.
So, what can we do as poker players to ensure we are getting a fair game and not subjected to subversive online poker software programs that essentially change the outcome? One solution is to learn the patterns and flaws in the software and then adjust your game to circumvent their detection and of course, the other answer is to only play live poker at a trusted casino.