Since the early days of online poker, there have been always been people out there that think that online poker is rigged. Sadly, these fears have been given credence on some online poker websites due to unscrupulous owners and players. As such, the industry as a whole falls under scrutiny. A website that is at the top of the online poker conspiracy list is Full Tilt Poker. Since it first opened its doors, there are those that have thought the site is rigged. Today we will take a look at whether Full Tilt Poker is indeed a rigged site.
Conspiracy Theorist Reasoning
The first question that you should ask anyone that is claiming that a site is rigged is why they feel this way. A big majority of players will usually give you the tired notion that they "receive many more bad beats on Full Tilt than they do anywhere else." Others will tell you that the site has to be rigged in order to pay the pros that play on the site. Many others think that there is some type of mythical "doom switch" that the software cuts on in order to prevent you from being the next durrrr or Phil Ivey. Others say that the Random Number Generator is flawed and as such does not provide an accurate shuffle.
Random Number Generator
Full Tilt’s Random Number Generator, or RNG, is a system of several layers that is used to ensure true randomness in a shuffle. Multiple hardware and software RNG are included into the program to ensure that the program is fail safe. Full Tilt took their RNG and submitted it to both Cigital and Technical Systems Testing for accreditation. Both have certified that the RNG does indeed produce a random result.
The RNG at Full Tilt Poker is a bit different than those used at PokerStars or other site. Essentially, the cards are distributed on an "as needed" basis and then reshuffled. Basically, after the hole cards are dealt, the deck goes back into shuffle mode, and then the deck is then shuffled again after the flop, turn, and river. This ensures true randomness in the cards dealt.
Why So Many Bad Beats
The number one complaint for online players that claim that a site is rigged is that they get too many bad beats. They claim that they get beat more often than in a live game. Actually, this is the truth. If you play the same amount of time in an online game as opposed to a live game, you will see many more beats than you will live.
There is a simple reason behind this. When you play live, you are lucky to see 30 to 40 hands per hour, and that is if you have a good deal that is keeping the game going and you don’t have a lot of hollywooding at the table. However, online you will see at least twice as many hands per hour because the software automatically shoves the pot, restacks chips, shuffles and deals.
In addition, remember that with online poker, you have the one ability that you are not allowed to do in a live casino, and that is multi-table. Player can play two, three, or even 20 tables at a time. If you are playing twice as many hands per hour and then multiplying that by multiple tables, of course you are going to see more bad beats online than in a live game. A hand that is 70% to win is going to lose three times out of 10. If you see that same hand 30 times in a session online as opposed to 10 times live, you are naturally going to lose more often.
Does Not Make Financial Sense to Cheat Players
The owners of Full Tilt have too much of a good thing going on to cheat their players. At the time of this article’s writing, there are 65,000 players online. If Full Tilt average $1 per person, they are making $65,000 per hour, and you know they are making more than $1 per person per hour just off of the cash game rake. The site is a cash cow, and they would be stupid to not milk it for all they have.
Also, think of the players that are associated with the site. If the site were revealed to be crooked, you are looking at the likes of Phil Ivey, Chris Ferguson, Howard Lederer, Erik Seidel, and others that risk having their images irreparably damaged. There is just too much money out there and too much at stake to risk this.
Finally, consider the fact that if Full Tilt Poker is rigged, there would be mountains of evidence proving this before now. When the UltimateBet scandal went down, once serious accusations of cheating were made, people came out of the woodwork with their proof against the site. Full Tilt has been running for years, and nobody has come out of the woodwork.
Suffice it to say that the conspiracy theories against Full Tilt are just that, conspiracies. Of course, if you truly do not feel comfortable playing at the site, there are plenty of other sites to play at. However, you would be hard pressed to find a more reliable and profitable site than Full Tilt Poker.
Before considering playing here, read our Full Tilt Poker Review and get an idea of what you will be dealing with.