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Old 01-28-2009, 05:43 PM   #501
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6. For the last point it looks as if your saying they need to be "rewarded" more often than the 5% for them to keep coming back.
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"if they didn't get rewarded with their five-percenter (you know that means FIVE TIMES OUT OF 100 it'll get there, right?) occasionally (probably 1/20 times or so) they wouldn't play."
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4. No statistically challenged would not suit me at all thankyou very much. I fully understand and have studies poker statistics in particular.
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Old 01-28-2009, 05:46 PM   #502
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If they were poor players but it was rigged in their favor, wouldn't they be rich players?

Expert analysis. Why weren't you interviewed on 60 Minutes?

I went out of a tournament the other night when the other player in the hand made a couple of horrible decisions. But since it wasn't a cash game, the action flop didn't increase the rake, so that couldn't have motivated the site to rig it for the vastly inferior player to win the pot. However, that guy didn't manage to cash in the tournament either. So I just don't know why they rigged that hand that way.

I'm sorry, you don't want to be called dumb? Would "statistically-challenged" suit you better?

I suspect you understand that lizards don't have anything to do with this discussion specifically.

You said that I'm trying to go away from the subject because I mentioned that you had trouble grasping some ideas which I feel that any adult would get without any trouble.

Then I said, no, it's YOU who are ignoring my arguments with accusations of attacks and gave you a random example of what you were doing with lizard people in the starring role.

You chose to do the exact same thing again.

So, tell ya what... here's what I said:

You explain to me how that in any way that implies agreement with you. I think it quite clearly conveys the method by which one could determine a process to prove or disprove this alleged rigging, but maybe I'm wrong. If any other posters ITT would like to tell me what they think that means, I'd love to hear their feedback.
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In the Stephen Meares thread, he had a similar theory - that the flop, turn and river cards were fiddled to favour particular players. Let me explain a way to make such 'rigging' impossible.

As you might know, there are two possible ways for a computer to shuffle a deck:

a) Static Shuffle - Just like in a live casino, the cards are shuffled, set, and then dealt out.

b) Continuous Shuffle - While the hand is in play, the cards are continuously being shuffled, and then, when the pre-flop (or the flop or turn) action is finishe, the shuffling is stopped, and then the next card is dealt.

If a deck is set, like in a static shuffle, before the hand starts, then it is literally impossible to create an "action flop" (or any other form of rigged shuffle that is based on community cards) since there is no way that a site can possibly predict what action will take place.

So, if you want to play at a site where such rigging is impossible you need to only play at sites which have a static shuffle.

The easiest way to do this is to just email the various sites, and ask them whether they use a continuous or a static shufffle.

Here are the contact details for the five largest sites/networks according to Poker Scout:

PokerStars - support@pokerstars.com
Full Tilt - support@fulltiltpoker.com
iPoker/Playtech - http://www.playtech.com/html/index.php?page=43
PartyPoker - info@partypoker.com
OnGame/bwin - https://home.bwin.com/page.aspx?view=contact

(If someone has an email address for iPoker or OnGame/bwin to use then feel free to post it - I couldn't find one easily)

Here's a draft email that you can send them:




Now, obviously you don't trust the sites involved (otherwise this thread wouldn't exist) so the next step is to then contact their regulators.

Here are the details on their regulators that I could find from their respective websites:

PokerStars - www.gov.im/gambling
Full Tilt - http://www.kahnawake.com/gamingcommission/
iPoker/Playtech - CDPoker (one of the skins) says they're regulated by Gibraltar, but I couldn't find their listing on http://www.gibraltar.gov.gi/gov_dept...net_gaming.htm - still, that's probably the place to start
PartyPoker - http://www.gibraltar.gov.gi/gov_dept...net_gaming.htm
OnGame/bwin - http://www.gibraltar.gov.gi/gov_dept...net_gaming.htm

I just went to the respective sites home pages and followed the links from there.

Hopefully this will help you get underway to confirming to yourself that online poker is safe and secure.

Feel free to PM me or post here if you have any queries.
Thanks.

So does pokerstars use the static shuffle?
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Old 01-28-2009, 05:48 PM   #503
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Studied lol. Give me a break Im kinda tired and the d and s are right next to each other. Is that how you get your thrills going after spelling mistakes, what a joke lol.
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Old 01-28-2009, 05:50 PM   #504
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Studied lol. Give me a break Im kinda tired and the d and s are right next to each other. Is that how you get your thrills going after spelling mistakes, what a joke lol.
Honestly though, if you did study poker statistics like you claim then clearly you should understand how weak your arguments have been.
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Old 01-28-2009, 05:51 PM   #505
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Well then shouldn't there be some data that takes the first thousand hands or so of a large sample of players and shows some sort of departure from the typical variance?

You know why there isn't any sort of data that shows that? It's because it doesn't exist.
I know that from my pokertracker my first 100 or so 9/18/27/45 man tourneys have an ROI of like 120%. I literally couldnt lose an SNG.
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Old 01-28-2009, 05:54 PM   #506
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Well then shouldn't there be some data that takes the first thousand hands or so of a large sample of players and shows some sort of departure from the typical variance?

You know why there isn't any sort of data that shows that? It's because it doesn't exist.
c'mon, you know new players always have their hand histories saved to their hard drive and are pouring over them to find leaks in their game every night.

it's out there, but online poker shills are buying it from these new customers with logo tank-tops, stress balls, condoms, hats and towels.
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Studied lol. Give me a break Im kinda tired and the d and s are right next to each other. Is that how you get your thrills going after spelling mistakes, what a joke lol.
no one mentioned anything about spelling. is this like when you said I was attacking you, when I was only pointing out that you didn't understand something which was plain as day to everyone else?

if you touched a hot stove and then someone told you that was stupid, would you accuse them of attacking you as well?
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Old 01-28-2009, 05:55 PM   #507
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I know that from my pokertracker my first 100 or so 9/18/27/45 man tourneys have an ROI of like 120%. I literally couldnt lose an SNG.
I'm no expert in statistics, but if I had a 120% ROI in those games I'd keep playing them.
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Old 01-28-2009, 05:58 PM   #508
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Honestly though, if you did study poker statistics like you claim then clearly you should understand how weak your arguments have been.
Look I know my arguments are weak and wouldnt stand up to examination/scrutiny but I'm stating that my opinion remains that based on my experience online poker is not 100% legit. Its not 100% rigged either. I fully understand the % of the game. The beauty of it is there can never be any concrete statistical "evidence" purely because of the nature of the game.
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c'mon, someone else go to the Golden Tee Forum and tell me how dumb I am for thinking it's rigged!
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Old 01-28-2009, 05:58 PM   #510
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So does pokerstars use the static shuffle?
While I obviously work for PokerStars, I don't want anyone to get the impression that I'm posting on their behalf on this 2p2 account. If I answer your question, then that's obviously going to be self-serving and the answer won't hold nearly the weight that a proper email from PokerStars would do.

I don't want to just tell you what I think about the shuffle - I want you to have your own independently verifiable evidence that you obtain for yourself. If I provide it, then that's not nearly as valuable.
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I'm no expert in statistics, but if I had a 120% ROI in those games I'd keep playing them.
I did lol but after like 1000 it was 18% ROI.
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I did lol but after like 1000 it was 18% ROI.
shucks, you had a very good ROI, but less than 120%? must be rigged!
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Old 01-28-2009, 06:02 PM   #513
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While I obviously work for PokerStars, I don't want anyone to get the impression that I'm posting on their behalf on this 2p2 account. If I answer your question, then that's obviously going to be self-serving and the answer won't hold nearly the weight that a proper email from PokerStars would do.

I don't want to just tell you what I think about the shuffle - I want you to have your own independently verifiable evidence that you obtain for yourself. If I provide it, then that's not nearly as valuable.
Ok but cmon can you just tell me.
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Old 01-28-2009, 06:04 PM   #514
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I did lol but after like 1000 it was 18% ROI.
I might be able to do better for you.
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shucks, you had a very good ROI, but less than 120%? must be rigged!
Not but I had massive initial luck even though its a small sample.
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I might be able to do better for you.
Thanks Bernie. Could you stake me also for say $5,000,000. I know you can afford it.
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Ok but cmon can you just tell me.
But that defeats the point here. The point here is so that you can prove to yourself how it all works.

Sure, Michael Josem, "Computer Security Expert" + PokerStars employee can answer your question... but that's not what you actually want. You want verifiable and independent proof.
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Old 01-28-2009, 06:17 PM   #518
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Stephen was smarter than this guy, but more fanatical too, making it a little more fun. This time the effort doesn't feel worth it.

Edit: OP at least try to make a case so people have something to respond to.
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This time the effort doesn't feel worth it.
put that effort into the Golden Tee forum.
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Old 01-28-2009, 06:25 PM   #520
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put that effort into the Golden Tee forum.
I saw it. Brilliant gimmick handle.
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But that defeats the point here. The point here is so that you can prove to yourself how it all works.

Sure, Michael Josem, "Computer Security Expert" + PokerStars employee can answer your question... but that's not what you actually want. You want verifiable and independent proof.
Actually I dont I have my opinion I'm not desperate for proof.
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I know that from my pokertracker my first 100 or so 9/18/27/45 man tourneys have an ROI of like 120%. I literally couldnt lose an SNG.


Was my account just not new enough?
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put that effort into the Golden Tee forum.
It's awesome you got a regular of that forum to agree with you.
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Actually I dont I have my opinion I'm not desperate for proof.
If you don't care about the shuffling of the cards enough to ask the sites concerned how they shuffle their cards, then starting a thread on here about this is pretty nonsensical, imo.

If I'm going to participate in this discussion, I'm only going to do so if you're willing to put in the equivalent effort to at least *try* and do some research yourself.

I've put some effort in here to prove to you how to find a site that is safe from the rigging that you suspect might happen, and you don't even have the courtesy to ask the sites how they shuffle their deck. There's no trickery here. There's no complex mathematics here. There's just some basic common sense that, as far as I can tell, no one disagrees with.

Honestly, I feel like I've put the effort in to help you and you're just spitting in my face.
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It's awesome you got a regular of that forum to agree with you.
An innocent bystander with no agenda whatsoever posted since. Then I managed to work dinosaurs in on my second post.

Solid stuff imo.
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