Thousands of online poker players and those considering playing poker online have been debating a hot topic – is online poker rigged? It’s time to, once and for all, settle this seemingly endless debate. To settle it I am going to show you both sides of the argument and then determine which side is right.
The Argument from Players that Lose at Poker Online
There are three different types of players that seem to know the answer to the question is online poker rigged? First, we have our winning poker players that don’t complain. If you were a winning player, why would you complain about online poker being rigged? The other two types of players are those that lose.
The first group is the players that claim to win all the time in casinos but can’t win online. So they assume the poker sites must be rigged. The other group is the players that think the crazy amount of bad beats online are causing them to lose.
The argument from both groups of losing players is the same. They use the “it’s not me, it’s you” opinion. In this case, the “you” is the poker site. Poker players have a hard time admitting they have weaknesses. Instead, they resort to “this site is rigged”. They claim there are too many bad beats for it to be legit, their Aces keep getting cracked by 7-2, and that they lose every race.
The Argument from the Online Poker Sites
Is online poker rigged? Not if you ask the online poker sites directly. All of the top online poker sites (i.e. Bovada, Carbon Poker, Party Poker, 888 Poker, etc.) use a Random number generator that is tested for legitimacy by 3rd-party technicians. A random number generator is difficult to manipulate. Even a top programmer would have a hard time rigging a random number generator.
Online poker sites have another argument that is valid. When players claim there are far more bad beats than what they see offline, they are absolutely correct. Of course, there should be more bad beats online – there are more hands dealt. If you get a bad beat every 2 hours playing live poker you should expect 3-4 bad beats playing online, and that’s assuming you’re only playing one table at a time.
So… Is Online Poker Rigged?
Now it’s time for me to finally answer my opinion to the age-old question, “is online poker rigged”? My answer is a definitive “NO”, but potentially “YES” on some sites. Unfortunately, I simply don’t trust some online poker sites. I just don’t know about the legitimacy of some of these sites.
I do know about the legitimacy of the sites we’ve listed in our top poker sites. I’ve played on many of those sites and found NOTHING out of the ordinary. When playing poker online, you have to realize that you’re going to suffer through a bunch of bad beats because there are so many bad players chasing cards and more hands dealt per hour online than offline. So if it seems like the site is rigged, either you aren’t playing on our recommended sites or you aren’t taking into account the fact that there are more hands dealt online.