Friday, October 2, 2009

Full Tilt Crash! Fulltiltpoker crashes

Today at 3:15pm EST Fulltilt crashed and has been down for more than 30 nminutes now.

I was playing in a $10+1 tourney and had a substantial chip lead 4th with 320 people left)

Just my luck!
I wonder if this has anything to do with the lawsuit filed this morning by Lary Kennedy and Greg Omotoy, who claim owners of Fulltilt poker Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, Howard Lederer, Phil Ivey and Mike Matusow, (among others) refused to pay out more than $80,000 in their accounts after Fulltilt accused them of using Robots (poker bots) to win. The pair said they are skilled as well as fortunate in their massive wins.

The pair claim Fulltilt is the one using poker bots and intend to provide proof at the upcoming lawsuit.

As a side note, it has always been my contention that online poker sites use bots, algorithms and subroutines to skew the real statistics. Kennedy and Omotoy also allege that the bots used by Fulltilt are designed to make the game a game of chance and luck and purposely ignore the statistical odds of the game.

Is it possibly true what they are saying? hmmm! are online poker sites using software to keep your winning hands from winning online poker?

If you have received constant bad beats and horrible suckouts, that may well explain the problem.

Nevertheless, one has to wonder, why did Fulltilt just suddenly decide to investigate kennedy and omotoy's withdrawal?
Is it because they KNOW nobody should be able to severly beat their software like they did?

again... hmmm!

Methinks every online poker player should invest in a way to beat the software and then maybe they would remove the unfair algorithms they use!

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Can People Win at Online Poker? Luck vs. Skill

Poker is often argued as nothing more than a game of luck. Many skeptics will claim that lucky or bad players always win while skilled players with the best hands, and seasoned professionals making a move, lose all too often. However, the reality is that luck has very little to do with the playing and winning at online poker.

The single factor motivating the winning hands in an online poker game is the computer-generated programs used to determine the deal of the cards. Often, people will adhere to the theory that it is the luck of the draw, or that the pokersites reward bad players. Neither of these arguments is true.

The real truth is in your ability to see how the computer-generated software determines the winner in any hand. Poker sites for years have sought a solution to make the game appear fair and completely random just like a live game. This attempt to simulate a live game has resulted in certain algorithms being written into the poker sites code, so that the online poker game appears fair.

However, in adding algorithms and subroutines that skew the actual odds and results, the online poker sites have created a massive problem when one and two outers seemingly win all too often. The constant bad beats of online poker are the hot topic of many poker forums and debates all over the Internet.

So, what is the truth? Moreover, what is the solution? The truth is that online poker sites have purposely added in unnecessary code just so their poker games appear as random as possible. Those codes in effect ignore the true statistical odds and predetermine winning hands without regard to the real game. In reality it often becomes a crapshoot because strong hands tend to lose more often than in a live game.

The solution to this problem is simply to understand the algorithms and then use those patterns against the program to ensure you win more often. Skeptics will say that a lot of the play online is the result of bad players (amateurs and action junkies just looking to get lucky). Yet, those same skeptics refuse to address the concrete fact that pokersites openly admit to using certain algorithms to level the field and make the game appear fair.

If you truly want to win at online poker, you first must understand that the online poker sites are not a real live game. Furthermore, because of their software, you are not up against other players as much as you are against a computer. In order to beat a computer game, you must know and understand the code it is using to beat you.

Paul Westin is a professional poker player and former software engineer. Interested in the code used by online poker sites? If you ever wondered why you get constant bad beats and can not win, you should read more about the online poker code crack