Yikes...what a topic for a first post. This could get long winded, but first off...I play an average of 4 multis a day and about 8 rs total. Have won, and been to more than my share of final tables, and finished high in several of the 160 buy in weekday tourneys. I don't "forget" the beats I have profited on, and in live poker it happens...nature of the game. With that being said, I don't think you could outright rig the game, to many variables. But, I think the hands are enhanced to promote betting to either thin out a tourney or encourage action at cash games. The comment about Big Time Casinos not having to cheat you is true, they don't have to..but increase play and profits?? Damn right!! Slot machines went from having the handles locked and playing credits unless you cashed out, to no coins coming out at all, just credits. They didn't do this to save money on paying change girls, it probably increased play by 40 percent, you can press that button a lot of times in an hour.
Other questions I have had are, why does almost every multi on party have almost exactly half of the people gone at the first break. Almost 90 percent of them are within 10 of being exactly half! Why not 40 percent, or 65 percent?? As for seeing more hands, that is true to a point. A recent live event I played had a machine shuffling one deck while one was being dealt, not that many less an hour than online.
Rarely play cash games, always leery of the juiced flops etc.. But to clear my bonus needed to play 700 hands. Always was so up and down in 2/4, decided to play 25 nl, blinds are small so you can be patient. In one 150 hand session, saw 3 sets of quads ( 2 0f them where mine..1 flopped) and a straight flush. Sorry, but thats a bit much. ended the session up 4.50..lol. I don't think they want to cheat you, but keep you at the table, if you sit in and one player just kills everyone, or a bot is present..you will go away, less rake. they don't care who wins, just so everyone is playing.
Now before I take a beating, I still play alot online, but to say it is all random and they have never , nor could they ever, have any influence over the games is a little naive. Just my opinion.............feel free to beat down my posts, call me a disgruntled loser, etc..