Originally Posted by crackercrisp
Supposedly the person who purchases this software can see two players whole cards and the flop before it comes up!
The way that online poker works is this:
Multiple endusers (you, me and other folks around the world) load a software application (BoDog, PokerStars
, etc) onto you local machine. This is the "client application". When you run the software, it logs into a server run by the site.
At the start of the hand the server randomly shuffles the deck and sends the a "Starting hand number xxxxxxx" to the client applications. It then sends the "this guy is the button", "this guy is the small blind", and "this guy is the Big blind" commands out to all the client appications (my screen, your screen, their screens).
Now the server sends "Your Hole cards" command to each client seperately
through their "Socket connection
". The way that networking works, you could
"sniff" the packets sent from the server to the clients but ONLY
packets which are sent to you and to any client who connect THROUGH
you or AT THE SAME LEVEL
as you to the server. If you think of a tree, the server is the "trunk". Where the trunk branches is the poker sites
ISP. Each switch in the "internet" is a Y in the branches, each Y further splits into more Y's until until we get all the way out to the end clients. If your computer was "on site" with the server you could sniff all
the hole card packets.....but this would mean that you are running a computer inside BoDog or Stars etc. If you were running a computer at say the local comcast "head end", you could sniff more than just your hole cards, but ONLY
hole cards for players that are playing on a connection through that local
comcast network...hole cards packets for players playing on OTHER local to them
comcast networks would NOT
be visible to you. If you are running the computer from within your house
you could sniff hole card packets BUT ONLY
for OTHER PLAYERS WITHIN YOUR HOUSE!!....And most sites WILL NOT let two computers from the same location play at the same table!!!! They DO NOT want you and your buddy to play at a table with others because you could "work together" to take their money!!!!
As far as the flop goes, that is NOT SENT
until the betting is complete...the "deck" exists ONLY
in memory of the server...so clearly any software claiming to "show you the flop before you bet" is absolute BS
Trust me, I am a software developer and I play online for money...if I thought there was a way to cheat and for others to see
my hole cards I WOULD NOT PLAY!!!!!