A work of fiction (I hope)
Read a lot of threads on the forum about games being rigged, etc. and while I believe no "company" would risk the legal problems... read on.
Was playing 7 stud on FullTilt last night and was doing OK. While playing I finally realized something that bothers me about online Hold-em. In 7 stud, the final hand I will receive is not determined until the last card is dealt; since the cards received are dependent on who stays in the hand. In Hold-em, the hand is decided as soon as the down cards are dealt.
I'm a management accountant now but for 15 years I was a C programmer and worked on a lot of analysis applications. I mention this so the premise I present will have more weight.
Let's say I'm an systems programmer for "All-In Poker" a new poker site
. While I'm paid well, a little supplemental income never hurts so I want to improve my odds
. I'm sure the poker suites consists of thousands of lines of code so I can add a few without much problem. I also know that every poker system already has a showdown algorithm to determine the winning hand. All I need to do is signal myself that my hand will win if played.
When we log in to a poker site we're validated against a database and I suppose a flag is set; say "1" for authorized user and "0" for non-user. Lets say I add code to change my validate code to "2". All poker software beeps at you when it's your turn and I'll guess that the tone, duration, and number of beeps is fed by system variables rather than hardwired. I add code that says: run the showdown algorithm as soon as the down cards are dealt if any user with a validation code of "2" is present. (This is feasible as the community cards are already predetermined at the start of each hand.)
If my hand will be the "best" the software signals me. Remember the beep I mentioned earlier, I feed the validation code as one of the variables. Everyone else has a one, I have a two. The system beeps at me twice when I will end up with the best hand. I win a lot of money by inserting a very few lines of code. Also, I haven't messed with any of the key routines such as the random number generator or the showdown algorithm.
Just food for thought and hopefully a work of fiction. Personally, I'm kind of burnt out on Hold-em so I think I'll keep playing stud for a while...