Originally Posted by capecoralhobo
No more rabbit chasing for me unless Merge says they use a static shuffle.
Merge uses a constant shuffle, or at least they always did to my knowledge. Like I said, I think PS is the only site doing a static shuffle. Of course I haven't really kept up with online tech in the last couple years since BF, I don't know what changes if any some sites might have made in recent updates.
As to rabbit hunting, it's a foolish exercise which serves to keep bad players hooked and encourage future bad play. It's the definition of being results oriented. If you see you folded what would have made a monster, even if it was absolutely the right thing to do, it could sway your next fold decision.
So the type of shuffle is irrelevant. Serious players shouldn't be concerned with rabbit hunting, they should be concerned with making the correct decision based on the information they have. The high stakes players you see rabbit hunting are doing it more for entertainment value than anything, not because they're basing future decisions on the outcome.
Originally Posted by Propane Goat
Thanks for posting this, I was curious about the topic and thinking of creating a thread to ask about it. I'll bet that somebody will come along and argue that this is further "evidence" that OLP is rigged, when they should be focusing on leaks in their game instead. We don't know what the next card in the deck is either way, so the type of shuffle is irrelevant, it's all about the odds.
Believe me, the argument has been made numerous times. Some have tried to argue how it's further proof that online poker doesn't have the "integrity" of live poker. As if it mattered at all whether the deck is randomized once or constantly.
While there really is no such thing as "more random" -- something is either random or not -- you could really nitpick their argument by pointing out the constant shuffle is "more random" and safer than a live deal, where it's theoretically/physically possible to gain knowledge about what the next cards are.
Either way, with online poker, it's a silly argument because you have no way of ever knowing what the next card is, as you point out.