Recently, a well-known and respected online poker site was charged with allegations of game manipulation, which effected players on these sites in adverse ways. After some legal and commissioned scrutiny into the matter, it was determined that this site had insiders create accounts, that enabled them to see their opponents’ hands, thus creating an unfair advantage.
The effected site had a disgruntled (or at minimum, a disingenuous) former employee create what is known as a “Super User” account at their site m-918kiss.com. This account, as the name implies, enabled its user to “see” all of the hands of his/her opponents, when in a poker room. Obviously, this allowed this user to fold when it was necessary to do so, and bet aggressively, when the hand they held dictated a reason to do so.
Players that played in the rooms of this Super User, started smelling a rat, when the user would never lose, and would repeatedly win hands, even when others in the room had strong hands. These players wound up reporting their findings on poker forum bulletin boards initially, and also presented the facts to the poker rooms’ management staff as well. After the gaming commissions that sanctioned this site began investigating the situation, the poker rooms’ management admitted that a former employee, had in fact, created this account, and had used it inappropriately for self-gain.
As it turns out, the online poker site had enabled an administrative procedure to permit such accounts to be created, for the purposes of testing their software. Unfortunately, the wrong disingenuous person got his hands on this functionality. The online poker site combed through all of their hand histories, where this illegal player was playing, and reimbursed all players who were adversely effected by these improper acts.
As a result of this escapade, online players have started to question the merits of online poker sites, and whether game play is fair or whether it is unfairly manipulated. It is this author’s belief that online poker is on the up-and-up for the most part, but there is always the chance for unscrupulous activity, as with any other business. Here are some comforting ideas, in support of the merits of online poker: