‘Red’ games go high-tech

Jul 24, 2007 1:46 AM

Carol for the past couple of weeks I have been writing about cheating in poker. I have decided to call these cheating games the Red Games.

I know that this is a controversial subject, so I wish not to accuse anyone or make any references to any casino or card room or Internet site.

Carol, you know for years I resisted learning about the computer, but now I love all the things you can do with a computer, even play poker.

But Internet poker can be a very Red Game.

So I do not recommend that you play poker online, except for recreation, for the training and at very low stakes.

Now if you are playing online for money, pull up your chair because I want to whisper to you, "you can be cheated so many ways that I cannot count them."

The owners and operators of the Internet sites can and do anything to you that they may wish! They have the power to make anything happen anytime they want.

They can give you a royal in Hearts, give another player four 9s and another four 7s — any poker hand they wish, they can give to certain seats.

Or if you are in a big tournament and about to win, they can disconnect you if that is the way they wish for you to lose.

And if you are lucky enough to win and get ahead, they can fail to pay you.

Carol, remember that site that you asked to send you a check? They sent the check but the bank would not cash it!

And, yes, even me — I have a few thousand tied up in Neteller that I cannot get back.

First, let me tell you how the owners and/or operators of the Internet site can and will "salt the mine."

The expression comes from the Old West mining camps, which often used a sham called salting the mine. The crooks would load up several shotguns with gold dust and nuggets, go down into the mine and shoot the loaded gold into the sides of the mine that they were digging, thus giving the appearance of a very rich gold mine. They used this trick to help promote stock sales of shares in the "wonderful" gold mine.

Then they would go into the local saloons and poker rooms and pretend to get drunk and let it slip that they had hit the mother lode!

They subsequently took investors down into the mine and showed them the veins of pure gold, sell their stock and move on.

Now, here is what some of the Internet sites do. A new player comes on board with a code number for extra chips — they mark "salt" next to him and each time for the first two are three times he plays, they put him in the winning seat.

The player cannot select a seat — the computer selects it for the player. Then the computer operators send an invitation to the new player to get his friends to come and play and they will give him $25 or more for each referral that he brings to the site.

Well, the player is winning in the salted poker game and thinks that he’s discovered the poker mother lode, and will tell all his friends they can win a lot of money.

Here is another online poker ploy: The Internet operators may or may not use a random card generator, yet they can collect the $3 drop on each and every hand that they may choose to.

They start by putting out two, three or four very good playable hands:

Player A gets KK

Player B gets A,K

Player C gets QQ

Player D gets JJ

The result is a large number of players playing many hands with the house getting its $3 rake, not caring who wins. Players begin to wonder why they don’t win with so many good starting hands.

They simply enrich the starting hands to create the maximum action.

This would be analogous to operating a keno computer game, which has 80 numbers on the board. I will call out 20 numbers and bet you $1,000 against your $1 that you cannot select one of the 20 called numbers.

Well, I will always win because I operate the keno computer, which locks out your number.

They can do this same type of thing to you on Internet poker.


OK-J Poker Tip of the Week

Plato once said, "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."

Then over 2,000 years later Henry James, the writer, said "Three things in human life are important: The first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind."

Today, Oklahoma Johnny says, "In your poker game today, be kind, to the dealer and the poker players for they may also be fighting a hard battle!"

Until next time remember to stay lucky.