Honest online poker - No Super Users - No fixed
This brand new site is here to inform of a
forthcoming solution to a
major problem with online poker
Do you trust online poker sites?
Are you suspicious about the integrity of online
Do you find it impossible to win consistently
Do you suspect that you have been the victim of Poker Super Users -
players that can see your pocket cards and the next 5 cards before they are dealt?
Most of all
Do you want to play on a 100% honest site that guarantees no Super
Users, no pre programmed outcomes and absolutely no dishonesty.
If you are suspicious about the honesty of
online poker then please read on. This site could, and I am determined it will, change your future
in the game.
First let me point out that I am not
selling anything, I am not offering poker strategy, lessons, ways of cheating or any ‘Get Rich Quick scheme’
aimed at making the seller rich but not you the poker player.
This site, Integrity Poker, offers
the most significant breakthrough in online poker since its conception and is for the benefit of all online
players. A first class honest poker room in the near future that will eliminate Poker Super Users and will
guarantee the integrity of the cards.
No matter what level you are at or how
seriously you take the game there is one thing that is absolutely paramount. You need and deserve an honest
game, a fair game, and a level paying field. You should be able to have complete faith in the integrity of the
game you are playing in. You need to be confident that an unlucky run is exactly that, an unlucky run. You
should be confident that no player at your table is computer generated by the site, no player has an unfair
advantage and most importantly no player knows what your cards are or what the next card will be before it is
Surveys have shown that most
online players do not trust online poker sites. Lets face it you do not have to be a descendant
of Einstein to recognise when something is not quite right.
You may or may not be aware that only
a couple of years ago two well known established poker sites, were found to have Super Users playing on
their sites. Potripper was one of the username's involved. These Supers User accounts were
created, used to steal chips from genuine players then abandoned and new accounts created.
They could see the cards of every
player at the table and were either playing themselves or supplying the information to an
accomplice who was playing. The advantages are obvious and suffice to say they deceived players out of large
sums of money.
Several Super User accounts were discovered on
this and the sister site. There are links about this on the 'interesting links' page. (Worth a look
if you are not already familiar with the case).
So, it has been proven that
the technology exists on poker sites for some senior staff or possibly individuals involved in the software
development and implementation to use a Super User account that allows them to see all players pocket
cards. it has been claimed that this facility is necessary to supervise
and check honest game play. I agree that it would be useful and necessary for post game checks. i.e. auditing
the game after the hand is finished. But as this technology is available to use during the hand we have to rely
on trust that it will not be abused.
Now, I'm sure
that 99% of poker site staff are totally honest and totally unaware of any dishonesty
occurring on their site. Though it is a real possibility, I am not suggesting that the owners of the
sites are dishonest. I suspect that it is skilled technical staff out to make
gain or one or two senior staff who benefit proportionately from the sites profits either in
wages or bonuses. I do not rule
out systematic dishonesty at the highest level in some sites but I doubt it would be the
case on the majority
greed, corruption and dishonesty in every walk of
life. The current
financial crisis has shown just how far some people will go to make money. If the opportunity exists, and we
know it does because of the two known cases, then some will take
Or are we to
believe that online poker is the only totally honest industry? That an industry worth Billions is
completely clean. No corruption, no greed?
Initially I gave the industry the benefit of the doubt. I trusted the
claims stating that 'due to
audits all sites had to be honest'. I trusted claims such as
'poker sites make
millions so they don't need to cheat their players', and 'they have too much to lose'
However, after playing over a million hands of online poker it is clear to me
that the current levels of regulation and auditing are as ineffective as the worlds financial regulators
were in preventing the
that the two publicised cases of Super Users are just the tip of the ice burg. They were, if the press
reports are accurate, only discovered due to an administrative error within the Poker Company when the
full player records were sent to the enquiring player. Do you think that these sites or any other for that
matter will ever send out the same comprehensive information
Many online players are convinced that the game play itself may well
manipulated and that the cards are not always being dealt in a fair and random
At present all online poker sites use a Random Number Generator
(RDN) to electronically shuffle and deal the cards. They have advanced over recent years so the cards
dealt by this method should be totally random as is the case with a real pack of cards. Therefore
randomness should not be an issue.
The problem is that they are open
to being programmed in an unfair way as indeed slot machines in casinos can be programmed to pay
out less than they take in.
It has been
alleged that they are programmed so that certain user names, either highly privileged staff members
or computer generated players receive more winning hands than genuine
be used to give new players and periodically, long term players, winning runs. Its these winning runs
that keep players coming back.
players have concerns when they have decent runs where they can build a bank roll only for it to change. This change
is usually instant and relentless. A short winning streak becomes a long losing streak where
it is virtually impossible to win a hand no matter what they hold. AA, KK, sets, straights,
flushes and even full houses are out drawn with unbelievable regularity.
happened to me over and over again over the last few years. It is an
pattern and has nothing to do with the way I play or the decisions I make.
When we deposit our
hard earned cash on a poker site we do so in the belief that it is an honest site and that we
are playing against other genuine players like us, some good, some bad. We expect to get a balance of
the luck and believe that our knowledge of the game will, over time, allow us to have an edge over
lesser players. However, for that to happen we need an honest game, an integrity based system that favours no
It only takes one or two dishonest
individuals at any site to destroy the integrity of that site and it can happen without the owners and top
administrators having any knowledge or involvement.
In fact there does appear to be credible
evidence that the big sites are aware of dangers and risks and do take it seriously implementing
measures in an attempt to prevent them. I am sceptical at just how effective those measures
It does appear to me that no matter
how good or how skilled you become you are highly unlikely to make a profit over the long term
because your losing runs will always be longer and deeper than your winning runs no matter how well you
If, over all, you are losing, and I
believe 99% of online players are, then is it because you are just not very good at poker or
are you consistently playing well yet consistently losing.
Depending on your personal experience,
your views will lay somewhere between totally trusting to absolutely fixed. My own views are off the scale. Having played over a million hands of
online poker at many stake levels I consider myself well qualified to recognise when statistical probability is broken with unrealistic
regularity. Not just over a few dozen hands or a few hundred, but over thousands of hands over and over again.
Poker is a relatively simple game to learn.
Memorise the hand rankings and you can play poker. However to become a good player you need to master many
subtle skills such as:-
Basic poker odds (the statistical likelihood of
you hitting your hand when on a draw);
Position (of you and your
Hand range (yours and your
Pot odds and Implied odds
EV (expected value)
Raising and re raising
Texture of the flop (danger flops), are there
visible straight or flush draws;
When it's relatively safe to slow play and
when its not
When you are more likely to be able to bluff
The power of the check raise and when to use
When to bet and when to check the river (value
betting and thin value betting)
Identifying the type of players at your table i.e.
passive, aggressive, loose or tight; etc and how to adjust your play accordingly.
Your table image and how to benefit from it, i.e. what will be your
opponents action based upon their opinion of you.
How to mix it up to
Maintaining discipline and avoiding tilt after a bad beat or
Bank roll management.
and so on.
In the short and even medium term luck, either
good or bad can play a huge role in terms of
connecting with the board and the timing of your big hands.
If no-one else hits a hand or attempts a big bluff
then you are unlikely to get paid off with your big hands.
If your opponent keeps flopping two pair, sets,
straights, flushes etc. you are going to lose most of those hands. There is nothing suspicious or fixed
about that. It's just honest natural variance.
So what is
the fuss about?
Over many sessions and thousands of hands
luck should pretty much even itself out. Therefore making the right decisions should be a winning strategy over
time. It's statistical probability, the
likelihood of a particular outcome occurring governed by the Law of Large Numbers (LLN).
For example, If you spin a coin 20 times a
perfectly balanced result would be 10 heads and 10 tails. However, we know that is unlikely
to happen because natural variance will occur. So we may see a 9/11 or an 8/12 split etc. It
would not be surprising to see a 5/15
split over this sample size.
Over much larger sample sizes the statistical
variance should reduce significantly and over many thousands of samples it should reduce to less than
2%. Basically, the larger the sample size the more that variance will reduce aligning results
closer to a 50/50 split and closer to a 0% variance. (The Law of Large Numbers, LLN). For more information on LLN click the link in the above
It is the LLN that ensures casinos make a
profit. European roulette wheels have 37
numbers including the 0 but the house only pays odds of 35 to 1. This gives the house an edge of
2.7% (most U.S. wheels have doubles
zero's making 38 numbers which increases the house edge to 5.26%). Now, although gamblers can get lucky over a small to medium number
of spins, over time and many thousands of spins the variance will reduce turning the house
edge into profit. Which is why in the
long run gamblers will lose. (human nature also plays a role).
So what has this
got to do with Poker?
As stated, over thousands of hands your good
cards and bad cards, lucky runs and unlucky runs, bad beats and good beats should balance
out. Basically, poker odds should, over thousands of
hands, be very close to statistical expectations. Then
your success or failure will
purely be down to your ability and skill level in comparison to your opponents. In the long run, making correct
decisions based on
poker odds and taking into account the
rest of the skills listed above should pay off. On an honest site this would be the case.
The whole problem is that in my informed opinion
this doesn't happen. Online poker appears to be manipulated.
The best hand just fails to hold up
anywhere near statistical expectations.
There are many good, competent players who are continually losing
online not because they are making mistakes or are being outplayed but because they are
continually out drawn by weaker
I have tried raising concerns with some poker sites. They appeared to
refuse to accept that there could be any cheating occurring. They refer to unlucky runs and bad beats,
inexperienced players getting lucky and variance. They explain that you see more hands online
compared to live poker therefore you will experience more bad beats.
This is true, but it is all the more reason why poker odds and
statistical probability should apply. (Remember LLN, The law of large Numbers). Their explanations cannot
come close to justifying what I witness in online poker rooms.
They claim that even if Super Users did exist they would
only be operating in high stake games. Well, I believe that is the last place they would
operate now. In order to remain under the radar of most of the top experienced players and honest
security staff I believe that Super Users now operate across all stake levels except maybe very low
or micro stakes. Even using their technology to play low and medium stake cash games or
tournaments they can easily reap an annual return in excess of several hundred thousand dollars, pounds or
If the large Poker sites refuse to accept, at
least publicly, that cheating, other than collusion, can occur then they are highly unlikely to be able
to detect and prevent it.
It's an unfortunate fact that without access to
the software and all of the computer records on a site it is extremely difficult for a genuine player to
prove they are the victim of dishonest activity. It is easy for them to preach that they are an honest
site and that their games are honest and to genuinely believe that their games are honest. That
does not at present guarantee that all of their games are in
Cash out curse
Many players claim to suffer from relentless bad beats immediately after
cashing out. JJ loses to QQ, QQ loses to KK, KK loses to AA, AA loses to a set of
10's, sets of 10' lose to runner runner flush, etc. etc.
coincidence no doubt. The site surely wouldn't do this after players cash out, would
Hopefully one day an insider will
blow the lid on the corrupt minority within online poker, but in the
Over a year ago I began researching and
planning the launch of a 100%
honest poker site. A superb, user friendly site based on the principals of Honesty, Integrity and Fairness.
It has to be a site where players can have
complete confidence that the others at their table are genuine players like themselves. Some good, some not, but none of them having an unfair
I have a fool proof method, my Integrity Detection System (I.D.S.) of
ensuring that Super Users or cheaters cannot operate on Integrity
I will be able to guarantee that no members of
staff or computer programmers involved in
the set up or hackers will be able to benefit from being able to see other players cards or by
previewing the next 5 cards to be dealt by the number generator. For obvious reasons I cannot elaborate right
now but my Integrity Detection
System will ensure that all games are honest. Without it
running an honest site would just be
detect anyone using technology to view other players cards or previewing cards before they are
dealt and will render this activity fruitless. it will
be impossible to profit from this activity even by chip dumping to avoid
suspicion. (A Super user accumulates a huge number of chips by cheating then deliberately loses them
to an accomplice whom he is in communication with when the accomplice informs him he has a big
It will work regardless of
whether the individual viewing the cards is playing at the table themselves or passing the
information to another player by phone. They will be
Therefore, I am confident that many
players will notice a difference in their
performance on Integrity Poker because some of
those bad beats will simply cease to occur.
Many in the industry claim
that 97% of poker players are losing players. This means that only 3% are winning
over all. I suspect that it is even less than that for the reasons I have
mentioned. Clearly not all players can be winning players, however, I believe that on a
totally honest site that figure will increase
Even where real cards are shuffled and dealt online there is still
opportunity for cheating to occur.
Ensuring that the cards dealt have
not being pre-programmed or rigged is only half the battle. Computers are still be used to collate and
transmit the images of the cards to home computers therefore
the possibility for cheating by viewing all cards at the table will exist.
However I.D.S will detect and
prevent dishonesty whichever system of dealing is used.
That is why Integrity Poker will have
the safest games on the internet coupled with a determination to investigate any allegations of suspicious
play with an open mind and a quest for the truth. Transparency will be a
I am a recently retired Police Officer with
30 years experience. I have firm principals based on honesty, integrity and fairness. I hate injustice and
would never turn a blind eye in order to profit personally. I am quite a passionate and determined person and
have the tenacity to see a job through to the end whatever it takes.
To me integrity is more important than
money, although I have always believed that any company that adopts these principals and looks after its
customers and staff will prosper. These values are more important than ever if companies want to rebuild
trust that the current financial crises has eroded due to individual and corporate
I pride myself on my sense of fairness
and common sense and I apply logic to my opinions and decisions. I have not arrived at
my conclusions on this site lightly. I am not a conspiracy theorist. I believe Elvis is dead, there
is at least a 50% chance we did land on the moon, Kennedy probably was shot by Oswald, and on a serious
note the Twin Towers were definitely the work of terrorists and not an inside job to justify the
Oh, and crop circles are the work of man and
Integrity Poker will be a success
Currently, the large well known poker sites
are making tens of millions in profit each year even though surveys have shown that most Poker Players do not
trust online sites. That is a substantial number of potential customers for an honest site. I
am confident that experienced players will
notice a significant improvement in their performance when playing on Integrity Poker as the cards dealt will
be as random as they are in a real game, with no manipulation.
Integrity Poker will offer standards of
excellence and game security not seen before in online Poker.
will have an opportunity to use Super User accounts to cheat genuine
There will be
no computer generated players programmed to receive better cards than genuine players or programmed with any
No player will
have their username biased or programmed to receive cards from a particular
number generator dealing the cards will not be programmed to increase certain outcomes such as KK running
into AA or to
artificially produce action flops. It will deal honest, totally random cards 365 days a
year and not just when an audit is due.
department will supervise, investigate and ensure a fair game for all. This department will be the bedrock of
the site and will be personally monitored by me.
My Integrity Detection
System will detect Super Users or anyone previewing
the cards regardless of whether they are playing themselves or transmitting the information to another
player by phone or internet. It will also ensure randomness of the cards.
Poker will be more than just a 100% honest site. It will be an attractive playing environment with
excellent features, (I promise, there will be no silly gimmicks).
structures and their satellites will be among the best available, allowing good players to use
their skills while giving new and inexperienced players the chance to develop theirs. Turbo tournaments
are little more
than lotteries. Although they have their uses, the better structured tournaments (with deep stack
and long blind structure) are where you will develop the skills needed to improve your chances of
winning or going deep in the big money livetournaments
such as the World Series of Poker, The European World Series, The Aussie Millions, EPT, and many
interface will be the easiest and fastest for finding your chosen games and will be more logically displayed
with better features.
portion of my personal profits will be used to offer unique player rewards and to assemble a team of
Integrity Poker Players to take on the world!
Integrity Poker will be successful by delivering the greatest playing
experience coupled with a guaranteed standard of honesty.
Integrity Poker will be a truly great site to play
If you are
seriously suspicious about the site you are currently using then your suspicions may well be
justified. I firmly believe that although there is a minority of individuals involved
their misconduct reaches throughout online poker and the best way to prove it is to launch a
100% honest, fair site and let players see for
There is a
desperate need for a visual constructive injection of honesty and integrity into online poker which
addresses the fears and concerns of many online
In keeping with my promise for a totally honest
site, Integrity Poker's slogan is :-
"All players are created equal and shall remain
View: Integrity Poker's Guarantee
This site is
brand new and will, I expect, draw reaction from some established Poker sites and from sites with vested
interests through advertising agreements. I expect some of these individuals will attempt to discredit the
content of this site. They have been rigorously defending and denying allegations of cheating for years and are
experts at it. However they need to bear in mind that when intelligent people
learn the game of Poker and learn it well, only to witness unbelievable runs of bad beats over and
over again, they do not need me pointing out the obvious. They will work it out for
Have you noticed how many entries
there are on forums attacking anyone who places a post stating that online poker is fixed. They always try to
claim that the bad beats are more to do with bad play. There is method in these individuals replies to honest
held beliefs. That is to discourage as many people as possible from raising the subject. Well, I urge
intelligent players who are convinced that the integrity of the sites they are playing on has been
compromised to voice their opinions. If you are confident that you have sufficient experience to know
when things are not right over thousands of hands then speak out.
I promise you that 95% or more of
the entries attacking you will be from people with a vested interest in portraying online poker as an
honest game. There are staff at various sites who spend their time looking for these entries so they can respond
in an insulting way. (I am receiving them in disguised emails) The vast majority are not winning players as
they pretend to be.
Open challenge. Any individual who claims
to be consistently winning at online cash Poker over a 12 month period or more and is prepared to
prove their honest ability under controlled conditions can contact me via the contacts page and you will be
given the opportunity. The result will be published on this site.
Note: This site has just
attained search engine optimisation so progress should follow soon.
Ways You can offer your support and help to speed
up the launch of Integrity Poker.
email to ensure you are informed of progress and
go live date and to show your wish to play on a site based on honesty, integrity and fairness. There will be
special player rewards for the first 500 registrations.
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and you pay Amazons great prices (the largest and arguably the most trusted and
respected online retailer). Integrity Poker gets a small
referral commission on every purchase made
through the link but
there is absolutely no
additional cost to
you. (my step son has just paid
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If you own a web site or know
someone who does, no matter how small, you could post a link to this site. If your site is
poker related then I am happy to exchange links.
If you would like to
invest then please register your intention. This is a superb opportunity to get in at the
beginning and see your investment spiral. The growth rate should be many times your
investment in a very short time and continue
to grow. You can find the section on investing in the menu or
via the following link: Investing
Please Explore this
There is a link to a great Poker
Odds calculator on CardPlayer.com, a Poker shop selling poker merchandise including some great books,
chip sets, cards, table tops, belt buckles and more. There is an 'interesting links' page
containing must see links about Super Users and cheating and my own section on the subject.
some interesting links to online Poker
Magazines and to Amazon.co.uk. and Amazon.com. You can also read the Article I posted on Poker forum in early 2008. I believe it may strike a chord with many of you.
Do you have any interesting Poker
stories/opinions/experiences? Send them in for inclusion in the Your views/articles page. Have you identified Super Users? Do you have evidence of
I would appreciate your feedback regarding the content of this site. Believe it or not, prior
to launching this site I deleted large sections to reduce the content of the main article. Tell me your
opinions. Is it still too long? This is an important subject so it is vital to get the balance right. The
survey/feedback form is very quick to complete. There are just 3 questions and
your comments are optional.
I will soon be looking to include a
poker forum and develop a regular feature from at least one top grade professional
Please note: In September
2008 The Kahnawake Gaming Commission in
Canada concluded that between May 2004 and January
2008, Russ Hamilton, a professional Poker player and ex WSOP champion was the main person responsible for
and benefiting from the multiple cheating incidents (Super Users) whilst associated with Ultimate Bet's
Although I have included links to these
events displayed on other sites and have spoken about them throughout this site I have to declare that
they do not in any way prove that cheating is still occurring on Absolute Poker or Ultimate Bet
I include the links to corroborate my
claims that the technology exists.
I cannot vouch for the accuracy of any of
the links as they are just that, links to other sites.
All of my views on this site
are my opinions gained from thousands of hours of online Poker at most stake levels. I am not making any
allegations against any particular site and am not stating that the owners of online sites are actively involved
in any dishonesty. Every online poker player has to make up their own mind as to whether the games they
participate in are fair.
However I believe that complacency and a
refusal by many sites to accept that the problem exists poses a serious threat to genuine
By now you may be of the opinion that I would advise you not to play online poker. Or to
wait until the Integrity Poker Room launches and only play on my site. Well I won't. I will not tell you to give up something which you love doing. I would
just advise caution. A few bad apples spread around does not mean everyone in the online poker
industry is corrupt. There are many working hard to prevent
However I believe that 99% of online
poker players past and present lose over time and that a significant amount of their losses
are due to dishonesty. Often players seem to do well when they first start playing but things then
change over the long term. However the best way to learn, progress and master the different strategies of this
wonderful game is by playing. (yes it's a catch 22).
Therefore I will just recommend
(strongly) that you allocate yourself a sensible realistic online budget and stick to it. Don't get carried
away by jumping up in stakes if or when you have a good run and certainly do not do it during a bad
run in an attempt to regain your losses. More than likely you will just lose more, faster. Develop
your game as carefully as possible accepting that the chances are you will lose over
time, and be aware that there are
elements out there in the murky waters of online poker who have sharp
teeth an unfair
In the mean
time please support this site and help provide an honest environment where you can concentrate on your game
without being cheated out of your bank
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