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 few 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 a personal 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
There is 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
Initially I gave the industry the benefit of the doubt. I trusted the
claims stating that 'due to
regulation and 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' etc.
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 financial
I suspect 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 players.
It could be used to give new players and periodically, long term players, winning
runs. Its these winning runs that keep players coming back.
Many online 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.
This has happened to me over and over again over the last few years. It is an
unmistakable pattern and has nothing to do with the way I play or the decisions I
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 one.
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
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 play.
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
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.
However in my 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'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 fact honest.
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 meantime:
As a result of my experiences 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
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
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
than that for the reasons I have mentioned. Clearly
not all players can be winning players, however, I believe that on a
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 recent financial
crises has eroded due to individual and corporate greed.
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. Oh, and crop circles are the work of man and not aliens.
Reasons why Integrity Poker will be a
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.
No members of staff 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 other advantage.
No player will have their username biased or programmed to receive cards from a particular
The random 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
An INTEGRITY 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
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.
Integrity 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
The tournament 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 live
tournaments such as the World Series of Poker, The European World Series, The Aussie
Millions, EPT, and many more.
The user interface will be the easiest and fastest for finding your chosen games and will
be more logically displayed with better features.
A significant 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
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.
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
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.
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. (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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