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Let's get straight to the burning questions here... is Full Tilt Poker rigged?
No, Full Tilt Poker is not rigged, nor is it fixed in any way to create more action at the tables. Every card dealt in every hand is completely random, which makes the games at Full Tilt as fair (if not fairer) than the Poker games you would find at a live Casino.
Readers of this article will have just been split up into two groups after reading that short paragraph:
Many players will be searching for information on "Full Tilt rigged" to find out if there is any evidence to show that the cards are fixed in some way to prevent you from winning money. Unfortunately, your search is going to be fruitless, as there rightly no evidence to suggest that Full Tilt is rigged in any way.
The only articles or forum posts you will find that may be slightly helpful are fellow players that are sore from losing money from a bad streak that are complaining how "Full Tilt Poker is rigged". The fact of the matter is that these players were either on an unlucky streak, or they are just not as good a Poker player as they like to think.
Allow me to explain my three top reasons why Full Tilt Poker is not rigged.
Think about it for a second - why would Full Tilt want you to lose money? Full Tilt does not make money directly from your losses, they make money from the rake you generate by playing lots of hands. Therefore, if they can keep you winning then you are likely to carry on playing, which means that they make more money. It would be counter-productive for Full Tilt to rig the hands so that you lose money, it just doesn't make sense.
Thousands upon thousands of players hit the Full Tilt tables every day, with many of these players using tracking software like PokerTracker to track and analyses the hands they play. Surely there would be some sort of conclusive data by now to suggest that something dodgy is taking place at Full Tilt. However, will all the information in front of you, Full Tilt comes away spotless every time.
Thirdly, it is true that you see more bad beats online, but this is not because Full Tilt is rigged. There are two reasons why you see more bad beats:
More hands = more bad beats - that one is simple. Secondly, players behind a computer screen have no fear of being bullied or berated for making horrendous plays, so they will happily call in with their AT offsuit when you have Kings. It's unfortunate when you lose, but with such bad plays like this you should be thankful - you can win a hell of a lot more than you lose in the long run.
A common belief is that the Full Tilt Poker room is rigged for action, which means that two or more players will be dealt great hands to help increase the amount of money that gets placed in the pot. The more money that players put in the pot in these rigged hands, the more money Full Tilt will make from the rake.
Makes a lot of sense right? Unfortunately, there are two reasons why this is ridiculous.
Full Tilt makes money, and a lot of it. Why would they risk a multi-million (probably even billion) dollar company to squeeze out a little extra money? If they were caught (which they likely would be), their business would be crippled. The risk-reward ratio doesn't quite make it worth their while.
Finally, stats again. Find me some stats using some tracking software like PokerTracker to prove the existence of these rigged for action hands at Full Tilt and I'll change my mind. Anyone and everyone can use PokerTracker, so go ahead and find them.
Is Full Tilt rigged? Are the hands at Full Tilt fixed? Is Full Tilt rigged for action?
No, no and no.
Full Tilt is one of, if not the safest poker room to play at online. You will always find people complaining and throwing rumors around that Full Tilt is rigged, but the fact of the matter is that all of these players are sore losers that are frustrated by a bad run of cards.
If you're not playing so well, a dose of tips for beating Full Tilt should help sort you out. You're better of learning good strategy as opposed to complaining about how you think Full Tilt rigged the cards.
If you want to play at an online Poker room and know that your money is safe and that the cards are honest, I really wouldn't look any further than Full Tilt. For more information on the pros of the Full Tilt room, take a look at the page Why play at Full Tilt Poker?