Many gamblers believe that they lose money and their brilliant invincible systems do not bring them profit due to scams in casinos. However, they have an initial systemic bias:
No betting system is invincible in the long run.
We have already written much about this and discussed it in detail, so we will not focus on this matter again. Yet, we want to review a misconception that internet casinos cheat customers with their software.
Casino Software ResetOne of the most common myths among gamblers, especially those who prefer roulette, is a belief that software reset has some benefits. Sometimes gamblers restart casino software since they believe this will help them avoid unsuccessful gaming sessions in the future.
There is a misconception that casino software considers the outcomes of previous rounds, so you need to select some strategy. Thus, many gambling fans believe they should restart the casino client program after a series to make it behave "normally." In other words, they think the outcomes will be more balanced, and it will be possible to avoid short-term fluctuations and exceptionally long series of specific events - color, even-odd, etc.
To be sure, this is nonsense!
Random number generators produce outcomes in a completely different way. The results are independent of each other.
So it does not matter whether you won, lost, or made a break while gambling. Nor the outcomes saved in the history are taken into account. There is no reason to believe software generates results based on previous victories or losses.
Integrity of Casinos
Any casino operator knows that integrity is necessary, and all emerging patterns and series are supposed to be pure coincidences. Payouts correspond to actual odds so that the casinos will profit in the long run.
An Example of Coin Flipping
Imagine tossing a coin five times a row, and heads come up each time. Do you think that if you stop throwing the coin and continue tomorrow, you will have a higher probability for tails to come up? Would you believe different outcomes will be observed if someone else flips the coin? This example clearly shows that the coin has no memory.
The previous outcomes don't affect new flips.
The results do not depend on who throws a coin and whether it is flipped immediately or after a break. There is even no sense in replacing a coin. This will not affect the outcome.
The Law of Large Numbers
An unfavorable gaming session can happen at any time. After running a casino application, you may be surprised to have many victories or losses. This is because RNGs generate numbers uniformly and independently of each other. Whether you restart the casino application, reset your computer, or have been gambling non-stop for a week does not matter.
An excellent example of the fact that breaks and restarts do not affect the outcome is another misconception of gamblers. According to it, you should win a dozen or two dozen dollars per day with the help of the traditional Martingale system and stop gambling.
This is false.
Someday, you will face a sufficiently prolonged bad luck streak and lose all your money.
The reason is simple. In the long run, the number of spins is taken into consideration. The time spent on gambling is not so important. So, even if you play a few spins per day, win five dollars, and close the client program, sooner or later, the casino will win. And the result of your daily Martingale system will be approximately the same as shown below.
A dramatic fall that is observed in the chart can occur anytime! Well, it does not matter whether you have a week-long gaming session or you restart the client program after every ten spins.
Alternation of Betting Systems
The next misconception is foolish. Many gamblers believe that casino software may determine the system the gambler uses and start resisting it to make it inefficient. Thus, these gamblers think that successful and profitable gambling guarantees to change the gaming system as frequently as possible to confuse casino software.
The reason for such an incredibly ridiculous belief is simple: initially, any system can bring profits, but it fails sooner or later.
- We have already clarified that none of the roulette systems are efficient and can be effective in the long run!
- The complexity of this "conspiracy theory against all casino gamblers" catches the eye since it develops from primary nonsense to even more incredible stupidity. Let's forget that none of the systems are profitable and focus on the second part of the myth. The casino software does not need to recognize any system a gambler uses and then generate "non-system" outcomes. Of course, it is a useless and complicated way. If the software had a task to cheat gamblers (which does not seem to be confirmed), it would not do this in such a stupid way. Software manufacturers could set up roulette to show the outcomes on which gamblers did not make a bet. And your system is of no interest since, sooner or later, you will still lose.
Judging by the first two myths, you can see that the gamblers contradict themselves and cannot notice this fact. Misconceptions about the advantages of the client program reset and gaming system replacement seriously doubt the gameplay's integrity.
t seems paradoxical, but such gamblers believe they can beat roulette in the long run. Just think of this! The casino cheats, and it is possible to defeat it! If the software is set up so that it becomes unfair, there are much easier and more effective ways to cheat gamblers. Any restart or replacement of strategies will help gamblers!
Beginner's Luck Phenomenon
The so-called survivorship bias can explain another prevalent myth.
- Thousands of gamblers start playing roulette.
- Most of them immediately lose, forget about this, and keep mum.
- Yet, some of the thousands of beginners are incredibly lucky and win a lot.
- They gamble and always win. All spins are successful! The lucky novice gamblers win and win.
- They get used to the feeling of victory. When they finally lose, they believe something wrong was done, and their faults caused the loss.
- Such cases give rise to legends about beginner's luck.
This misconception is based on the bias that casino software allows gamblers to win initially to get them in and then make them lose much more than they have already won.
If software were involved in such activities, it would be straightforward to benefit from this fact. You could play until the casino stops trying to lure you. After the first failure, you could stop gambling, withdraw your payouts, and select another gambling house. Or it is also possible to register your mom-dad-brother-sister and repeat your profitable cycle.
The exact turning point in the game can be easily predicted after the first few sessions. Then it will be possible to beat the casino and win massive amounts of money. If any casino software were set up as described above, the knowledge of this fact would give you a significant advantage over the gambling establishment!
Playing for Fun Vs. Gambling for Real Money
This myth is very similar to the tale about beginner's luck. Many gamblers believe that training games for fun allow them to win to lure them and make them bet real money. We have discussed the meaninglessness of the previous myths, found all their contradictions, and explained the consequences of any of them. Meanwhile, this myth makes sense. Moreover, it has been known that something like that is used in social casino games!
If gamblers have an impression while playing in training mode that they win without significant effort, they will quickly conclude to start making real bets. This is a reasonable belief. It is even true, considering that the owners of casinos shouldn't even cheat to make profits. It is possible to set up the software in favor of the gamblers in training mode and play fairly in real mode. In this case, the casino will benefit in the long run.
This myth is quite convincing, but it is just a myth. Both training and real modes operate in the same way. And the tale is based on the survivorship bias.
What do you think? Do gamblers who have lost in training mode boost their results somewhere? Do you believe that fans of gambling who have lost in training mode, deposited money, and lost again will find this unusual and write about this on the forums? Of course, they will not. Yet, if the opposite situation happens, and a gambler loses betting real money after the successful rounds in training mode, most beginners start suspecting that the casino is dishonest and sharing their opinion on the Internet.
Moreover, the arguments of such gamblers are pretty amusing! In almost all cases, gamblers who complain about the unfairness of software refer to their own utterly ridiculous experience. As a rule, their complaints look like this:
When I played for fun, I always won. However, as soon as I wagered real money, my luck disappeared, and I lost everything. The casino cheats!
I have covered the entire roulette layout except for five numbers, and one of these numbers comes up!!! There is no doubt that software is set up.
It is silly to think that such rare examples can refute the statistics. It's like saying that smoking is not detrimental to your health but even helpful because I have a grandfather who smoked two packs of cigarettes per day and celebrated his 100th anniversary. If you want to confirm the integrity of casino software, you should do this in a completely different way!
The main difference between training and real modes is the psychological pressure on gamblers. It's one thing to lose worthless chips, and quite another is to lose real money. Fear of losing money affects the gambler so that they play differently than training rounds for chips. However, another reason explains why casinos cannot cheat in training games. Large and respectable gambling facilities appreciate their reputation.
Independent organizations, including eCOGRA, iTechLabs, and TST, regularly test the casinos' software that cooperates with them. Therefore, such organizations will not allow abnormalities in their operation to appear. So, if you want to trust a casino where you gamble, search for games with the "Fair Play" certificate issued by the organizations mentioned above. The largest software manufacturers, including NetEnt, Microgaming, and Playtech, have such credentials.
Casino Software Cheats!
Let's discuss this misconception.
- We have already discussed that casinos don't benefit from cheating because they get a guaranteed profit due to the house edge. This business is based on very short-term fluctuations when there is a substantial probability that a gambler can win and wins quite often.
- Almost all online casinos offer multiplayer versions of games where a few gamblers sit at the same table and make different bets on the same event. Imagine a situation where gamblers make different bets at the roulette table and cover the entire field. How should software act in this case? It does not matter because, in the long run, the casinos are satisfied with the profit that equals at least 2.7% of the bets made by all gamblers.
- Online casinos offered quite favorable bonuses, contributing to developing a relatively large independent sector called bonus hunting. It was the systematic abuse of bonuses to generate profits. We know a lot of gamblers who managed to make good money in those days. According to the logic of "the sect of casino cheating witnesses," the gambling houses should combat bonus hunters by manipulating with software and continue to offer profitable bonuses. Yet, nothing like this has happened; the gambling houses have chosen other methods. Most casinos have provided stringent wagering requirements that it has become simply unprofitable to obtain bonuses. It makes sense to take a reward for those who want to gamble as long as possible and enjoy the gameplay without spending their funds.
- In addition, if casino software cheats, why many current bonuses in many games (blackjack, roulette, etc.) cannot even be wagered? This happens because casinos do not cheat!
- Casino Club and perhaps some other gambling websites used to offer a single blackjack with such rules that allowed being slightly in the black after collecting points. Nowadays, this game has been removed since it is unprofitable for gambling clubs.
- Some casinos publish monthly reports on payouts in different games. These reports allow us to notice that some casinos finish the month in the red occasionally, i.e., in August, Jacks or Better video poker was unprofitable for the casino. How is this possible? Was it impossible for the casino to earn using manipulations with software? For example, look at the baccarat profitability table at one of the gambling houses. As you can see, unprofitable months are not so rare.
- If the casino has any software bugs and a gambler succeeds in finding some determinants, which are used to generate the outcome, this will be highly profitable for the player! The casino will suffer from this since the bugs found by the player allows them to win money at this casino constantly. If you find any such bugs, this is your tremendous success and an absolute nightmare for the casino.
Take a look at an example of one of such bugs:
We have noticed something strange: If the bet is either 25 or 250 euros, the Jack Hammer video slot pays out more than 100% of the made bets. This lasted for over 2 million rounds. That is why the maximum drawdown reached 200 total bets, and the maximum advantage was equal to 500.
We managed to win more than $50,000 in the long run. This bug in the slot machine was discovered accidentally and was fixed in the second part of Jack Hammer. So, the slot stopped providing huge winnings.
We want to emphasize that this article deals with the gambling business as a whole. There may be idiots who do not understand the counterproductivity of earning on online casinos via cheating and illegal manipulations, and the use of unlicensed software. However, they are not discussed in our article.