OT: Gambling

Discussion in 'Wagering' started by DCU9ted, Jul 28, 2004.

  1. DCU9ted

    DCU9ted New Member

    Aug 24, 2002
    Recently I have just started wagering on soccer games on the internet. Besides wagering on soccer matches, you can also go to a casino and play Blackjack, Roulette, etc. I was wondering if while playing online, your odds would be worse. Do you think the online Blackjack is fair or maybe rigged?

  2. Own Goal Hat-Trick

    Jul 28, 1999
    i would surely imagine that any type of online casino game is rigged.
  3. DoctorJones24

    DoctorJones24 Member

    Aug 26, 1999
    Yes and no. All computer Blackjack machines (online and the types found in bars/casinos) actually have settings that the owner can adjust to change the % in their favor. But the point is, that it's ALWAYS in their favor, so most smart site owners set it at the most generous to the player, since the more people who win at your machine, the more people come back.

    Conversely, places that set their machines to be too stingy get known pretty quickly in gambling circles, and they get little repeat business.
  4. Tony Cheval

    Tony Cheval New Member

    Mar 17, 2000
    To further clarify (as someone in the brick-and-mortar casino biz), the settings in question involve the total payback %, which obviously will be below 100% most of the time (real casinos may throw a 101% or so machine in a bank of 'tight' ones). Since multiple players can get on the same game in an online casino, you probably won't see that happen, I would guess that on average you'll see between 85-95% payback on online 'slot' games.

    As for games like blackjack, given that they revolve around a set mechanism (deck(s) of cards, wheel with X holes, 2d6 *ack D&D nerd alert*), the odds set themselves, absent any outright rigging.

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