Picture this. You find a new online gaming site that promises you a good bonus when you sign up. Let’s assume it matches your deposit up to $10. You put up $10, and it gives you $10 to spend on a specific game. We will call this game ABC Cups. Suppose the game requires you to match five cups in given order to win $50. You place the first bet, and it comes up short, and you’re now down to $19, having spent $1 on the wager.

You keep playing until you have only $2, and eventually, you match three cups and win a cool $30. This win pushes you to a balance of $32. You still want to get the $50, so you keep playing, but after 32 and $32 later, you have no wins.

You come back the next day with another $10, hopeful that you can at least match three cups to recoup your loss, but you come up empty. Two weeks later and $100 later, you start asking yourself, ‘are you chasing losses’ or ‘is the online gambling site rigged?’ What’s the truth?

Many people have been in this position, and if this describes or relates to why you’re reading this article, we are about to get to the answer.

Is the system rigged?

How many times have you heard someone claim that an online site has been rigged?

They will go, ‘Oh no, I would never place a bet on that site. It’s rigged. There’s no way you can win!’ This thinking can have you wondering if placing a wager is worth it. Well, most of this thinking comes from mistrust. Think about it. In a physical casino, you will stand there with the dealer, and you can watch everything. But what happens if you are behind a computer?

Can you trust the numbers? Most people find it challenging, and this distrust makes them think that the system is rigged, which they tell anyone who cares to listen. And so, the rumors spread, and soon enough, there’s a myth that has now become ingrained as truth in many players.

So, what’s the truth? 99% of the time, the system is not rigged, and instead, it comes down to your luck. You are losing because that’s your fate. You have the wrong hand; your pin fell on the wrong number, your guess was wrong, etc. It’s bad luck; not a bad game. How about the 1%? There have been cases where people have been caught rigging the system. However, these cases are few and far between. Unless you have terrible luck, it’s hardly likely that you’re playing a rigged game.

The 99%

Let’s first deal with what’s more common- a system based on numbers and probability. Here’s a question. If you’re rolling dice, what’s the probability you roll a 6? The answer would be 1/6. But what’s the probability that you roll the dice twice and get a 6 twice? The answer changes to 1/36. It’s hardly likely this would happen, but it can. So, imagine you’re playing a game, and the computer rolls a 6, then another 6.

In your head, you might think the game is rigged because this would not be a likely pattern. You might even think that the following number should have been anything but a 6. So, if the computer rolls a 6 a third time, you can start doubting the validity of the game? It’s around this time that people conclude that a game is rigged.

But is it? No. Here’s the thing. Gambling is about luck, numbers, and probability. Sure, the probability of rolling 6 three times is very low, but it can happen because the game is based on probabilistically independent events. Because you’ve rolled a 6 does not mean that a 6 cannot roll again. These are independent events that have nothing to do with each other. If anything, the computer can roll 6 ten times, which would be uncommon but not improbable. There’s one myth dispelled.

House Setups
Secondly, if you’re playing card games and casino games, your chances of winning are very minimal. Is it because of rigging? Not quite. Instead, think about it like this. Casino owners don’t want to fork out all their money to the players. They want to keep most of the profits and pay out as little as possible to the players. So, how do they do this? Well, they stack the odds against you by setting up the game to pay out less than what players lose. At any time, it’s much easier for you to lose the game than it is to win.
Is winning possible? Sure. You might be one of the lucky players who get to roll that red or black, or number that wins you the jackpot. But you need to be very lucky to win this much.
Have you ever tried playing with the RAND function in Excel? You might want to try it as it gives you a lot to think about regarding number generation. One minute, you can have a lineup of 4, 7, 3, and 1. One move later, the numbers will completely change to something like 3, 8, 0, and 6. That’s randomness, and online sites base their plays on this. When choosing a gaming site, always check that it has licensing from a reputable commission. It means that the site has gone through several checks to make sure it uses randomness to remove any forms of rigging. Even with a license, the site will still be subject to random checks to ensure the management has not altered the randomness.
The 1%
We have covered why you may be losing On licensed sites. But what if the system is actually working against you? Let’s start by agreeing that this is hardly ever the case. However, when you deal with unlicensed sites, anything goes, and you may find yourself wagering in a rigged site. You can avoid this by only working with licensed sites and ensuring their credentials are legit. Also, research the sites and figure out which ones have been accused of rigging their systems.
Unless you’re dealing with fishy sites, your losses likely owe to your bad luck, the house setup, and your choice of games. Online gambling is more about having the stars line up in your favor and has little to do with strategy. If you’re on a losing trend, take a break, assess the site, and if everything checks out, maybe it’s time you quit wagering for a while.
Good luck!
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