Arguments, discussions, and much controversy have existed for several years on whether online poker is rigged or not. Both sides claim the other side is wrong, and ultimately neither side has prevailed in presenting a credible enough or concrete proof that their theories are correct.
However, there are simple ways to answer the question, are online poker tournaments rigged? That answer lies in the detectable patterns used by the poker sites, of which are known as poker algorithms. Several scandals broke in recent years where cheating and collusion was discovered by players that ultimately led the poker sites to add in special poker algorithms to prevent cheating and collusion by players rajawaliqq.
Some of these algorithms will significantly alter the percentages, the winners, and the outcome of play in online poker. The reason is simple, internet poker is a computer-generated series of codes that is not truly random by any definition of the word. What that means is that by adding in code to the software, the poker sites are essentially changing the possible outcome and make the game less random and more predictable to a player that is AWARE of the patterns occurring in the program.
For example, have you ever noticed in the late stages of a tournament, a shortstack has not played a hand for maybe 20 or 30 hands, then all of a sudden he moves all in and gets called by one or more players. The shortstack will showdown a marginal hand while the callers will have a dominating hand and inevitably the shortstack doubles or triples up by winning with his marginal hand.
This is an obvious pattern often referred to as an equitable percentage algorithm used by the poker sites. The purpose of this algorithm is simply to ensure that a single player does not hold an unfair advantage over other players by constantly winning pots. Furthermore, it also prevents a player from dominating a table or tournament by limiting the number of wins a player may have.