wondered that for some time. Unlike real cards, electronic cards are
shuffled using an algorithm. If real cards are not shuffled
thoroughly, there will sometimes be suits that run together; a hand
of three aces may turn up in the next hand, as may a straight, either
in the hand of one player or around the table. Weird stuff can
happen. I can think of two instances, one from the 1970s and another
from the 1980s. In the first, two of us were playing stud heads up,
and one of us had a straight flush. Then there were similar
combinations coming up. A third player joined the game, and the weird
stuff stopped dead.
time I was watching a game of 5 card stud at Birmingham; one player
won a hand with a flush, and the very next hand the same player had
another flush. I believe the suits were clubs and diamonds although I
can’t remember in which order they appeared. The loser was dismayed
because he couldn’t believe this could happen twice in a row in a
game where a flush is a rarity, but there was no sleight-of-hand
you play games with more than one deck, all sorts of weird stuff
happens; in the game called seventy-nine, which is played with four
decks shuffled together, I have on many occasions seen players dealt
hands that require no play, or maybe a player calls with his first
draw. All the same, I can’t help feeling there is something not
quite right with electronic cards. Here are a few examples.
The above is from a freeroll on PokerStars, December 13, 2012. I had a massive draw, and hit a straight flush. Not so unusual this one. For the record, this earned me the princely sum of 61c. I finished 767 of 18,924 runners with 2,500 places paid.
December 23-4, 2013 on Full Tilt. I didn’t cash in this, but it is truly amazing how often the wheel turns up in both stud hi lo (as here) and Omaha hi lo.
June 4, 2014: I may not have cashed, but I hit a gutshot this hand.
September 8, 2014: A bounty tournament; I took 3 bounties in all including the bubble man; there were 72 runners and only 8 places paid. I was chip leader at one point, but by rights I should not have cashed. I can’t remember the exact play but we were all-in pre-flop, and before the cards were dealt I knew I was behind, probably badly so. And as so often at hold ’em with a three way pot, the worst hand wins.
The same tournament in the small hours of September 9, 2014. Just to prove I did indeed cash.
September 9, 2014: This screengrab doesn’t say much, but I had some truly remarkable luck to finish runner-up in this razz tournament.