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In an amazing Q&A on Reddit.com, a former developer for Zynga going by the name “Mercenary-Games” answered any and all questions from the readers. Some of those questions had to do with the legitimacy of Zynga poker being rigged or not. As many people had guessed, he confirms the game is indeed rigged. Read here:
So as of right now I haven’t touched Zynga in weeks. I’m an avid video gamer and Skyrim was released 3 weeks ago and I can’t pull myself away from it in the spare time I do have for anything game related. I might wean myself back into the pokerz after I beat the game and then maybe once I’m back in the groove start making some videos, so really you’re looking at about 2 months before a video would hit the site, since not only do i have to create the video but also edit it.
Since I’ve never posted a screenshot of my bankroll, someone asked me to show it in the thread I posted on the Zynga poker forums. Figured i’d post it here as well
I havent been playing much at all recently. I dont know when I will get around to playing more, I will update this once monthly regardless. Unfortunately theres no way to show how many hours or hands youve logged in.
UPDATE: A former Zynga game developer posted in a Q&A on Reddit.com about his time at Zynga. Some people asked the validity of Zynga poker to which he explained that the cards ARE FIXED. Click here for the post
Is Zynga Poker rigged? Good question that we will most likely never know the answer to.
I have read on internet forums devoted to the real game of poker where people who play Zynga Poker notice some “odd” happenings. For instance the user “DeathAndTaxes” on the 2+2 forums says:
“The bad news Zynga isn’t poker. 5,6,7, all 10 people in on flop is common. The complete disregard by other players for odds, outs, hand selection, etc means you likely will pick up bad habits.
a) there is no money in Zynga. Zynga says Zynga Poker is for entertainment and action flops are certainly entertaining.
b) there is no claim by Zynga anywhere that deals are random
c) there is no claim by any regulator that Zynga random number generator has been verified.
In span of 328 hands I saw (pretty easy when 90%+ of hands go to showdown and usually has 4+ players involved) 12 full houses, 22 flushes, 18 straights, 47 thee of a kinds. It was rare (as in less than 10% of showdowns) for winner to have less than 2 pair. Likely it was more than that but after the third FH I started keeping a running total.
Yeah yeah I know 328 hands isn’t a statistically valid sample but we aren’t splitting hairs between EV of 51/49 coinflips here. The rarity of Full House in a random deal means that less trials are required.”
So there you have a bit of insight. In my opinion, the best thing you can do is just learn to play proper poker, know when you’re ahead on the math side of things, and get your money in good while hoping for the best.
Many people won’t realize it but minding your bankroll is as big a part of winning as anything else.
There’s something in poker called “variance”. The definition is: ” The difference between your short term results and long term expectation”
To put it in laymans terms, since poker hand outcomes are subject to the laws of mathematical variability, even if you have the best hand all the way up to the turn, the villain can always get lucky on the river. It happens, that’s math and subsequently that’s poker. If you know you got the money in good because you knew you had the best hand, and a good amount of equity in the pot, then you were correct in betting regardless of the outcome. This is what’s known as EV, or Sklansky Bucks (google them for articles explaining). If you make that same play over a long period of time, you will come out a winner. Because you lost that hand doesn’t make a difference. It’s only one hand. You need to understand the math and know when you’re making the right play to not become discouraged with yourself; although being miffed at variance is all fine and good.
The problem is that because people don’t fully understand the math involved and therefore know exactly when a play IS truly the right play, they might see the actions they took during the hand they lost to be the wrong actions, when in fact they were doing everything right. Can you see then how if someone doesn’t fully understand the math involved in poker how they will trick themselves into making bad decisions in an attempt to correct their good decisions they were making in a hand where variance wasn’t on their side?
Anyways, I might be digressing a bit from the topic of bankroll, but the point I am getting at is this: If you know that due to probability, you can make the best move in a hand say 20 times and LOSE all 20 of those hands due to bad “luck”, then you need to have a substantial bankroll to dig into to cover the downswings.
This is why you NEVER take your entire bankroll to a table. EVER. I constantly see people sitting at the $200k buyin tables with short stacks who only have $100k to their name or something like that. These people are risking their entire bankroll oftentimes on ONE hand. You CANNOT do this. This is stupid. This is gambling in every sense of the word, and it’s NOT playing poker. Don’t fall into this trap.
So what tables should you sit at then? Well you typically want to have a bankroll that is about 30 times as much as the max buyin for the tables you’re sitting at. The worse of a player you are, the more buyins you want to have in your bankroll. The better a player you are, the less you can get away with.
For example, if you only have $100k to your name and you’re a so-so player, you should by all rights only be playing at something around a table that lets you buy in for $3k. If you have super confidence in your patience and skill then maybe the $5k tables would work for you.
But you need to understand that variance hits even the best of players and understand the concept of playing within your means. You don’t want to go broke and waste all the time you spent grinding up that bankroll just to gamble it away with 3 of a kind sitting short stacked with your entire $100k bankroll on the million dollar buyin tables. Don’t be stupid and don’t be impatient; that’s not a sign of a “good” poker player.