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Rigged blackjack: VIP Golden Club sets the new standard


Monday, February 14, 2011

Rigged blackjack: VIP Golden Club sets the new standard


Can you spot the problem? It looks fine at first: player makes blackjack, dealer draws to 21 but loses the hand.



Player makes blackjack, dealer draws to 21 but loses the hand



Look closer: after three cards, the dealer hand is on 18, and must stop. However, it doesn't stop, but continues to draw a third card. This cannot happen in any blackjack game ever invented.


However, the blackjack game at VIP Golden Club is like no other blackjack game anywhere else in the cyberverse. It is super-rigged. It is super-duper-super rigged and then some more. The following is the grisly account of my playing experience - all of which, I stress, was in play mode, with no actual money deposited.


I played 81 hands in total. At the end, I had lost 71.5 units. There were 49 single unit losses and six double downs. The dealer had 15 blackjacks to my three. A few hands tied along the way. It is in fact impossible to win a hand on this software unless you get a blackjack, even when the dealer busts, which I'll explain further down.

This represents a standard deviation swing of 6.8 which has a probability of about 1 in 200,000,000,000.


Although there are many quasi-normal dealer draws to winning totals, these are relatively insignificant when compared to the role of the "magic ace", the ace of diamonds, which appears usually when the dealer is on a bust total of greater than twelve; it's followed by several more occurances of the same card and invariably leads to a "super-bust", where the dealer busts but the player loses.


Here's an example: I have 20 and the dealer is on 16 after three cards. Cue the ace of diamonds for 17...then another for 18...then a 4 for "superbust" 22, where the dealer busts but winning 20 is not paid, and my bet is taken.



Dealer busts but my winning 20 is not paid



Here's a good example of the "magic ace" phenomenon - the dealer starts with 15...then draws five consecutive aces of diamonds:



Five consecutive aces of diamonds



The final score of 20 is impossible, as the dealer couldn't legally hit beyond 17. And of course, 17 would have sufficed to beat my hand. It also bears noting that the probability of five straight aces of diamonds is about one in 4,000,000,000.


Another "superbust": my 20 is again beaten, this time with a dealer 23, including just three "magic aces" this time:



Busted dealer 23 beats player 20



Here are some doubles all featuring the same phenomenon. In the first, the dealer's "normal" score of 18 is enough to win...but it carries on regardless with four aces of diamonds, busting with 22 but winning the hand.



18 not enough



Again, the dealer 18 is enough to win, but he trots off three more ace of diamonds:



18 not enough, three more aces



Player 21! Sadly, no joy. 21 beats a dealer four-card 20 in most games, but not today. The dealer receives three more ace of diamonds, busts, doesn't pay my hand, and after I reload the screen, the money is again vanished:



Dealer 20 beats player 21



One last example. I make 19, the dealer's two-card 14 receives the two "magic aces" for 16, followed by a bust on 22 with 6...and takes my bet:



Dealer 22 beats player 19



Sorry, can't resist just one more. This might be the best of the bunch, as it's the only hand that to date I'd managed to successfully win with: a natural blackjack...but which lost on this occasion. Talk about kicking a man when he's down.



Player blackjack loses to dealer 17



Note that the dealer's initial two-card score contains the dreaded "magic ace", a sure sign that things are going to end badly for the player. Sure enough, another magic ace and a three later, he makes soft 17...and "beats" my blackjack.



If you'd like to experience for yourself the most rigged blackjack game since the dawn of time, here's the free play loading page.


And whatever you do, come rain, shine, hell or highwater, do NOT deposit money with VIP Golden Club Casino.



9 Previous Comments


lol I just tried it your right, There must be 26 aces of diaminds in that pack

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:45 am  


I wonder if Microgaming have ant idea that they have copied some of thier slots.
Ladies Night plus others

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:14 pm  


Another game-copying issue from last year that I wrote about:

Jackpots Heaven

By Blogger 100% Gambler, at 5:20 pm  


Hi
I can't see what you are talking about , the game is disabled and they have another black jack and its working fine , so what is this all about
William

By Blogger William, at 9:31 am  


The new game is just as screwed up, I'm afraid. I just took another look.

By Blogger 100% Gambler, at 3:22 am  


That is hilarious. I tried to see it for myself but sadly it seems mostly fixed, although there are still a few bugs. The dealer drew a 3rd card after hitting a blackjack vs my 21, but no matter - it still counted it as a blackjack!

If you go to the developer's website you can even login to the admin interface on a demo account. There you will a page where it allows you to set the chance of a player winning, or even bank a certain proportion of every bet so that it is unavailable for other players to ever win. Totally rogue cheating software.

I posted a few more screenshots including the admin settings here:
Cheating casino software: Casino Web Scripts

By Anonymous CL-Ed, at 5:51 am  


Yes, I did a followup article on the new game, including the "dealer hits blackjack" hand.

Michael Shakleford has now blacklisted them.

Seems a tinpot operation, so I can't imagine many people play there.

By Blogger 100% Gambler, at 2:45 pm  


So how much are you being paid to write this kind of articles ? Or you just do it for the common sense of helping other people ?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:21 pm  


Noone pays me to write, this is my own site. I write about matters that either interest me, or that I think need airing.

By Blogger 100% Gambler, at 10:27 pm  


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