I wouldnt gamble online because its to easy to IMAGINE being cheated. Some of the things said were ridiculous. Their free game being rigged. I mean come on if they want you to play for money of course they rig their free game but so you WIN NOT LOSE.
I used my betting ramp against their CSM and still lost money faster. Talking about using betting ramp against a csm gets your post a quick ride to the voodoo strategy board as a progression bettor. A quick look at the math we give any progression system shows why you lose money faster.
Losing this many hands in a row. I read something here lately were the lose streak in a computer sim was over 400 hands or some other ridiculously high number that makes your 10 or 20 hand losing streak look like nothing.
The dealer hits out to 20 or 21. How often do we see that happen?
Gamblers have a selective memory which makes your losses stick out. Humans are programmed to remember pain more than pleasure as a survival instinct. Once the seed is planted you only remember the events that reinforce that belief.
How many times do you here a ploppy talk about how your correct play took the dealer bust card? Does he ever notice ANY of the times where you take the card that would have made the dealers hand only to have the dealer bust?
If Bodog was planning on going out of business tomorrow then it makes sense to cheat you today. If they had a monopoly so addicted gamblers had no other option then they might cheat you. But if they want to continue to have you lose money on their sight day after day after day all they have to do is offer a game where they have an edge and let the probability take care of itself.
Unlike us their biggest defense against variance when playing with a small edge is to have as many people as possible betting at any time and let to the law of large numbers to take effect daily. How many months or years does it take us?
Yes, yes, I've played a few hands of BJ too and am somewhat aware of negative variance. In fact on a bit of a losing streak now and getting my butt kicked by the gods of variance lately, and I don't find it peculiar in any way. Played a few sim rounds of BJ too. So you'll have to trust me a bit when I say what found in admittedly the relatively short time I played around with their free software, I was consistently getting beaten in the strangest ways described by the OP, and he posted this thread just around the time I was playing with the software.
Of course Bodog would have no need to cheat with a house edge, and that's not what I suggest. But what possibly could have happened, and just speculating here, was there was a short term glitch in their software. Presumably their game logic is done on the server. Maybe they updated their server code introduced some bug, or inadvertently activated some testing subroutine, or something like that for that time. Errors like this happen all the time with software and websites. Brings to mind the cheating incident with one of the poker sites, where one of the employees were able to see the other players hands by hacking the code (not suggesting a similar thing happened here).
I'm sure if check it out now Bodog is fine, but its possible something might have happened for a brief period of time.