Michael Shackleford’s report about AmigoTechs’ cheating video poker games

In April 2015, Michael Shackleford published his report of AmigoTechs’ unfair business practice that he discovered after thorough investigation. It is well- known that Michael Shackleford has been working for over 18 years on explaining the rules and odds for every well- known casino game which he published on his previously owned website Wizard of Odds. The most important thing for him, when it comes to gambling, is honest gambling. In his own words, honest gambling requires clear game rules that must be followed at every point and virtual representation of card games has to have the same probability as a real one. Finally, if you lose a bet, then you have to pay.
 
Michael was maintaining his own ‘Online Casino Blacklist’. If he would discover that a certain casino did not follow the principles and rules of honest gambling, he would blacklist said casino. All casinos with bad business practice, vague T&C, unfair games, as well as the ones that did not allow their players to withdraw their winnings, would hit that list.
 
AmigoTechs, a casino software provider, was one such casino that found its place on Michael’s blacklist. After the first complaint reached Michael’s office in 2011, he started to investigate AmigoTechs’ games more thoroughly. What was the core of the issue? A player reported playing 922 hands of 50-play Jacks or Better video poker and in situations when he held draw hands (a flush draw, a straight draw, high cards, low pair, 5 new cards), he could not make a hand of Jacks or Better on any of the 50 completed hands. He also stated that he did not improve hand on any of the 50. Dr. Eliot Jacobson, in charge of the research, was provided with the log files, along with the necessary documents which helped him to figure out that the probability of the bad luck was 1 in 434,095,228,338,431,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. He jumped to the conclusion that the log files for each hand were cut short, as they contained only 37 – 39 completions. This meant that the whole software was programmed to make a player lose. According to Dr. Eliot’s words, the whole system was programmed by a person who had a source code and it turned out that only AmigoTechs was in the possession of the code. Youwager casino had nothing to do with it, therefore could not make any changes to the system. The software provider explained that the problem was in the RNG, or simply just the bad luck of a player.
 
Afterwards, in April 2015, another player reported to ThePogg that when playing 2 Ways Royal video poker, in 560 hands he never had a hand better than a two pair. The file log was checked and it was concluded that the probability of luck was 1 in 18,977,313,106,520,400,000,000,000,000. That was the second time AmigoTechs proved to be doing rogue business. It was definitely the green light for Michael to place them on his blacklist and prevent players from getting cheated on.