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Re: [Bug-gnubg] OT: rigged dice on on-line BG sites

From: Jim Segrave
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnubg] OT: rigged dice on on-line BG sites
Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2007 09:24:59 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.13 (2006-08-11)

On Thu 01 Mar 2007 (09:11 +0100), Massimiliano Maini wrote:
> Hi all,
> browsing rec.games.backgammon I've found the usual lot of complaints about 
> rigged dice
> on on-line BG sites. Nothing new, but one thing caught my attention: 
> somebody was claiming
> that on one particular site it was easy for a "good" player to reach a 
> high rating in a short
> period of time, but after that strange losses would appear systematically 
> against lower rated
> players (like large doubles for the underdog in a race, repeated dancing 
> against 2pt boards, etc).
> Somebody got the impression the site was trying to favor the "weaker" 
> player, maybe to avoid
> losing him as a customer.
> I'm sure nobody has enough *real* evidence of that, but I won't be 
> surpised by something like
> this really existing ... business is business :)
> I was wandering if somebody (players and/or on-line sites) would be 
> interested in a system
> capable of proving that the dice has not been manipulated during a given 
> match. Your opinion ?

I don't think you can make a meaningful judgement as to whether the
rolls were random in a single match were manipulated. For that matter
I have my doubts whether even a large series of matches - say 10,000
moves or so, would allow one to give an informed opinion.

Jim Segrave           address@hidden

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