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Australian Online PokiesAnd in 2014, they were doing just that. After each one cent play, the gamblers would enter the pokie screen display into an app on an iPhone hidden in their pocket. It was suspicious because the poker machines were paying out a lot more money than they took in, even though they did not award any large or major payouts. Some serious maths back in Russia. Finally, the Russian would make lots of small plays (one cent, one cent, one cent) repeatedly, and then (seemingly at random) they would make one large play of $50 or $100 - and win. And they did more than just press play. The cheating Russians weren't playing just any old machine - they played only on the Aristocrat Mark VI, an oldish pokie manufactured in Australia. So how did they do it? Another odd thing was that the Russian player would always keep one hand in their pocket, or in a small satchel. With a hidden smartphone. Small teams of Russians began getting unusual payouts on American poker machines.
And because it's not a crime to win in a casino and be a Russian, the cops had to let them go.They would do this a few dozen times - and all that information would go back in real time to the criminal mothership in St Petersburg. There, the mathematical criminals would work out exactly where in its pseudo-random number sequence the poker machine was. A team of four gamblers would typically win a quarter of a million dollars in a single week. And because it's not a crime to win in a casino and be a Russian, the cops had to let them go. But it turns out that American casinos don't like to lose money. The gambler would keep putting in cent after cent, until they got word from St Petersburg to play big. Not a bad return! The phone would vibrate, and one quarter of a second later the gambler would put in a big play - and get back $1,000. They were careful to avoid the really large and major pay outs, hoping not to attract too much attention to themselves. At first, the cops couldn't work out how the Russians had done it. But soon they worked out that the Russians had used mathematics to win at the pokies - and started jailing them.
“All these people are doing it recreationally.“It’s a little bit hard because I’ve been on a bad run for the last month,” he said. “This massive increase (of players) in the field has increased the variance so pro tournament players have to be wary of a short term downswing,” he said. “For the vast majority of poker pros, it (the COVID-19 pandemic) has been a good thing,” he finished. However, he believes in the long term, gambling professionals have a good chance to turn a profit. Dr Rebecca Jenkinson, manager of the Australian Gambling Research Centre, said Australians are the biggest per capita gamblers in the world. As a pro poker player, Mr Trayner remains optimistic and says he’s just having a “short-term downswing”. “More players means the online poker pool is generally softer, and more profitable for the pro players,” he said. “All these people are doing it recreationally. Mr Trayner expects to be making similar profits soon in this COVID-19 “open season”. They don’t play poker full-time.