Progressive Jackpot Is Increased
of all, let's examine the level of the jackpot before
it is increased, or just after a jackpot has been
paid off. There is no set standard to determine at
what level the progressive jackpot begins. In some
small casinos, it is set at a measly $5,000, but most
casinos begin it at $10,000. The Horseshoe in Las
Vegas starts it at $50,000, but this is a rare exception.
Every time a player puts a dollar token or coin in
the progressive slot, a portion of that coin is applied
to the progressive jackpot. The more applied, the
more quickly the jackpot increases. Just how much
of that $1 is applied to incrementing the jackpot?
The figure varies from casino to casino. The best
estimate is somewhere between 45 and 75 cents, with
the mean average about 50. Thus, in most casinos,
half or more of the $1 bet on the jackpot is retained
as profit. The most liberal paybacks on the progressive
jackpot seem to be at the Mirage and Golden Nugget
in Las Vegas.
Makes Prolonged Collusion Almost Impossible
already seen how hand histories can provide you with
data you never could assemble in a B&M room, but
Internet poker rooms collect many other types of information
that makes a colluder's life appropriately miserable:
- If two people have ever accessed the poker room
from the same computer at different times (a common
way for one colluder to show a would-be partner how
it all works), most rooms can track that.
- Players must typically provide a real name and a
valid mailing address to collect winnings. A lone
player with five accounts may find it easy enough
to find friends who will accept mail for him, but
will they accept Internet poker checks in their names,
cash them, and hand over the money?
- Identical area codes and/or zip codes increase collusion
likelihood and get flagged automatically. It can be
difficult to get multiple different telephone number
exchanges (the first three numbers) at the same address,
so even if a player finds four friends to accept checks
for him, a red flag appears when multiple players
have not merely the same area code but also the same
- Most rooms can track how often two players play
at the same table. In large cardrooms, there are often
ten or more tables going that feature the same game
at the same limit. If two players routinely play at
the same table in these situations, they'd better
come up smelling like roses in their betting patterns.
- If someone complains or requests an investigation,
better rooms assign live personnel to watch suspected
colluders. Once that happens, it's easy to spot questionable
betting practices or timing lags that make it likely
two or more players are conferring before acting.