Game Integrity, Part 1

by Douglas Zare
1 November 2007

Douglas Zare

I've been involved with assessing the integrity of online backgammon for some time. I have been planning to write a column about testing claims of cheating and unfair dice in backgammon. While I will discuss some of the foundations needed to analyze these claims fairly, the main application within this column will be to the current cheating scandal involving Absolute Poker, one of the largest online poker sites.

None of the analysis here requires more than the most basic understanding of poker, that it is a game of skill and chance involving cards. Each player has hidden cards which are not supposed to be known by the other players. There are several rounds of betting.

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