If you are the type you has wondered about just how fair the odds or game-running are at most online casinos then you’ll want to check out Provably Fair (that’s not a typo!).
The house edge is relentless on every game and at every casino. Reputable casinos do employ outside regulators to test their fairness. But that’s happening out there, on your behalf, but really hidden from your view. That’s where the Provably Fair comes in: that’s ‘prove’-‘ably’ as opposed to ‘probably’, which is what we’re all left to assume about the fairness of most games. But who has time to conduct some kind of audit, if it were possible?
What Provability Does
A maverick online casino called bitZino created a way, called the Provably Fair system, to pass the computations for shuffles and draws between players and the casino in such a way that:
The casino does not provide the random number generator when your game is decided.
You can confirm that your game was fair by comparing the random number generator seed with the casino.
This is a pretty cool handling of the cryptography that definitely keeps things fair, which you can prove. Not only this, but bitZino also made it possible to use bitcoins (the world’s first completely online currency). The reason to use bitcoins is that they are totally anonymous and stable. Just because a casino has a gambling license or an eCOGRA certification does not mean it is using completely transparent techniques for generating the outcomes of games fairly.
The Problem with Provably
The only thing that we find wrong with the Provably Fair product, its casino bitZino, or any other similar setup is that its penetration into the online casino marketplace is miniscule as yet. Despite the optimism of a Forbes columnist regarding bitZino and its meme, the makers of Provably Fair do not expect most online casinos to voluntarily adopt such fairness tools. Most casinos, after all, merely license the casino-gaming system from a company like Microgaming, Playtech, IGT, Probabilty plc, Net|Ent — the list is growing. Those game studios have written the code. Their systems generate the online shuffles, deals and outcomes. It all happens in a closed box. We should think that any serious gambler — comparing the online game with a physical game — would demand something like Provably Fair, and might end up playing at bitZino in order to experience this authenticity. As yet the games available are rather limited, with poker, blackjack and roulette. But the demand for these is high enough that more titles are in development by bitZino. We sure hope this trend-setter inspires more definitely-fair online casinos.