Whatever your views are on morality of working within the iGaming industry, there are a lot of people in my line of work who have hearts of absolute gold! Two of my closest and best friends in this crazy world in which I work are also my business partners, Sarah and Esther. They know this industry inside out and one of their latest endeavours is something which cannot go unannounced!
They were presented with a concept by a casino operator for the next conference which shied away from the standard “throw a huge party and get a load of people drunk” theme, and all in all, something far more benevolent. They loved the idea and have been working hard to start planning the event for the end of May.
Fairway Casino is sponsoring a charity golf tournament to be held at the famous K Club golf course, just outside Dublin on the Monday prior to the iGaming Supershow in aid of the Children First Foundation who help disadvantaged families throughout Ireland… talk about giving back! The location is nothing to be sniffed at either, original designed by Arnold Palmer – opening for play in 1991- and best known for having hosted the 2006 Ryder Cup.
I’m currently in transit between Prague and home, and going over my notes from the iGB Super Show, and there is one outfit that really caught my attention. Real Deal Poker‘s platform is something refreshing in what I feel has become a reasonably stagnant market place. There are poker products aplenty out there, all have their pros and cons and all are, within reason, relatively similar in their offering.
Real Deal Poker is the only poker software developer at the moment, which has shied away from RNGs (Random Number Generators) and has developed a platform that actually involves real decks of cards being shuffled (though be it by machines) in order to create a matrix of permutations, from which their poker platform pulls a deck. From my conversations with Gene Gioia the system works something akin to the following:
A deck of cards (with barcodes) is shuffled by machine
The order of the cards following the shuffle is recorded and placed in a matrix
When this particular “deck” is pulled by the poker client, a player (here’s the random element) gets to cut the deck at a random position
The cards are then dealt in order from that position, to create the rest of the gameplay
The client itself isn’t much different from any of the others that are readily available, with the exception of the burn pot. The dealer shows a burn card being placed to the side of the deck before each phase of play, just like in a real game… which begs the question, why do we never see a burn stack on any other software platform?
The guys over at Real Deal quoted a piece of research which stated that a large percentage (up to 30%!) of players interviewed at land based poker games state trust issues regarding RNGs as their primary reason for not playing online. By eliminating that hurdle, RDP are inviting a target market which would vastly supersede the current number of online poker players, to join the online poker world!
There is a great vid (albeit a little long) of Gene demoing his platform below, and for any of you wanting to see it in action, hope over to www.realdealpoker.com, take a look, and enjoy some free bucks on me: