At first glance, online casinos that host poker look simplistic in design. However, don’t
let the simplistic looks of most sites fool you Where most sites lack in aesthetics, they
more than make up in coding. Most of the coding centers around the games, and more
specifically the RNG, or random number generator, for the site.
Online poker sites focus so much of their time on the RNG for their site in order to ensure
true game play, and to prevent cheating. A good RNG creates numbers that are evenly
distributed, not related to each other, and unpredictable. For example, Partypoker uses
certified RNG implementation that uses an algorithm to generate 32-bit raw numbers.
The numbers are then scaled and shuffled to generate a 52 card decd for each game.
Full Tilt Poker is a site that takes things a step further. Cards are distributed on the site
on an as needed basis. To give you an example of what this means, before a hand is dealt
in a Texas Hold’em game, the RNG creates the 52 card deck and deals out the cards.
Most sites would continue the flop, turn, and river using the deck generated. However,
after the initial deal, Full Tilt’s RNG goes back and starts reshuffling the remaining cards
in the deck to ensure even further randomness.
In addition to sites spending countless hours perfecting their RNG’s, they also have them
certified by companies such as Cigital. Certification become highly important after a
group of players in 1999 were able to crack and beat PlanetPoker’s internet card room.
Certification allows a third party to thoroughly test the software and give users of the site
an added sense of security.
With literally Billions of dollar at stake yearly, it is vital that online sites provide the best
and most secure games available. Strong, certified, RNG’s help online poker sites to
accomplish this goal.