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How are online casino games tested for fairness?

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If you enjoy playing online casino games like roulette, blackjack, and slots, you may be wondering just how fair the games are. Contrary to some sceptics’ unwarranted beliefs, it is actually in any reputable online casino’s best interests to ensure every game is random and fair. Let’s find out more about how online casino games are tested for fairness.

The Elements of Casino Games That Ensure Fairness

For any type of casino game to be fair, it must use a random number generator. And for many online casino games, such as slots, fairness is further attained via the use of the return-to-player rate.

 

Random Number Generators

The randomness of any online casino game is determined by the game’s random number generator, which is commonly abbreviated to RNG. Complex software uses code to generate strings of random numbers. The strings of numbers are so random that it means players have an equal probability of winning or losing. Every spin of the slot reels and every pick of the cards is, therefore, an independent and unique event. So, the results do not affect any future plays. RNG software is separate from online casino web servers, so it is impossible for an online casino to affect the outcomes of games.

 

Return-to-player Rates

Another part of online casino games that ensures fairness for players is the return-to-player percentage. So, while RNGs ensure random outcomes, an RTP rate ensures that a percentage of the money players spend is returned to them. RTPs are generally used for slot games. You can find out more about how slot games are tested for fairness by reading this insightful article from manyspins.com.

In addition to the RTP ensuring players have a percentage returned to them, a certain percentage will also always go to the casino. That is why online casinos do not need to rig games, even if they could, as the RTP always allows the casino to get the so-called house edge. A casino game maintains the RTP in the long-term, which is why players can potentially experience stretches of not winning. With the RTP in place, along with the RNG, players never know when pay-outs are going to occur.

 

How are games tested?

While the RNG and the RTP ensure fair gameplay, casino games still need to be tested by third parties to make sure of fairness. For example, a testing company can establish whether a game’s claimed RTP is correct or not. It will do that by testing the game millions of times and comparing it with a theoretical RTP. If the two figures match, the game is classified as being entirely unbiased and fair, and it can be served to online casino players. In addition to official third-party bodies testing games before pre-license, meaning they are tested before entering the online casino market, third parties test existing games too, to ensure specific games available at online casinos are fair to play at any given moment.

 

Who tests the games?

While each country or region has a gambling commission to ensure their online casinos are licensed, regulated, and fair, independent companies test the fairness of the games themselves. Here are some of the major online casino game testing companies.

  •   NMi: This Netherlands-based company has been in existence and offering reputable game testing for over thirty years.
  •   eCommerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance: This accredited testing company is based in the United Kingdom and works in many gambling jurisdictions and with many of the top gambling commissions.
  •   Software Quality Systems Group: This company has offices in Spain, Poland, and Belgium. In addition to testing the fairness of online casino games, it provides many types of cybersecurity services.

 

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BINGOTON: PADDY POWER PRESENTS A DRAMA…WITH BALLS

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Mischievous betting brand Paddy Power presents an eyebrow raising ‘drama with balls’ after teaming up with creative agency Octagon for their latest ad campaign. 

“Bingoton” was formally rolled out in a fashion befitting the brand’s proverbial bingo debutante today (23rd September).  

Written and art directed by Jonny Watson, Dan Harrison and Neil Richardson of Octagon UK, and directed by Jim Gilchrist of Outsider, the 30-second TVC will get its first showing on ITV this evening during Coronation Street.  

The commercial takes viewers back to the early 19th century, with Miss Bingoton and her lady-in-waiting assessing a selection of ‘gentlemen callers’, cleverly creating a humorous parallel with the perils of modern-day dating.  

According to Josh Green, Executive Director at Octagon, this was the ideal comical conduit to convey the Paddy Power Bingoproposition:  

“In the simplest terms, bingo is drama with balls. That’s how the idea of Bingoton was born.” 

Tom Muldowney, Head of Gaming Marketing with Paddy Power adds:   

“We wanted to make a ballsy ad and Miss Bingoton felt like the perfect leading lady to convey our ‘more chances’ message. That’s with the exception of the Suitor who sent her (Charles) Dickens pix. He remains on the cutting room floor.”    

The advert opens with stunning views of high society types gathering at the palatial grounds of Bingoton Manor. Centre stage is Miss Bingoton, who is joined by her lady-in-waiting and Master of Ceremonies, all of whom eagerly anticipate a parade of potential suitors for her viewing pleasure.   

Suitor Number 10 gets the (bingo) balls rolling. But he’s quickly dismissed by Miss Bingoton who instructs her footmen to “swipe left” on her behalf.   

  Suitor Number 3 is quickly dispatched in an equally decisive manner, having been judged by Miss B to be “catfishing again” after she takes in his dated and unrecognizable profile painting.  

Trying his luck next is Suitor Number 66, a handsome gentleman from Essex who only has eyes for his own reflection.   

“The only way is EXIT,” she giggles under her breath to her lady-in-waiting.  

Paddy Power’s latest campaign comes with all the easter eggs punters have come to expect from the mischievous brand, who manages to marry drama (and balls) to make it a perfect match.   

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Turbo Mode in the Game ‘Mines’ is On – Fasten the Seat Belts

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Classics are eternal, but classics with new improvements are captivating. One of the first
Turbo games has undergone visual and functional changes and has transformed into one
more game Turbo Mines.

The Head of Product at Turbo Games says:

“Visually, this is the successor to the super hit of our classic Mines. We are a young
progressive team that improves our product regularly, but not just observes what works
well. There is no limit to perfection, especially when you can change quickly and
qualitatively to open an even wider potential of Turbo hit.”

What does it mean for the players?

The rules remain the same as in Mines, but some additional features modify the perception
of the interface and the game pace.

Firstly, it is possible to change the game field size: to 3*3, 5*5, 7*7, and 9*9. Such
modification gives a player a chance to work on their strategy and choose the risk rate. So
to say, every round can be absolutely different from all points of view.

Secondly, those players who enjoy speed can experience it in Turbo Mines too. Such a
function enables a player to choose the same pattern for opening the blocks for many
rounds in a row. If a player sticks to the strategy that they believe in, they will win for sure
because dripping water wears away a stone not with its strength but with its constancy.
But there is no need to wait, do it in Turbo mode with Turbo Mines.

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Four Teams Advance to CS:GO Female Tournament at IESF WE Championships

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The International Esports Federation (IESF) concluded a groundbreaking competition for the Female Feature Division CS:GO qualifiers, which saw Indonesia, Poland, Namibia, and Argentina move forward to secure their spot at the World Esports Championships Finals in Bali, Indonesia. The qualifiers were hosted online by IESF, and the finals tournament in Bali will feature a $50,000 total prize pool. Poland and Argentina came out on top of their respective region’s qualifiers.

IESF President Vlad Marinescu said: “IESF is privileged to be able to host its first-ever Female Feature Division CS:GO tournament, a significant step forward for the world of Esports. This event is promoting inclusivity and providing female gamers equal opportunities to succeed on Esports’ biggest stage. IESF is committed to advancing and supporting the role of women in Esports through initiatives like this and our current partnerships with Women in Games and GIRLGAMER Esports Festival. “

IESF Marketing Manager Ana Karakolevska added: “Congratulations to the four female teams for giving us one of the most exciting qualifiers yet, and securing their spot at the first-ever CS:GO World Esports Tournament. IESF is proud to be making advancements in shaping the future of gaming for the entire World Esports Family. We can’t wait to see these skilled teams compete in Bali.”

World-leading Esports club Natus Vincere (NAVI) represented Poland in the qualifiers and will bring some of the world’s best Esports players to Bali to compete for the ultimate prize. The 14th WE Championships will take place from December 1 to 12 with Indonesia, Poland, Namibia, or Argentina looking to be crowned the first female CS:GO tournament winners.

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