Have you ever wonder if the casino you play cheats on you? Can it on its side make it so that users lose more often than intended? In the modern gambling industry, this is already rare. Of course, there are still sites with script games on the Internet where owners can change various parameters. But most modern brands have licenses and offer games that are certified by third parties for randomness. This is when it comes to fiat casinos. In the world of crypto gambling, the situation is slightly different.
Most crypto casinos operate without a license and offer special types of games. Therefore, you cannot be 100% sure that the casino does not cheat visitors. But a solution to the problem exists. The Provably Fair algorithm.
What is Provably Fair and how does it work?
Provably fair is a tool that allows any player to verify if the bet results were fair and truly random. This algorithm is widespread among crypto casinos. The presence of games that support it is an indicator of a trustworthy brand.
- Every ticket purchased can be viewed by everyone.
- All records of losses and winnings are recorded in the blockchain, where they cannot be edited.
- After that, any of the participants can verify the result of the round using the hash of their transactions.
The phrase Provably Fair was not yet in use. The first mention of this particular term on the Bitcoitalk forum dates back to 2011.
Most modern Provably Fair systems no longer use blockchain. Their work is based on a random number generator and function hashing.
- Server Seed
- Client Seed
Provably Fair starts its work even before you hit the ROLL button. The random number generator produces the result of the round. The result turns into a server seed, which is then encrypted and revealed to the player in this form. Your browser, in turn, generates a client seed. Some casinos allow you to enter this seed yourself or generate a new one. Please take this opportunity and create a new seed. This will help avoid abuse of the algorithm by the casino.
Nonce is a variable that increases by +1 with every round. In simple words, this is the number of your bets. All these parameters you can use to verify if the outcome of the game was fair.
How to verify the round results?
To understand whether the casino has cheated us or not, you need to verify the results of the round. There is a special tool called a checker or verifier. Using the data provided by the casino you can calculate the round result and make sure it was fair. All casinos that offer Provably Fair games have built-in verifiers. But you can check each game outcome yourself using third-party verifiers.
Provably Fair verifiers
Provably Fair exploit
Provably Fair Gaming in fiat Casinos
Initially, the Probably Fair system was only available for crypto casinos. The problem lies in the fact that most fiat online casinos do not make their own software, but use games developed by game providers. And since providers did not add such an algorithm to their games, the casinos did not have them either. But the situation is gradually changing. With the growing popularity of Provably Fair games such as Aviator (bustabit clone), the algorithm becomes available to ordinary casino players.
In 2021, a major developer of casino games, BGaming, added the Provably Fair algorithm for its most popular games. All of them are available for both fiat and crypto players. Among them are roulette, blackjack, and even video slots, which are quite rare. If games using the algorithm become popular, then this may encourage other developers to add it to their projects. Let’s hope that it will be so because the extra confidence in the honesty of casino games will not hurt anyone.