If you have never heard of RealDeal Poker, you may be too young or you may have missed its brief foray into the battle for supremacy among the online poker rooms in 2010. It was online poker with a Real Deck of cards and it is coming back! The company has just launched it’s business website www.realdealpoker.com it gives the history, lots of info and there is even a download available (if you want to play, you can find logins on the ‘proven’ page).
RNG (Random Number Generator) Used in Online Poker
Every online poker room in the World today ‘manufactures’ virtual playing cards with a computer random number generator program (RNG). Search the term ’poker is rigged’ and you soon realise that many people do not trust a computer-generated deck of cards to deal a true game of poker, or indeed any online game that uses playing cards as a gambling instrument. It is estimated that 1 in 3 gamblers do not trust RNG. In 2004, Gene Gioia, a retired former Vietnam Veteran who loved to play poker in clubs and casinos ventured online to play. What Gene found was massive variance, crazy flops and too many bad beats. Gene took to google and found that he was not alone in his concerns, there was something wrong with online poker.
“I had to find a way for an online poker room to use real cards and not RNG” Gene Gioia.
The World’s ONLY True RNG in Poker is an Actual Deck!
It surprises people when they realise that a deck of playing cards is the only true random number generator when it comes to card games. Playing cards were invented over 1,000 years ago. Mathematicians state that the chance of anyone shuffling two decks of cards in the same way is infinitesimally small. The number of permutations of a deck of cards are over eighty unvigintillion, that is 80658175170943878571660636856403766975289505440883277824-000000000000 ways. Or, if you shuffled one deck every second for the history of the Universe you most probably would not have repeated the deck.
Let’s Make a Real Deck Possible!
It took Gene, his brother Andy Gioia and Dave Cleveland P.E of Timberline Automation 6 years to design, engineer and build the systems that would enable real cards to be used by an online poker room. You can find more information on the systems here. When Gioia Systems LLC offered the technology to the major online poker providers, they refused. In fact, the CEO of an online gaming Company said:
“Why would I consider a product superior to RNG when RNG is providing massive profits?”
Gene is not the type of person to give up, he raised the finances and set off on the road to launch his own online poker room ‘RealDeal Poker’. Gene found a poker software supplier who was prepared to ‘unplug’ the RNG and replace it with RealDeal systems.
Having no knowledge of the online poker industry, Gene looked for inspiration towards the World’s leading online poker operator that was and still is PokerStars. PokerStars was based in the Isle of Man, so Gene contacted the Isle of Man Gambling Commission and after the automated machines were tested and approved by iTech Labs they were moved to the island. Gioia Systems LLC was granted a gaming license. Gene was introduced to a bank on the island and to third party suppliers and management that would operate the poker room. So far so good, right? Wrong!
Before I go any further with this blog, I need to ‘show my hand’. I have been involved in the gambling industry since before online poker, in fact, since before the internet. I have known of Gene for many years and we connected on LinkedIn when he was launching RealDeal Poker. I am now professionally involved with Real Deal Gaming LLC and am working towards the return of RealDeal Poker. The following reasons given for why RealDeal Poker closed in 2010 is my personal opinion and not that of the company or other persons connected to the company.
In the Muck!
So, back to 2010. RealDeal Poker launched to great fanfare, in fact the management decided that the World heavyweight boxing champion Evander ‘Real Deal’ Holyfield would make a great ambassador, he wasn’t. I have watched the interviews with the man and he did not come across as a poker player or someone who believed in the product.
This was a masterclass in needless spending. However, if the ’experienced’ (term used loosely) management believed it was ‘marketing genius’, who was Gene to disagree. On the day of launch, there was a problem with the servers on which the poker software resided, launch was delayed. This should not have happened, not when the company was paying £30,000 plus per month for servers and IT backup. The servers would ‘go down’ a number of times over the next few months. The helpful people on the Isle of Man had introduced Gene to a bank that would assist in depositing and payments. Just days to launch, a bank representative told Gene it “wasn’t sure that it wanted another online gaming operator as a customer”. It was to be three months before the majority of players could deposit funds by debit/credit card. The supposed management did not promote the room. One month, the Head of Marketing was so busy preparing his £3k expenses report after spending his huge salary, he only had time to photoshop the pic of a plane landing on a runway with the words ‘real deal’ on the tarmac. Genius!
Despite the inadequate management of the operation, 50,000 players registered to the site. The reviews were great, players loved the play, the RealDeal systems worked. Players reported variance down and there were less bad beats than they normally suffered with RNG manufactured cards. Player feedback was hugely positive, but, Gene became worried.
“I wasn’t experienced in the industry, but I was a player and I did not want other players losing money on my ‘watch’. At that time, poker rooms were folding and players were losing their balances. That was not going to happen with RealDeal” Gene Gioia.
Gene flew back to the Isle of Man, he looked at the finances and the massive ‘burn-rate’. He took the decision and stopped play. Gene, took charge of the operation, paid every player their balance and closed the business. It was heart-breaking for him.
So, what went wrong? In my opinion, Gene was blindfolded, taken behind the cowshed and ‘gang-rogered’ by the management, platform operator, bank, IOM gambling commission and others. Some were just in it for the quick money, others had ulterior motives for their actions. RealDeal was a major disruptive product in what was and still is, a multi-billion-dollar industry. PokerStars was the islands biggest employer, bank customer, server center, Gambling Commission lapel badge. Again, just my opinion, I have looked at all the paperwork, ploughed through the incompetent management decisions and thought long and hard and decided, yep, cowshed and rogered!
Poker with Real Card Random Deck Generator (RCRDG not RNG!)
Gene has never given up. In 2016, an online gaming software company approached Gene to discuss using the RealDeal technology in a new product. The dust sheets came off the equipment, Gene called me and we put a team together. A new company has been formed, see us here. What we are doing now is integrating RealDeal technology and the systems into poker software, just a demo site to begin with. We have potential clients that want real cards used in their online products. We have begun a fundraising round and our efforts are starting to pay off.
The Automated Dealing System (ADS) ensures that a deck of cards is checked, scrambled (washed just like in a live dealer game), shuffled, digitized and a video of the deck is taken. The moment an online game requires a deck, it is provided securely, in an instant. Just as in live poker the player is asked to cut the deck prior to the deal. Cards are burned before; the flop, turn and river.
But RealDeal isn’t just about poker, we know we can create the equipment and systems that can deliver real cards to any online card game. Games such as; rummy, baccarat, blackjack, pai gow etc. The company is even looking for a bricks and mortar casino poker machine manufacturer. New features in the software allow anybody to ask for an audit of any hand. The video audit proves that the deck used in their hand was; complete, ‘washed’ (similar to how a dealer spreads and mixes the cards prior to shuffling), shuffled, cut, dealt (with burn cards).
It is not possible to audit a deck of cards that has been manufactured by RNG. There is a reason that State Lotteries use ping-pong balls instead or RNG.
If a Real Deck of cards is possible online, why would you choose RNG?
The World’s ONLY online REAL CARD random DECK generator!
Ckeck it out for yourself, get a couple of guys together, download the poker, login and play, you will notice a difference, I promise….