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22 February 2011 - 7:09pm

Random Number Generator (RNG) Certified For Fair Gaming....hmmm I wonder?

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Hi CL Members,

The Random Number Generator is a program that provides fair gaming and unpredictable results.This creates all wins to be random with no particular system of determining the outcome. This not only protects the casino operator but provides protection for players for fairness.

There are companies that verify and certify that the RNG is fair. Technical Systems Testing (TST) is a huge provider of testing and releasing certification of authenticity for RNG. They conduct an extensive testing and auditing procedures before a certificate is issued.

My question is this.......

How often are they tested? Are they tested once and the certificate is now years old? Some operators have the ability to change codes within their software. We have all seen and heard of less then reputable casinos with certificates of fair gaming yet there are definite discrepancies that raise a red flag of concern.

We put our trust and faith in a program that we feel is giving us all a fair chance. Should there be mandatory regular testing to ensure the authenticity of games? I don't believe at this point there is at some casinos.

There is more to a rogue casino then just not paying out players. I think the software is set up so that it can make it near impossible to win at some of these casinos. Yet they have a certificate up stating it has been tested for fairness. Hmmmm makes me wonder.........just how long ago were they tested?

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23 February 2011 - 4:08am
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In my opinion the certification of the random number generator (RNG) cited by all the RTG casinos is not worth a whole lot. The reason is this - TST only tests the RNG for the RTG software independently of the game software itself. And it in no way says anything about the individual operators running the multitude of different RTG casinos.

What that means is at a very basic level they are supplied with the code RTG uses to generate random numbers. They then run their own program that asks for numbers from the RNG and they analyse the numbers that are generated. This analysis is used to determine if the RNG is supplying truly random numbers.

TST Global is a reputable company with experience in both online and land based gambling industries. When they say that the RTG software's RNG is random and fair, I believe them.

However, what they do not analyse are the games or the code used by the casinos that runs after the random number is generated. I can think of many ways you could run an "unfair" casino while still using a totally fair RNG. eg

  • Just disregard a number returned by the RNG that gives the casino an unfavourable result and ask for another one.
  • Design slots in which the results are random but the payout rate is 80%.
  • Pay 6:5 on blackjacks.
  • Or simply go rogue and refuse to pay winners.

The list is endless.

On the one hand - that is not good, because casinos could get up to naughty business and the audit would not catch it. On the other hand, I have no reason to believe that individual casinos have access to the source code of the RTG software that would be necessary to do some of the things I mentioned. 1 exception to this is Bodog because they purchased a copy of the RTG source code a few years ago, which is why they don't have the newest RTG games and have added their own in-house games. This is not meant to imply that they have done anything wrong - more that you can no longer assume that the games are exactly the same between Bodog and other RTGs.

I have attached a copy of the TST certificate that RTG casinos often link to at the bottom of this post. You'll notice it is dated February 12, 2009. The best I can see with regards to re-testing is that RTG claims to be tested "on an ongoing basis".

But not to sound all negative - there are better examples such as the sort of thing published by eCOGRA certified casinos. For example here is the certification for Golden Tiger casino: http://www.ecogra.org/certificates/certificate.aspx?cid=35

You can see that audited payout percentages for the individual casino are published monthly. The latest RNG audits are dated 1 January 2010 - June 30 2010 and appear to be performed at 6 monthly intervals. This is far more transparent and accountable.

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Should there be mandatory regular testing to ensure the authenticity of games? I don't believe at this point there is at some casinos.

Yet bet there should be. And a lot of the good casinos do this. But good luck getting a casino run out of Costa Rica or any other unregulated tax haven to do it.

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25 February 2011 - 12:09pm
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Thanks ed, this is a fountain of fantastic info! What i took interesting note of is that "there is on going testing" hmmmm well that could mean once every ten years.

It is very unfortunate that RTG casinos are not as certified fair and random as other casinos.

It's like getting a warranty for something you purchased. As soon as there is an issue with merchandise you discover the warranty isn't worth the paper its written.

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27 February 2011 - 1:09am
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Yes the "ongoing testing" bit is vague. RTG should have the RNG re-tested any time they change the code they use for it. However, if it has been tested and found to be random there probably isn't really a need to ever change the code, which means they don't need to re-test it! Round and round in circles!

The audited payout statistics published monthly by eCOGRA and other casinos are so much more useful because they reflect real world results.

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