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Do you ever worry that online casinos might cheat you when playing luck-based games like blackjack, roulette, or slots? It's a valid concern because, technically, an online casino could manipulate the game to their advantage.
But fear not, there's a solution called "provably fair" gaming based on blockchain technology which is adopted by Bitcoin casinos.
Let me explain how the provably fair concept works.
Imagine you're playing a dice game with two friends. Friend A is the house, Friend B is watching, and you're the player. Friend A writes down their bet on a piece of paper and secretly shows it to Friend B, who takes a picture of it with a timestamp. You also place your bet, and the dice are rolled.
After the roll, Friend B informs you that Friend A won. However, you're skeptical. Friend B shows you the picture of the bet on the paper, and based on the timestamp, you see that Friend A placed the bet before the dice were rolled and never changed it. You also witnessed Friend B taking the picture earlier, so you know no one cheated.
That's the essence of provably fair gaming in simple terms. Now, let's dive into a more detailed explanation.
Before each round of a provably fair game, a random "seed" or number is generated to determine the game's outcome. This seed is usually created using various sources of randomness, such as the current time or player actions.
In some provably fair games, players can even add their own seed, known as a "player seed," to the mix. This adds an extra layer of control and randomness. The player seed can be anything the player chooses, like a word or a random sequence of numbers.
The game combines the server's seed (randomly generated by the game) and the optional player seed (if provided) using a mathematical function called hashing. This creates a unique and encrypted code that represents the combination of the seeds.
The resulting hash is used to determine the game's outcome. For example, in a dice game, the hashed value might determine the number rolled. In slots games, the combined hash value determines the position of symbols in each slot.
After the game round is complete, players can access and verify the seeds used in the game. The server seed, the player seed (if used), and the resulting outcome are made available for inspection using various tools. Players can check if the seeds were genuinely random and ensure that the game's outcome matches what was claimed.
Now, let's talk about how you can verify the results of provably fair games.
It can be challenging to manually verify all your previous bets, but you can do so for future games using provably fair verifiers such as Hash generator, JS Fiddle, or Tools 4 Noobs. These blockchain verification tools will help you independently confirm the fairness of the games you play.
It's important to note that the implementation of provably fair systems may vary across different games and platforms, but the underlying principle remains the same: allowing players to validate the fairness of the game themselves.
Whether you’re playing real money or free Bitcoin slots, you can have peace of mind knowing that you're playing in a transparent and trustworthy environment with provably fair gaming.