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Online Poker Guru Addresses Honesty by Using Real Cards

Gioia saw that using real cards would give his site instant credibility, the major issue for online poker rooms.

Online poker has been shaken by the cheating scandals uncovered at AbsolutePoker and UltimateBet, which despite the best public relations efforts of the Kahnawake operators refuse to fade from the public consciousness. Even legitimate poker sites face the problem of proving themselves honest; every bad beat draws new questions.

Gene Gioia hopes to change this, creating conditions under which veracity of the cards dealt cannot be questioned. Gioia is a Denver entrepreneur who played poker avidly online, but wondered about the surprising beats his good hands would sometimes face.

Gioia has used his desire for accountability by poker sites to create a system which would feature automatic shuffling of real cards, providing a record and history verifying legitimacy. Gioia saw that using real cards would give his site instant credibility, the major issue for online poker rooms.

Next month, Gioia will launch realdealpoker.com, at first hosting demonstration games not involving money, and hopefully taking deposits by next year.

Gioia points out the advantages to online poker fanatics sekking to push aside the UIGEA of a site such as his, which is transparent and completely auditable.

Because most online poker sites use random-number generators to determine the deal, questions regarding the system's efficiency and randomness can be raised. But University of Denver statistics professor Bob Hannum examined Gioia's plan and approved his cards to be genuinely random.

Published on September 19, 2008 by MattMiller

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