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Rigged Games Uncovered

Most internet gaming operators are honest and offer players fair games. Unfortunately there are always some bad apples and recent news stories have indicated that one major online casino operator has been caught rigging games. GTech a subsidiary to Lottomatica was caught rigging two casino games. The games that were rigged are Reel Deal and Hi/Lo Gambler. The two rigged games used a recoded code by GTech. The games were then distributed to many well-known internet casino operators. Operators offering the rigged games included Betfred and Nordicbet.

GTech and their sister company Spielo International are known as BOSS Media to players around the world. The three companies are operating under another company known as Lottomatica. BOSS Media is a well-known game developer and has been in business for fifteen years. BOSS Media is best known for their poker network and the company was recommended for a Nevada gaming license last week.

The two games that were rigged, Reel Deal and Hi/Li Gambler, are coin flip games. The player tries to predict what the next card or combination of cards will be. Odds are based on probability. Advertisements for the games said that they would pay back 100% to players. The rigged games were discovered after a player, known as Katie91, played both games at Betfred. She tried the free mode and received a fair game but after playing thousands of hands without winning she suspected the games were rigged.

Katie went to her brother and together they went through logs of the games and decided that they were rigged. Katie and her brother found that the game actually paid out 96% instead of 100%. According to her brother’s calculations the odds of his happening in a fair deal are about 1 in 154 million. Respected fair game advocate Eliot Jacobson, said that the odds of that the card distribution was fair are 1 in 1,048,712,149,670,420,000,000,000. Katie91 posted her findings at Casinomeister and soon a Betfred representative responded and said “Apologies for the delay, but the analysis of significant amounts of data and liaising with multiple suppliers takes time. We have moved as quickly as possible without jeopardizing the accuracy of the results, which you will find below.”

In his response the Betfred representative said
1. Realistic Games provided the assets and rights to the Reel Deal game but SPIELO G2 developed the game for their operators and in doing so changed a number of core features. As such, it is not right to identify Realistic Games as responsible for how the game performs.
2. On developing the game, SPEILO G2 developed two version: fixed odds and fixed price. The latter was in operation at Betfred. Fixed price meant that randomness could be introduced via a certified (GLI and TST approved) RNG and an RTP was introduced. In this case, at 96% RTP.
3. The development of the game in this way resulted in SPELO G2 inadvertently running the fun version of the game on a fixed odds model and not a fixed price, and therefore it ran at a different RTP.
4. Finally, during the deployment of the game to Betfred the wrong help file was associated with the game and reported the wrong RTP.

So far there has been no word about how this will affect the company’s application for a Nevada interactive gaming license.

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