Random Number Generator/Cards Shuffling
Creating a fair and quality gaming experience for our players is our highest priority at PokerWorld. The solution chosen for RNG/Shuffling is critical to ensuring a fair game for all players. PokerWorld investigated many systems and algorithms before deciding on implementation of what we believe is a superior solution.
PokerWorld’s RNG solution ensures the even distribution of cards whereby no sequence or relationship can be discovered in any way. The RNG solution is unaware of what’s going on in the game itself, so when the game requests a random card, the RNG has no idea of whose turn it is nor how the game is being played.
Technical Systems Testing RNG
TST laboratories provide fully independent and impartial testing and certifications for industry operators, suppliers, manufactures and regulators. TST analyzes system software and equipment, and the environments in which they operate, against manufacturer’s specifications, legislative and regulatory requirements, and to generally accepted industry standards.
- Cryptographic Standards Validation Program at NIST: http://csrc.nist.gov/cryptval/
- Computer Security Resource Clearinghouse: http://csrc.nist.gov/
Microsoft CryptoAPI RNG
PokerWorld uses the cryptographically-secure RNG system found in Microsoft’s CryptoAPI. "Cryptographically secure" means that the RNG is so completely random that even a large amount of computer analysis cannot predict or detect patterns in the output, a fact that has been validated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
- Microsoft's CryptoAPI RNG complies with Federal Information Processing Standard 186-2 appendix 3.1, using SHA-1 as the G function. It has been validated by the NIST's Cryptographic Module Validation Program.
- It is important to note that computers are deterministic machines, and as such, they cannot produce truly random numbers. For this reason one often refers to Pseudo Random Number Generators (PRNG). Pseudo implies that a PRNG does not produce truly random numbers, but numbers that are random enough for a specific practical use.
The validation of Microsoft's CryptoAPI by the National Institute of Standards and Technology proves the PRNG system used is highly random and highly secure as it is a critical building block for the CryptoAPI. For more information on NIST processing standards and security validation, please visit: