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i watched an interesting programme on Sky Travel channel last night, Vegas Confidential. Anyway, it was all about professional cheats fleecing the casinos.
one techie nerd type guy had sussed out how to predict lottery numbers on an electronic Keno machine and how to beat slot machines. Respect. Anyway, he went to jail for 10 years in Nevada.
his comment was that it is IMPOSSIBLE for a computer to generate a random number. i am not sure how true this is but as he had won a substantial amount of other peoples cash using this system, you have to wonder.
but officially, as the Fish says, most online poker sites require independent assessment of their software. for example:
"Integrity - Paradise Poker is pleased to provide our clients with the added comfort of an independent third party review of our shuffling. We engaged the services of the London office of PricewaterhouseCoopers, the world's largest professional services firm, to review our card shuffling.
The PWC shuffling review - "PricewaterhouseCoopers will continually review our shuffling on a quarterly basis, with all reports being displayed on the Paradise web site."
Hope that helps.
The guy who mentioned the impossibility of generating random numbers was a former employee of the Nevade Gaming Control Commission. Food for thought eh?!