American firm Gioia Gaming Systems has announced that its founder and Chief Executive Officer, Gene Gioia, has been nominated for the Rob Gardner Innovator Of The Year Award at the eighth annual European Poker Awards.
Gioia invented new technology that deals real cards for online poker, the Real Deal Poker System, which features the firm’s Cut N’ Shuffle and Game Check products.
Denver-based Gioia stated that it is positioned to make a revolutionary impact on online gaming with its Real Deal Poker System, which allows players to play and cut a real deck of cards rather than playing with random number generators, the primary technology currently used. Its system can shuffle and deal continuously and transmit decks directly to computer servers for thousands simultaneous games.
The Real Deal Poker System has also been designed to ensure fairness in online gaming by providing an auditable game result. The system’s features include separate digital and video records for every deck that the automated dealer processes alongside game results that are certified by a proprietary system independent from the deck used. In addition, every online poker game is played with a unique deck from a fully automated real card dealing system while the player with the dealer button has the option of cutting the deck immediately before every game. The System also provides a complete audit trail for any independent third-party auditing agency for enhanced assurances of fairness while not compromising game pace.
“Extensive survey data show there is a significant amount of distrust among players when it comes to Internet poker,” read a statement from Gioia Gaming Systems.
“Earlier this year, trust in online gaming was severely compromised when Internet poker site Ultimate Bet was investigated for a scam that involved the ability for ‘superuser’ account holders to see other players’ hole cards. The scam was estimated to cost Ultimate Bet players $6.1 million.”