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I consider myself a poker aficionado. The sight of playing cards being dealt across a baize green table always gets me excited. During the online poker boom of the early noughties, my excitement became an addiction. I played online poker feverishly. The pixelated cards that were rendered onto the screen of my home computer had a hypnotic effect. The thrill of competing against players from every corner of the network; that familiar electronic rattle of poker chips, the winning, the losing and the exchange of casual obscenities in chat boxes; this was a debonair entanglement of avarice, obsession, skill and adventure. DICE, the largest social gaming platform has introduced poker to the EOS blockchain. I wanted to know if this platform would capture any of the thrill of early legendary poker sites.
Texas Hold ‘em 2
The first step is logging onto the DICE platform. I used a decentralised browser called Brave, this allowed DICE to connect to my Scatter wallet. You can also log on to DICE using Firefox or Chrome with your Lynx wallet. Once you’re in the DICE network, you have a panoply of games to choose from such as Roulette, Baccarat and BlackJack. To choose poker simply click on the Texas Hold’em 2 icon. You can select an existing room, or create a new one. You have a choice of wait times, this refers to the length of time you are willing to tolerate a fellow player’s indecisiveness. You can also select the table stakes which range from 0.01/0.02 EOS to 0.025/0.05 EOS; think small stakes, medium stakes, micro stakes. As added information you are also informed of the number of table observers. We had a term of such non-participating people; railbirds, that’s what we called them!
Once table selection routine is out of the way it’s time to start playing; my mouse hovered over the poker icon, and then I clicked! It was like returning back to your favourite poker room! Even after a long hiatus, the familiarity was palpable. The avatars were unknown to me and some of their weird names were unpronounceable. This Texas Hold’em software is still in its beta version, and my chips are now EOS tokens, and yet all of this newness quietly lost its significance once my hole cards were dealt. Old poker habits swiftly took over; I began playing poker. The checking, the raising and assessing hand strength on the flop, turn or river. All these and a myriad of game plays returned with a warm familiarity. Should I raise here, should I check here? To fold or to call. I re-enacted the entire gamut of poker playing decisions, that a poker player must make if he is to succeed at a poker table! If that last line is a tongue twister, it’s because I intended it to be!
The software is excellently built and all of my actions at the table were swiftly executed, courtesy of the EOSIO blockchain. Marvelling about the fact that you’re playing a decentralised poker game, is something you do before the game, or after the game, but not during the game, and DICE do an excellent job of facilitating this. All blockchain technology runs quietly in the background. Infact the only reminder that you are using blockchain technology can be viewed in the chat box. At the end of every game, DICE system prints out the game ID, and a signature that can be traced to the blockchain. Also you can check the seed of the game. Click on the seed button to reveal the present seed and the next seed, which is displayed as a 64-character long hash.
Online poker was dogged for many years about the fairness of the game. The rumours of game rigging and biases being programmed into the software became a collective paranoia that spooked the poker community. Not so with blockchain software. Openness allows one to verify the fairness of the software. By combining the seed and the game ID you can verify game results and thus gain more certainty about the fairness of the game. At the time of writing the verify feature is still in development, yet such a feature would help dispel suspicions of software rigging and insider collusion that has haunted online poker for years. And for all you online veterans, does DICE Texas Hold’em offer multitabling? Sort of! Simply open a second browser and join another table. How you navigate between tables is a problem for DICE to solve and no doubt one can expect more innovation from this nascent yet totally thrilling software.
With the inclusion of Texas Hold’em, DICE definitely earns the mantle as the number 1 social gaming platform on the blockchain. And yet that is not all. DICE also rewards its most prolific players. Each day, the player that has achieved the most points playing with DICE will win a jackpot created from 5% of the house edge of all wafers. 1 pt is worth 108.9360 DICE tokens. The longer you sit at the poker table, the greater your chances of getting rich! The jackpot is worth round 999,999.999 DICE. At time of writing this feature is under maintenance but you can expect it to be rolled out soon. My gambler’s instinct says tells me that this will be a very popular feature on the DICE platform. The DICE home page has a leader board that ranks each day’s highest bettors. You can view or compare the total amount of points collected by each bettor. Payouts are handed to the top-three! With all these gambling goodies that DICE has on offer, this is further incentive to keep on gambling!
Included amongst these pleasures is DICE’s latest offering: Sports Betting. This service is similar to traditional betting services. A punter can take bets on a number of sports competitions ranging from basketball, baseball, hockey, eSports, boxing, football and other sports events. DICE has set itself the task of making all payouts no later than 12 hours after the end of an event. This is an incredibly important promise. Fast payment builds trust between punter and bookmakers and insures bettor-loyalty. That is key. DICE has many exciting games on offer, and this should attract a new wave of crypto-gamblers.
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