An open letter about i-gaming
by Randy Gingeleski
4 minutes to read
A manifesto of sorts, written about Ging Casino and i-gaming, plus a rant about competitor oneLive Inc.
A few days ago, I got a Linkedin invite to connect from a young guy like myself, looking for opportunities in the online gambling sector. He wanted to talk about what I was doing with Ging. When someone asks about my business, or about gaming in general, I have a tendency to preach. So this is the reply he got and I decided to make it an open letter. Plus a rant about an opposing company called oneLive. Now he’s probably sorry he asked.
Hey [guy’s name], Nice to meet you, it’s cool you’re looking for opportunities in the online gambling space. My “company” (it’s just me right now) probably isn’t what you have in mind. For example: - I will put odds on anything and everything if the statistics are favorable. I’ve designed a casino version of the old card game Rack-O. I’ve planned another offering based on algorithms from the safari zone of those old Gameboy Pokemon games. I have to make a version of keno that doesn’t suck, then god-willing I’ll do the same for slots. - Also I may throw a “bribe the dealer” side bet on every table game. - Although there are going to be all sorts of new games nobody’s ever seen before, I will release odds and optimal gameplay strategy for everything. Extensive walkthroughs and tutorials. - Basically everything I collect for the backend, all those analytics, I will make public. Financials too. Any information I can reasonably release that contributes to the transparency and integrity of the operation. - Randomness will be based on atmospheric noise for absolutely everything. I’ll probably use the http://www.random.org API forever because (1) PRNGs obviously aren’t trustworthy and (2) maintaining my own TRNGs likely wouldn’t match their quality, over time they degrade and become less random. - All bets will be provably fair. This is nothing new as it’s the standard for bitcoin-based gaming. (See next point) May also have everything third-party verified. Nobody should doubt the casino’s integrity. - The U.S. legislative process for online gambling is coming along at a slow, painful crawl. I’m going to base Ging Casino on bitcoin and have spent a lot of time poring over the actual laws surrounding online gambling and bitcoin itself. Still it’s a legal gray area. - The design of the website is gorgeous, it’s responsive, heavy HTML/CSS/JS. Little to nothing else development-wise if possible. People can play anywhere. - Finally, if by some miracle the stars align and Ging Casino is a success, I want to also put virtual-reality under the Ging Gaming umbrella. Not sure if you’ve heard of Riftsino (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVSf_UzIZ0M). VR gambling will be huge. Actually that covers just about everything. I’m obsessed, fanatical, crazy about this stuff. [In this part of the letter I went on to trash-talk this company called oneLive. I said the guy that wrote me should join them because he has a strong informatics background they could benefit from. If those couple of guys at oneLive want to email me I’d be happy to tell them how to otherwise fix their company. Maybe they can make me eat my words later, but having on-property i-gaming with live dealers voids all of i-gaming’s strengths - easy scalability, flawless ‘dealer’ procedure, opportunity for more games and more themes, and everything else I’ve covered before. What if the live dealer misdeals to a player? How is the player, across the property on his tablet, going to raise an issue? Are additional floor supers needed to monitor the live virtual dealers? This much additional manpower shouldn’t be needed. If a resort guest wants a live dealer, he’s more likely to go down to the physical casino. Maybe oneLive envisioned people sitting on the toilets in their hotel rooms, tapping away at blackjack from their iPhones. I don’t know. The website says “increase table profits.” Barely when you’re doing things like this. It’s carelessness. On-property is a great idea, a good ‘legal loophole’ at the moment. But doing it this way seems sloppy. Furthermore, and I know this is a whole mess of thoughts, but oneLive was founded in 2010? They’re just now putting out a tangible product offering? What has everyone been doing over there? Fiddling around with online poker before totally changing the direction of the company? Do any of the team members have a background in the gaming industry, or at least an interest? Passion? Do they care? Personal opinions - I’ve never met Michael Jabara or Alexander Ramia. They can call me out right back if they want. It’s easy to reach me. Why am I taking a jab at their operation? “oneLIVE inc goal is to become the real money mobile gaming powerhouse in the US, on the high seas and in the air.” I’ll take a jab at any competitor. Especially one that talks as big a game as that while not bothering to proofread their LinkedIn.] Regardless, good luck with your opportunity search. Best regards, Randy