Let’s play it safe.
You’re here to play a fun game (or two) of poker; so why should you care about the platform?
Simply put, these are the nuts and bolts that ensure the engine runs smoothly. Since you’re going to be play real money poker online, checking that the platform you’re playing on is sound, is the smart thing to do.
Whether you play on 9stacks or on another website, do check that your poker provider has the following things in place.
1. Certified RNG
RNG is short for Random Number Generator, a mathematical program used to create unpredictable patterns that will generate a completely random distribution of cards in online poker. This ensures that the selection of cards is completely guess-proof and each of the 52 cards has an equal chance of being selected. It also ensures that no individual player can get “better” cards than the other by design.
In a nutshell, RNG is like Batman. It ensures that things are always fair here on 9stacks.
True randomness is difficult to achieve mathematically, and a lot of research has gone into developing such programs and also in testing and certifying them. In general, a sequence of truly random numbers should be such that any repetitive pattern is avoided, and any sequences that result from them impossible to predict or calculate.
Various mathematical approaches and algorithms have been used to generate random numbers, with the 1997 Mersenne Twister being one of the most widely used. A variant of this developed in 2006, called the SIMD-oriented Fast Mersenne Twister (or SFMT), is the algorithm used to generate random numbers on 9stacks. We use a combination of this algorithm and a hardware generator to ensure a further layer of security.
Who certifies that our RNG is working properly?
Testing if an RNG’s output is random requires analyzing a long (very long!) sequence of data and checking that for non-repetition, no patterns, a fair distribution over statistically significant sample sizes, etc. Specialized agencies do these tests and in many countries (though not in India), such tests are required by the law.
Possibly the most bluechip of these testing agencies is iTech Labs of Australia, and this is what they have to say about our RNG:
This is to certify that iTech Labs has evaluated the Random Number Generator (RNG) used and found that the RNG complies with the relevant standards. The RNG uses a well known algorithm in combination with a hardware RNG to generate random numbers. The numbers generated by this RNG have passed Marsaglia's "diehard" tests for statistical randomness. iTech Labs has evaluated single deck card shuffling for Poker games. The shuffling tests were conducted on large enough samples to give the calculations sufficient statistical power. iTech Labs has found that the card sequences are unpredictable, non-repeatable and uniformly distributed. The certified code for the RNG has been fingerprinted.
Click here to view the original iTech Labs Certificate.
2. PCI-DSS Compliance
If you make a payment to any website, you will need to provide your credit / debit card details or perhaps your bank account details. How securely are these details stored? How do you know if a site is safe? One basic check is to see if the data is being stored as per industry norms, the most important being PCI-DSS compliance.
Here’s a quick test: type “flipkart PCI DSS” or “Amazon PCI DSS” in Google and see the links that pop up. Do the same with Paytm, or Snapdeal, or any other mature internet-based company, and see how they ensure all transactions are PCI-DSS compliant. Now do the same search on Google for “9stacks PCI DSS” and see what you get! :)
Does that mean 9stacks is PCI-DSS compliant?
Yes! We work exclusively with third party payment gateways and integrators that have PCI-DSS compliance built in. We ourselves at 9stacks never even see your card data!
We currently use PayU as our payment gateway, which also powers payments for companies like BookMyShow, GoIbibo and Snapdeal. All PayU servers are PCI DSS compliant; any data that needs to be stored is kept in PAyU’s PCI DSS compliant vaults. And all sensitive data is handled using 128 bit SSL encryption.
3. 3DSecure for card payments
At 9stacks, we do not store your credit or debit card details. We use 3D Secure, the leading industry standard for credit card payments, designed to make online transactions safer by authenticating a cardholder's identity at the time of purchase, through the likes of Verified by Visa and MasterCard SecureCode.
4. 100% genuine and verified Users
We take major measures to ensure that the users on our platform are genuine and verified. At the time of registration, we record cell phone numbers along with the user ID.
Before the withdrawal of your winnings on the platform, you will be asked to submit your name, PAN card details and bank account details. If required, other government authorised proofs of identification may be sought as well.
All of this ensures that all players on our system are genuine and verified, and playing with unique accounts. If at any time we find out that a person is using multiple accounts on 9stacks, their account will be terminated promptly.
Why do we do this?
One, we want to ensure that no single person creates and plays at a table using two player accounts; doing this is unethical and gives that person an advantage against other players.
Two, we do not want “chip-dumping”. i.e, one person deliberately losing money to another account, for instance, to avoid tax.
Read our complete list of terms and conditions here.