1 - Is Poker Now open source?
I love the idea of open source and I have a lot of OSS projects (https://github.com/samuelsimoes), but hardly Poker Now will be open source because of the value of it. Companies/People with money could easily get the code, rebrand it, and gather all the results of hours and hours coding at this.
2 - When Poker Now started?
The first version of Poker Now was deployed at 17/9/2017.
3 - How many people are in the Poker Now development team?
4 - Poker Now will always be free?
My main goal is offer Poker Now as a free product, without flashy or invasibe ads, directly on the browser and always without sign up process (except where I need sign up, like tournaments). You may ask about how I will cover the costs, I'm always focused to keep the app the more performant as possible to use cheap infrastructures, of course I think in monetize Poker Now, but I will try to do this most cleanly.
5 - How well Poker Now shuffle the cards?
We use the Mersenne Twister algorithm with a sequence of random seeds. Each game deck is a result of a shuffle of the last shuffled deck in Poker Now. The algorithm isn't set up to promote any action, it will respect the probabilites.
You MUST READ the common pitfalls when analyzing shuffling. A lot of people just don't know how to understand if a poker game is rigged or not. https://samuelsimoes.medium.com/5-pitfalls-that-makes-you-think-that-online-poker-is-rigged-9eb19a12e747
If you aren't trapped by the pitfalls, please bring some quality data that bases what you are claiming. You can download your session log anytime that you want when you are playing.
6 - There is any way to do a donation to Poker Now?
Absolutely. Just become a patron at https://www.patreon.com/poker_now (you can become a patron by just one month if you want). This money will be 100% reverted in infrastructure payments and in the case of we raise more money than costs, it will become money prizes in tournaments.
You also can "buy me a coffee" at https://ko-fi.com/pokernow
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8 - How can I play for money?
Poker Now is only a game client. We do NOT offer any gambling services. We provide a place for people across the world to play for FREE, and without log-in. That being said, many people still wish to use our platform to play games for cash. Although we do not provide these services, there are many people and servers that allow players to do so. Poker Now does NOT endorse any one of these servers and we are NOT liable for any losses, and or scams. Although we will do our best to keep the discord server clean of any reported scammers with proof. We value our players and we will keep you safe.
SAFETY WARNING: For those wanting to play against people and or join games for cash, just be sure to make the proper safety checks to do so. We don't want anyone falling victim to scammers while using our client. So if you are going to play, please be very careful. This means having contact methods as well as fail-safes with who you are playing with. Checking logs etc. We want you playing on Poker Now, but we ultimately want you safe! Thanks for choosing to play with Poker Now!
9 - There's some place to follow the Poker Now roadmap/development?
You can check our development board: https://gitlab.com/poker-now/poker-now-hub/-/boards
10 - When Poker Now will have the option to play with real money with other players in open lobbies?
No time soon because host real cash games involving a lot of bureaucracy, and I don't have resources to endorse this right now (lawyers, open a company, etc)
11 - Can I share my Discord Server/App/Site here in Poker Now Discord server?
Please, ask me before through PM. Posting without talking with me, would lead to link deletion.
https://network.pokernow.club/ (a.k.a tournaments) username?12 - Can I change my
At this moment we don't allow change the username because players can exploit this, unless it has some typo. In this case you must send me a message asking fo the change.
13 - Has Poker Now a mobile app?
Currently we don't have, the only way to access is through the web browser and it is part of the DNA of Poker Now that is to make super easy to play, without need registering or downloads. I tried my best to make Poker Now looks a "regular" app at the browser window.
Some people ask me if I will create an app, and I generally answer: why?
14 - How does the Sit & Go tournament point system works?
At this document you can check how the current point system works https://gist.github.com/samuelsimoes/e77e9e377d95850d76c08c7c504086fd
15 - How a table expires?
When a table is inactive for 15 days, it will be inaccessible, but the log lines only still on the Poker Now database for 2 weeks, so we advise you to download your session's log every time you finish a game.
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17 - What is the Poker Now stack?
Front-end just uses React.js. And in the back-end I use Node.js with Express and Socket.io.
18 - How many players can sit at a table?
10 players can sit at a table at the same time! Although, you can have up to 25 people in the room, the rest can stay as a guest watching the game.
19 - How can I transfer ownership of my table?
Tap the three lines at the top left of your screen (The Settings). Select players. Click edit on the desired player. Then select "Transfer Game Ownership".
20 - I want to help with code, how can I do it?
I am happy that you are willing to help with code but at this moment I am just opening the code access for people close to me. I am not saying that you want to steal the app or something, but for now, I can only fully trust in people that I know personally. But you can help the project here in the Gitlab pointing duplications, pre analyzing bugs and trying to find the causes or if it is a false alarm, telling me what issue is related to other, and answering people at our Discord. These acts already help a lot.
21 - How works the player disconnections at Poker Now?
If you close the game tab, you will be considered disconnected and you will be removed from the seat in 2 minutes if you don't reconnect again.
If you put the game tab in the background (opening another app or other tab) if you don't focus at the game tab again, in 5 minutes you will enter in the "heartbeat mode" which you will appear off-line at the table, but the app will wait 10 minutes before consider you full disconnected and removes you from the seat. This is mainly to save server resources within idle connections.
22 - Why I am apparearing off-line if I am with the game open?
Probably you are with more than one browser tab open for your game, and this other tab was disconnected for being unfocused, sending a signal that you disconnected from the game. We recommend that you keep only one tab open for your game for a smoother experience, although I am working to solve this issue.