AMA Recap Crypto Library with Polker


On 1st June 2021, Polker conducted an AMA in the Crypto Library Community. Our guest is Hector Mayorga and Arthur Linuma. Lots of questions as usual from the Community about Polker progress. The Polker team took part in a very interesting AMA session which included introductions, questions from twitter, and a live AMA session with the Crypto Library community. If you missed the AMA in person, read this recap for a deeper insight into Polker.

Let’s take a look at the most interesting points of our conversation.

Crypto Library Team : So, before we start the AMA could you please introduce yourself to our community?

Hector Mayorga (Polker) : Hello everyone, My name is Hector Mayorga, I am one of the Co-Founders and Chief of Gaming of Polker.
Crypto Library Team : What is Polker? and How is the story/reason behind the Polker project creation?

Hector Mayorga (Polker) : Our intent is to disrupt the Polker and larger blockchain casino space with more immersive gameplay. Thus we created Polker using a high-powered 3D engine called Unreal 4 Engine by Epic Games. This is the same engine that powers environments in huge shows like The Mandalorian, but also for transportation, simulations, as well as a number of well-known consumer-grade games including Polker. We can do really amazing 3D animations and effects, but what we're excited about is how this translates into a VR gaming environment.  Avatars will be more realistic, movements will be more natural, and the general gameplay experience will be more powerful.  It is a huge undertaking to build like this and we've spent from 2018 until now to build this out. The work is just about done with just the final touches.  This is a poker game for the history books.

Crypto Library Team : Could you give us some reason Why we have to choose Polker than other projects out there?

Hector Mayorga (Polker) : Beyond this, we wanted to make gameplay safe, secure, and fair. Lots of platforms claim this but we actually patented (pending) the technology for provably fair gameplay. We also have a true random number generator which is essential to this. This is currently deployed to the Polkadot Kusama test net via Moonbeam - the deployment went live last night. Additionally, we allow players to bet and play in multiple cryptocurrencies and settle into one. We have an NFT experience that unlocks bonuses, new types of games and gameplay, and expands into an entire collectible metaverse with its own quest-based card game. We are currently in discussions with ecosystem partners to expand on this, with announcements we hope to make soon. 

Crypto Library Team : Please tell us about Polker token $PKR! What are the token use-case, distribution, and where we can buy it?

Hector Mayorga (Polker) : PKR can be used for:
  • Betting and winning with discounts on any conversion fees
  • In-game betting multipliers and payout bonuses
  • Purchase tournament and event tickets
  • Fund required tournament buy-ins (PKR only)
  • Ability to stake on the platform - earn platform fees through staking
  • Purchase in-game NFTs from other users - these are NFTs that can only be unlocked and earned within the game by players, can only be purchased on the -secondary marketplace through PKR token
  • We will create new games that can only be played in PKR token
  • Allow other ecosystems partners to license our patented technology by paying in PKR
We have IDO launch on June 21st with BSCpad and Tronpad.

Crypto Library Team : Could you give us some information about your roadmap, your recent progress, and also your future plans?

Hector Mayorga (Polker) : We are nearing the completion of a multi-year development process. So far we have:
  • Polker gameplay built in Unreal Engine - Alpha version is currently being tested internally with a live Beta released next month, and the final public version hopefully soon after
  • Blockchain-based True Random Number Generator - currently deployed to Polkadot Kusama via Moonbeam, operational and live with concurrent testing
  • Blockchain-based Provably Fair Gameplay - currently deployed to Polkadot Kusama via Moonbeam, operational and live with concurrent testing
  • Canada Gaming License (allows for worldwide legality in specific jurisdictions) - applied and expected timeframe for approval later this month in June
  • Token-based betting - in active development, slated for the Q3 release
  • VR integration - slated for Q4 beta
  • New games - coming soon

For future plans;
We would like to expand the localities and jurisdictions in which we can operate, thus we will seek gaming licenses in as many states, regions, countries, and localities as possible. We also want to expand the number of games we support on the platform using the same high standards of graphics, and gaming that we've employed. We wish to seek out new use cases for our token, expand the functionality of our NFTs, forge new relationships with other relevant industry partners, and scale Polker to be one of the largest online casinos.
Crypto Library Team : While it is true that for gambling games where money is at stake, DEFI is the ideal tool to execute them, POLKER offers a very unique and interesting structure. Could you tell us about Unreal Engine 4 and its demonstrable TRNG system? and why POLKADOT was chosen to develop it?

Hector Mayorga (Polker) : In poker, everything revolves around the hand histories.  We publish their hashes on a public blockchain (Polkadot).  The hashes allow the data to be private while still serving as a source of truth.  We provide the mechanism to decrypt the hashes for players in those actual rounds, so they can verify that the cards they were dealt and played with are the same as what has been recorded, and do so on a table or community basis. This allows the community to detect unnatural winning patterns in any player or the platform itself. All games of chance that operate in software need to mimic the same randomness as a live, in-person card game in the real world.  Machines and software systems actually have a difficult time doing this.  They rely on programs and algorithms to do this, but this isn't true randomness, hence most are called pseudo-random number generators.  We use the natural entropy of the public blockchain as our source of randomness, one that cannot be known or predicted in advance as it factors the randomness of transactions that occur in real time.  We also use additional sources of randomness such as player seeds that change as new players come and go on a realtime basis.  This TRNG then allows us to provide the randomness for the next card draw, but can be used for any game of chance. Lastly, with UE4, this will bring life to our game with the dashboard and our dealers live real time animations and VFXs.

Crypto Library Team : Only getting users, holders etc is not everything. In my opinion, a project needs to deal with solving a real world issue or problem What is the problem that  your project primarily focuses on?

Hector Mayorga (Polker) : The problem we at Polker are trying to solve revolves around trust and fairness in the community. Many online poker games use pseudo-random number generators and algorithms to decide hands and card draw, and many more give restrictions on how you can use your money. We want to make sure all of our gameplay and betting are completely, 100% transparent. Using a TRNG and a ledger system both based on the usage of our blockchain secures our game in a way that currently isn't in the market. Our versatility of the cryptocurrency we accept also helps you keep your assets liquid, unlike other websites which put arbitrary restrictions on cashouts. Plus, we have the unreal engine 4's power to make ourselves unique, providing a bit of flair we think is lacking in the community.

Crypto Library Team : How did you build an ecosystem of users, partners, and content creators, bringing #Polker Game-in-class digital services to emerging markets?

Hector Mayorga (Polker) : We actually answer this in previous AMA "To keep our ecosystem growing, we are incorporating about 22 cryptocurrencies to start, and that is just to start. Incorporating more coins, tokens, and fiat or stable coins will keep us constantly growing. Actually, compared to other online poker games that use crypto, they at best have four coins they use. We having 22 provides us with an incredibly reliable economic system for our game". But as well as for partnership we have TRNG and Provable Fair Gameplay being tested via Moonbeam operational, for a successful partnership that will be announced later this week.

Crypto Library Team : Could you please tell me just a little more about the team and some of their backgrounds? I have personally seen many projects launch with inexperienced team members, and some of those didn’t go so well due to easily avoidable mistakes.

Hector Mayorga (Polker) : We all have public profiles with a strong track record of previous successes in starting businesses. Some of us are advisors on other blockchain projects, have invested in other token sales, and are active members of the community. Our reputation and name are very important to us. This, hopefully, provides a high degree of assurance that we will be here for the long run.

Crypto Library Team : Could you explain how #PolkerGame works and what makes it safe? I mean the range of options you have to execute the contracts?

Hector Mayorga (Polker) : Sure...Actually, this is pretty interesting. So straight to the point. We prove fairness in the system by being transparent in the blockchain. Everything is recorded through our oracle smart contracts and you can see it in the blockchain itself. It logs everything from the moment you start to the moment you end. We also have a video playback to watch the table itself. It's 100% fair and transparent. For our TRNG gameplay, we like to show off our true random number generator, that way you always know our deck is truly random. There is no cheating from the house or the players, it's all there open in the blockchain.
Crypto Library Team : I am a gambling lover. Can I only bet on your site? without having to have a $PKR token?

Hector Mayorga (Polker) : Yes (well not on the site) but on the platform. We will have tables specifically for multi-coin crypto and stand-alone tables.

Crypto Library Team : How can we trust your project?, We don't know anything about your team members?, Even you don't have any roadmap or white paper. So it confusing that where you wanted to take this project?

Hector Mayorga (Polker) : If you look at our website > team members, you will see our team. We also have our whitepaper there on the header for anyone to view it.

Crypto Library Team : Cooperation and partnership is one of the most important issues to help develop a project. Can you tell us about your existing partnerships, the partnership plans, and what people can gain from these partnerships?

Hector Mayorga (Polker) : Great question, partnerships are extremely important, which is why we would like to bring up both our partnerships with BSCPAD, and TronPad. Both of these partnerships will be allowing us to launch our IDO coming on the 21st of June and let users get their hands on our token so you can use them on launch date. Plus we have this right now going on:

Crypto Library Team : What are the contributions of fintech companies to blockchain technology? Is DEFYDEFI planning to build a complementary link to the interoperability features of financial applications?

Hector Mayorga (Polker) : Our top 3 things right now, is IDO launch for June 21st, 2021, our beta/full game for desktop and mobile, and growing our community with strong interactions with them.

Crypto Library Team : What exactly are True Random Numbers (TRN) and what are the objectives they fulfill within the Polker platform?

Hector Mayorga (Polker) : As opposed to a RNG or pseudo Random number generator, Polker's TRNG is a new system to ensure gameplay is provably fair. Using block-chain transactions during table play to generate deals and draws we hope to achieve both true randomness and transparency without the use of pseudo random algorithms.