Is Titan Poker Safe?
This is a critical question for players to be asking before they sign up and deposit money at a room, especially in light of the troubles currently facing Full Tilt Poker and the uncertain future of other rooms. When people ask if a poker room is safe, they’re usually asking a few different questions rolled into one, so let’s walk through the relevant answers.
Is Titan Poker Fair?
The core component ensuring fairness at an online poker room is the room’s Random Number Generator, or RNG. The RNG is responsible for ensuring that no one can predict the cards before they’re dealt. Obviously the RNG does not ensure that a system can’t be compromised, but it does prevent the deck from being stacked against you.
Titan Poker uses a true random number generator (as opposed to a pseudorandom number generator – read more about the differences between the two). For obvious reasons, the details of their RNG are not public, so players must rely on the word of an independent auditor regarding the security of the RNG. Titan’s auditor is TST Global, and you can read Titan’s compliance notice on Titan’s site.
Fairness also involves assurances that Titan is policing their room aggressively to prevent collusion and similar attempts to cheat games. Again, it’s difficult to accurately critique their processes because they’re not public; Titan claims to use a combination of advanced algorithms alongside a human detection team to battle cheaters. You also have full access to detailed all records of hands you’ve played, at Titan encourages players to submit confidential reports to their fraud team.
Is Titan Poker Secure?
Titan Poker states that they employ 128-bit SSL technology via a Godaddy certificate issued to their parent company. The practical application of that security is that all of your interactions with the room – including your hole cards, personal information, anything that involves data passing between you and the room when you are logged in – is encrypted to a standard that is believed to be uncrackable at the current time.
Note that no level of encryption makes a system totally secure, insomuch that the software itself may be still compromised (as it was with Ultimate Bet). With that said, the company that is responsible for Titan Poker’s software is PlayTech, a publicly traded company (PTEC.L) subject to a far greater level of scrutiny than a private company. There are no certainties in online poker, but an internal compromise of Playtech software would still count as shocking even in the extremely jaded climate of today.
Are My Funds Safe at Titan Poker?
Titan Poker is licensed by the Directorate of Offshore Gaming of Antigua and Barbuda. The regulations do require Titan Poker to have all outstanding player funds on hand at all times, but it does permit for certain investments to count toward that requirement. Essentially, Titan is allowed by their license to invest player funds in relatively safe ways approved by the Commission. You can review the full requirements for a licensee here We have no proof that Titan invests player funds, only that they would not be in violation of their license if they did so.
That’s not necessarily a red flag, but after the Full Tilt fiasco, players are correct to be wary of anything other than an ironclad guarantee. That said, their are no indications that Titan, regularly audited by the reasonably credible Antigua Commission. If you’re thinking about depositing a significant amount of money on Titan, you might want to approach them with more detailed questions about the safety of your funds.
Does Titan Poker Have Any Potential Legal Issues?
Titan left the United States market shortly after the passage of the UIGEA in 2006. While they haven’t gone as far as Party Poker to mend fences with the US Government, it’s unlikely that Titan is of interest to the DOJ due to their post-UIGEA compliance. Titan might have to write a check if they wanted to operate in the US in some future regulatory environment, but there should not be any pending legal threads in the status quo that would impact Titan’s liquidity or financial situation.