Live Dealer Casinos
Online casinos need live dealer games in order to provide a fully rounded gambling experience. Unless you are simply targeting slots players, the regular online versions of blackjack, baccarat and roulette are not going to satisfy every table game fan. Why live casino? Read on.
The essence of the audio-visual thrill when spinning reels CAN be captured in an online casino. Though it may not exactly replicate the nostalgic sensation of physically popping £1 coins into the slot and seeing the machine light up in front of your very eyes, the colours and sounds still produce an exhilarating experience.
When you think of slots, you think of that guy parking his pint by the pub fruity, maybe two minutes later hearing that shower of gold coins blending somewhat seamlessly into the background chatter and hum of music over muffled speakers.
Or, perhaps, you see the ground floor of a vast Las Vegas hotel, and rows upon rows of grey haired, pastel clad Americans planted on swivel stools with a cup of coins in hand, transfixed by the blinking screen in front of them. This is because slots, at their crux, are a solitary pleasure.
However, when it comes to table games, it is more difficult to capture the sophisticated communal experience of the bricks and mortar casino. Live dealer casino games go some way to achieving what people love about table games in the first place.
A live, real life dealer that you can message and interact with will become your new favourite person. You “sit” at the table with fellow players – there’s a sense of community and competition that you just don’t get in regular casino games.
Some players, no matter how hard we try and reassure them, are not convinced of the fairness and randomness of online games. The concept of placing trust and money into a random number generating robot isn’t for everyone. Having a real life croupier, human and tangible, is a much more appealing prospect.
Live Casino History
The concept of live dealer casino games has probably been around longer than you may think (as far as Playtech in 2003). However, if you can remember dialling up the modem to get onto the internet, you’ll remember that just browsing the internet was a cloying experience, let alone live streaming. So it didn’t exactly take off at first.
Yet developers persevered and as mainstream internet capability improved, so did the live dealer experience. Microgaming took up the mantle, but it was Evolution Gaming’s pioneering approach that fashioned a second-to-none live casino experience. This has contributed to their status as market leaders and the largest live casino operator in Europe. (Youtube Video)
Live Games and How they work
Blackjack is probably the most common live dealer experience, cementing its status as the Western world’s primary casino banking game. The live version, conceptually, is a virtual equivalent to the real-life experience. There is a dealer sat at an empty table. In a red dress, or a dickie-bow and waistcoat they clasp their hands, palms down, in front of them. To their left (your right) is a perspex shoe, regularly shuffled and slightly slanting towards a dull red light emanating from the table. This, you will soon learn, is a barcode scanner, and each card contains a code which feeds into the computer system and ensures that little can be left to human error.
The house rules are emblazoned across the faux felt table, and digitally superimposed “Sit here” buttons welcome the player to their live dealer experience. Take a seat, perhaps type in a pithy welcome message to the dealer or your neighbour with the instant messenger application. When everyone has taken their seats, the dealer deals. The game ensues.
Another popular live dealer game is the East’s answer to Blackjack, Baccarat; the most popular game in the soaring casinos of Macau. Unlike Blackjack, there aren’t limited seats at the table – as many people as necessary can place their bets on the “banker” or the “player”. You can join anytime. Baccarat is a much more quick-fire game than Blackjack, and some of the best live dealer operators incorporate some quite dynamic camera cuts to emphasise the speed and thrill.
Likewise, Roulette is a popular live casino game. Although the dealer and the mechanical wheel are your constants, the player has some control when it comes to the spatial geography of the game. Either you can replicate the 2D betting layout of the regular online game, or something approaching a 3D digital recreation of what the table layout would look like in a land casino.
Live Casinos may also offer variations of poker where you player against the dealer such as Casino Hold’em and Caribbean Stud.
Trust us, these dealers are no slouches. If you’ve watched any of the multitude of amusing youtube videos capturing the antics of players and dealers alike on a live casino, you’ll know that they add a lot of value and colour to the online gambling experience.
The dealers share many attributes with their bricks-and-mortar counterparts:
– They undergo intensive training in an academy like environment
– They must look and dress sharp
– They work flexible 8 hour shifts that complement the 24/7 schedule – Sunrise, Sunset and Graveyard
A majority of live dealers are based in studios out of Latvia and Malta. Multiple casinos will source their live dealer games from companies like Evolution and their studios. Some of the larger, more well-known casinos will even strike deals so that their live games are bespoke and branded.
Unlike most online casino games, you tend not to be able to play for free and if it is your first time, you may feel a bit anxious to jump right in to a real money game. Our advice would be to get onto youtube now, and observe videos uploaded by real players playing real live casino games. They are informative, often hilarious and sure to give you the confidence to sign up and try it for yourself.