Many people enjoy a visit to a land-based casino, whether they’re on a on a trip to Monte Carlo, on a cruise ship or down at their local venue.
However, it is not always possible to just head to the casino and play whenever the mood takes you, meaning there has been a major boom in the online gambling industry. Online casinos offering live dealer games have become hugely popular, giving players the feeling of visiting a real casino from the comfort of their own home or on their mobile device.
What is a live online casino?
Live online casinos use webcam technology to produce video streaming that allows players to replicate much of the experience they would find in a land-based casino.
Most major online casino operators now offer live dealer games including roulette, blackjack, baccarat and poker. Players can watch as the croupier spins the ball around the roulette wheel or perhaps take on the dealer in real time at blackjack.
Whereas online casinos use random number generators to power their games, the live versions allow players to see the action unfold in front of their own eyes. They are the perfect blend of the convenience of online casino play with the additional excitement of land-based casino play.
A live casino studio typically employs at least one cameraman, along with several croupiers and dealers running the various games. Most online casino operators have a television playing in the background to prove that their video feeds are in running in real time.
Live online casinos allow players to play at a time that suits them, with the best operators offering their services 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. Players can even chat with the dealers while the game is happening.
Will the technology develop?
Technology has transformed the online gambling industry over the past few years and it is a trend that seems certain to continue in the future.
Virtual Reality (VR) technology could be the next ‘big thing’ in live online casino games, offering players the chance to play ‘inside’ their favourite casinos around the world. A VR-ready computer and a suitable headset allows the user to travel into a virtual space full of possibilities. Players can even look out of VR casino windows and view the world outside in stunning detail.
With a real live environment, where the player can chat with both the dealer and other players, VR takes online gambling onto another level. Some operators have started to introduce VR, allowing players to enjoy live interactions with the different games to make the whole experience feel like being in a land-based casino.
The convenience of online gambling has resulted in a huge growth in the industry and the increased interaction of live dealer games will only help that to continue over the next few years.