A new trend in online gambling is online casinos with live dealer casino games. This trend is still quite expensive for the majority of casino operators, but for sure others will follow soon. Online casino players will benefit from both new entertainment and gambling options.
Online casinos with live dealer casino games are still very expensive for the gambling business.
In a typical online casino a simple server will handle hundreds and thousands of casino players, but for live dealer casino games it is more of a hassle. To run a business, it is necessary to have a premises, special equipment (video cameras, real casino tables, etc.), smart dealers, powerful servers for video coding, equipment for broadcasting videos online. All of that, of course, increases the cost of live dealer casino games many times over. That is why online casinos offer their players only a limited number of games with live dealers. Apart from that the game will be the most popular. One more thing that worries the gambling business more than the costs of the game is the belief in the honesty of online casino gaming. Most players believe that there is more chance of beating an online casino with live dealer roulette or blackjack casino games than with a pure computer dealer simulation.
And one more important issue is whether games are suitable for video performances.
Perhaps, the most popular casino games are slots (slot machines). Basically, it’s easy to make a video version of the slot: install the camera in front of the slot machine, roll out unlimited reels and it’s all good. But players prefer slots because of their variety. They hardly want a single slot, but many of those slots are too expensive for a casino. Besides online casino video slots are the same as analog offline. The online casino with live dealer casino games does not offer slot games.
A somewhat different situation with one of the most famous and popular games – roulette.
The nature of the game looks perfect for live dealer games. Despite the popularity of “live” roulette has several advantages over computer one. First of all, if a player loses money, it is easy to blame the online casino for manipulating the game for the good of the casino by making use of rigged software. Live roulette allows for the removal of doubts. Additionally some professional players are able to increase their odds by identifying the mechanical irregularities of the wheel, tracking the dealer’s hand turning the wheel, how to throw the ball, etc.
It’s technically easy to run an online casino with live dealer roulette games. A casino only needs one table with a web camera attached. And indeed, in reality it will be inconvenient for several gamblers to play at one table, there is no place to stand, the stake area is limited. Live roulette allows a number of gamblers.
Blackjack, perhaps, has somewhat dominated over roulette in its popularity. In blackjack the dominance of the casino is much less than in roulette which is why some houses prefer to underestimate it artificially. Playing blackjack with a player’s live dealer is capable of significantly multiplying the chances of winning with the help of card counting.
In online casinos the packages are scrambled after each deal (computers do this in fractions of a second). But playing live dealer blackjack as well as in offline casinos nearly half of the eight decks are played which gives the opportunity to count cards. But unlike roulette there is a problem with blackjack – it is technically more complex.
Everything is simple in roulette: a gambler bets and waits for the result, after which he bets again etc. In blackjack every player in the course of the game makes a decision whether to take more cards or double. It depends on the decision what cards the dealer will open, how many points the dealer and the gambler will have.
As a result, live dealer blackjack becomes a copy of the game in an offline casino – multiple tables for 5-8 players, after each player completes his hand, the dealer will complete his hand, and then either pays or collects the player’s bet. Turns out the games are quite expensive for a casino. Nevertheless, live blackjack is available at many online casinos.