There have been some pretty amazing advances in technology over the last decade or so, which has only led to great things for the world of online gaming. One of the most exciting additions to this technological lineup is the introduction of online streaming and live dealers. For the first time ever, online casinos are able to replicate a traditional brick-and-mortar casino experience with all the benefits of online gaming.
Where computer random number generators (RNG) used to deal cards or spin the roulette wheel, now real-life humans can carry out the same tasks via a live video link. This live-stream advancement allows players to digitally interact with live dealers as well as other players at the table, delivering the perfect blend of live action and real communication for players who prefer to play from the comfort of their own homes.
Live dealers also allow for greater levels of trust from the player, as it means they can watch the physical shuffling of the cards or the roll of the dice; whereas before the outcome of a game was hugely reliant on RNG software. Players would naturally become suspicious of casinos rigging software in their favor, so the natural next step was to bring the game back to a human reality.
So, how does it work?
Well, if you want to try your hand at playing with a live dealer, first you need to make sure you have a fast and reliable internet connection. Live streaming is great, but if it freezes every five minutes, you might find yourself pulling your hair out. It is also a good idea to check that you have the correct software installed on your phone or computer so that the program runs smoothly. Then you simply need to choose a game! While the selection of games available is quite limited now, it is still possible to play live blackjack, craps and roulette, and it is likely that as demand for live dealers increases, so will the selection of games available.
Once you have made your game selection, a dealer will appear on your screen. They are usually located in a studio rather than a real casino as these setups are better for controlling noise levels in the room. Using a live chat option, you will be able to directly converse with the dealer and sometimes other players at the table, which is great if you are looking for the social element of a real casino.
If you are playing blackjack, the dealer will lay out the cards after they have been scanned through optical character recognition (OCR), and if you are playing roulette, the characters are also scanned through the same system. This software translates the symbols and characters from the card or roulette wheel into data which is then coded and sent to your device, allowing you to make your next move. As you watch the live action unfold, players can relax in the knowledge that everything happening in front of them is real.
These real-time interactions mean that players can keep track of gameplay more effectively, and can also seek to improve their game by observing the actions of the dealer and trying to get into the croupier’s mindset. Of course, it is always possible that a dealer can make a human error, which is one of the downsides to playing with live dealers. While unusual, it has been known that dealers slip up when shuffling or dealing cards, so it’s super important to analyze their every move and remember not to bet your entire life savings on a whim.
While online casinos still have a long way to go in terms of providing the ultimate gaming experience, live dealers are certainly a step in the right direction. Now that recreating the atmospheric high of a big win from the comfort of your own home is a reality, who knows what the next stage in online gaming could be? So, what are you waiting for?