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Big in 2010: Live Dealer Games

30 December 2010 by admin

This is part of a series that will look back at who and what was big in the online gambling world in the year 2010. Earlier parts of the Big in 2010 series can be found here.

live-dealer-blackjackOnline gambling had a big year in 2010, with many companies and the industry as a whole making money despite the global recession. Playing casino games online has a lot of advantages, such as saving on other costs (travel, lodging, tipping, etc.) and reducing distractions (stage shows, loud games, etc.). Despite its many advantages, though, one thing that online casinos have always lacked has been the human interaction of playing with or against real dealers.

live_dealer_contentThat is why many casinos this year decided to add live dealer games to their websites. While it’s not exactly the same as interacting face to face with a real person, this is the next best thing. With live dealer casino games, players enter a table that is connected to a video feed of a live dealer. The dealer then deals the cards, operates the roulette wheel and more and the actions seen in the video correlate to the computer-generated actions affecting the player. For example, if the dealer in the live video deals an ace, the computer program would give that player an ace.

live-dealers-32redAt some online casinos, the live dealer is given a microphone and, if you have a mic of your own, you can talk to the dealer in real time. At other casinos, you can use an IM or chat feature to communicate with the dealer. Other casinos don’t have either, in which case you can only watch the dealer while you play. That’s actually not so bad, because I’ve yet to find an unattractive dealer.

Party Casino is one casino that offers live dealers and they are available for blackjack, baccarat and roulette. At many casinos, the live dealer tables are available around the clock and with hundreds of dealers, there is usually no wait for one.

While watching a video feed of a live dealer still isn’t the same as stepping onto a casino floor and playing in person, it’s the closest we can get online, at least for now. I expect more and more casinos to add live dealer games to their collections, meaning that although live dealer games were already big in 2010, they might be even bigger in 2011.

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