Live Dealer Online
Casino Games Catching On Fast
by Devon Chappell, News Staff Writer
February 4, 2009
Live dealer online gambling is thriving these days as
more traditional online gaming providers expand their
operations and services. Until now, a small handful of
software developers and online casino providers, namely
those under the Playtech brand, have offered a limited
number of live dealer games. But as an increasing number
of players begin to get wind of this innovative form of
online gambling, more companies are beginning to offer
live dealer solutions to their players.
No stranger to live dealer online gambling, MediaLive
Casino has recently announced an apparent "first" in the
live gaming sector. The Malta-based company says they
are now hosting live Texas Hold'em Poker, and
broadcasting the table action via webcams from its Malta
gaming studio. On show at the recent International
Gaming Expo (IGE) in London, MediaLive also announced
they are working on developing more live dealer online
casino games, including Chemin de Fer and Baccarat.
Also at IGE was the London-based Lucky 8 Ltd., which
has apparently secured the first and only license (thus
far) from the UK Gambling Commission to offer live
dealer games via its website. Broadcasting live video
feeds from its Birmingham card room, Lucky8 currently
offers Baccarat, Blackjack and Roulette, which just so
happen to be the three casino games most commonly
offered by live dealer online casinos.
Playtech Software, for example, offers live dealer
Baccarat, Blackjack and Roulette (as well as Sic Bo).
Their selection of Baccarat games is especially
impressive. In fact, Playtech was the first to offer VIP
Baccarat via advanced video streaming technology.
Complete with Baccarat score cards, real time game
history feeds (on demand video playback and up to 3 shoe
histories), Playtech allows Baccarat high rollers to tip
the dealer, interact in live chat and "squeeze the
cards" as they say. Equally impressive is Playtech's
selection of Baccarat variations, including 7 Seat
Baccarat, Mini Baccarat, Progressive and Japanese
Baccarat. To see them for yourself, OCS recommends the
live dealer casino games at Golden Palace Casino.
I suppose its also worth mentioning that all the
dealers are young, exotic, beautiful women. Obviously,
the live online casino sector is catering to men, not to
mention anybody who just doesn't trust software
platforms or who wants the closest experience possible
to the real thing in the casino. And despite the higher
operating costs on the operators end, more live dealer
online casinos are going to be seeking larger crowds.