If you have ever
been cautious about gambling over the internet - lest
online casino software is rigged to produce unfair
odds - making bets at a live online casino (ala live
dealers) may be a feasible alternative if you still seek
to place bets from the comfort of your home. While there
certainly are steps you can take to confirm if an online
casino can be trusted or not, namely confirming the
software platform used and regulation jurisdiction which
the operator holds its license, playing at a live casino
has its perks.
In Europe, live
dealer online casinos are more common than elsewhere in
the world. Case in point are the multitude of new
satellite channel shows sprouting up, which are
dedicated to taking real-time bets. The latest to go on
the airwaves is NetPlay TV's "Live Roulette", which is
scheduled to go live on the free digital satellite
television service, Freesat, later this week.
Channel 851, which is dedicated to airing live
roulette action, the new show simply allows viewers
to place bets over the internet via LiveRoulette.com,
and watch the results of their wager in real time over
the telly. Bettors can also call a telephone number to
make bets. It's remote betting at its finest, and is
growing increasingly popular with people who like
wagering from their homes, but still seek the reality of
the land-based casino.
Whether its the
comfort factor of seeing real people and and a real
roulette wheel, or just another manifestation of the
reality television craze, live dealer online casinos are
thriving. And so is satellite television. If you haven't
heard already, Freesat is a joint venture between ITV
and the BBC, and aside from purchasing the equipment
necessary to broadcast the satellite signal, is an
entirely free service available to 98% of UK households.
It offers 80 free digital channels at the moment, and is
expected to offer 200 channels by 2009.