What are Live Casino Online Games?
Not many in the gambling fraternity have not tried playing through the many online casinos. You can download the site to your own computer, or play in your browser, or even now instal apps enabling you to play on any of your mobile devices. These options are so convenient, they have taken the gambling world by storm.
But there is also an acknowledged need to cater for those who do wish to gamble from wherever they choose to, but miss the frontline action of being on the casino floor, and the personal touch of interacting with real dealers, not the computer-generated dealing and shuffling that is part and parcel of the virtual games.
Online casino operators have responded with the commissioning of Live Casino Games. Software providers have stepped up, and the result is a hybrid of virtual and real games, using studios, or real life casino floors, with the live dealers at their heart.
Live Casino Online Games -The Live Dealers
The live dealer is so much the leader of the Live Casino Games experience, the realism and the theatre, that some providers have renamed them ‘presenters’.
Live dealers are now specially trained to rule in this hybrid format. They must manage the game with virtual players by means of real-time chat, make sure all the usual casino rules and regulations are still adhered to, and remain professional and friendly at all times, as they would on the real casino floor.
Live Casino Online Games -The Games
The sheer demand for Live Casino Games, with live dealers, meant that the classic favourites very quickly appeared as live games; Roulette, Blackjack, Baccarat, and Poker.
Popularity has continued to grow, and has inspired the larger software developers to keep coming out with new formats every few months. Additional games now include: Caribbean Stud Poker, Hi-Lo, Sic Bo, Bet on Baccarat, Bet on Poker, Casino Hold’Em, Ultimate Texas Hold’Em, 3 Card Poker, Dragon Tiger, Craps, and Russian Poker. Some casinos also offer Keno, and lotteries live.
Live Casino Online Games – The Providers
Providers of the live games software are now in two groups. There are the already established, and massively popular software providers, who have quickly expanded their range to include this new software; and there is another group of new contenders, who have sprung up to supply what has become a niche market with it’s own growth trajectory.
So, depending on which online casino you choose to play in, you will have access to games by the established giants; Microgaming, Net Entertainment, and BetConstruct for instance. Or you may be offered games from the new entries, such as; Global Gaming Labs, Xpro Gaming, Evolution Gaming, Wirex, Visionary iGaming, Extreme Live Gaming, Media Live, Actual Gaming, Ezugi, Authentic Gaming, and Vivo Gaming.
If you are in Asia, the market is well advanced, with suppliers such as Asia Live Tech, Opus Gaming, and Asia Gaming, providing games such as; Xoc Dia, Sic Bo, Dragon/Tiger, Fan Tan, Roulette, and sometimes Baccarat.
Live Casino Online Games - Studio or Real Casino?
Top providers have honed their product to the point where, as well as playing ‘live’ in a set up studio, you can now choose to play in real time as part of a real physical casino.
Games like Baccarat and Roulette, that have no limit on how many can play, are best suited to streaming from a real casino floor, and this option has become particularly popular with higher stakes players, who feel more comfortable with the extra trust factors, such as brand recognition, they can identify with on a real floor. It is a larger investment on a casino’s part to provide dedicated tables to live online players, but this is the next level, and allows the casino to add their own individual customisation, and also allows virtual players to chat with one another.
Most players are choosing to play in custom studios, and this is more cost effective for the casinos, as they can share access to the studios.
Often casinos will hold licenses with more than one licensing jurisdiction, as this means they can offer their games in more countries. Added to this, they may partner up with other casinos, to get access to a larger range of games, and to offer the games in more countries.
Licensing restrictions can limit player access. For instance, The UK introduced the UKGC Licensing Scheme, which meant a number of companies left, and their games are no longer available in the UK.
So while you will find a huge number of locations to play live, it is limited by any licensing restrictions applicable.
Choosing Where To Play
Probably the main factor that will influence your choice of where to play, is the software providers who are aligned to that casino, or group of casinos. Each software supplier has unique elements to their games, which in turn influence the type of experience you will have while playing them.
Here’s just a small taste of what is available out there: Asian dealers are available particularly through Microgaming’s Philippine studios, and Playtech’s Asian studios; European style studios, with a more elegant feel, are available through Extreme Live Gambling, Net Entertainment, Media Live, Wirex, Evolution, Playtech, and Lucky Streak; For a Latin feel, try Global Gaming Labs, Xpro Gaming, Visionary iGaming, Ezugi, and Vivo Gaming.
Keep looking until you find what suits you. One size does not fit all.