- Live gaming delivers a visual treat with strong social benefits
- Hi-tech advancements make this the next best thing to a land-based casino
Welcome to the world of live online gaming brought to us by advanced technology and some real human beings.
It’s not always easy to get out to a land-based casino – home commitments, geography and accessibility can make it impossible.
So the opportunity to have this kind of interactive experience is a jewel in the crown of the online casino world and things are getting better and better.
It doesn’t take much scrolling of casino sites to see the number of beautiful ladies and gentlemen bidding you to join a live game, so it won’t be too much of a surprise when you find your dealer is a bit of a stunner.
This element of live play can have its disadvantages though. While it may be pleasant enough in the company of beautiful people, it can actually be quite distracting, so if you want to make some money, you’ll need to keep your focus on your game.
This is the next best thing to the “real” deal. You can interact with the dealer and the other players in social games, making it somewhat of an exclusive party.
WATCH: Some classic live dealer banter with ‘Janis’ at Mr Green Casino.
Plus the dealers are trained to be socially adept and downright lovely to be around, so you might find yourself wanting to stay at this table a whole lot longer than a virtual one.
Expensive production values
Arriving in the live casino, you’ll find atmosphere galore, achieved with glitz, glamour and cutting edge technology. Optical character recognition (OCR) is used to scan the cards, allowing the computer to tell you the value of your hand.
Some casinos have one private table, others have many, meaning you’ll see or hear other games going on at the same time. How much is all this costing, you might well wonder.
The answer is: a lot. So be aware that in order to make it worth their while, casinos are likely to want to make more money on these games, to cover overheads far greater than those required for a virtual set up.
Which leads us on to our last point…
If you’ve found there’s a lot less choice in the realm of live dealer games, now you know why. They are seriously pricey and take a lot of time, effort and manpower to set up, so while casinos offer a good range, they limit what’s on offer to avoid extra spend.
It’s fine if no one’s playing a virtual game, but if you’re paying a live dealer and camera crew and no punters are playing, it’s a money-eating pointless exercise.
As with anything involving live streaming, playing these games will eat up data, so do make sure you have a comprehensive and reliable WiFi connection (any drop outs would make this really frustrating), or if you’re using mobile data, that you have a seriously generous allowance.
For more information on the best casinos for live play, check out our great guide to live casinos.
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