Live dealer games, or live dealer casinos, operate exactly as the name implies – in real live time. But instead of sitting in a physical casino, you participate through the use of live video streaming which enables you to see the card dealing or ball launching action as it happens. With this added dimension, virtual casinos manage to bring a human element to your online gambling experience, as you will also be able to interact with not only the dealers, but with the fellow players at your table as well! So in effect, live dealer games give online casino players the best of both worlds – privacy and convenience on the one hand, and social interaction on the other.
There are three different types of live dealer casinos:
Dealer studios are the most common live dealer casinos to be found on the net. The casino action is streamed from a studio which has been built specifically to host live dealer games. The elements involved, i.e. lighting, cameras, interaction and customization, have all been optimized for online play.
In these cases, actual land based casinos are equipped with recording systems, so games are recorded and streamed live right from the casino floor. This means the virtual you will be seated next to an actual live player and you will be able to chat to him or her, the dealers and the croupiers.
Broadcasted games are live dealer games that are cast over the internet as well as cable TV. This means you have the option of either playing from your television or personal computer. As in both other cases, all the action is delivered to you in real time.
The following options are readily available for play at any live dealer casino:
To keep things interesting, game variations and other options are also available. Such as:
Technically speaking you should be able to stream and play any table game a land based casino has to offer. View the casino’s game page to see what is available.
Live dealer games present the following notable differences: