Live casinos are online casino rooms where the game is operated not by software, but by a real human dealer. The game is broadcast by video, through the internet, to every casino user interested in it. In a live casino, players can place their bets and win real money prizes, just like in a brick-and-mortar casino.
Why a Live Casino?
The online casino was an incredible innovation. In the nineties, when the internet was developing, the first internet-based casino platforms came along and disrupted a long-established industry. Players did not have to go to a brick-and-mortar casino anymore. Now they could access a gaming platform from their computers. For those seeking a little fun and the thrill of being close to winning a big prize, it was perfect.
But for some players, something was lacking. Part of the emotion of the casino relies on human interaction. It can be going there with friends, to feel the excitement of strangers gathered around a blackjack table or facing the dealer (or “croupier”) of the house. Those players considered the online casino as a cold, virtual substitute for the real thing.
The phenomenon is not exclusive of casino gaming, of course. The debate about the virtualization of our societies, with some people complaining about the reliance on machines vs. the loss of human interaction, is widespread.
Online casinos are a great alternative to traditional ones. But for people who think they resemble videogames too much, the gaming companies came up with the live casino as a solution.
How It Works
The live casino concept can be applied to every game where a dealer is commanding the operations. Basically, it’s for every game except the slot machines.
Let’s have the example of live roulette. Entering a live roulette room, you’ll see an actual, physical roulette wheel and a human croupier. Insert your bets live, and watch the software uphold them. Then, the croupier will close the bets, spin the wheel, and deliver the result. Your eventual winnings will be deposited in your player account.