Live Dealer Games
The blurring lines between reality and virtuality, between the online and the real worlds, is leading to incredible leaps in what technology can offer us. And the online casino world is taking full advantage of the latest innovations.
While video meetings are all the range at the moment, remote business meetings that are take place over computers and laptops, the technology has been prominent in the online casino world for a while now – and it’s one of the coolest ways of having a full on, real casino experience from wherever in the world you happen to be.
While online casinos are awesome at offering players a variety of games to get their thrill on, there has always been a vocal crowd that has favoured land-based casinos for the in real life action of interacting with a dealer.
Well, Live Dealer games are here to show the naysayers that you can have all the glitz, glamour and gaming of a brick-and-mortar casino right from the comfort of your couch – and you don’t even need to get out of your PJs.
What are Live Dealer Games?
Live Dealer games are your favourite online casino games – with an in-the-flesh dealer. Think online poker, online roulette, online baccarat, online blackjack but instead of the video or digital version you are actually playing at a real table with real cards and real wheels and a real dealer.
It’s the convenience of online casinos with the live-action experience of being in a brick-and-mortar casino.
How do Live Dealer games work?
The rules of the games are the exact same as in a land-based casino.
The actual playing mechanics are a little different.
Instead of getting dressed up, jumping in the car, driving to a petrol station to fill up, driving to a casino, looking for parking, paying for parking, walking through the crowds, paying for a quick takeaway, walking through the crowds, finding a table, waiting for a space at the table, sitting down and playing – you log in, find your game and get playing.
Live Dealer games work with web cam technology to put you at the table with attractive, professional dealers so you can enjoy a real casino experience in comfort.
Together with cutting edge card reader technology and the usual security from pit bosses and cameras, the web cam technology ensures you have a safe, trusted and incredibly exciting game in real time with real people.
There is even a chat function for any banter you may want to partake with the dealer.
What online Live Dealer games are available?
Live Dealer games work best with table games and these are definitely the majority of games on offer: blackjack, poker, roulette, baccarat, mah jong and craps are the favourites but certain online casinos also offer speciality games like Win and Spin.
Take a look at our individual Live Dealer pages here to find out more about the games on offer:
Which online casinos offer Live Dealer games?
Live Dealer games are quite expensive to set up and run. The initial outlay on creating an attractive games room, the equipment (wheels, tables, specially designed cards, cameras, software), the finding and training of dealers and the running of the system all adds up. For this reason, only the real top online casinos offer Live Dealer games.
Thankfully, the Guru has checked out which online casinos will give South African players the best online Live Dealer games
Are Live Dealer games fair?
As long as you are playing at a properly licensed online casino – yes. The security around Live dealer games, physical and digital, is top notch. Apart from the pit bosses who keep an eye on the dealers, there are cameras that record every hand and spin. There is also a very cutting-edge software system that reads each card as it is drawn to record and display the results quickly for the players. Added to the impartial gaming software itself, these measures ensure you have a fair and secure online Live Dealer gaming experience.
Can I see other online Live Dealer players, and can they see me?
No, and absolutely not. The camera works one way – you can see the dealer and the online Live Dealer room but no one can see you. It is still a good idea to make sure your camera is switched off or covered though – just so Facebook can’t track your activities! There is a monitor/screen that allows the dealer to see any comments or chats from players.
The Guru says:
Live Dealer games are the next stage in the evolution of online gaming. The spirit and atmosphere of a land-based casino, the thrill of real cards and tables, the social aspect of dealing with real people – but all from the comfort of your own home! Relaxed, safe, stress-free.