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Live Casinos: Expectations vs. Reality

Published: 12th March 2019 16:37

 

Playing at casinos in your area can be amazing with its ambience and in-person interactions. But sometimes, you may want to get the same experience without having to travel for it.

In that case, live casinos can be what you need. Going online to play your favourite casino games can offer you a similar feel. Here’s what you need to know to manage your expectations of live casinos.

What are live casinos?

Live casinos attempt to emulate the feel of playing in a real-world casino. Instead of playing a game run by a faceless computer, live casino games are operated by real humans. Typically, someone will stand in front of a webcam and run the game just like a dealer would in a land-based casino.

When people play on live casinos, they expect an authentic gameplay experience that is true to the real world. So do live casinos deliver? Let's find out.

Are they authentic?

Depending on the operator you chose to play with, you will find varying degrees of authenticity. More often than not, the live dealer will be sitting at a realistic-looking casino table and using physical cards to deal with. Often, these cards will use large print so they can easily be seen on camera.

Most are similar to land-based casinos in that they have a strict dress code for their staff. Generally, the staff also have a strict code of conduct they must abide by. For example, while staff are generally allowed to talk with the players, there may be some restrictions on what they are allowed to talk about.

Generally speaking, you can expect to have an authentic experience when you play on live casinos. The dealers usually look and act as you would expect from a professional dealer.

A good social experience?

A good live casino game should totally emulate the feel of playing in a land-based casino. Not just with the mechanics of the game, but also through the interactions between players and the dealer.

In the majority of cases, a live dealer will not only have a webcam, but they will also have a microphone, enabling all the players to hear them. CasinoGuide.co.uk says that most dealers will talk about the game and make small talk with other players at the table too. Sometimes, other players might have their microphones enabled, or sometimes they might talk through text chat.

Just like in a real casino, live dealer games can have various different atmospheres. Some dealers might crack jokes with the players whereas other dealers might be more serious.

Of course, the experience of playing a live casino game online is never going to be quite the same as sitting down in a real casino. But when it comes to the interaction element, live casino games can come quite close. They are certainly a lot more engaging than playing a game with a soulless computer dealer.

More transparent play

Another expectation you might have about live casinos is that they are more transparent. Since you can actually see the dealer shuffling and dealing the cards, it’s much more difficult for the game to be rigged in any way.

With most live dealer games, you have a full view of the table, often from multiple angles. If the dealer wanted to cheat, it would be quite difficult for them to get away with it.

Compare this to a computer dealer. Of course, operators can guarantee their AI uses a true number generator, but there’s no way to really verify this with your own eyes.

There’s also significantly less potential for foul play from an outside source. A hacker could infiltrate a casino site and influence the outcome of a virtual roulette wheel.

On the other hand, if they wanted to influence the outcome of a physical roulette wheel with a camera pointed at it, they would have a much harder time.

True immersion

Even with the best live dealers in the world, playing a live dealer game on your phone or computer is never going to be immersive as really being in a casino.

If you are lucky enough to own a VR device such as the Oculus Rift, and you want to experience the most authentic casino experience possible from the comfort of your own home, you might want to look into VR casinos. These casinos use VR technology to make it feel like you are actually there in the casino!

Enjoy online games

If you have high hopes for live casinos, you’ll be pleased to know that the reality of them will closely match your expectations. With webcams, microphones, and even VR devices, you’ll feel like you’re right there in the casino with the dealers!

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