Last updated on March 19th, 2023 at 04:38 pm
It’s a safe gamble to say that the last couple of years has been unlike any other. For the majority of businesses, times were difficult as lockdown forced closure. However, the online casino sector flourished as more gamblers turned online for their gambling fix.
As a relatively new form of online gambling, live casinos represent the action you would expect in a traditional casino from the comfort of your home.
How Does A Live Casino Work?
Reputable online casino sites use the software of leaders in the gaming industry. Expect to see names like Evolution Gaming, NetEnt and Microgaming, among others. What makes live games exciting is that they are run in real-time by a human dealer or croupier.
Players can join a game via a console on their screens and chat using a live chat function with the dealer/croupier and other players at the same table.
Those online casinos that provide their players with real life experience invest heavily in staff and technology. Typically the average online casino studio employs croupiers and dealers, a cameraman, an information technology manager, and a pit boss. The high expenses related to Live dealer casinos directly influence how many live dealer games are on offer.
Most Live online casinos will off roulette, baccarat, and blackjack, with some like Fruity King also offering Live poker (Casino Hold’Em Lobby).
What Makes it All Real
All physical transactions carried out by the dealer (at a Live online casino) are translated into data used by the software. The OCR (Optical Character Recognition) enables players to be part of all the casino action without noticing many differences between a physical venue and an online Live casino. Also, the results of games are determined by a human instead of a Random Number Generator (RNG)*.
*A Random Number Generator used at online casinos determines the roll of virtual dice, deals virtual cards, and spins the virtual reels and wheels of online casinos.
A Live online casino has at least three rooms. The first room is a live studio. The second is a software room, and the last is an analyst room (configurations can vary from casino to casino). Some online casinos offer the option of playing Live games through mobile devices or a TV channel.
Cameras play a vital role in the successful streaming of live games. In Live online casinos, the latest technology made it possible for smaller but more powerful cameras to be used whilst streaming the live feed.
Another component of the Live casino is the Game Control Unit (GCU). Each table has a GCU attached to it that encodes the video broadcast. No live game can operate without the GCU.
If you are betting on Live roulette online, there will be a wheel (roulette). Generally, wheels have built-in sensors that the casino software interfaces with.
Dealers/croupiers are responsible for handling the game and have undergone extensive training. Each action of the dealer/croupier can be tracked by a smart card thanks to advanced technology.
The monitor shows what online players see on their screens. Most cameras have their “blind spots” if you are unwilling to appear on the screen. The monitor helps the dealers/croupiers to keep a track of the bets, either placed or closed. The dealer/croupier can also see the online players.