Every online casino has a wide range of slots. However, the iGaming sector’s most innovative developments are going in a different direction. Live dealer games are enjoying increasing popularity (and revenues) as more and more operators realize what they bring to the table.
There are a few types of online casino live dealer games. The format originated with straightforward casino games broadcast over the internet, but has since evolved to take advantage of available technology in order to create new gaming experiences.
Classic Casino Games
Some types of games with live dealers are classic casino games hosted in a studio or on a casino floor with a camera set up in front of the dealer. Improvements in data speeds and streaming quality mean developers can broadcast live casino games to players’ computers or mobiles. Live dealer games became more popular as players realized that they recreated the social aspect of the casino experience by allowing them to chat with the dealers and the other players.
Many live dealer studios provide live versions of some of the world’s most popular card games. These can include poker, baccarat, blackjack, as well as the baccarat variant dragon tiger. Poker variants like Texas Hold ‘em and Stud can also be found. There are also variants of blackjack, like Common Draw Blackjack, Early Payout Blackjack, and Infinite Blackjack, which has an unlimited number of players.
Games of Chance
Craps and dice duel are both popular dice games that are commonly offered by live dealer game studios. The classic, simple game Sic Bo can also easily be found. Many live dealer studios offer both the American and Eruopean versions of roulette, the famous casino game with a single ball and a spinning wheel. Of course, for players who love their slots no matter what, some studios offer live dealer slots.
Lotteries and other lottery-style games are widely offered by live dealer studios. Bingo, lotto, keno all come in live versions where players can experience the excitement of watching the dealer call out the winning combinations.
Classic Casino Games With a Twist
Some developers have found ways to incorporate other elements of iGaming into their live dealer products, putting a new spin on an old game. For example, Evolution Gaming's Lightning Roulette and Lightning Dice add stunning visuals while incorporating the random number generator that online slot players are already familiar with. After players place their bets, one or several of the possibilities are struck at random by “lightning”, adding a large multiplier if the player’s choice is struck and then the player wins.
Pioneering New Forms of Gaming
Some developers are using the live dealer format to stretch the boundaries of what’s possible, taking the opportunity to lead the pack instead of joining it. Instead of restraining themselves to traditional games, they’re developing entirely new types of gaming.
The best example is Deal or No Deal Live, from groundbreaking developer Evolution Gaming, which recreates the experience of the famous game show in a format designed to accommodate a limitless number of online players. The multilevel game culminates in a round where players guess whether the dealer’s offer is higher or lower than the amount of money contained in a briefcase, just like the famous TV game show.
Evolution Gaming has even integrated an augmented reality bonus game into their MONOPOLY Live money wheel, blending online and offline elements to create another unique new gaming experience. Both Deal or No Deal Live and MONOPOLY Live represent the capacity the live dealer format has to shape the future of iGaming.
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