How Technology is Influencing the Way People Gamble

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BetMGM Sep 10, 2021, 11:49 AM

Technology determines a lot about the way we live our lives and interact with others. Platforms, such as social networks, have changed the way we interact with our friends and families. New technology in online gaming and streaming has changed the way we experience the gambling industry.  

Since the beginning, the gambling industry has always had to embrace technological developments to remain relevant and accessible to its clients. Particularly new RNG technology in slot machines, in brick and mortar casinos, or the latest security software to ensure the safety of clients in the online gambling industry. Everybody is online these days, and so naturally, the gambling industry had to adapt. New technologies allow us to experience online casinos in ways that get as close to the experience of being in a land-based casino, without actually having to be there. VR casinos, live casinos and augmented reality all play a part in creating an immersive, fun and safe environment for players to get lost in.

Today, you can gamble on your phone, or any mobile device that you carry around with you. This means that you can gamble wherever and whenever you want. If you want to have a quick game of poker or blackjack, during your commute to work, just open your casino games app of choice and have at it. Technology is changing constantly, and so is the online gambling industry. Here, we take a look at a few of the innovative technologies that are changing the gambling industry and the way that we play.

Virtual Reality

Gamer wearing vr glasses headset, holding gaming controller

For the last 20 years, virtual reality technology has slowly been working its way into the mainstream of online gambling and gaming. Today, this technology is much more advanced and is capable of creating entire worlds that players can be truly and fully immersed in. VR Casinos are already available online. With the right equipment, you could sit down on your couch, put your headset on and instantly be transported to a seat at a poker table with other players around you. You can share the experience with other players at the table, chat and try to read their tells – which isn’t possible playing conventional online casino games. You might get tired of being at the table, get up and take a walk around the casino, and look for a slot machine that catches your eye.

The possibilities are virtually endless with VR. With headsets that are able to be produced and sold at a reasonable price, you could visit some of the most popular and populated online casinos, with all your friends, whenever you want to, all from the comfort of your own home.

Augmented Reality

Online poker game, with the poker player coming out of the computer screen

Augmented reality has been creeping up behind virtual reality over the last decade or so. AR’s big break finally came, it managed to make it big in the mainstream with a mobile game called Pokémon GO. AR has become one of the biggest new technologies used by casinos to create new ways of experiencing casino games. Augmented reality has changed the way that players experience the games they play, by evoking real emotions through player to player interaction.

AR visually alters the real world to provide additional information by displaying a captured image through an overlay. It’s a fancy way of saying that AR adds to what your camera shows you, in the real world, by adding images and interactivity to whatever it is seeing. 

One of the best examples of a casino game that can be transformed by AR is bingo. AR Bingo can be played on any device that has a camera, which everyone has in their phones. Iit can be played whenever and wherever you are. The AR display in your mobile casino app can guide you to other players, in the real world, that are located around you and are hosting or looking for a game of bingo. The app would be able to project a bingo card onto any surface that you point your camera at. Add in software that draws numbers and you’ve got yourself a mobile AR Bingo game that you can carry around in your pocket.

Artificial Intelligence

Close up of poker player with playing cards, tablet device and chips at green casino table

These days, Artificial Intelligence is one of the first things people tend to think of when speaking about the developments in technology. AI is becoming increasingly mainstream and more common in our daily lives. Sophisticated AI software is being implemented in the online gambling industry in a number of ways, including your experience and interaction with online casino games.

Some online casinos use AI to streamline your experience while using their site. They analyze your activity, tailor your experience and suggest games that align with your tastes. An AI can simply analyze the types of games you play, how long you play them for and what kinds of bets you typically make. It then suggests new casino games that it thinks you will enjoy based on that information.

Live casino games are becoming incredibly popular in online casinos, and not far behind that is the AI dealer. The levels of immersion are taken to another level in an online casino when your dealer knows your name, remembers the last time you played and what it was that you spoke about the last time you were there. Artificial Intelligence is a learning machine that constantly develops and trains itself while it interacts with you.

We are Always Changing

Technology is always changing, and the world around us will change with it. As new technologies are brought into the mainstream, they will affect our lives and the way we live and interact with others. Online casinos will continue to innovate and work with new technologies, so that they can create better and more immersive experiences for their players. It also means casino games will change and become more engaging.

In a few years, we may even see VR and AR as archaic technologies that can’t hold a candle to the new and exciting ways we have to interact with games and each other. You can bet that your favorite online gambling sites will be finding ways to put that new technology to use. They will surely be creating the most entertaining environment possible for you to play in. If you are excited about the future of technology, and the future of online casinos, then why not get online and try out some of our new casino games at BetMGM?

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