The Exploding Popularity of Live Dealer Games

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BetMGM Feb 09, 2021, 4:43 AM
A female casino dealer is ready to start a game.

It may be obvious that online casinos offer a different experience over a real-life, brick-and-mortar venue, but what if we told you that there are games that attempt to recreate the experience of a live casino but online? You might call us mad, but that’s exactly what live dealer games attempt to do. Let’s take a look at these online casino games by unpacking what they are, how they work, and why they’re becoming so popular.

What are live dealer games, and why are more people playing them?

In many online casino games, the player interacts with what is essentially a video-game version of different gambling games, including experiences usually hosted by a dealer. While this may sound like paradise to some, others who enjoy the live casino ambiance but who are unable to get to a casino for whatever reason may find this digital substitute less than appealing. Thankfully for these players, there are live dealer games to address the growing need for a more realistic, social experience.

A live dealer game attempts to recreate the energy and experience of a real casino by connecting the player to a real human dealer. This dealer is usually situated in a studio environment, which is designed to create the illusion that the game is taking place in an actual, physical casino (in some cases, the game really is hosted at one). The game is live-streamed via high-definition video to the player’s device, where they can interact with the dealer via text or voice chat. These games usually have multiple HD video streams, so the player can enjoy the game from multiple perspectives.

A dealer places cards on a casino game table.

The dealer not only hosts the game, but also reads the messages and/or listens to the voice chat of those playing online, and interacts with them as if they were sitting at their table in the room. This helps meet the social need that many players don’t get from some online casino games. 

The live dealer can also help players during the game, providing a certain level of support, not least learning how to play the game. In this way, live dealer games can also be seen as a bridge between brick-and-mortar casinos and online casinos, as well as an extra layer of legitimacy for players who are new to playing online. 

For example, someone who is an experienced casino goer may be interested in virtual casinos, but may be less confident about just diving into games without something they’re familiar with, or without assistance from an actual person they can see and talk to. Live-dealer games give them an opportunity to “dip their toes” into the world of online casino gaming, without leaving behind everything they know from a regular casino, as well as providing them with someone who can offer support if required. 

In a world where we find ourselves staying indoors more than we might like, live dealer games also provide us with the ability to connect with something we may not be able to enjoy at a real-world casino, at least for now. 

While these games are accessible on different devices, it’s advisable to play them on machines with large viewing areas, as it may be difficult to view everything you need otherwise – but see how you get on.

What live dealer games can you play?

A close-up of a bingo cage filled with numbered bingo balls.

There are many live dealer games available. Here are some of the different types of games you can enjoy:

  • Card games – Games like baccarat, blackjack, poker (and its many variants such as Texas Hold’em and 3-card poker) are some of the most popular live dealer card games. If you’d like to play poker online but aren’t interested in regular online poker, live dealer games are likely to scratch your competitive itch.
  • Table games – If you’re a fan of games such as roulette, craps, or other table games, you’re likely to be able to find at least some of your favorite table games on offer with a live croupier. While you may not be able to hold the dice in your own hands in games like craps, at the very least you’ll be able to watch a real person roll on your behalf.
  • Lottery and variety games – Perhaps the easiest games to offer as a live dealer are lottery and variety games. Games such as bingo, lotto, and keno can all be easily translated to a live dealer format, as they don’t require as much player interaction as others we’ve discussed.

Excellent live dealer game providers

Here are just a few of the fantastic game developers that help provide live casino fans with the great experiences they enjoy at digital casinos every day:

  • Microgaming – The first entry on our list was one of the first live dealer game providers, and is also known for its forays into other popular digital casino game genres. The company launched Live Baccarat in 2006 and has since expanded to include other titles including Live Roulette, Live Blackjack, and many more.
  • Evolution Gaming – This developer is a specialist in the live dealer gaming space, and was founded in 2006. It has taken home numerous industry awards for its live dealer platform, software, and games, and has expanded its development across many locations, including Belgium, Romania, and Belarus.
  • Playtech – Playtech offers players a variety of experiences, including live dealer games. The company owns one of the largest live dealer studios in the world, with an 8,500 square meter studio in Riga, Latvia, being the heart of its live casino-game operations.
  • XPG – Otherwise known as X Pro Gaming, XPG is another European studio that offers players the chance to enjoy traditional live dealer games including blackjack, baccarat, and roulette, as well as games such as Wheel of Fortune, Dragon Tiger, and Sic Bo.
  • Vivo Gaming – While not one of the first companies to join in on the live dealer action, Vivo Gaming is definitely one of the older organizations that brought additional support to the industry, being established in 2010. Since then, it’s gone on to offer live dealer games such as European Roulette, Caribbean Stud, and Live Bingo.

Play live dealer games and more online with BetMGM

With all these great benefits and the growing popularity of live dealer games, it’s great to know you can enjoy these casino games (and more) at BetMGM.

At BetMGM, we offer live dealer games including Infinite Blackjack, American Roulette, and Ultimate Texas Hold’em. You can also enjoy online casino games such as poker, slots, and a whole heap of other games if you feel like you need a bit more variety.

Discover new casino games, great casino odds, and a fantastic online casino experience when you register with BetMGM.

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