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Distance gaming or “live deal” casino gaming, call it what you want, is a concept that embraces everything that’s best about Internet casino gaming technology with the fun and excitement of gambling for real money in land-based clubs. Since the beginning of online casino development there have been attempts to bring a live casino experience to the Internet but only in the last few years have we seen sites like Dublinbet and Smartlive Casino begin to breakthrough.
DublinBet.com is a truly exciting online experience, using the latest Distance Gaming™ technology, DublinBet.com delivers Live video, and True Live results from real live tables located in the Fitzwilliam Card Club & Casino in Dublin, Ireland. Also Ladbrokes Casino have recently adopted the technology as a featured section of their popular online casino and other leading gaming sites are following suit slowly but surely.
The EGR Awards for 2009 were held this week in London and a were attended by over 900 of the online gambling industry’s major players. The awards are billed by eGaming Review as the industry’s equivalent of the Oscars, recognizing excellence across the spectrum of net gambling categories including casino, poker, sports betting, bingo and regionally focused operations. For the first time, this years EGR Awards included a category for “Live Casino” which (won by Unibet Casino) indicates how new this niche is.
Several gaming companies now offer “Live Deal” for Roulette, Black Jack, Baccarat and Sic Bo. Live deal casino games are the natural evolution in online casinos’ battle to win over the skeptics of the Random Number Generator (RNG), associated with all other online casinos but the live dealer also provides an enhanced gambling experience to the players. This type of gambling technology is a platform that’s been steadily gaining traction, as connection speeds and streaming technologies have improved. Live streaming video with real dealers or croupiers conducting play are the closest thing you can get to a traditional ‘land based’ casino experience and may be more enticing for players and may attract existing ‘brick and mortar’ companies to produce the live streams, so they can join in the media convergence.
I predict that within a couple of years live dealer casino gaming for Roulette, Black Jack, Baccarat and Sic Bo will become the standard for all online casinos. Silicon Palms will be right there to provide the product, technical support and management.