Essentially, not many people were willing to risk their hard-earned cash playing against a computer program that is intentionally designed to pay out a certain amount of money a specific amount of times. Essentially, if you won, it was pure luck; there is very little skill involved.
This leads me to how live online casino games have revolutionized the gambling industry.
No Algorithm Rigging
Referring to that final paragraph above, wise bettors did not want to go to a room where it’s essentially just them playing against a machine. First of all, it’s already difficult to win with the house edge in a casino, let alone start with that edge and then contend with a pre-ordained payout structure because of programming.
So, the idea of cameras in a room with a real dealer at an actual table dealing out real cards was a game-changer.
Suddenly, you are legitimately playing against or with others just like if you were at the casino, but in the comfort of your own home or office. When sports betting with sportsbooks and online casinos originally launched live games back in 1996, the quality by today’s standards was horrendous. However, at that time, it was a game-changer.
Now you can visit a betting site and choose from dozens of different games and even more dealers. You are not stuck into just one dealer or table. Today Baccarat, Roulette, 21, Poker (various variations), heck, even Bing is available.
It Made Online Gambling Personal
Sure, it’s fun to play solitaire. It can be fun to play card games by yourself on the computer as well. But humans are social creatures and the first iterations of online gambling were anything but social. You might as well go down to the local pub and dump money into the electronic poker machine because at least that way you throw your money away with some social interaction.
Now, suddenly with live casinos, you can chat with others at the table. Before, it was likely just a simple chatbox, but suddenly, you are able to share in the joys and pains of winning and losing with others. Nowadays, people might even be able to see your face and hear your voice, and vis a vis, depending on the room you are in and the settings/permissions you allow.
Upped the Visual Entertainment Factor
One of my favorite things about modern live dealer rooms is the fact that they hire and train gorgeous people for the dealer jobs. Sure, this may sound shallow, but it’s a major factor in why live casinos have revolutionized the online gambling industry and raked in millions of dollars. You get to interact with beautiful female dealers and handsome male dealers – there’s something for everyone.
Sex sells; it doesn’t matter if you think otherwise or are for some reason afraid to admit it. It is a simple fact. Adding beautiful people into the mix is just way better than staring for hours on end at an animated table with a cartoon dealer … or no dealer at all, the hands just play out.
If you don’t think that live online casino games revolutionized the gambling industry, here are a few stats: online casino revenue and users doubled from 1997 to 1998, when live rooms were starting to popularize. Online gaming in 1998 is estimated to bring in an upper-end total revenue of around 919 million dollars.
There you have it, three ways that live casino rooms changed the online gambling industry.
Gambling has been around since the dawn of time. Surely, Grog and Ugba were wagering furs, hunks of meat, and god knows what else, over who wouldn’t make it back from the next hunt.
So, essentially, we’ve gone from grunts of agreements to handshakes to actual bookies with ledgers to casinos and finally to the internet. But there was one major problem with basic internet tables and casino games: it’s like trying to beat Chess Wizard on hard.