Live casino brings the Las Vegas experience into the comfort of your own home with real cards and professional human dealers streaming to your computer or mobile device in HD. It is a hugely popular form of online gambling as it gives the same thrill and fun as traditional casino games but with the added bonus of being able to interact with other players and the dealer at the same time. It also allows you to play at any time of the day and is even more secure than traditional online casino sites.
There are a few different types of live casino games available online but the most common is blackjack. This game is played on a 7-seater table and the dealer deals you cards through a live stream that only you can see. You then have to try and beat the dealer by getting closer to 21 than them. Some casinos have multiple cameras on the tables and offer a multiplayer option so you can play with other people at the same time.
Another popular live casino game is roulette and this uses a special wheel that has built-in sensors to capture where the ball lands. This information is fed to the software that runs the game and a digitised version of the results are displayed to the players on their screens. Some casinos will even let you bet on the result of a tie which is a little more rare but pays out higher rewards.
When it comes to the actual studios for these games the equipment used is generally the same as that found in a land-based casino. Cameras are positioned to make sure that the action is captured from every angle possible, and they often use high definition lenses to create an extra sharp image. In addition to this, there are also a number of different monitors that will display the current status of the bets and allow players to change their bets during a game.
A number of different companies provide the technology for a live casino and it is this that makes the difference between an ordinary online casino and a live casino. One example is a company called Evolution which offers live dealer casino games. They are filmed in dedicated studios and some of the shoots are taken at genuine casinos. This gives the players an authentic feel and is a major selling point for live casino games.
The interface between the digital technology and the real world of a live casino is provided by an ingenious piece of hardware called a GCU which is an acronym for ‘Game Control Unit’. It is about the size of a shoe box and it is the brains behind every live casino game that you play. Without it the games simply wouldn’t work. Depending on the type of game the GCU will also be responsible for other tasks like encoding the video that is broadcast.