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Live Casino

Live Casino offers the true feel of a real casino experience without the need to leave home. Streamed from high-tech studios or land-based casinos and into your desktop computer or mobile device, these games are played with actual dealers in real time and give players the chance to interact with both the dealer and other players through chat functions.

To play a live casino game, you simply sign into your chosen online casino and select the live casino option from the toolbar menu at the top of the homepage. You will then be taken to a video feed of a live dealer at a table and the actual casino equipment used to run the game. This may include a blackjack table, poker tables or a roulette wheel. You then use buttons on your screen to communicate with the dealer what action you would like to take such as hitting or standing on a hand of blackjack or placing bets on a virtual roulette wheel before a real life croupier spins it.

Most live casino games are filmed in special studios that have been built to be able to broadcast over the internet in superb quality. Most modern home Internet connections and even some mobile data networks can deliver this high-definition video without any problem.

The most important piece of the puzzle for a live casino is the Game Control Unit or GCU. This small box, not much bigger than a shoebox, is attached to each and every live casino table. The GCU is responsible for encoding the video that is being broadcast and without it no live casino could function.

Another key part of the live casino is the number of cameras that are used to record the game. Typically, there are multiple cameras in a live casino room and each of them is responsible for recording the game from different angles. These different angles are used to produce the full range of possible views that can be seen on player screens.

There is an excellent choice of live casino games available to players and this continues to grow as technology improves and more operators get into the business. You can choose from a variety of different live dealer table games with most offering the likes of blackjack and roulette alongside popular poker variations. More niche options include baccarat, craps and Wheel of Fortune.