Microgaming Live Dealer Online Casino GamesBy: Joe Valentino, Tuesday April 28th 2009
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When online casino games were developed in the mid 1990s they were based on the Random Number Generator. The computer software generated random numbers and converted them to a series of cards, or rolls of dice or combination of symbols on the reels. Though this system took root, there remained a section of players who were used to land casino environment. This section missed the real casino ambiance of real dealers dealing real cards or actually spinning a real roulette wheel. To cater to this clientele and bring the excitement of live casinos to online gaming live dealer games were introduced.
In live dealer games real casino personnel actually perform the tasks of dealing cards or rolling the dice or spinning the roulette wheel. They are video taped while doing this and this video is streamed to online casinos. Thus players can experience in real time the casino dealers dealing cards to them and can enjoy the environment and excitement of land based casinos. A great deal of realism has been built into the live dealer games. First of all players can choose from a number of casino games as they would in land casinos. Within each game there are a number of tables offering different stakes and the player can migrate to the table with the stakes he fancies. Apart from seeing the real dealers deal the cards the players can chat with the dealers. This enhances the experience and brings it closer to the feeling of playing in a real casino.
Microgaming was one of the first online gaming software providers to introduce live dealers. Today most Microgaming online casinos offer live dealer games. In order to play live dealer games the player has to first access the live dealer lobby. A screenshot of a Microgaming live dealer lobby is shown below.
Microgaming offers four live dealer games. Two are blackjack and baccarat the most popular card games in real casinos. The third is roulette, another popular real casino game. The fourth is sic bo, which is popular with the Asian community.
Microgaming offers a number of options in baccarat. There are more than 20 tables with varying stakes. At the low end tables have a minimum stake of $5 and a maximum stake of $100. At the high end tables have a minimum stake of $1,000 and a maximum stake of $10,000. The icon for each table provides detailed information on the dealer including name, gender, age, nationality, language and a write up. Hence in Microgaming live dealer games players can not only choose the stakes but also the dealer. Many players wait for their favorite dealer to come online and then they join the table and start wagering.
Microgaming live dealer offers 3 blackjack tables. The lowest has a minimum stake of $5 and a maximum stake of $500. The highest has a minimum stake of $25 and a maximum stake of $3,000.
Microgaming live dealer offers 7 roulette tables. The lowest has a minimum stake of $5 and a maximum stake of $500. The highest has a minimum stake of $50 and a maximum stake of $1,000.
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