Although we often point out the similarities between the rise in popularity of playing casino games at an online casino and online shopping, there are significant differences in what is required to establish and operate an online casino compared to setting up and managing an online retail site. Both require efficient and secure financial management software to manage their customers’ accounts, but far more is required of the online casino software than is necessary to manage a retail site. Most online retailers display their products in the form of photographs or sometimes videos, but an online casino not only needs excellent computer graphics to illustrate their product, namely the casino games, but most of those games have also been designed by the specialist casino software companies. We often discuss the important role of the online casino software designers in developing the casino games we enjoy playing online, but the quality of the graphics plays an equally important role how much we enjoy the experience and can even influence our decision regarding which online casino we decide to use. The ability of the graphics to illustrate the online casino games, or rather in the case of one particular casino game the inability of the graphics to achieve a satisfactory result has also led to one of the most significant developments in the history of online casinos, the Live online casino option. Anyone who enjoys computer gaming will have seen massive improvements in the graphics associated with all those games over the years and in most cases we have seen the same sort of improvements in the graphics illustrating the online casino games we play online, but there is one game which has so far defied even the best casino software designers. We are of course talking about the traditional casino game of roulette. Roulette remains one of the most popular traditional casino games, particularly for those of us whose first experience of playing casino games was at a real casino, but right from the beginning of the development of online casinos it has caused the software designers significant headaches. The problem is that almost all online casino games use a Random Number Generator to define the winning conditions, but when it comes to the game of roulette that means that the graphics must illustrate the movement of a ball on a roulette wheel as it drops into the number specified by the RNG. We need to remember that in the early days in the introduction of online casinos there were many people who were somewhat sceptical of just how fair and honest the casino games were, so the strange movements of the ball on the roulette wheel only served to reinforce those doubts. The online casino operators needed to do something to resolve those doubts or at least provide the doubters with an alternative option. The answer the software developers came up with was the Live online casino option that almost every online casino now offers for certain games.
The software necessary to create the first Live online casino option was developed by Playtech, and entailed setting up a remote studio from where traditional casino games such as roulette could be streamed live to our screens using real dealers and importantly a real roulette wheel. Since that idea was first developed almost every online casino has adopted the same strategy for providing us with a Live online casino option, and most online casinos now offer us the chance to play roulette, blackjack and even baccarat in the live casino mode. Although this approach to resolving the issues associated with illustrating the movement of the ball on the roulette wheel graphics was successful, it is not without problems. Clearly setting up a remote studio and employing real dealers to manage the games increase the operating costs significantly, so many online casino operators have needed to increase the minimum table stakes for playing the casino games in the live online casino mode. We know of course that one of the major reasons why playing casino games online has become so popular is that almost all the games can be played for very small stakes, so having to increase the minimum table stakes would clearly remove one of the big advantages that online casinos have over their land based rivals. Low table stakes is not the only advantage that online casinos have over their rivals however, particularly again when it comes to casino games such as roulette. Many of us are used to the sometimes frantic atmosphere which can be common at a busy roulette table in a real casino as people reach over the table to place their multiple bets, but there are a lot of online casino players who prefer to be able to take their time deciding where to place their bets. That is however not possible when playing roulette in the Live online casino mode because the dealers can’t see the players and therefore have to manage the each game according to a strict timetable. We are told that the majority of people playing roulette at an online casino choose to play in the standard instant casino mode, but there are still a lot of people who enjoy playing in the live casino mode particularly now that many online casinos have also developed the software necessary to allow us to chat to the dealers during the games. That is not the only development we have seen regarding the Live casino option however. We now have access to a few online casinos which have taken the Live online casino concept one stage further. The All Irish casino for instance now offers their customers the opportunity to play roulette, blackjack and baccarat as they are being streamed live from a real casino on the Mediterranean island of Malta. Clearly there is no better way to experience the atmosphere of a real casino whilst still playing your favourite casino games from the comfort of your own home. Perhaps this is the most realistic Live online casino experience of all and we recommend our readers give it a try.