LONDON, ENGLAND -- Online gambling has grown rapidly in recent years with around 1,700 operator sites offering a massive array of games and betting markets. With technological improvements such as
high speed broadband, players have moved from playing at UK Casinos and other land based venues, to now being able to take part in games in their own living room. Internet Gambling has created a whole new market place, open to anyone with access to the web. The ability to play for free at many sites has also attracted a wider market of players, with many sites offering free 'no deposit' cash bonuses.
Players no longer need to travel to their local gambling venue to place a bet. Sports fans can login to an online account and place wagers on any event they wish, and receive their winnings instantly.
However, one drawback with playing online is the trust issue. Many gamblers are sceptical about spending large amounts of money when they can't see live dealers handing out cards. Even though operators ensured that the results were randomly generated, many didn't like the idea of betting against a computer and believe that results could be rigged.
To combat this problem some sites have introduced live streaming to allow users to watch casino staff deal cards or spin the roulette wheel. This revolutionary advance in gaming has dramatically improved the relationship between operators and those who were anxious about betting against randomly generated computer systems.
Another reason for live streaming is to create a real life environment and make the experience more interactive and enjoyable for customers. Players can talk to a dealer and watch them control the table. Other brands are moving towards 3D software is also becoming increasingly popular with operators such as PKR and Le Croupier offering a more realistic form of gaming. Players can create a virtual avatar, as well as decide their dress code and how they behave.
Some sites have yet to introduce live streaming such as Paddy Power Casino who have stuck with the standard 2D format, yet others like Ladbrokes and Gala provide this service.
Betting brands such as Bet 365 have introduced live streaming during football matches, allowing their customers to make instant bets whilst the action is taking place.
But is this the future of online gaming?
The technology is certainly available to operators, and live streaming resolves the underlying issue of trust whilst playing games online. In spite of this, people will still want to travel to the spectacular venues of Las Vegas, experience the atmosphere of a real casino as they have always done.
For the time, live streaming is viable and trustworthy alternative for those looking to save money or who live to far away from a super casino venue.
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