Live Dealer Online

    • LooseDonk
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      Hello all,

      I have been talking with fellow poker friends about this topic and wanted to see what the pokerstrategy community's opinion is on the matter. What would you think of an online poker website that had live dealers via cameras?

      I am not talking about the few online casinos that offer that as one of their games, think of a pokerstars or old fulltilt type software where the only difference was that there was a live dealer and individual cameras showing each user their whole cards.

      Pros/Cons, would you play there or stick to the traditional online play ?
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    • NightFrostaSS
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      That'd be very slow, then I'd rather just play live
    • keoghh
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      Pros would be to make it seem more realistic, main con i can think of is it will slow the game down as you have to wait longer for the cards to be dealt, chips to be moved etc..

      Thing i would say is, if people are playing online, they know what theyre guna get, and most of the time if they want the realistic feel, just play live...

      Might be inviting for more recreational players, or players who dont have a local casino etc, for example some people play webcam tables, but really if u wanna see peoples faces most people play live, could be an interesting concept though.
    • LooseDonk
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      @NightFrostaSS, yes the game would be a much slower pace then what online players are used to. The advantage here I guess would be the entire "rigged" and questioning the integrity of the RNGs of different poker rooms issue that stops a lot of live players from playing at home when they dont have time to go to a casino for example or just want to play for one hour before bed or something.

      @keoghh, great point with people who dont have a local casino I hadnt even thought of that honestly as I have one 20 minutes away lol. Perhaps this would potentially create a new breed of players, the ones that dont want to get into the whole software analysis fast online play but are instead genuinely looking for live poker from the comfort of their homes.

      Thanks for the replies.
    • Kyyberi
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      Why would live dealer remove the rigged issues? It's not the most hardest thing in the world to change those cards either manually or with tech stuff.
    • mineriva
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      At my local casino the house uses a card shuffler. Sometimes players blame it and I have heard some even believe that it is rigged to set up hands.

      The "rigged" issue is in the players heads not in the cards.
    • LooseDonk
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      @Kyyberi, well I was thinking if the dealer is in a live feed shown shuffling and dealing out the cards it would make players feel more at ease. Whereas the RNG is dependent on a software that is not available to the public to audit. But it is true that some people will always try to blame the deck virtual or not.

      @mineriva, yes those people are hopeless lol, the casino in montreal uses card shuffler as well people seem to not mind it here though, I know I dont. It is true that there will always be those for who the deck is rigged unless theyre winning. The thought here is to get those people who dont trust online poker programming onto the online games.

      Thanks for the feedback.
    • wizo656
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      I have to dissapoint you, but your idea is not entirely new. This video was posted on Pokerstrategy some time ago:



      For me, there are mostly cons for this concept, because the dealer is slow and makes mistakes, and you're at home, without company of others, which is one of the main resons to play live. The only pro that I can think of is realistic dealing, which might attract some fish, but they will leave after some bad beats.

      There is also some other company that tried a similar concept, but they still haven't started their business.
      Real deal poker
    • MJPerry
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      Originally posted by NightFrostaSS
      That'd be very slow, then I'd rather just play live
      This. Also:

      Originally posted by Kyyberi
      Why would live dealer remove the rigged issues? It's not the most hardest thing in the world to change those cards either manually or with tech stuff.
      This. Pretty sure it's easier to rig a deck of cards than an RNG that is audited.
    • hooley01
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      this could be an interesting gimmick for the odd one off tournament or a private game with a couple of mates couldn't it? then again higher rake to pay some bloke to be the dealer and I think players would be less understanding if the dealer made a mistake