Casino Guide: The History of Live Casinos


Where did it all begin? When? The answer is, nobody really knows. What we do know is that gambling in some form or other has been around in many ancient societies. The Greeks and Romans gambled, so did Elizabethan England.

Only upon experiencing this unique feeling can one truly appreciate the sheer pleasure of playing games of chance, especially if the stakes are high.

Living the High Life

The first live casinos started to appear in Venice, Europe as early as 1638. As early as then, rich and noblemen from around the civilized world were attracted to Venice, to experience the unique feeling of live gambling, including scantily clad women, alluring croupiers and the feeling of luxury coupled with the thrills of winning.

Gambling really took off in the USA. Saloons across the Wild West mushroomed in small towns and larger cities such as New Orleans, Chicago, San Francisco and St Louis. As we all know it was outlawed in the early 20th century then finally legalized (under strict conditions) in 1931 in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 1976, gambling was legalized in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Fast Forward the 1990’s

Everything changed fast forward to the 1990’s with the proliferation of the internet. This opened the doors for casinos to move online which eventually happened in 1994 when Barbuda and Antigua passed the Free Trade and Processing Act. The rest is (modern) history and detailed elsewhere on this site.

Live Online Casinos?

This was the question on everyone’s lips. How can the unique feeling of a live casino be brought to online players credibly and convincingly. Of course then, nobody could predict the speed of technological advances in the field of computing. Machines and devices got smaller and more accessible creating an opportunity for improvement and the chance to break into a virgin market. The software improved as did the quality of games being produced and released.

The real experience can never completely be replicated however live online casinos come pretty close. Live means just that; playing at that particular time and interacting with other players and the croupiers. With the quality of picture and sound available on most devices these days, the clarity a simple mobile phones and tablets offer gives a real live feel to online casino games. Mobile devices are particularly interesting as you can literally take the casino everywhere around in your pocket or palm of your hand.

No one would have believed in the last days of the 20th century that things would change so drastically and finitely. What was science fiction then has become science reality today.

Poker, Blackjack, Roulette & Baccarat

Card games such as Poker and Blackjack along with classic Roulette and to a lesser extent Baccarat were the bedrock of live casino gambling. The (live) excitement these wonderful games produced in a live setting had established them as the gamblers games of choice.

Slot machines were also extremely popular and could be found in other amusement arcades besides in the actual casino itself. This contributed to the surge in popularity for (mechanical) slot machines. These games have become the backbone of online casinos. Not everyone likes Table or Card games. Whilst in the early days of online slot games they were pretty basic and similar with slight variations from one to another, themed slot games today will take you on an unparalleled adventure. Ancient Egypt, the times of The Vikings, The Far East, a lost South American civilization perhaps? Maybe your cup of tea is a Lord of the Rings type fantasy game or film/TV based theme? Some of these themed slot games are so immersive and impressive that they have gained legions of fans. Some are so popular that sequels have been released.

Sports betting is a type of gambling that goes hand in hand with live casino betting snd it os becoming more popular as each day passes.

Amalgamating all of the above game types with an online casino, let alone a “live” online casino setting was going to be tricky, however it was also the key to bringing live casino gaming to the masses with the internet “distributing” the games across the world. It is testament to the persistence and investment in this medium that we are in the position we are currently in. One look at the live casino games within the confines of this site will prove that playing a live casino game on a platform such as this is capable of reproducing that unique, live and human feel of playing at a land casino with all the inherent benefits of playing anywhere if you choose to use your mobile device.

The Best way to predict the future is to invent it

Yes, inventions are reaching a point when they are ripe for use within iGaming. AI is already here and a reality with several games on experimental phase and others even available to the general public. As yet, AI has not made an impact on online casinos. Yet. When it does, one can surely expect live Casino games to firmly move into the future. Imagine putting on a headset and glasses (maybe contact lenses!), switching on your mobile phone and entering a 3D world of a live casino.

Understanding and analyzing the history of online live casino games along with basic developments in technology and software, it is actually possible to predict the future with a certain degree of accuracy. All it takes is keeping your eyes open and taking mental note of important developments in every related field connected to online casinos in some way or sort.


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