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Dice Games at the Casino: The Challenge of Live Game Shows

If you followed the history of table games at the casino for most of the 20th century, you’d be hard-pressed to find any industry that maintained its traditions to such an extent. Take any patron of a 1920s casino and drop them into the casino floor almost 100 years later, and they would have no problem playing games like craps, roulette, baccarat, poker, blackjack, and so on.

While changes came about, particularly with the advent of online casinos in the 1990s, traditional games remained the backbone of the industry. Games like slots may have improved and become more sophisticated, but they remained slots. Games like craps and roulette may have had new variants with special features, but they remained based on the fundamentals of the games that were played decades, centuries even, beforehand.

Live casino has literally changed the game

And yet, we have seen big changes in recent years, particularly at online casinos. In the 2010s, we saw the first roll-out of live dealer games, which meant you could play live craps with real dealers on your smartphone, tablet, or PC. It was revolutionary stuff, and we might add that the iGaming industry probably did not get enough credit for how it seamlessly used streaming and console technology to deliver a real-time gaming experience.

Nonetheless, while live dealer games are now a staple of online casinos, there has been a certain shift in the last two to three years. Most notably, the advent of live dealer game shows. You can see examples of these games, such as Monopoly Big Baller Live and The Money Drop Live, among the selection of Live Game Shows at William Hill Canada. Sitting beside traditional live dealer games, these new titles are best described as game shows, as they take in elements of television game shows. Indeed, you can find titles based on popular TV shows like Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and Deal or No Deal.

A whole new genre of casino experiences

As you might expect, these games have created a whole new genre almost overnight. And we might argue that it is the most significant change to the casino industry since the advent of mobile casino in the late 2000s. As you can guess by the game titles, there is a different kind of atmosphere with these live games. The hosts are more like game show hosts than croupiers, and the technology the games use allows for amazing entertainment experiences. They might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but they are becoming extremely popular.

Do these games represent a challenge for proponents of traditional card, dice, and table games? Yes, and no. The first point to recognize is that the online space is technically infinite, and there is room in the online casino for 1000s of games. Even in the 2020s at online casinos, you can find retro and simple games like Hi-Lo, Heads or Tails, and classic video poker, none of which have been shunted aside for more sophisticated alternatives – it’s a broad church.

But perhaps the main question is how do these games evolve. We have seen a lot about the metaverse recently, and there will probably be a further blurring of the lines between the virtual and real world in the coming years. Might we see game show experiences in the casinos of Las Vegas? Will dice games be popular in the metaverse? In truth, we just don’t know yet, but it feels like a watershed moment for the casino industry.
























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