When Online Casinos Come To NY, What Impact Will Live Dealer Games Have?

Written By Matt Boecker on July 14, 2023
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When online casino gaming comes to New York, bettors will be treated to a game type that truly replicates the feeling of sitting in a brick and mortar casino.

Some lawmakers advocated for NY online casinos and a few bills were proposed that would’ve made it available to New Yorkers. But those didn’t get the proper backing, so online casinos won’t come to the Empire State until 2024 at the earliest.

It’s unfortunate that NY residents are forced to continue waiting for online casinos, but that shouldn’t stop them from being excited about what will be offered in the future once they are legalized. Some consider live dealer games to be the most anticipated game type to enter the NY market.

And for good reason.

How do live dealer games work?

As we await lawmakers to potentially legalize online casinos in New York, many still have questions about how exactly NY online casinos will work.

One of the main draws associated with online casino gaming is its constant availability. No longer will New Yorkers have to make the trek to retail casinos to play their favorite slot machines and table games.

While online casinos are excellent because of their convenience, one thing brick-and-mortar casinos have the upper hand in is the human element. But live dealer games offer that on the go.

With live dealer games, you’ll have the ability to play table games that are run by real people. You’ll view a live stream of an actual dealer passing out cards to you and other players.

Some common game types hosted by live dealers include:

Online casinos make live dealer table games very easy and user friendly. So it may take a game or two to figure out how to play. But soon enough you’ll have it all figured out.

One notable characteristic of live table games is the massive cards handed out by dealers. This is to ensure everyone playing can read the card number, suit and color.

Another thing to know is that you can’t chat with the dealer or other players during these games – you can see a live stream of them, but they can’t see you. The only communication you provide them is through prompts indicating how you’d like to play a given hand.

How to pick which gaming operator has the best live dealer games

When NY online casinos become accessible, it will be similar to the launch of NY sports betting. Each gaming operator is a bit different, so it may take some trial and error to figure out which one you like the most.

Just like sportsbooks, each NY online casino will have variances in their live dealer games. This includes the format of the games, the table games offered, the table minimums, the promotions offered, and more.

Once NY legalizes online casinos, it would be best to read reviews on each gaming operator to see what others think of their setup. From there, you’ll have to try them for yourself to see which one best suits you.

Will live dealer games be available to everyone?

Time will tell what the legal requirements are for New Yorkers interested in creating online casino accounts. Though, they’re likely to be similar to obligations in place for sports betting – 21 or older with valid identification information to provide during sign up.

But for live dealer games, there’s one extra thing you’ll need. And that’s strong internet connection. Streaming live video requires reliable internet connection.

Plus, the live dealer won’t stop the game for you just because your internet is lagging behind. So those with weak internet access may deal with some frustration if they’re forced to forfeit hands.

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Born in Oak Lawn, Illinois, Matt graduated from Northern Illinois University, where he covered NIU hockey for the Northern Star. Since then, Matt has specialized in NFL and NBA coverage for various websites and podcasts before shifting gears to casino and sports betting coverage.

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