Last time I visited Las Vegas, it comes to my attention those Blackjack virtual dealer machines - actually, a Blackjack live dealer simulator game. Although you are in a real Las Vegas casino, these option is for players who want to play live Blackjack with virtual dealer games featuring a complete environment including people walking, bar, waitresses and more.
The Blackjack dealer is in front of a real virtual casino environment. I was always thinking that online casinos could offer something in this style. You can play live Blackjack at online casinos, streamed from their studios or even from a real brick-and-mortar casino, but when it comes to something to add some graphics animation, all Blackjack games at online casinos are pretty much the same - and in my opinion weak. Why would a player pick those static Blackjack video games, if they can play with a real dealer in high-quality live streaming?
Play an online version of the virtual reality Blackjack machine.
Virtual Dealer Blackjack
We have something near today at online casinos. A virtual dealer Blackjack game launched by Yggdrasil which features the lovely Sonya as the dealer. This is a multi-player online Blackjack game that is held by the virtual dealer Sonya. Although the great idea, the game has a lack of scenarios. They should have added more features just like the Blackjack virtual dealer machines in Las Vegas: people, bar, drinks, people talking and other things to make the game visually better. (check here). Anyway, it was the first Blackjack video game I liked and still not understanding why other gaming companies have not launched something similar.
Virtual Dealer Blackjack machine game Las Vegas at The Venetian Hotel
Another virtual reality Blackjack game at The Venetian Hotel Las Vegas
My Experience playing Virtual Reality Blackjack games in Vegas
I was staying at The Venetian Las Vegas and while going through the slot machines and table games, I noticed the big machines simulating a Blackjack station. The game itself is very beautiful and well produced. It really reproduces a casino environment with visitors walking to the bar, chatting, the waitresses serving drinks, etc.
So, I decided to give a try in one of these attractive virtual reality Blackjack simulators. The machine I picked allows me to bet $1, $5, $10, $25, or $100 per hand. A very good limit for players who want to play and adjust the wagers in a good range.
I fed the machine with a $50 bill and started to play some hands. Each player has a touch screen terminal in front of their sits. The cards the dealer deal for you will appear on the main big screen and also on your personal terminal.
These Blackjack stations can handle up to 5 players. There is only a girl playing in the machine with me. She was in the first position and I was on the forth sit. Three sits empty. I managed to record a little bit of the gameplay, thinking of writing this blog post.
My $5 bets were doing great and after some hands, I started to feel that was enough. The game is very good, but I believe it would be better if I was accompanied by a group of friends. This is a good option because you can talk about everything you want and the "virtual dealer" won't give a damn about it.
The only reason I see is this. Your party will be together playing in a Blackjack simulator and you can feel comfortable talking, laugh, and etc without bothering the dealer and other players.
Electronic Blackjack - Table Master
The game I played was developed by Shuffle Master and this kind of game is called Table Master. I wrongly called it virtual dealer or virtual reality Blackjack because I thing both terms is understandable than Table Master. Each Table Master game can sit up to 5 players and the dealer will deal the cards to each active position. The dealer is very interactive and talks with the players.
The players will play directly against the virtual dealer and not against each other like a Blackjack competition. The multiplayer gameplay won't change the odds of the game. This is because each player will have the complete decks of cards, different than playing in a Blackjack table.
These electronic blackjack games can be found at several casinos today and allow its players to enjoy a different and impressive gaming reality. I predict that people will soon be able to play multiplayer blackjack games online using a computerized system like the Table Master games found at Las Vegas casinos. Then players will have the opportunity to play a multiplayer blackjack game on mobile devices, laptops, and desktop computers.
Blackjack tables are all about the interaction between players to dealers and players to players, but sometimes it is hard to predict who will be next to you in a table. You can play live Blackjack games online with real dealers, streamed from a real brick and mortar casino studio, however, you play 1 on 1 and no interactivity with other players. The next big thing will add interactivity and reproduce these electronic Blackjack stations found in Vegas to online casinos.
What makes a player choose this Blackjack machines? As I mentioned above, some privacy could be one of the reasons. Some dealers won't like players talking loud or dirty talking a lot of stuff. This could be a good option for a little more privacy between your friends.
Also, we cannot forget that there are a lot of people that don't feel comfortable playing Blackjack with dealers and other people. There is always some kind of pressure. Betting limits, time to decide your action, drink something, tips, conversations, etc. You can deal with different situations in a Blackjack table with other people you don't know.
Anyway, these virtual dealer Blackjack stations could be a good option for a smooth 21 gameplay alone or just with your friends. The problem is that if you are alone, you won't play too much as it started to get boring after some time. Bring your friends to Vegas and have fun with these BJ machines next time. Enjoy!