PokerStars launched online casino games – blackjack, roulette, baccarat, and casino hold’em games against live dealers on the dot-com, dot-eu, and dot-uk websites. Live casino games are being offered on PokerStars 7 client in association with Evolution Gaming which already offers these games on various platforms including PokerStar’s sister site Full Tilt Poker.
In a press release sent to media on Wednesday, the games are available in a dedicated PokerStars-branded Live Casino room – a space that has been designed by PokerStars to ensure that players are able to enjoy a trusted, premium experience with all the thrill and excitement of online casino games. The roll-out follows the successful introduction of Live Casino in Spain on PokerStars.es.
PokerStars players have been able to chat with other poker players for many years. Now, they will be able to chat with casino dealers who will respond verbally to typed chat questions and comments. The dealers will interact with players while actually dealing the cards and running the games.This personal connection adds a layer of trust and accountability that inspires confidence in players making wagers, particularly at higher stakes levels.
Sam Hobcraft, Director of Casino, said: “Live dealer games appeal to a broad array of players who enjoy the added level of authenticity and trust that comes from seeing the action occur in the analogue world. Others simply enjoy the ability to chat and interact with the attractive dealers in a PokerStars-branded environment. Players will enjoy the convenience of playing poker, casino and live casino games in the same place, with the same protection of player funds, the same fast payment processing and the same trust that they have come to expect from PokerStars.”
The new live dealer games at PokerStars are the first to offer ‘Immersive Lite Roulette,’ a new product offered by PokerStars’ partner, Evolution. In Immersive Lite Roulette, multiple HD cameras are positioned around the table and dealer in a Hollywood-style studio set-up. Close-up views and auto-cutting sequences allow players to enjoy a dynamic and involving live gaming experience as they follow every spin of the wheel and movement of the ball. The multi-camera installation and visual presentation of the Live Roulette game – including cutaway shots to other tables to heighten the Live Casino atmosphere –have been customised to meet the needs of PokerStars.
PokerStars is transforming its entire business around casino games since getting acquired by Amaya Gaming last year. Despite of protests by poker players and industry experts around the globe, PokerStars has left no stone unturned in luring casual poker players in to gambling and luck-based casino games.