Advances in technology have always worked to make our lives easier by creating progress in fields such as medicine in transportation. However, it is the things we choose to do in our free time that often see the most advancement.
Live dealer games, a relatively new craze in the online casino world, allow you to play online while still having the benefit of seeing a live dealer deal your cards via webcam. While gambling may have made the jump to the web long ago, many players have been reluctant to play against a computer rather than a real person. Most websites have offered some kind of assurance stating their online odds are legitimate, but players have never had the benefit of actually seeing any of the code written in to the program, and for some superstitious gamblers, not seeing is not believing.
But that is all changing now as more and more games are adopting the live-dealer methodology. Already blackjack, roulette, baccarat, and sic bo have become widely popular games featuring live dealers; and there are even some instances of other games making the jump to the live-dealer methodology, including poker, the most popular betting game online!
The draw of live dealer games to most players is the ability to experience the “best of both worlds” of gambling; They are able to play their favorite game from the comfort of their own home, while still being assured that their odds are where they should be.
As the debate for online gambling continues, another big company just made a move to hinder those that wanted a smooth transition.
VISA is following the lead of MasterCard by blocking all payments or transactions made to online casinos. This is done by either identifying the coded “online gambling” tags or by using routing payment merchants.
This move will not have quite the effect that MasterCard did but it is still a concerning factor for many online casino operators. It is apparent that both of these companies have blocked these kinds of payments here in America, but it is not clear if this ban will be worldwide.
The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act forbids banks and other financial institutions to be involved in transfers between online casinos. This is probably a main reason why these big companies have dropped these types of payments. The regulations from this act will go into effect Jun. 1, so these companies have probably made the move in order to avoid any problems come this summer.
There have been some problems because there are certain online casinos that continue to advertise VISA credit card transfers on their sites. In time these discrepancies will be resolved, but it is apparent that there will need to be some changes made in the gambling industry if they want their online casinos to continue to thrive. Having these two huge financial institutions is a big warning sign for online gambling as a whole.