Richard Branson’s Virgin Media launched the UK’s latest latest live roulette game last night with a twist — it wasn’t strictly live.
Yes, there was a smiley presenter. Yes, there was a state of the art studio. Yes, there were lots of pretty graphics showing who was playing and how they were doing.
Quite what was wrong only became clear when the countdown clock reached zero. Rather than go to the roulette wheel they went to a computer screen. Perhaps the wheel got lost in the post? The result was what may well be the first ever live dealer-led video game — an interesting concept.
Given that a BIG reason for the success of other live dealer games is that punters still don’t trust Random Number Generated (RNG) computer games in the same way they trust a dealer spinning a real roulette wheel, perhaps brave rather than interesting is the better word than interesting.
On Monday, we reported on casinoupdate.co.uk how VMtv managing director Jonathan Webb had described the new channel as “the first step in reinventing our Challenge brand for the 21st century.”
With “live” blackjack and “live” bingo scheduled for launch later this year, station bosses are probably hoping someone remembers to order cards and numbered balls in time.