Virtual Reality Casinos: The Next Big Thing?

Posted on December 19, 2016

[toc]Once only a concept found in science fiction, virtual reality (VR) has hit the shelves this holiday season in a big way. And it could be coming to an online casino near you eventually.

Virtual reality at a glance

Using a headset and motion tracking to let users look around a given environment, this is a promising technology that’s been around for decades but never caught on until recently. Now, with several huge names in the electronics industry launching VR platforms, it looks like virtual reality is here to stay:

  • Oculus has released the consumer-friendly Rift
  • HTC and Valve now have Vive up for sale
  • Sony has jumped on board with the launch of PlayStation VR.
  • Google is getting ready to release its Daydream platform.

There are quite a few promising headsets becoming available to the tech-hungry populations of the world.

Why VR casinos?

Online casinos are always looking for new tactics to attract users. And once they’ve acquired new users, they want to keep them playing longer. In fact, a New Jersey online casino has already capitalized on the trend to simulate real-life casino experiences through its live dealer games.

Players within the state of New Jersey can log on to the online casino at Golden Nugget and enjoy a unique live dealer experience. Games such as blackjack, roulette, and baccarat are dealt by live human dealers located in a studio on its Atlantic City property.

The intention behind live dealer games is to give players a more lifelike experience by immersing them in a casino-like atmosphere. With the VR market set to explode, it only stands to reason that VR casinos are the next logical step. In fact, according to a Juniper Research study, the total numbers of bets from VR gambling will increase from just over $58.5 million this year to more than half a billion dollars by 2021.

“[Samsung’s Gear VR and the Oculus Rift] will be coupled with a niche clientele, often high-rollers, thereby resulting in comparatively large average wager amongst these early adopters,” wrote the report’s author, Lauren Foye.

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When will VR casinos open in the US?

It is unclear when players will be able to step inside a virtual reality casino while visiting New Jersey or other parts of the United States that allow legal online wagers. But if players live in other parts of the world, Slots Million already simulates the physical presence of a casino in a skyscraper in the clouds.

Although VR casinos are far from ubiquitous, it appears only a matter of time before gamblers are able to step onto their very first virtual casino floors in the US.

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Corey J. Goldberg is a poker dealer, player, and writer who has worked in the poker and online gambling industries for over 10 years. He is based in Montana and enjoys reading, writing, and spending as much time as possible in the wilderness.

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