Widely considered to be the most important gaming innovation of the past 10 years, live casino game shows started life as a madcap idea imagined just after the gaming bods down at Microgaming opened the first online casino in 1995. What we think of as a relatively new casino gaming development was actually attempted as early as 1998.
Due to the lack of processing power and slow internet connections (not to mention that harsh dial-up connection tone), the concept of live casino was shelved to give technology time to catch up. RNG (random number generator games) flourished, and online casinos found their place in the public consciousness.
Live casinos arrived just before smartphones appeared on the market, around 2006. Live casino was considered a rarity at the time and the conditions - both technical and logistical - were not ideal but still an improvement to the first attempt in the nineties.
Once everyone was glued to their smartphones is when live casinos kicked off. Internet speeds were finally viable due to the need for broader bandwidth that our new mobile devices demanded.
Shortly after, Evolution Gaming entered the live casino market and dominated the scene by signing exclusive contracts with providers.
Thus live casino, and by default, live game shows casinos flourished across the world and evolved into the thriving casino niche we enjoy today.
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Live Casino Game Shows at Unibet
Game shows on UK telly have always been categorised into two distinct types: daytime and Saturday night game shows. Luckily, you no longer have to wait for the weekend or sneakily watch daytime soaps on your phone at work - you can now enjoy game shows 24/7 at the Unibet live casino.
But what are you going to play?
Lightning Roulette isn’t your standard 37 numbers affair - this ditty from Evolution Gaming is a gaming revolution not witnessed until its release in 2018. Boasting a 97.3% RTP and maximum win positioned at 500x, potentially huge cash prizes are never far away.
If you want to go for a retro board game-style show, MONOPOLY live will transport you back to the golden days when Wifi was just a glint in a tech nerd's eye. With bonus features that include a bonus game, wheel of fortune, and big wheel bonus round, players won’t even care if they’ve snagged just second in a beauty contest.
Pragmatic Play gives their two penneth with Mega Wheel, released in 2020. Maxing out winnings to 500x, this big wheel outing has a maximum bet of £1,000.
Insane wins are given the green light with Crazy Time. A classic game show release, players can enjoy a mad maximum win exposure of 25,000x, creating a top payout of £2,500,000.
Evolution Gaming - not content with changing the online gaming world forever with Lightning Roulette - brings players Lightning Blackjack, a 52-card deck rework of its rotating counterpart.
2020 saw live casino connoisseurs get something extra with Mega Ball. Mega by name, mega by nature, this lotto-draw-inspired title has a maximum win of £10,000,000 and an RTP of 95%.
A benchmark in live casino games, Cash or Crash has a coin flip mechanic with a 99.59% RTP, proving itself to be one of the most player-favourable games at Unibet. Styled around an Americana airline from the 1950s, players are exposed to potential wins up to 50,000x. Just don’t complain about the legroom.
Live Casino Game Show Focus: Sweet Bonanza Candyland
Not all big wheel live casino games are equal and Sweet Bonanza Candyland from Pragmatic Play is the perfect example of a game show and then some. Place a bet, watch as the live dealer spins the wheel, and you could be enjoying a maximum win of £60,000,000.
Sweet Bonanza Candyland is a combination of saccharine studio sets, candified gameplay, and delightful live dealer presentation skills. This game with 96.48% RTP is a 2021 treat from the makers of Power Up Roulette. The best bit? This is 100% calorie-free.
Pure escapism, SBC sweetens wins with gaming twists including Candy Drops, Sugar Bomb symbols, and Sweet Spins on the wheel.
Offering bets ranging from £0.20 all the way up to £3,000, Sweet Bonanza Candyland welcomes every live casino player, regardless of budget. Lady luck sporting more of a frown than a smile? No problem - Sweet Bonanza Candyland offers up respins as a second chance for a pop at the primo prize.