Players on the dot-com, dot-eu, and dot-uk versions PokerStars can now use their PokerStars 7 client to play blackjack, roulette, baccarat, and casino hold'em games against live dealers, the poker room announced on Wednesday.
The addition of live casino games comes as the result of a deal inked between PokerStars and Evolution Gaming, an industry leader that already offers the same service to a number of other platforms, including Full Tilt.
"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," the Director of Casino at PokerStars Sam Hobcraft said. "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."
According to Hobcraft, players are going to "enjoy the ability to chat and interact with the attractive dealers in a PokerStars-branded environment" that will welcome them from a studio located in Riga, Latvia.
In a press release sent to the media on Wednesday, PokerStars specified that the new PokerStars-branded live casino is the first in the world to offer the Immersive Lite Roulette, an innovative product created by Evolution Gaming that uses multiple high-definition cameras positioned around the table and dealer in a Hollywood-style studio setup.
"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 press release states. "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 customized to meet the needs of PokerStars."