Live Dealer Casino Twitch Streams: Are these guys for real?
Twenty years ago, if we watched a
video, it was either a home movie or a rental from the local video
store. Ten years ago, online videos were almost exclusive to Youtube,
where most viewers were either listening to their favorite song, or
looking up how to replace some small part on their car. Now days,
there are videos of everything – and I mean everything – right
down to people playing what some would call the most boring casino
game of all, blackjack.
Now don’t get offended all you
blackjack enthusiasts. I’m not putting down your pastime. Quite the
contrary, I love the game. But if we’re being honest, and playing
with a strict decision-making strategy based entirely on mathematical
probabilities, it really can suck most of the entertainment out of
the experience. It can be fun at first, but after a while, it becomes
a mundane task; a trial in monotony for the greater good of the
If that’s what Twitch blackjack
streams were all about, I don’t imagine they would get too many
viewers. Fortunately, the ones with a decent number of followers are
far more entertaining. So entertaining, in fact, that some might beg
Are Live Dealer Casino Twitch Streamers for Real?
I’ve seen some pretty strange stuff
coming over the Twitch live feed in the last year. There have been
more than enough players trolling the dealers with inappropriate ‘Mad
Lib’ style names, just to hear them say it out loud. It was funny
when Bart Simpson did this to Moe, but the immaturity gets old quick.
What seems to get he most viewers,
though, is a streamer willing to bet big bucks on each and every
hand. Some of them do it on a single hand, saving up a few grand and
betting it all. Others bring a large bankroll to the table and see
how far they ca “ride the wave”.
The intensity these people exhibit
in their videos is probably what attracts viewers the most. It’s like
watching a suspense film. We take on the emotions of the lead
character, feeling their anxiety, their pain, their jubilation. But
as we all know, the movies are scripted dialogue performed by
overpaid actors. It makes you wonder, are some of the crazier Twitch
streamers for real?
Theoretically speaking, yes, they
are real. They are placing real money bets, as is evident in the
broadcasts. In fact, most live dealer casino games don’t allow
practice play, so it’s real money or nothing. But it’s not always
their money on the table. Which raises another question…
Where is all that money coming from?
I’ve come to find there are three
types of live blackjack streamers. The first is the rich-kid type. No, they’re not really kids, that would be illegal, but they
are the type to grow up amidst wealth, never truly learning the value
of a dollar. Instead, they learned the value of buying Twitch
followers by throwing money at online casino games, and broadcasting
it for all to stare at in bewilderment.
There is value in that, too, because
having a large fan base can net you a lot of cash, which brings us to
our next type – the dependent bankroller.
These streamers build a stash of cash on their own at first, using it to place big bets and grab viewers as they go. Once they have enough followers, they ask for help in bankrolling upcoming videos. Those watching get so caught up in the moment that they agree. All it takes is a simple click of the ‘Subscribe‘ button to make a donation, and when you’ve got enough viewers doing it, the money comes pouring in!
Then comes the third type – the online casino affiliate. These players are expected to
make a name for themselves at first, and if they succeed, the casinos
will actually bankroll them. It’s the same as having a house player
planted at the poker table. The whole point is to get more people to
play. If you notice a a frivolous blackjack player hosting a live
dealer casino Twitch stream, taking far more risks than anyone with
that size bankroll should, they’re probably a paid affiliate.
is our jack of all trades here at DBC. She is a skilled coder, gambler, writer and webmaster. She lives in Manitoba where she enjoys the lush landscapes and camping near Tulabi Falls. Nature gives her inspiration to write. When she's not immersed in nature, her favorite words are "game theory". She lives with her husband and their two Labradors, Kophy and Whisper.