Online poker has enjoyed increasing popularity over the years, but many would agree that it just couldn’t match the atmosphere and the psychology of the game present in a live setting.
Well, a new project is aiming to bridge that gap by making online poker feel more real. “Dealio” is a new online poker site that will facilitate online games by bringing in live dealers, called the “Dealios” into the table. This way, players will get the chance to enjoy live poker experience right in front of their computers.
The Dealios will work in a similar manner to the dealers in live casinos and poker rooms. They are tasked to monitor the entire action and are also authorized to enforce the rules at the tables. Meaning, they can impose penalties to whoever violates the rules, and will also work to keep the sessions as smooth-sailing and peaceful as possible by prohibiting “inappropriate table talk“.
Based on the name of the new site, players will be required to be in front of their web cameras and be visible to other players while the game is in progress, especially if they’re involved in a hand. This way, everyone can guarantee that they’re playing against real opponents and human players, not poker bots. It also prevents players from using real-time assistance programs.
Through the presence of live dealers and the use of webcams, players will be able to engage in real-time social interaction, make verbal declaration of an action, and “read” their opponents.
Making Online Poker “Fun and Fair”
Dealio is run by Dialectic Applications, Inc, a company created in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. The firm’s founder, intellectual property lawyer Donald Puckett, is a recreational poker player who, like many other poker players and fans around the world, was also forced to transition to the virtual felts due to pandemic-related lockdowns and restrictions.
Puckett, who loves playing at webcam-based online sites, decided to create his own platform, with the help of numerous poker personalities, including Poker Hall of Famer Barry Greenstein and Clonie Gwen, both of whom are part of the software development team, player-ambassadors Nathan Gamble, Shannon Elizabeth and Jacob Zalewski, as well as tournament directors Justin Hammer and Ken Lambert Jr.
In Dealio’s video teaser (shown above), the team are shown participating in a demo tournament, using the site’s interactive webcam software. The new site, which promises to make online poker fun and fair, is set to launch later this month.