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Live Casino Game Shows

A new phenomenon in live casino games has been building over the past couple of years. It’s a new category of casino games known affectionately as online live game shows or Live Casino Entertainment Game Shows.

This new game type brings a different dimension to gambling online with a live dealer.

The dynamics of the game are different from the more traditional live dealer games with fixed odds and payouts like Blackjack, Roulette and Baccarat.

The best live game shows promise entertainment, large un-predictable wins and a playing experience like nothing you’ve seen before.

All of the major live casino software providers (Evolution, Playtech and Pragmatic Play) created new games in this category.

In this article, we’ll explore each of the games, identify similarities between them and most importantly where you can play.

Dream Catcher

The first wheel of fortune game with multiplier segments, which boost wins by 2x or 7x. Big wins are possible with consecutive multipliers and a 40x! It has been done.

Spin A Win

A similar game to Dream Catcher, but with additional side bets. If you like more edge to your game this is a great alternative. Side bets can be played without placing the main bet.

mega wheel

Pragmatic Play’s twist on Dream Catcher and Spin A Win. In this version, one number is chosen to receive a multiplier for that spin. Wins can be boosted by 500x.

Monopoly Dream Catcher

A big wheel game, with a special Monopoly bonus round that’s triggered by landing on the 2 or 4 Rolls Bonus segments. The Chance boosts wins or pays cash prizes.

Crazy Time

A Big Wheel game with four separate bonus rounds. Multipliers can boost the payouts of the Coin Flip, Pachinko, Cash Hunt and Crazy Time Bonus rounds. Bet small for some big wins.

adventures beyond Wonderland

4 bonus rounds take centre stage in this Big Wheel game. Lots of opportunities for good wins. Watch out for the caterpillar giving random multipliers.

Money drop live

Based on the popular TV Series, you’re given a total prize fund that you have to try and keep while navigating through 3 drop rounds. You keep what’s left!

mega Ball

A bingo-type game where you buy multiple cards to play. Get wins for completed lines. The mega ball at the end can boost wins by up to 100x! A great game to turn over your bankroll.

Cash or Crash

A classic gambling game, that uses a bouncing ball machine to make selections. Do you gamble and climb the ladder for bigger wins, take half and gamble the rest, or take your winnings?

deal or no deal the big draw

Another game of Deal or No Deal, this time from Playtech. While the main game is similar to Evolution, the twist is the bingo side bet, which gives some great payouts.

Deal or No Deal

Based on the iconic TV series Deal or No Deal, you have to find the best prize as the briefcases are opened. Deal and take the win or gamble with No Deal.

Gonzos Treasure Hunt

This is basically like a slot bonus round, but you make your selections up front and watch the game unfold, as prize drops and multipliers add to your wins.

sweet bonanza candyland

An entertainment game from Pragmatic Play, with three bonus rounds. A maximum multiplier of 20,000x is possible with payouts capped at £$€500,000. The RTP ranges from 91.59 to 96.83%.

What Are Live Entertainment Game Shows?

There’s been a bit of a debate into what constitutes a live game show. The lines are a little blurred. You could argue that any online live game with a host/presenter is there to provide entertainment, so therefore all games could be classified as game shows.

However I take a different view and in my mind, there are three types of Live Games.

  1. Normal table games, that have come from land-based casinos or are traditionally played between players at home or other venues.
  2. Table games that have been enhanced in some way to give greater payouts. These are typically games with Multipliers, so the likes of Lightning Roulette, Quantum Roulette, Super Sic Bo fall into this category.
  3. Entertainment Games – A new styled game that brings together some aspects of traditional live dealer casino games, blended with RNG/Augmented reality, with a sprinkling of multipliers and the chance of massive payouts for a small bet.

This article is about the games that fall into category three, Entertainment Game Shows.

History of Live Casino Game Shows

This new breed of games was borne out of the desire to attract more players to live casino games.

To somehow find a way to bring some of the excitement that slots can bring with the large unpredictable wins to a live game. Another key component was to make the games entertaining and immersive, to try and attract an audience that would otherwise shy away from playing the more traditional table games.

The first of these live dealer entertainment games to be created was by Evolution, who has been pioneering the way forward in this new category. The game Dream Catcher looks like a familiar wheel of fortune game, but with a twist. Multiplier segments were added to the wheel to boost the possible wins. Playtech followed suit with their version, Spin A Win and the rest is history.

The next major advancement was the addition of Bonus rounds to these games. Monopoly Live was created, and this was a game-changer. This game has a recognisable brand, but more importantly augmented reality is used to take the player on a journey into a virtual world where the bonus round is played. The opportunities for huge wins are limitless, with many wins over 1000’s of stake value.

At this point games consisted of a Big Wheel, multipliers, augmented reality and some known game branding.

Game development went four ways:

  • The use of Multipliers applied to traditional table games.
  • The use of other mechanics to drive the games
  • The creation of games using famous board games and TV shows as the theme.
  • The bringing together of slots live and augmented reality.

Have all Entertainment Game Shows been successful?

The live casino providers have been trying to outdo each other with varying degrees of success.

Not all of the games released have remained popular after the initial surge to play them.

One of the issues is player engagement and involvement. To be successful there has to be a gambling element and decisions required by the player. Games that require just a bet to be made and then watch the game unfold are not that popular in the long term, regardless of the payout you can get.

The one exception to that is Crazy Time from Evolution. It is by far the best online game show, the number of player’s amounts to 1000’s in a session and the payouts have been absolutely mega.

Live Game Shows in More Detail

Let’s take a look at all the game show live games

I’ll break them down into categories to make them easier to digest and compare.

  1. Big Wheel Game Shows
  2. Bingo Type Game Shows
  3. Augmented Reality / Slots

Big Wheel Game Shows

What is common between all of these is the Big Wheel, which is used to drive the game.

The most straightforward are Dream Catcher, Spin A Win and Mega Wheel.

Evolution Dream Catcher

Dream Catcher

Dream Catcher is the original Entertainment game by Evolution and is responsible for starting off the new genre of live casino game shows.

The Dream Catcher wheel has 54 segments with 2x and 7x Multiplier segments that can further boost wins. The normal max payout on the wheel is 40x.

The objective is to bet on a numbered segment where you think the wheel will stop.

Playtech Spin A Win

Spin A Win

Playtech launched Spin A Win shortly after Dream Catcher was released.

This wheel has 51 segments with one 2x and one 7x segment.  What is different in Spin a Win are the side bets that can be played alongside or independently of the main wheel spin.

Wins and payouts are similar to Dream Catcher, but the side bets add that extra twist, which can be fun to play.

Pragmatic Play Mega Wheel

pragmatic play live mega wheel

The Mega Wheel from Pragmatic Play came along after Dream Catcher and Spin A Win.

It’s a 54 Segment wheel, but the multipliers are chosen before each spin, using a Random Number generator.

The maximum multiplier is 500x, which puts Mega Wheel in a different league from the rivals. Also different is multipliers are active for every spin, making payouts more likley.

Evolution Monopoly Dream Catcher

monopoly dream catcher

Monopoly Dream Catcher is the second generation Wheel of Fortune game.

This game uses a big wheel, the same as Dream Catcher, but instead of Multiplier segments, the wheel has Chance and Bonus Round Segments.

Landing on a bonus segment initiates the bonus round where you roll a dice to move around a virtual Monopoly board, collecting multipliers as you go.

Some big wins occur in this game.

Make sure you check out my strategy for playing Monopoly Live.

Evolution Crazy Time

crazy time

Crazy Time is arguably the most liked and hated Big Wheel game of them all.

Crazy Time has 4 separate bonus rounds in addition to the numbered segments on the wheel. C

Coin Flip, Cash Hunt, Pachinko and Crazy Time Bonus rounds all promise wins of multipliers. The question is “how high will they go”?

A further multiplier can boost these wins, leading to 1000’s x wins.

You’ll love or hate Crazy Time. I’m in the love camp.

Playtech Adventures Beyond Wonderland

adventures beyond wonderland

Adventures Beyond Wonderland is the same sort of game as Crazy Time.

Notable differences include the theme, which is based on Alice in Wonderland, and the 4 bonus rounds.

There is a real mix, from Dice games to another wheel used solely to deliver multiplier wins. Watch out for the caterpillar, affectionately known as Wilber, who gives out free multipliers when the mood dictates.

Not quite as volatile as Crazy Time, so worth playing if you like a regular return on your bankroll.

Playtech Money Drop Live

money drop live

The Money Drop Live is a big wheel game, but with a twist. Every Spin of the wheel delivers a multiplier win at the start of the game.

Your objective is to try and keep hold of the prize fund for as long as possible. Whatever amount of money is left at the end of the game you get to keep.

All you have to do is survive the three drop rounds. You have to place your money on up to 4 platforms. Three of them drop, losing whatever money was on them.

It’s a case of how brave are you? Will you risk all for the big prize or spread the risk to take something home?

A very clever game that really challenges risk vs reward.

Pragmatic Sweet Bonanza Candyland

pragmatic sweet bonanza candyland live

Pragmatic Play has entered the live casino game show category with Sweet Bonanza Candyland. This is a Slot inspired game, using a big wheel as the main game mechanic.

The wheel has fifty-four segments, five of which are bonus round segments, which when landed on initiate a bonus round.

Unlike other entertainment games, all of the bonus rounds are RNG, with player choice playing a small role in the Candy Drop. Sweet Spins is a slot, based on the popular Sweet Bonanza, while the Sugar Bomb drops multipliers on the wheel.

The game has a max multiplier of 20,000x and payouts are capped at half a million £$€ depending on the currency you’re playing in.

Bingo Type Game Shows

These entertainment games are driven by a bingo machine. Coloured or numbered balls are drawn from the machine during the games to provide a result that is acted upon.

It’s an alternative way of selecting a result, and a bit different from the big wheel games we’ve become used to.

Evolution Mega Ball Live

mega ball

Live Mega Ball is the first live Bingo type game from Evolution.

It’s is possible to purchase up to 400 cards to play with each game round. The objective is to get multiple winning lines on a card. The more lines, the greater the payout.

The unique feature of the game is the Mega Ball at the end. The last final ball is given a multiplier value. The maximum multiplier is 100x.

Should this last ball complete a line on your card it will multiply the win by that number.

Watch out for the extra Mega Ball that can sometimes appear to boost wins even more!

Evolution Cash or Crash

Cash or Crash

Cash or Crash live comprises a prize ladder that you have to climb. The higher you go, the larger the multiplier payout you receive.

A bouncing ball machine decides whether you advance up the ladder, crash and lose your money, or get a free life and a boosted payout.

All you have to decide is whether to take the money and run, take half and gamble half, or risk all on the next ball being drawn.

Will it be green to proceed or will red see you dead?

A simple yet compelling game from Evolution.

Playtech Deal Or No Deal The Big Draw

Deal or No Deal The Big Draw is based on the Deal or No Deal TV series. Sixteen briefcases each contain a monetary prize, which is determined by the amount you paid to enter the game.

A bingo machine draws numbered balls. If the number matches one of your briefcases it enters the qualification process.

Six matched briefcases are needed before the banker can make an offer. Do you take the offer or gamble for a bigger prize?

A nice Bingo side bet adds some more excitement to the game.

Augmented Reality/Slot Type Game Shows

These entertainment games are driven by an RNG engine. While the game is presented as being a live game – there is a live host/presenter of the game, all aspects of the game, with the exception of the player choice, is drive by a Randon Generator Engine (RNG). The results are determined by a computer, not by a human being or live-action.

I would compare these games to Slots – they have similar RTP’s and in my opinion about as fun!

Evolution Deal Or No Deal Live

The Evolution Deal or No Deal is played slightly different from the Playtech Version. There is a qualification process to enter the game by gambling on a wheel, trying to get segments to line up. Win and you enter the game. At this point, it’s possible to top up the value of individual briefcases before the game starts.

An RNG engine allocates numbers to the briefcases which correspond with the prize amounts.

As the briefcases are opened the Banker makes you a cash offer for your briefcase. You can either accept the offer by dealing or reject the offer to see more briefcases opened and perhaps get a better offer from the banker.

Gonzo’s Treasure Hunt Live

gonzos treasure hunt

Gonzos Treasure Hunt is a fusion of Live Dealer and Slots. In reality, it’s all computer-generated, from the images you see on screen to the game mechanics and presentation.

The only live part of the game is the host and the picks the player makes after bets have been placed.

The outcome is generated by a computer. YOu sit, watch and see if you’ve won. There is no skill in this game. It’s all luck.

In my opinion, this is not a good game and should be avoided.

Which is the Best Live Game Show to Play?

The best live game show is really down to personal choice.

Things to consider is the entertainment value of the game:

  • Did you have fun watching and playing?
  • Did you lose your money quickly or slowly?
  • Were the wins small and constant or big and not very often? This is the volatility of the game – some players like a more volatile game than others.
  • Did the game make sense – i.e. could you work out the best way to play to get enjoyment?
  • Are you playing just for the thrill of the big win?

The best overall Entertainment Game show that I would recommend is Evolution Crazy Time.

I think this game delivers on multiple levels.

You can play really conservatively, and using a strategy can turn your money over for hours, while you watch others busting out chasing the big wins.

Equally, you can play high stakes on just the wheel and walk away with a profit – forget the bonus rounds.

Or just play just the bonus rounds  – you’ll lose lots but hope to make it back up with a big win or two.

A lower volatility alternative would be Playtech’s Adventures beyond Wonderland which has the same sort of game mechanic, but fewer big win opportunities.

If you prefer something simpler, then Pragmatic Play’s Mega Wheel will do the trick.

What are the RTP’s of the Live Game Show Games?

The RTP’s are all different, and depending on the game show you’re playing there may be a range of RTP’s for the different bet types.

Let’s take a look at each live entertainment game and compare the RTP’s.

  • Cash or Crash – 99.59% RTP.
  • Spin A Win – 97.22% RTP.
  • Adventures Beyond Wonderland – 96.82% RTP.
  • Dream Catcher – 96.58% RTP.
  • Gonzo’s Treasure Hunt – 96.56% RTP.
  • Pragmatic Mega Wheel – 96.51% RTP.
  • Money Drop Live – 94.01% – 96.48 RTP.
  • Monopoly Dream Catcher – 96.23% RTP.
  • Evolution Deal or No Deal – 95.42% RTP.
  • Mega Ball – 95.40% RTP.
  • Playtech Deal or No Deal – 95.28% RTP.
  • Crazy Time – 96.08% – 94.34% RTP.
  • Sweet Bonanza Candyland 91.59% to 96.83% RTP.

The most obvious game show to play is Cash or Crash, with the highest RTP. But this comes at a cost, in so much the game is very straightforward and can return a profit by just continually cashing out when in profit. Of course, no one plays like that, so the RTP will actually be a lot lower because of the way people will play this game.

Good games to play are Crazy Time and Adventures Beyond Wonderland. If you pay these sensibly you’ll get either a long playtime or return a profit. If you chase big wins, you’ll lose. These games are excellent for building anticipation and then swiping your legs from underneath you., leaving you swearing at the screen. In my experience, this is truer of Crazy Time than Adventures Beyond Wonderland.

Money Drop Live has great potential, but you need the boosters in play increasing the safe zones to really stand a chance of getting a decent win. The idea of allowing the player to determine the risk they want to take on the game is pure genius. It’s a game for all player types.

Summary of Live Entertainment Game Shows

To be honest I was a little sceptical when the first of the game shows appeared. I didn’t see how a game like Dream Catcher could possibly deliver the same sort of highs that a good slot delivers.

In some ways, I was right, because the game lacked something, which was put right with the next game to be launched, Monopoly Dream Catcher.

This really was a turning point, as you had a live game being supplemented with slots type technology. The mix is delightful, with players able to anticipate massive wins for a small bet and still benefit from a “live” experience.

The games that have followed have been both experimental and groundbreaking. Crazy Time seems to have hit the peak, but with more games being developed off the back of TV series and famous board games, I’m sure there is a lot more to come.

Live Casino Game Shows Frequently Asked Questions?

Can You Play Live Game Shows For Free?

Unfortunately, Live Casino Game shows cannot be played for free. However, it’s possible to watch the games and it’s also possible to play for as little as 0.10 a spin.

What is a Live Casino Game Show?

A Live Casino Gameshow is a relatively new concept in online live gambling. Games have been created to provide more entertainment, be it through elaborate studios, hosts dressed in costumes or live betting games we’ve never seen before. The minimum stakes are generally very low, with the potential for big wins being huge.

Which Software Providers Have Live Dealer Game Shows?

Only three Live Casino Providers currently produce live games that can be classified as Game Shows. Leading the way is Evolution, followed by Playtech and finally Pragmatic Play.

What is the House Edge (RTP) on Live Game Shows?

The house edge varies between games. The lowest edge sits with Evolution Cash or Crash at 0.41%, while the worse is Playtech Deal or No Deal at 4.72%. Click for a full list of Game Show RTP’s.

What are the Live Entertainment Game Shows?

The Live Entertainment Shows are currently Dream Catcher, Monopoly Dream Catcher, Spin A Win, Crazy Time, Adventures beyond Wonderland, Cash or Crash, Mega Ball, Deal or No Deal, Deal Or No Deal The Big Draw, Mega Wheel, Money Drop and Gonzo’s Treasure Hunt.

Are there Strategies for Playing Live Online Game Shows?

There are playing strategies you can adopt to make your bankroll last longer, but there are no strategies that guarantee you’ll win. This is gambling, with a house edge already factored in. The only people to win consistently will be the casinos providing the games.

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