The term “multiplayer” is used to describe certain online casino games. The problem is, the term is used in two different meanings and this can confuse beginners. Therefore, it is important to understand the difference between the two uses.
In the first sentence, the online casino game is actually a multiplayer game like in brick and mortar casinos. Many players can play the game at the same table.
Therefore, live dealer games offered at some online casinos are multiplayer games. These games are not based on random number generators (RNG). Live action from real casinos streams video to the player’s computer via the Internet.
When players log in to live dealer casinos, they can choose the table they want. Other players can also bet at the table. Unlike in RNG-based games where the player can set his pace, in live dealer games the pace is set by the dealer. The usual live dealer games are roulette, blackjack and baccarat. Some live dealer casinos also offer craps and Texas Hold’em.
The leading gaming provider Microgaming offers a genre of slot machines called Multi Player Slots. Here, multiplayer is used in the sense of many players betting on the same slot machine.
Players are grouped into virtual rooms based on what has been wagered. Each player can only see their slot machine but can chat with other players in the room. Initially, each player plays independently and earns points or multipliers depending on the exact game.
The slot becomes a multiplayer game when the bonus round is triggered. A number of players share the parts of the bonus round based on a preset formula.
There are also multi-wheeled online roulette games. The main advantage of the second type of multiplayer game is that they go much faster and thus are suitable for online casino players who have limited wagering time.