Technology continues to develop at such a pace that there are exciting new ways to try what we enjoy most. For example, playing casino games has been a favorite hobby for hundreds of years, but recent upgrades have made sitting down for an online session of blackjack, roulette, or baccarat an incredibly immersive and engaging experience.
The new live dealer games technology brings the brick-and-mortar casino experience right into your own home – or wherever you happen to be via your cell. Play with a real dealer, using real gaming equipment, and place your bets just as if you were there.
It’s the closest you’ll get to being in a casino without having to visit, which, with the current pandemic placing so many restrictions, is welcome news. We haven’t seen such a radical shift in how to bet since virtual sports offered a fresh new approach for sports bettors.
In this guide, we introduce you to live dealer games and how you can play them.
What are Live Casino Games?
iGaming companies like Evolution Gaming now run studios worldwide, which are kitted out just like a casino floor. There are blackjack tables, roulette, and baccarat, plus many game show-style games. Cameras positioned at each of these tables are streamed live, broadcast to your online casino.
Now, as a customer, when you log in to your online casino, you no longer have to play on a computer-game version of these iconic casino classics (although that choice is still available). Instead, your screen has the real, studio-based live dealer games in front of you, and you can take a virtual seat at the table.
Dealers will interact with you because they see your name sitting down, and you can talk to them via the live chat facility.
Rounds of blackjack happen just as they do at a real casino, except here, you use your mouse or click the screen to place bets from your casino account directly onto the gaming table. When it’s your turn to act in blackjack, you get to hit and take another card – and watch as the dealer takes it from the shoe, which holds the cards, and turns it over in front of your eyes.
You can elect to stand, double down, split – place side bets on Perfect Pairs or 21+3, take blackjack insurance… in fact, anything you can do in a real casino, except enjoy some free cocktails! If you stand, watch the dealer play out their hand, then see the winnings added to your account or your stake sadly removed from it if you lose.
Live roulette dealer games follow a similar format. Your croupier is sitting at a real table and wheel. In front of you is a virtual representation of the traditional roulette betting area, on which you can click to add your chosen bet to any section, like single numbers, lines, red or black, and odd or even.
Once the betting time limit is up, watch the dealer spin the wheel and hope that the white ball lands on a winning number for you. Again, any winnings are credited to your account automatically, and the software usually lists all the online winners of that round. You might be surprised by how big some people are winning.
This is perhaps the easiest casino game to play, and it’s no different on the live dealer games version. Before the real dealer peels off the Banker and Player hands, simply bet on Banker, Player, or Tie. The dealer does everything else for you, making this an ideal game to enjoy at home if you don’t want to concentrate too hard.
While these are the three main live casino games to enjoy, others are available, including Casino Hold ’em and a variety of game show-style experiences like Dream Catcher or Monopoly Live. All streamed live, straight to your screen.
Stakes and Variety
When you visit your online casino’s live casino lobby, you will see many different games. Some will offer live dealer games from several providers, including Evolution Gaming and Playtech. Open up the blackjack lobby, and there will be many tables to join, usually differentiated by the stakes. Because seats are limited, just like they are in a real casino, the minimum stake per blackjack round is usually $5, and these are popular. But you will see other tables reserved for high rollers.
If all the seats on your preferred table are full, you can usually bet behind a player while you wait for a seat to become free. All this means is you place a wager next to the player’s name, and you only win if they win. If they lose the hand, you lose.
And if there are several open seats at your table, you can click on one or more of them and play several hands at once, although, in blackjack, it’s best to know what you are doing so you do not make any expensive mistakes.
Roulette is slightly different because there is no limit to the number of players who can bet on the action. There are different types of roulette you can try, like Lightening Roulette or Double Ball roulette.
So, with many casinos still closed thanks to COVID, now you can still get your live gaming fix.