HOW DOES A LIVE CASINO WORK?
One of the biggest advantages of online casinos has always been the ability to play games at any time of the day, wherever you are. And thanks to advancements in mobile technology, this has never been truer. However, despite all of the convenience of virtual online casinos, there has always been one thing missing – human interaction.
Luckily, casino game providers soon identified this issue and worked to replicate the real experience of playing with a human dealer online. Thus, live dealer casinos were created and began to quickly expand across the web, tipping the scales of the casino industry away from land-based casinos and towards online operators.
Basically, a live casino online is the same as your traditional casino, with the biggest difference being you don’t have to physically move or spend any extra money to sit with a dealer and enjoy some great casino games. In fact, you don’t even have to turn on your laptop, as most live dealer games now work on smartphones as well.
To provide this luxury, software companies who provide and license live games invest in their own studios, top-notch recording, and streaming equipment, and their own software platforms through which they offer a turn-key product to any casino looking to use their games.
And once a casino integrates live dealer games into its platform, players only have to log in and launch and they’ll be playing in real-time with a human dealer. There will also be a user interface surrounding the live stream, of course, where you can manage your bets and perform actions that the dealer will respond to.
WHAT TYPE OF LIVE GAMES CAN I FIND AT AN ONLINE CASINO?
The types of live games you can play in an online casino will depend on the operator itself. Some will offer only a handful of games, while others will offer up to 100 tables where you can play all sorts of different games with various wagering limits. Among the available options, you’ll commonly find one or more of the following games:
- Live Blackjack – Mostly American-rules Blackjack, although the rules may vary according to the casino. Live Blackjack games also often come with popular side bets like the 21+3 and even features like “back betting” (betting on another player’s hand, rather than your own).
- Live Poker – There are a number of popular poker variants offered at live dealer casinos, including Casino Hold’Em, 3 Card Poker, and Caribbean Stud.
- Live Roulette – Probably one of the most varied live offers, there are up to a dozen live Roulette variants you can find online, including the classic European and French variants.
- Live Baccarat – The classic card game, as popularized by Asian high-rollers, Live Baccarat tables can be often played for high wagers as well as small ones.
- Live Specialty Games – Games like Sic Bo, Craps, Money Wheel, and Casino War, can also be found with some live software providers.
WHY PLAY A LIVE CASINO ONLINE?
There are several reasons why playing in a live casino online can be even better than the expense, travel, and time required to go to a standard brick-and-mortar casino. These reasons include:
- Better game rules – Unlike land-based casinos where the high cost of operating expenses leads managers to adjust the table rules and make them less fair, in online live dealer casinos games can retain liberal rules and table limits, which is especially true for Blackjack.
- Better payouts – Online operators often offer more fair payouts like the 3:2 for Blackjack and the “no commission” banker’s bet for Baccarat, which are rarely found in land-based casinos anymore.
- Games are available 24/7 – You can play anytime you want, regardless of your time-zone or even your location, as most casino games are also mobile-friendly.
- New game variations – Online live games try to up the game by offering more exotic game variants like Multi-Wheel Roulette, Playboy Baccarat, or even classic games with better side bets.
- Friendly dealers – To make the experience more stimulating, live game providers train their dealers to interact with the audience and be friendlier, which is not always found in land-based casinos. Furthermore, some exclusively choose more attractive professional dealers to make the experience even more interesting.