Live Dealer Casino Games

live-dealerLive Dealer, or Live Casino, lets you play classic online games like roulette and blackjack on your machine, except the dealer is human. Instead of a computerised roulette wheel, a real-life mahogany beast is spun. In blackjack, real-life cards are shuffled and dealt. You can even talk to the dealer in real time!

Live Dealer games are exciting and give online casino players the thrill of a land-based Vegas casino without having to leave their rooms. Live Casino has its pitfalls, however, so make sure you’re up to speed before taking your bankroll to the tables.

How Live Dealer Games Work

There are two sorts of Live Dealer games at casinos in 2016: roulette and card games. Card games include classics like baccarat, blackjack and Casino Hold’em.

Essentially, Live Dealer games work with a human croupier directing the action from a TV studio or casino setting. Players can view the dealer via a webcam (even choosing their camera angle if they want) and they can chat to the dealers using the chatbox function.

Placing Bets: To play a Live Dealer game, open a table in the Live Casino lobby and take your seat. The croupier will be able to see your username and they will “welcome” you to the table. You will be playing one on one (unless it’s blackjack) so the action is on you. You can ask advice in the chatbox and the dealer will be happy to help.

Once all players involved have placed their bets, the dealer will kick into action – dealing cards or spinning a roulette wheel.

Card Games: Real-life cards are used in blackjack, baccarat etc, but cards are fitted with a chip or barcode which are read by a scanner as they are dealt out. These card values are then displayed on-screen for the player and computer. If a player wins the hand, the computer can then pay out accordingly.

If a mistake is made (the dealer scans a card twice, or doesn’t scan a card at all), the bet is void and the game starts again.

Roulette: Fancy the action of a real-life roulette wheel but don’t want to leave your front room? Live Dealer Roulette lets you place bets on a real Devil’s Wheel. To play, drag chips on the virtual table as you would do in online roulette. The human dealer will call ‘no more bets’, at which point the computer will stop taking wagers. A dolly is placed over the winning number and the computer pays out winners automatically.

Types Of Live Dealer Games

Live Roulette: Live Dealer roulette features a real-life wheel spun by a real-life dealer. Many players can play at a Live Roulette table at once, as there are no physical chips in play and no actual “seats”. Typically, games come in European and French flavours, but you can also find VIP versions for high rollers and innovative variants like Double Roulette. The dealer may call ‘no more bets’, or there will be a timer on-screen giving you 10-20 seconds to act.

Live Blackjack: Played with a special coded deck of cards, blackjack is played between the player and the house. The player is dealt two cards and must “hit” (receive further cards) or “stand” (take no more cards) as they try to get as close to a total of 21 as possible. As the cards are dealt, they are scanned by the dealer and placed in front of the player’s “position”. The dealer will guide the action if you’re unsure of what to do next.

Special actions like ‘double down’ (doubling your bet on a total of 9, 10, or 11) can be done by clicking the icon on-screen. If you decide to split a pair and play two separate hands, the dealer will split for you and carry on dealing.

Live Baccarat: In baccarat/punto banco, the dealer and player are dealt two cards each. The aim is to get as close to a total of 9, with picture cards and tens counting as zero and face cards counting as their value. Watching players can make bets on the ‘Player’ or the ‘Banker’ (the house). The Banker pays out 19/20 if their hand wins, with a successful Player hand paying even-money. A Tie pays 8/1.

Live Casino Hold’em: Casino Hold’em is different to regular Texas Hold’em poker in that players take on the house rather than each other. The game is played with a single deck, shuffled automatically in the studio and dealt by the human dealer. The player and dealer are both dealt two cards apiece which are scanned as they are dealt from the shoe. The dealer’s cards are face down but the player’s will show up on the computer screen.

Three “flop” cards are dealt face up in the middle of the table. These are shared by both the dealer and player. If the player likes his hand, he can make a further bet (a “call”) or fold (discard his hand) and lose the bet. If a player calls, the last two cards (turn and river) are dealt out, and the player can complete a five-card poker hand from the seven cards available. If your hand is better than the dealer’s, you win.

Prepare Your Bankroll And Take Down A Bonus

As long as you have a good bankroll, Live Casino games are great for that “real-life casino” feel. The games may move slower than traditional online casino games but for a slice of bricks n’ mortar action they’re hard to beat.

Online Live Dealer Games FAQ

What Are Live Dealer Games?

Live Dealer, or Live Casino, games are online casino games played against a human croupier. You can use your normal online casino log-in to access games.

What Games Can I Play?

Typically, a good online Live Casino will feature at least one variant of roulette, plus baccarat, blackjack, and Casino Hold’em. You can choose from your favourite dealers and also change the camera angles.

Can I Play At All Stakes?

No. Generally, the minimum stakes in Live Dealer games are slightly higher than normal online casino games. The high maximum bets, however, make the games perfect for VIPs and high rollers. Beginners can usually take advantage of online tutorials provided by the casino.

Do The Games Run All The Time?

Most online casinos have Live Dealer games running 24/7, regardless of where the tables are based.

Do I Need Special Equipment?

A normal PC or Mac is enough to run most Live Casino games. Just make sure you have Adobe Flash installed to enable the streamed video and audio.

Are The Games Fair?

Yes. Live Casinos are regulated by gaming jurisdictions to ensure a fair game. Dealers are also highly-trained so that nothing can go wrong.

Can I Get An Online Bonus?

Yes. Most welcome and deposit bonuses allow some Live Casino play to contribute. Some casinos offer special bonuses exclusive to your Live Casino gambling.

Can I Play Live Dealer On My Mobile?

Yes. Plenty of mobile casinos offer a Live Dealer/Live Casino offering for gambling on the move.