Mon, Mar 4, 10:45am by Noah Taylor
Last Updated Mon, Jul 6, 8:38am
Live Dealer games have been around for a few years now. Live casino games were created by online casino software providers as a way of adding an extra layer of authenticity, interaction and excitement to playing casino games.
Before Live Dealer games, online casinos offered mechanical versions of games that were operated using a Random Number Generator. Which as the name suggests, drew cards or spun roulette balls at random to produce the results that led to players either winning or losing.
The games of Blackjack and Baccarat, among others, are operated by real dealers who are present in studios across the world. The live dealer action is directly streamed to a players’ mobile device, laptop or desktop. For instance, you’ll see a live dealer standing right behind a blackjack table dealing out cards.
Live Dealer is becoming an incredibly popular way for Australian players to play their favourite table games. And is almost a staple for online casino sites these days.
The idea behind Live Dealer online casino games is that you’re getting a casino experience that’s as close as possible to being in an actual land-based casino. So rather than games being operated in an electronic way where games are over and done within a quick time. Here the experience is similar to being in one of the world’s great real casinos. Say the Crown Crown Casino – with a friendly, chatty, hospitable croupier drawing cards and managing games. Which not only adds authenticity but also makes the experience far more pleasant.
Just as an example, you can communicate with live dealers and other people at the table through the chatbox to congratulate players on a good win, or thank the dealer for giving you that 7 you needed to make Blackjack!
Some of the biggest software providers in the world like NetEnt and Evolution Gaming have invested heavily in live casino games. Building studios and hiring live entertaining and professional dealers; the action is then streamed in real-time to the live online casinos who work in partnership with these providers.
The most common games available in live casino games are Live Blackjack, Live Roulette and Live Baccarat. Although you will see some other games available like Live Lotto or the freakishly popular Dreamcatcher, made by Evolution Gaming.
Few would argue that playing in Live Dealer mode isn’t a superior experience to playing in the computer version. Here are some of the key benefits:
Playing at online casinos opens players up to huge casino bonuses. For example, new players normally get access to a welcome bonus that can add hundreds or thousands of dollars to a players bankroll. All of this bonus money can be used while players live dealer games.
Casino games have been around for a long time now. And over the years players have worked to try to develop winning strategies that allow them to beat the house, more often than not. Sadly, there are no foolproof strategies that you can bank on to win every time.
At the most basic level of playing casino games, which includes Live Dealer games. There are some strategies that you should use whenever possible. Things like managing your bankroll and not chasing losses. Knowing all the rules and quirks of different game variations you might be playing.
If you want to play Blackjack for example but don’t know-how. You can always play the traditional online casino version of it in free play mode to get your head around it and understand the gameplay. Only when you’re comfortable with it, should you start playing for real money over in the Live Dealer section.
Sadly, you won’t generally be able to play Live Dealer in demo or practice mode. These games are expensive to run as they have to hire live dealers and support staff to run the games.
The world’s most popular betting card game combines good decision-making, a cool head and of course a lucky card.
There’s a common myth among beginners that Blackjack is all about making 21. It’s not. If you make 21, fantastic, and you’ll generally win anyway but the name of the game is beating the house. If your 18 beats dealers 17 or they go bust (and you don’t), that’s more than enough.
The best Blackjack players are masters at knowing when to double down or split.
The King of the table game has been the subject of many a book and film over the years including, of course, Dostoevsky’s epic short story, The Gambler.
Some players like placing wagers on what are (almost) 50/50, chances such as Red or Black or Odd or Even. While others like to split their chips across all sorts of combinations including sections of the board, individual numbers and perhaps one of the (almost) 50/50 chances, as well. Some players just like wagering on their favourite numbers and hope that occasionally one of them comes good.
And therein lies the beauty of Roulette. There are no right or wrong ways to play it and it’s simply up to where the ball lands when the roulette wheel stops spinning.
Baccarat is the most complicated of the Live Dealer games. At the beginning of each round, players need to decide on whether they want to bet on the Banker or the Player. The hand doesn’t belong to Banker or player as such, it’s just called that.
The Dealer then gives two cards to each player and the game ends if either Player or Banker (or both) draw cards that come to 8 or 9. If not, then the Player is dealt another card if his total came to 0-5 but none of the totals was 6 or 7. A table is then consulted to see whether the Dealer draws another card or not and then final scores are compared. The tie is a possibility as well, and successfully betting on it pays out at 8/1.
Anyone who has ever played Lotto, or the lottery, will know inside out how it works. Balls are drawn one-by-one and the more of your numbers (present on your card) that are drawn, the better for you. Get all six and you’ll win an absolute fortune!
The difference between Live Dealer Lotto and just playing a regular lottery is the number of additional betting options you have. For example, you could bet on whether the sum of the six draws will be greater or less than 170. You can also bet on such things as whether there will be more draws that are of colour x than of colour y. This is one of the more recent additions to Live Dealer games catalogue.
No. Most of them will have at least three Live Dealer games while others may have as many as 20. But some online casinos choose not to have a Live Dealer product at all.
Not generally. If you wish to play Live Dealer games, you’ll need to play for real money. However, you’ll be able to practice playing traditional casino games and online pokies in practice mode at most online casinos.
Absolutely. The simple fact that the action is live-streamed means that you can monitor everything the Dealer is doing to ensure fairness.
Yes, each table will state what the table limit is. That limit will vary and if you want to play for higher stakes, the best casinos will offer high-roller tables, with much higher limits.
Yes. As is the case with most casinos these days, anything you can do on desktop or laptop, you can also do on mobile. And playing Live Dealer is no exception.