Live Dealers

There is no doubt that online gambling is one of the greatest inventions this century, allowing players the flexibility and convenience of gambling from the comfort of their own homes. Online gambling allows players to wager when they want, no matter what time of the day or night, and without the need to worry about the opening and closing hours of land based gambling establishments.

But while nobody is arguing against the excellent advantages of online gambling, some players have the genuine desire to stick to live gambling at a land casino simply because they enjoy the human interaction element. These players argue that nothing quite beats the pleasant conversations between player and dealer, the sound of real chips clicking on the table and the background buzz of a live casino.

Thankfully, software companies have managed to come up with a concept that has taken the gambling world by storm – live gambling. This type of gaming combines the ease and convenience of online gambling with the live element of offline gambling through simple yet powerful technology.

Beaming live images directly from reputable offline casinos right into a player’s living room means that live gaming is a very real option for gamblers who are seeking this kind of entertainment. Live dealers thus interact with the player, chit chatting about the weather, the game and everything in between! Cards are cut right before the player’s eyes and a general feeling of being right where the action lies permeates throughout the gaming experience!

Live gaming options were never as sophisticated as they are today. For example, internet speed has improved so much that there are none of the problems facing players today as they did in previous years. Also, many changes have been made to these offerings, including the use of oversized cards to see the numbers clearly, and cameras that zoom in and out on the cards as necessary.

Not all online casinos offer live dealer options, but some of the biggest names in the industry, such as Playtech, Microgaming and VueTec (Distance Gaming) certainly do. The most popular live dealer games are blackjack, roulette and baccarat, with many top sites offering a combination of all or some of these games.

Live Blackjack

The reason that many players choose live dealer blackjack is that they can see the cards being dealt. Because blackjack is such a personal game between the player and the dealer, the live gaming option introduces a more intimate element to the game and removes the ‘me versus the machine’ concept.

Live Roulette

Live roulette is also growing fast in popularity, with many sites offering this option. Software rules do differ, so players should know the rules of the game at each site before they try out the roulette choice.

Live Baccarat

Less popular is live dealer baccarat, although this mysterious game enjoys a core of loyal followers. With a couple of winning streaks, baccarat can prove to be a highly profitable game and the advantage of its uniqueness is that players are always sure to find a table to play at!

Live Sic Bo

The final live dealer game available at online casinos is the Chinese dice game of Sic Bo. This game, like baccarat, has less of a following than blackjack or roulette, but is still enjoyed by many players and even more so now that a live option is available.


All in all, for players searching out that personal element of gambling yet still wanting to play in their pajamas in the comfort of their living rooms at 3 am, live dealer casinos are the way to go!