Article: Live Casino Games by Neil W.
LIVE CASINO - WHO, WHAT, WHERE & WHY!

Online Live Casinos have been around for a few years, with the leading casino software companies like Playtech and Microgaming being the early adopters and producing very good 'live casinos'. However in recent years there have been a number of new kids on the block that concentrate solely on live casinos. Companies like Evolution Gaming, HO Gaming, MediaLive and Net Entertainment are now producing very good alternatives, and from my analysis of the live casino market I'd say the current market leader is Playtech, closely followed by Evolution.

With one or two small exceptions all the live casino providers offer Blackjack, Roulette and Baccarat. A few offer Casino Holdem and one or two offer Sic Bo, Majhong and Dragon Tiger casino games.

You may be wondering what all the fuss is about, what an online live casino is and what makes them different from playing against RNG (Random Number Generator) software games and why one live casino software companies solution is not the same as another. Well if that's the case, you're in the right place as this article gives you a quick rundown so you'll hopefully come out with a better understanding to help you make an informed decision about which out of all online casinos are best for live dealer play.

Each Software company offering a live casino product has made a substantial financial investment to be able to offer live casino games. Without exception they have all built their own live dealing studios, which are located in different regions around the world, from Malta to Latvia to the Philippines, Canada and Gibraltar to name just a few. Each dealing studio includes the capability to stream the games by video feed in real time over the internet. Real croupiers or dealers are used to deal the cards or spin the roulette wheels, normally on a 24 x 7 basis.

What differentiates the software providers are the games they have and the rules that they apply to them. Whilst the object of Blackjack is the same across all solutions, the game features or rules that are adopted by each solution can be and are different. The small differences have an influence on house edge, so its worth checking out the "Rules" when you choose your casino to play at. BetVictor Casino offers no less than four live casinos so is a really good place to try out the different softwares and see the rule differences in action.

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Roulette is pretty standard across all providers, the only differences to note come with the ability to lay French Bets and some return your bet (Partage) if zero is hit and you have placed an even money bet. All of the software companies offer European Roulette (Single Zero).

Baccarat is very popular and you will also find some subtle differences across the solutions with side bets being offered at some. Essentially all offer Punto Banco (North American Baccarat).

Casino Holdem is another popular game to be offered at an increasing number of Live casinos. This is where you are playing a Poker hand against the dealer. You're dealt two cards and you bet on whether they will beat the dealer before the common cards are dealt. This is one of the few games that is dealt using one pack of 52 cards. Blackjack and Baccarat are normally played with 6 - 8 decks.

Sic Bo , Majhong and Dragon Tiger are games that are aim at the Asian Market and are very popular. You can find these 12bet, 138.com, Bet365 & Boyle Casino.

The Advantages of Playing with Live Dealers

The thing I like most is that you're not playing against a computer. It's as close to playing in a real casino as you can get, without actually being there. You are dealt real cards, by real dealers. Real Roulette wheels are spun by real croupiers. So there is no random number generators or software programs that can be used to manipulate the outcome of a hand or spin on roulette. For that reason players are moving to live casinos to play live casino games and the trend is increasing.

Where To Start Playing

Each online casino is different of course as you can see from the comprehensive directory that we've built at Casino Comparer. You can also filter the casino search results to create a comprehensive list of live casinos. You'll find over a 100 listed!

If you are simply after a quick-start and don't want to mess around comparing online casinos, then I'd suggest starting at either Bet365 or at one of the 4 BetVictor live casinos as between these two they have the broadest range of games from 5 of the to live dealer software developers. They are also both casinos that can be trusted and have good withdrawal times.

About The Author

Neil has been playing live dealer games and poker at online casinos for several years. His favorite games are Blackjack and Texas Hold 'Em and he has a reputation for shrewd, careful and steady play. He has played at more than 30 live casinos and on every mainstream software platform.
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