Guide to Live Casinos
Live Casinos are all about bringing the casinos to you, rather than you going to the casino. You remember what it used to be like, right? You get all dressed up, head across town to the casino. Buy a drink or several and walk around until your feet hurt trying to find a free seat at a table that suits your budget and that’s playing a game you want to play.
Fast forward to today and let’s play that game again. You finish work, head home. Take off the shoes that have been hurting your feet, change into your pj’s and unlock your phone – BINGO – hand-held casino tables. Or; you jump on the bus to work – it takes an hour but only if the traffic is good. You grab your phone and BOOM hand-held casino tables!
You can literally take your pick of thousands of different tables with budgets to suit everyone. Almost every online casino these days offer live casino games. So how do you choose one? What are some of the things that you need to look for and how do you know you’re getting a good deal <- pun intended! Read on and find out what you need to consider before you bring the glitz and glamour of a live casino into your lounge room or on your daily commute.
What are Live Casinos?
We are so glad you asked. “Live Casino” and “Live Dealer Casino” are the same thing, we will use both terms in this guide so I’d thought we should clear that up first. Live Casino is a term that refers to an internet gaming facility that allows players the ability to play real table games on both PC and mobile devices. The games are run using a combination of live streaming tech, sophisticated software, card table & roulette wheels. Real croupiers shuffle, deal & spin within a real land-based casino or casino setting, giving players the closest thing to being at an actual brick & mortar casino. A live casino combines the best of both worlds. Real-timing gambling without having to change out of your PJ’s. They’re a perfect balance of the good things about online casinos and the thrill of the real-life casino. Players can chat with the croupier – just like at a brick and mortar casino and you can also chat with other players as well. Due to the complexity of setting up a live casino the games are limited, with most online casinos offering Blackjack, Baccarat and Roulette. Some online casinos also offer, Hold ‘em poker. In saying that the technology giants behind live casinos like Evolution Gaming, NetEnt, Playtech and Ezugi, it shouldn’t be too long before the game options really start to open up.
Choosing a Live Casino
This can be tricky, mainly because there aren’t a lot of online casinos that allow you to view their live casino lobby without an account, there are some online casinos that require you to deposit into your account before allowing you into the lobby. This makes it hard to see if the games, dealers and tables suit you. Choosing an online casino for your live casino gaming means doing a fair bit of research on the topic and reading player reviews on a lot of online casinos and on live dealer casinos. The online casinos that do let you view the live casino lobby and even view a game in progress are obviously top of the range casinos, who understand the even with online casinos people like to try before they buy. But like we mentioned there’s not a lot of these around and it’s always worth doing your research before you sign up to an online casino. So, what are you looking for? Those of you who aren’t new to the world of online casinos probably want to skip this bit, but it’s worth a read even if you are familiar with it all. The biggest thing you need to consider when choosing an online live casino to sign up to is security, keep in mind that it’s your money you’re going to be depositing into your account! There is a huge number of online casinos that offer live dealer games, all seemingly the best. But it’s important to remember, that like with anything on the internet, there can be scams out there on the world wide web. I know we’ve said it before; research the site before you join up and most importantly before you deposit any of your hard-earned money into your account. Another important thing is the welcome offers or bonus deals. There aren’t many online casinos that don’t offer a welcome offer or weekly bonus deal and sometimes they will even apply to their live casino section. Keep this in mind when you are researching and perusing the online casino world.
Important Things to Look For
Like we mentioned above security above all else. Knowing that the online casino you’ve joined is secure is paramount. Make sure that the website has the all-important https:// start to its’ website – helpful hint here -> the ‘s’ in https:// stands for secure – see what they did there. The next important thing is to make sure that the online casino and therefore the live casino you are joining is properly licensed and registered. You can check this information in a couple of places. Firstly the reviews – if you’ve done your homework and checked out reviews for the online casino that tickles your fancy – the licensing and registration information should be in the review. The second place to check is the casino website. It should be listed on the bottom of each page including the landing page. If it’s not – there might be an issue and we wouldn’t recommend signing up to any online casino that doesn’t have their licenses and registration viewable for all their customers. Honestly, we know that it sounds like common sense but this is a really important factor when considering an online casino.
The next thing to look for would be the deposit and withdrawal methods. Make sure that the online casino has the method that suits you the best, whether that be e-wallets or bank transfers. Check the limits both with depositing and withdrawing, and the wagering requirements on any wins you make through the welcome offer or bonuses that the online casino offers. Also, make sure that you read the terms and conditions regarding the verification process, there’s nothing worse than winning and hitting a road-block in the verification stage.
Getting a good deal
Who doesn’t want a good deal these days – or ever really? If you’re ready to sign up but are umming and ahhing about whether the bonus offer or welcome offer is what you want. Do some more research – I know more of the boring stuff – but when all is said and done if you do your research it’s going to make a huge impact on your gaming experience overall. If you want to strictly play live casino, then make sure that the welcome offer or at the very least some of the weekly / daily bonuses are for players of the live casino element. If you’re more a varied online casino player than choose a casino that has bonuses that covers the games you prefer to play – or find yourself playing the most. There aren’t a lot of online casinos that offer live casino bonuses only, so you are going to have to compromise on that we’re afraid. But chances are you won’t only be playing in the live casino lobby of your chosen online casino.
It’s all about balance and finding the balance between bonuses and live casino experience that you can live with. There’s no one best deal out there because we all want something different. There are people that prefer an epic welcome offer over weekly bonuses. The flip side of that is that there are people that can do without the welcome bonus so long as the online casino has an epic number of live blackjack tables.
Live Casinos or Live Dealer Casinos are hugely popular at the minute and why wouldn’t they be. They bring the casino to you instead of you going to the casino. And let’s be clear here – pretty much everything is better in your PJs. And it’s almost a guarantee that your couch is going to be a lot comfier than a hard-back chair at a brick and mortar casino. Like we’ve mentioned the game selection with live casinos isn’t going to cover all the games that are available at a real-life casino, but we don’t think it’s going to be too long before they do.
We live in a fast-paced, convenience-based society. We’ve got the whole world at our fingertips literally everywhere we go – don’t even pretend you don’t take your phone to the bathroom; we all do it! Now we have the technology to take our casino with us where ever we go. On the bus, in our lounge room and yes sometimes even into the bathroom. Online casinos are getting better and better at offering mobile solutions and live dealer games were always on the list. We’ve already started seeing VR live casino gaming launched, yes you read that correctly. You can now don a VR headset (virtual reality) and join a live dealer game. What’s next for this ever-changing world of live dealer casinos, we don’t know. But when we know – you’ll be the next to find out.