We suspect that most of you reading this article will already be familiar with the common terminology of online casino gaming, but here is a super brief reminder just in case. Live Casino games are the most realistic recreations of card and table games that you can find on the internet; these games feature real dealers handling the cards or spinning the roulette wheel and will respond in real time to the decisions that you make on your computer at home.
Whilst all licensed and regulated online casinos can be trusted to offer a fair game, there will always be some players who struggle to trust the purely digital implementations of games such as Blackjack and Roulette. Seeing a real dealer handle these games via streaming video is often enough to put these fears to rest, which has ensured that live casino games continue to be improved, developed, and streamlined with every passing year.
Which Games are Available in Live Casino Format?
Any table game that can be offered at a land-based casino can be translated into the live dealer format using modern technology. Cards are fitted with RFID chips which enables the table to read the value and suit shown on each card without exposing it to the dealer or other players at the table, which has proved incredibly useful to those creating poker television shows as well as live casino games.
Dealers keep an eye on player decisions using banks of monitors located above their heads, out of view of the cameras which share the video feed with participating players. This setup minimizes the potential for mistakes, and whilst they do occasionally still occur, the technology enables the situation to be quickly recognized and rectified by either the dealer or pit boss in control of the live dealer table.
The most common games found at live dealer casinos are as follows:
- Blackjack, including Blackjack Switch, Infinite Blackjack, and other variants
- Baccarat, usually of the Punto Banco variety
- Poker, including Texas Hold’em, Omaha, and many more
- Ultimate Texas Hold’em
- Let It Ride
- Deal or No Deal
- Three Card Poker
- Caribbean Stud Poker
- The Big Wheel
Which are the Most Popular Live Casino Games in Canada?
Unsurprisingly, Canadian gamblers are much like those in the rest of the world when it comes to preferences around live casino games! One of the most popular games at any Ontario online casino is Blackjack, and most live dealer platforms will have a dozen or more blackjack tables available. These tables will often have different wagering limits and rule sets, to help cater for different types of players.
This setup makes sense for many live casino games; beginners may be intimidated to find themselves playing at a table full of people placing very large bets and making quick decisions, so it makes sense to group players by the size of the bets they wish to place.
We’ll discuss five of the most popular live casino games in a little more detail below:
The most popular form of live casino blackjack is known as “unlimited” blackjack, which allows many players to participate at the same table by “betting behind” others who are betting. This allows the casino to permit lower wagers, but also means that you may not get to choose whether you double or split certain hands. If you wish to have full control as you would at a regular land-based Blackjack table, you will sometimes need to bet a little more – perhaps $5 per hand – whereas Unlimited Blackjack usually allows bets as low as $1.
Roulette is the perfect live casino game, as one dealer can serve an unlimited number of players at a single table. You place your chips on the layout, completely unaffected by the bets and decisions being made by other players, and at the end of each spin a list of winning players will be shown, allowing you to see just how big – or small – the other bets made at your table may have been. Because one dealer can serve so many players, live dealer roulette tables will usually permit very small wagers.
In land-based casinos, the game of Baccarat is often considered as a high-roller game that is synonymous with the high life and a glamourous image. In the live dealer world, however, you can relax – nobody else needs to know how big or small you are betting, and the simplicity of the game makes it a perfect first choice, especially for those who feel intimidated by the more complex ruleset of Blackjack.
Craps may seem like an obvious candidate for a live dealer game, but it is actually one of the latest table games to be translated into the format. This could be one of the reasons for its current popularity – players may still be appreciating the novelty of being able to shoot dice on a real table from home. Sure, you have to trust the dealer to roll the dice for you, but this shouldn’t bother most players.
Finally, we have poker – whether you prefer to play games such as Three Card Poker or Caribbean Stud against the house, or Texas Hold’em against a table full of other human players, every variant of this game you can imagine is available in a live dealer format online. Poker seems to go through cycles of popularity which spike once or twice each decade; we appear to be on the upward stroke of such a a cycle right now, with online poker rooms and live dealer tables seeing more action this year than any other year since 2015.