A live casino is a type of online casino that hosts live dealer games. Live dealer games are live-streamed versions of classic on-land casino games, for example, roulette, blackjack, baccarat and more.
The games consist of live video streams of real-life croupiers in a casino studio, accompanied by a chatroom and a virtual table and betting system. The croupier takes bets just as they would in a live casino, but the bets are all placed on a virtual table on your screen and a corresponding screen in the croupier’s casino studio. The croupier then deals (or spins the roulette wheel), and all the games unfold just as they would in an on-land casino, except they’re in a remote casino studio location being streamed to your device.
In Live Roulette, the wheel contains 37 pockets, numbered zero to 36. You can make any combination of bets, on both individual numbers and groups of numbers, and all these bets are placed on the part of the table known as the ‘inside section’.
On the ‘outside section’, you can place wagers on a variety of matching pairs of bets, each of which covers 18 numbers. From high or low numbers, odd or even, and red or black, there are a number of different options available.
On various parts of a Live Roulette table, you can also choose from six different 12-number bets, ‘column’, ‘dozen bets’, as well as several 17-number bets.
To determine the winning number and color, a croupier spins the wheel in one direction, and then spins a ball in the opposite direction around a tilted circular track running around the outer edge of the wheel. The ball eventually loses momentum, passes through an area of deflectors, and falls onto the wheel and into one of 37 (single zero French/European style roulette) or 38 (double zero American style roulette) colored and numbered pockets on the wheel. Then any winnings are paid to anyone who has placed a successful bet.
The pockets of the roulette wheel are numbered from 0 to 36.
In number ranges from 1 to 10 and 19 to 28, odd numbers are red and even are black. In ranges from 11 to 18 and 29 to 36, odd numbers are black and even are red.
There is a green pocket numbered 0 (zero). In American roulette, there is a second green pocket marked 00. Pocket number order on the roulette wheel adheres to the following clockwise sequence in most casinos:
Roulette players have a variety of betting options, and you are not restricted to making one type of bet as in many other table games. Players placing inside bets are either selecting the exact number of the pocket the ball will land in, or a small range of pockets based on their proximity on the layout. Players wishing to bet on the ‘outside’ will select bets on larger positional groupings of pockets, the pocket color, or whether the winning number is odd or even. The payout odds for each type of bet are based on its probability.
The roulette table usually imposes minimum and maximum bet values, these values usually apply separately for each of a player’s bets on each spin, and there may be separate minimum and maximum values for inside and outside bets respectively. For inside bets at roulette tables, some casinos may use separate roulette table chips of various colors to distinguish players at the table. Players can continue to place bets as the ball spins around the wheel until the dealer announces “no more bets” or “rien ne va”.
When a winning number and color is determined by the roulette wheel, the dealer will place a marker, also known as a dolly, on that winning number on the roulette table layout. When the dolly is on the table, no players may place bets, collect bets, or remove any bets from the table. The dealer will then sweep away all other losing bets either by hand or rake, and determine all of the payouts to the remaining inside and outside winning bets. The marker is removed from the board when the dealer is finished making payouts. The winning chips remain on the board.
Straight Up – A single bet on any number on the Roulette table.
Split – Bet on two numbers simultaneously. Place your chip in-between two neighboring numbers and if the ball lands on either number, you win at odds of 17:1.
Street – A street bet is when you bet on three numbers simultaneously that all appear in a row on the grid of numbers on the Roulette table. Winning Street bets pay out 11:1.
Corner – Also known as a Square or Box of Four bet, this is a bet placed on a block of four numbers on the grid. You must place your chip at the meeting point of all four numbers for the bet to be valid. Winning bets pay out at 8:1.
Six Line – in a nutshell this is two Street bets combined. A Six Line bet is a bet on two adjoined streets. Bets can be made by placing your chips at the intersection of two streets and the odds are 5:1.
Five Number – Or a Basket Bet, can only be played in American Roulette. A bet that’s rarely made but involves a bet placed on both zero pockets (0, 00) and 1, 2 and 3. Your chip must be placed on the edge of the adjoining line between the zero pockets and the 1, 2 and 3.
Neighbour Bet – placing a bet on five numbers all next to each other on the wheel rather than on the table, e.g. 15, 34, 22, 5, and 17.
First 12 – a bet that covers the first twelve numbers on the Roulette table (1-12). This bet can be placed on the ‘1st 12’ section of the table.
Second 12 – a bet that covers the second 12 numbers on the Roulette table (13-24). This bet can be placed on the ‘2nd 12’ section of the table.
Third 12 – a bet that covers the third 12 numbers on the Roulette table (25-36). This bet can be placed on the ‘3rd 12’ section of the table.
1-18 – As it says, this is a bet placed on numbers 1 to 18 using the designated section on the Roulette table.
19-36 – As it says, this is a bet placed on numbers 19 to 36 using the designated section on the Roulette table.
Even – Bets placed on all even numbers on the table. The ‘Even’ section is placed next to the ‘Red’ section on the table.
Odd – Bets placed on all odd numbers on the table. The ‘Odd’ section is placed next to the ‘Black’ section on the table.
Black – Bets placed on only the black numbers on the table. You can make this bet by placing chips in the ‘Black’ designated area of the table.
Red – Bets placed on only the red numbers on the table. You can make this bet by placing chips in the ‘Red’ designated area of the table.
Players take one of 7 seats at each live table, while a unlimited number of players can also ‘Bet Behind’. Real cards are dealt, with bets placed via the easy-to-use interface as players try to achieve a hand that’s closer to 21 than the dealer’s hand. It’s really simple to enjoy the core game with its choice of game views including full-screen video, and optional Insurance, Double Down and Split Pair bets.
Live Casino BlackJack Game Round
A Live BlackJack game round follows the following sequence:
The dealers invite the players to place their bets and a bet timer starts its countdown.
The players place their bets in their betting box before the bet timer reaches 0.
After the bets are closed the dealers deal cards to each player and to themselves.
From right to left each player at the table gets a turn and decides how to proceed to play their hand(s) according to the Live Blackjack game rules.
When each player has had a turn the dealers draw their second card and play their own hand;
After the dealer has played their hand, losing bets are deducted from the player’s account and winning bets are paid out.
The player has to “buy” (hit) cards from the dealer after the first two cards are dealt, trying to get as close to 21 points as possible without passing that number.
The player has to have more points than the dealer after the dealer’s hand is played.
If the player buys more than 21 points the hand is “bust” and the player loses. If the dealer buys more than 21 points their hand is bust too (and the dealer loses).
The cards dealt by the dealer are shuffled by an automatic shuffling machine. The following “house rules” are applied:
The dealer must stand on 17, including on a “soft” 17 (17 points with an ace in it), and draw on 16;
The player can double their bets on the first dealt two-card hand, including split hands. If a player does so, automatically a card is dealt when it’s the player’s turn
Split hands cannot be split again (no re-splitting).
BlackJack Card Values
The values of the cards are as follows:
Numbered cards value their specific number.
Kings, Queens, and Jacks value 10 points.
Aces value 1 or 11.
Split: if the player’s first two cards that are dealt are equal in numbers or in images (for example two 9’s or two Kings) the hand can be “split”. Subsequently, the player will get an additional card on each split card and thus play with 2 hands (with the initial bet on each hand being the same amount that was initially bet). The dealer cannot split;
Stand: the player can decide to “stand” which means no more cards will be dealt while the total amount of points in the player’s hand are below or at 21 points. The player then has to wait for the dealers to play their hand;
Push: a “push” means the value of the hand of the player is the same as the value of the hand of the dealer. In that case, the player neither wins or loses and holds the bet placed;
Insurance: if the dealer hits an Ace as a first card the players have the option to “insurance”, that is, double their initial bet. In case the dealers subsequently hit Black Jack when playing their hands the player’s bet is paid out according to the pay table;
Black Jack: “Black Jack” is 21 points formed by an Ace (11 points) and a 10 points card (see Live Black Jack card values). If a player gets Black Jack dealt with the two first cards received they immediately win according to the pay table. If the dealers get Blackjack they win over all players that have chosen to stand.
Baccarat is a card game where the player, from herein referred to as the “better’ to avoid confusion, can bet on one of 3 outcomes: player win, banker win or tie. The winner is the one who achieves the score closest to, or exactly 9.
The table has a box labelled ‘player’ and a box labelled ‘banker’ drawn on it. At the start of the game betters place their bets on “player win”, “tie”, or “banker win”. After all bets have been placed the dealer draws two cards for the “player” and two for the “banker”, at this point if no one has drawn a score of 9, the betters may increase their bets or hold their bets, but they may not change what they have betted on.
Once everyone has either raised or held the dealer draws one more card for each box, if neither one has a score of 9 then the players may again raise or hold after which the dealer again draws a card. This will repeat until a total of five cards have been drawn, if no one has a score of 9 after the five cards have been drawn then whoever is closest to 9 score will win.
The ace has a value of 1.
The number cards 2 through 9 are worth their face value.
The cards 10 and Jack through King have a value of 0.
All the card values in each box are added together and the sum of their values is that boxes score, should the sum of the cards be 10 or greater then only the last digit in the score is counted. For example a score of 10 counts as 0, 12 would be 2, 15 would be 5 etc. this continues into all score counts no matter the size or likelihood of their happening.
What is RNG
Random Number Generators are employed by online casinos to ensure that their games, like slot machines, yield random results that are consistently random in every single spin. Players rely on these Random Number Generators to make sure the games they play at fair at all times.
Slot games description
All slot machines will have a balance, a display box, a paytable, reels, bet per line, number of paylines, maximum bet and play/spin button or lever.
RTP is short for Return to Player, and it delivers a percentage that will tell you your odds of winning when playing an online slot. It indicates the percentage of total wins over a long period of time – in fact, over the total stakes played. So, for example, if the online slot you choose has an RTP of 96%, and you play 100 rounds at €1, you can expect to win €96 back. The €4 remaining is the house edge; what the casino will earn from your wagers in total. It isn’t quite as black and white as this, as the RTP is calculated over huge amounts of spins – going into the millions. So, for example, it wouldn’t be a given to win that €96 back every time you wagered €100. But, if you wagered that much over a long period of time, that’s the average you would begin to see. The figure has been formed as a general indicator of how reliable the game is. Generally speaking, if the house edge is high, people will be put off playing a certain game, as it means that you’ll be paying the casino a fairly high percentage of your bankroll. You’ll always know what the RTP of a game is, as slot game developers are required to inform punters of how likely they are to win. This information is typically found in the information section of a slot, or on the paytable. It’s good to know what the RTP of a slot is as, besides indicating the quality of a game, a slot with a high RTP will be more likely to offer a player features such as bonus rounds, mini games, wilds and multipliers. As many slots these days are offering a high RTP, it’s an ever increasing competition for software developers to come up with additional features that players will enjoy. It’s typical for most popular online slots to have a RTP of around 96%.