The onset of the online casino in the 1990s changed the way that people gamble. No longer did they have to make their way to a land-based casino to play blackjack, roulette or baccarat – they could simply get themselves seated in their favourite armchair at home, flip open their laptop and hit or stand or bet it all on black as easily as surfing the net.
However, there was still something missing. Real-world casinos involved interaction with real dealers and real people. Online casinos involved interacting with computer bits and bytes. This real-world interaction was something that online casinos simply could not provide.
Since around 2010 online casinos have developed the option to partake in 'live dealer games' where you play at a real casino table with a live dealer, and where the action is fed back to your computer via a live video feed. You can now play 'live casino', still without the need of ever leaving that armchair!
Examples of live dealer games:
When you play at a live casino online, you will meet real dealers and you can take your virtual seat alongside other players at the table. You will see the dealers live, and with some casinos, you can 'meet the live dealer' which means you can see information about the people who will be dealing the cards or running the roulette wheel. This information includes their age, their interests and other characteristics.
Blackjack is the world's most popular casino card game, where the object of the game is to score as close to twenty-one without going over that amount, and to beat the dealer's total.
Roulette is one of the oldest and most famous casino gambling games when you can bet on numbers, colours and ranges and groups of bets. The dealer will shoot a little metal ball around the roulette wheel that contains 37 or 38 numbers. Bets are paid to the punters who can predict where the ball will land.
Baccarat is another card game where you can bet on either the banker or the player's hand. In this game it's all about scoring as close to nine as you can. It's often possible to choose different levels of intervention regarding each game, and at each different table.
Live casinos differ in the levels of interaction and participation they allow, but you can usually chat with the dealer via messaging and hear their responses. Live casinos give you the best chance of playing online as close to 'the real thing' as possible!