5 of the Best Live Dealer Games to Play

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BetMGM Jul 25, 2022, 9:35 AM

While games like online slots are undoubtedly a lot of fun, if you’re looking for the convenience of playing online while still getting the benefit of interacting directly with a dealer and with other players, then you’ll enjoy live dealer casino games.There are a wide variety of these games available to play live online, including all your table and card favorites. These continue to grow in popularity, with some even speculating that live dealer games may eventually take over online casino gambling. Read on to find out more about just five of the many live dealer games you can play, including how to play, as well as some tips on etiquette and strategy.

Types of online live casino games

As the live dealer casino games genre grows in popularity, more and more casino developers are adding new and exciting types of live dealer games for people to play. Here are some of the different types of live dealer experiences that you can enjoy at many online casinos.

  • Lottery and wheel games: If you enjoy these “game show” style games, then you’re in luck. Live dealer games are perfectly suited for this genre of games, which means no shortage of titles.
  • Slots: In live dealer slots, the player interacts with a dealer who has access to a variety of real slot machines. Depending on which game you want to play, the dealer will place wagers and spin the reels of the machine for you.
  • Table games: Classics like blackjack, craps, poker and roulette are extremely popular live dealer games, as they add that additional social element that may be lacking in the traditional online versions of these games.

Now let’s take a look at five live games and some of the specific versions you can play online.

1. Live baccarat

Baccarat is one of the most well-loved casino games around the world. Since it’s quite simple, it’s also a good choice if you’re a beginner card player. 

To play baccarat online, all you need to do is wait for the dealer to deal two cards to you and the dealer themself. You can bet on either the player’s hand, the banker’s (dealer’s) hand or a tie. The hand that totals closest to nine wins, unless it’s a tie! 

Some points to note when it comes to etiquette are knowing the basic rules and how to add up all the cards, but because you’re playing online, you don’t need to worry, as this will all be automatic. 

Since the hand you’re dealt is random, similar to other games like roulette, there isn’t much strategy involved. But you can learn to become better at placing more strategic bets based on the information that’s shared in live dealer games, such as Live Baccarat.

2. Live roulette Dealer standing next to a roulette table and wheel with the ball landed on 34

Roulette is another one of the most popular and iconic online casino games, and it’s also quite simple. All you need to do is place your bet on a number from 1 to 36 (or one of the many other bet options, such as “red” or “black”.) The dealer spins the wheel and if the ball lands on the number or option you bet on, you win a specified amount based on your wager and bet type!

There are many versions of roulette, which have different rules, as well as wheel and table layouts. American Roulette switches things up a bit by adding a double zero on the wheel, but you can also try out many other versions online.

When playing roulette, proper etiquette involves knowing when to place your bets and being respectful towards other players. Note that as in many other live gaming environments, there are several other types of bets you place, so it’s worthwhile reading up more about those!

Since roulette is completely random, and there’s no way of knowing where the ball will land, there is not much strategy involved in the actual gameplay. But, you can also become more experienced in the types of bets you place, based on the odds (and all of the recent statistics that you can access) and depending on how much risk you wish to take.

3. Live game shows

As you would while watching an exciting game show on TV, you can also watch the wheel spin with live dealer games online!

Dream Catcher is one of the most popular game shows online and was the first game that Evolution Gaming offered in this category. It’s very easy to play. All you need to do is bet on a number that you think the wheel will stop at, and if it does, you’ll get the corresponding payout. Similar to online casino slot games, there isn’t much etiquette involved here (other than being a polite and active participant,) and as with many other games with random outcomes, all you can do is take your chances and hope for Lady Luck to be on your side when the wheel is spun.

4. Live blackjackDealer placing cards down on blackjack table

Blackjack is one of the most popular casino table games, both in real life and online, and this card game is all about playing against the dealer!

As you would in a traditional blackjack game, you and the dealer start with two cards each. Your aim is to end up with a hand that beats the dealer’s by getting as close as possible to 21 when you add up the values on the cards you’re “holding.” 

In games like Blackjack Live, the casino table is set up in the standard seven-seat layout, which means a certain etiquette will be involved, as other people will be playing (even if you can’t see them!).

Once you’ve started to get to grips with blackjack, you can also start to refine your strategy. This includes knowing when is the best time to “hit” (ask for another card,) “stand” (stick where you are and not draw any more cards) or when to split pairs. You can also take your gameplay up a notch by placing some side bets.

5. Live poker

Poker is a legendary game worldwide, which makes it one of the most exciting online casino games to play.

There are so many kinds of poker that it can feel overwhelming in the beginning. But while there is so much to learn, there’s also much fun to be had!

Casino Holdem is a well-known live option, as it combines the feel of blackjack with poker. In other words, you play Holdem-style poker, but directly against the dealer (with no other players involved). 3 Card Poker is another variation, which also involves playing against the dealer with just three cards. 

As in blackjack, there’s some etiquette that you’ll need to observe, even when playing online. This includes checking that you have a stable internet connection, not abusing the chatbox, paying attention, and not discussing your hand or the outcome.

When it comes to tips and strategies, there’s so much to learn, depending on the rules of the particular game and the casino you’re playing at. As many famous players have said, poker is all about strategic decision-making, which you’ll get better at the more you play.

Live dealer game etiquette

As a general rule for etiquette with any of these games, remember that although you’re playing online, you’re also interacting with real people who want to have a good time, just like you. Make sure you conduct yourself appropriately and respect everyone at the table you’re playing. This also goes for any live chat you join. Steer the conversation away from divisive topics such as religion or politics and try not to gloat about any wins – it’s just not cool! Remember, everyone is here to have some fun and play a few games. 

Play at the best live dealer online casino

No matter whether you prefer live dealer or regular online gambling when you play casino games, rest assured that BetMGM has an incredible range of choices on offer to suit a variety of tastes.

After you register to play at our real online casino, you can choose between all of the live options we’ve talked about above, as well as a variety of other table card and casino slot games.

While it might take a bit of practice before you can put your strategic skills into play, know that a live casino environment is the perfect place to hone your skills before playing in real life – when you’re ready, of course!

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