If you are a resident of the Republic of Ireland and love playing in actual casinos but do not have the time or the advantage of being able to travel to the closest land-based casino, then you will love this new exciting development in online gambling with all the benefits and gaming experience as if you were actually sitting at a table in an actual casino from the comfort of your own home.
At All Irish Casino, Paddy Power and Ladbrokes you can play live casino games such as Blackjack, Roulette, and Baccarat (Puntobanco) or even in some cases Poker. The games are played using live streaming technology – where one can view and bear witness to what is going on in the land-based casino being broadcasted and seeing real dealers in action. This way, as long as you have a good internet connection and a good browser, you are able to connect and play with real dealers and other real players within a casino and not just play against the computer generated dealer.
Roulette is one of the easiest, fun and exciting games to play. Most online casinos present European Live Roulette. And the way to play it is as follows:
The game comprises of the Roulette Wheel, the table and the white ball. The Roulette Wheel contains 37 gaps into which the spinning ball may fall. The gaps are numbered from 0 to 36 and are positioned around the wheel according to the rules and regulations of the game. These gaps are coloured either black or red but the number zero (0) is usually green in European Roulette and never black or red. An online player is given a particular amount of time which is displayed on the screen, to place a bet. When the time is about to run out, an indication in the form of a pop up screen is given to indicate to the player that last bets will be accepted. When this time ends, the dealer will indicate ‘No more bets’ or a pop up will appear on the player’s screen by which time the player must stop betting.
When the time has run out, the dealer will spin the wheel in one direction and will then spin the ball around the wheel in the opposite direction from the spinning wheel. As the ball slows down it will eventually fall into one of the numbered gaps.
The object of the game is to basically predict into which gap the ball will fall. Most Online Casinos have an option that will allow you to practise placing bets by providing you with virtual money without having you to bet your own money. This is a “test run” allowing the player to practise the game, giving the player a chance to get to know the game before committing himself/herself and betting with real money.
By placing chip/chips on any part of the table (whether on a single number or divided spaces) a player tries to predict the numbered gap on the wheel into which the ball may fall. If a player’s prediction comes true, then he/she wins an amount depending on how the bet wasplaced.
The online Blackjack table may differ to the real Blackjack tables in an actual Casino. But when it comes to placing one’s bets it can be easily understood.
The game is played with multiple decks of cards, each deck containing 52 cards as they exclude the Joker cards. The reason for playing with so many cards is that it makes it harder to attempt to predict what cards might be coming next. Each card is valued with a number of points. The cards 2 through 9 are valued to the amount which is indicated on the card e.g a 2 has 2 points, a 6 has 6 points etc. A 10, a Jack, a Queen and a King all carry a value of 10 points. An Ace carries a value of either 1 or 11 points (depending which the player chooses or what the next card should turn out to be).
The aim of the game is to beat the dealer’s hand or get a blackjack of a total of 21 points. If a player goes over 21, he/she is what is called ‘Bust’ and loses immediately. The dealer may also go ‘bust’ but depending on where a player stands in the game (whether the player has already gone ‘bust’ or not before the dealer shows his cards) which would result on the player winning or not. But as mentioned earlier a player has to get a better hand than the dealer having a total value as close as possible to 21 points as possible and try not to go ‘bust’.
In some live online casino games, layer does not have the choice whether to risk increasing the number of cards in hand or not, but the dealer will automatically deal the cards upright (following of course a set of rules and regulations) and may the best hand win. In this case, all the player will need to do is bet on which set of hands he/she think will come the closest to beating the dealer’s hand.
Live Baccarat (Puntobanco)
The game Baccarat is also known as Puntobanco where Player is Punto and Banker is Banco. This can be a fast-paced game and once the rules and regulations are understood by the player it can become a fun and exciting game.
Only two hands are dealt; one to the player (Punto) and one to the bank (Banco) and the idea is to guess who will win by achieving the most points in hand. The player however places his/her bet before any cards are dealt, so it is very much a game of luck.
This is how it is played:
After selecting the preferred table stakes, a player needs to place a bet that he/she wishes on a particular hand whether on “Player”(“Punto”), “Banker”(“Banco”) or “Tie” (the ‘tie’ option is given if a player thinks the end result will be a tie of points between the two main hands).
This part is simple, however the hard part is remembering the value points of the cards but as the counting of points and the method to which the cards are dealt is all done by the online dealer a player need not to worry about this as they follow strict rules. All a player needs worry about is predicting the winning hand.
Further information on the rules and regulations of these games can be found in the Live tables games section in each individual online casino website which can be accessed any time.