A recent trend in the online gambling industry is live-dealer games. They started in a few casinos and now can be found in many places. Those games allow you to watch a video feed of a real live dealer as you play the game, which makes the game more interactive, but are those games any good?
As far as your odds go, they are the same. Just because there is a live dealer now doesn’t mean you can count cards. Continuous shuffling and the random number generator would still negate that strategy. Really the only benefit of playing live-dealer games at the online casino is that the games are more interactive.
Instead of looking at a boring screen of a blackjack table that may or may not have avatars for you, the dealer and other players, you get to watch a dealer. It doesn’t hurt that the dealers tend to be attractive women. That makes the game more interesting and in addition to watching the video feed, in many cases you can hear the dealer and talk back to her. It makes the games more personable and more like playing in a brick and mortar casino.
Does that make the games better? Well, that’s up to you. The odds are no better or worse, so however you prefer to play is fine. Right now, the traditional games are still more popular than live-dealer blackjack games, but I think the live-dealer games will increase in popularity in time. Until then, I suggest trying it out to see if you like it. If not, switch back to the more traditional games. You have nothing to lose.