Posts Tagged ‘live dealer’

On Live-Dealer Blackjack Games

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

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.

Microgaming Adding Live Dealers to Blackjack

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Online casinos try their best to recreate the experience of gambling at a brick and mortar casino. They are often successful, as their popularity indicates. One thing that is missing, however, is playing against a live dealer. With online blackjack, instead of having your cards dealt by a real dealer, the cards are normally chosen by a random number generator, a computer program that uses a complex algorithm to determine which cards are dealt.

To some, that is fine. To others, there is something missing when your cards are chosen by a machine rather than shuffled and dealt by a real person. Maybe it makes the game seem more impersonal. I’m not sure, because I’ve always been fine with not having a real dealer when playing blackjack online. Some people find a live dealer to be more trustworthy than a computer program, fearing that the program is manipulating the game to give the house a larger edge. For some, it’s more personal. Some people, on the other hand, have always missed looking at a real-life dealer across from the table.

Microgaming is now offering just that. Many of Microgaming’s online casinos now offer blackjack with live dealers. Instead of using a random number generator, players look at a video feed of a real dealer at a real blackjack table dealing their cards. To access the live dealers, players join the Waiting List, which notifies them no matter where they are in the casino to inform them that a live dealer is available to play.

This is the first time Microgaming has offered live dealers for blackjack, though they had already offered live dealers for roulette and baccarat. To play blackjack with a live dealer, check one of Microgaming’s online casinos today.