The differences between live casino games and those available in online casinos are relatively few, so making the transition from one category to the other should be silky smooth. In order to make sure that you enjoy the best gaming experience, it is worth checking them out and trying to spot the differences, before actually sitting at the tables.
Live Roulette rules
In land-based casinos, the dealer will spin the roulette wheels and players are expected to correctly indicate the winning number. There are 37 options for European Roulette and 38 for the American version, which features two 0 slots. Players have several best to choose from, each of them with a different payout, based on the likeliness of that event to occur.
They're expected to place the wagers before the dealer announces that no more bets can be placed and patiently wait for the ball to land on a number. When this happens, all losing wagers are cleared off the tables and a new round begins, after the winner received their rightful payment. When many players compete at the same table, it can get crowded and they will have less time to place the next bets, so everyone needs to be aware of what happens around them.
Those who bet on the exact number will increase their profit 35 times, which is the biggest return on investment that one can hope for. At the opposite end of the spectrum, we find the outside bets on color, even or odd, dozen, column and snake bets. These are the payouts for the most popular bets types:
- Single Number Bet pays 35 to 1
- Split Bet (any 2 numbers) pays 17 to 1
- Street Bet (any 3 numbers in a row) pays 11 to 1
- Square Bet (any 4 numbers in a group pays 8 to 1
- Line Bet (any 6 numbers in a group) pays 5 to 1
- Column/Dozen Bet (any 12 numbers in a column) pays 2 to 1
- Red/Black/1 to 18/ 19 to 36/ Odd/ Even pays 1 to 1
Live Blackjack rules
When playing blackjack, people try to make a higher card count than the dealer, while making sure that it doesn't exceed 21. A Blackjack consists of two cards that some up to 21, without being the result of a split and it pays 3 to 2. It beats any three-or-more-card 21 and if both the player and the croupier make blackjack, the stakes are returned. This rule applies to all ties, while the player whose cards total exceeds 21 will bust and lose the investment.
Both the player and the dealer are given a card face up, with the former to receive another card and he has the chance to improve his hand. Players can ask for as many cards as they want, but if they exceed 21 they bust, otherwise, the dealer will receive an additional card and the one with the better hand wins the pot. Depending on casino and type of Blackjack, the dealer will be forced to stand at a certain value and won't be allowed to draw an additional card even if he's beaten.
By comparison, players have more options, as they can split pairs but not cards of identical value, such as queens and tens. They can also choose to double down after receiving the first cards, if they consider that they have a better chance to win the hand then the croupier. Insurance is also an option for players, if the dealer's up card is an ace, as the player can bet an amount equal to half the original bet. What happens is that the player wins twice the insurance if the croupier makes a blackjack, or loses the investment if the dealer doesn't show a blackjack.