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Playtech Ups the Ante With Three New Live Casino Games

Playtech New Live Casino Games

The real money online casino industry continues to expand at a rapid pace. More and more individual states in the US are taking legal gambling online through their land-based operations. On a global scale, more and more countries are opening regulated markets to online casino operators.

One major gaming company leading the charge is Playtech. Viewed as a true innovator in real money casino gambling, it is making the most of its live-dealer table games. Live Casino applications are revolutionizing the industry. The gap between playing Blackjack in a Las Vegas casino and in the comfort of your own home continues to close. Studios featuring live dealers is rapidly becoming an extremely popular way to gamble at the most popular table games.

Playtech has released three new live-dealer table games:

  1. Quantum Roulette
  2. Heads Up Hold’em
  3. AllBets Blackjack

Over the past few months, these games have been rolled out at BetFair Live Casino. The current expansion plans include other Playtech casino affiliations such as BetFair, Bet365 and William Hill Live Casino.

Playtech’s entire portfolio of Live Casino games has 11 different offerings. They cover Blackjack, Roulette, and Baccarat as three of the most popular casino table games. Along with a few different versions of Poker, you will find live dealers for Spin A Win, Card Brag and Sic Bo.

All the company’s Live Casino games are streamed from studios in Latvia and the Philippines.

Taking a closer look at Playtech’s latest offerings, Quantum Roulette was officially launched on Sept. 11. This is this company’s answer to Evolution’s Lightning Roulette as a primary competitor in the realm of Live Casino table games.

The biggest feature of Quantum Roulette is multipliers up to 500x on straight-up number bets. The two different multipliers are referred to as Quantum Boost and Quantum Leap. The game uses a standard European Roulette format. The multipliers are delivered in 50x increments all the way up to a max of 500x.

Classic Poker Game Texas Holdem With Side Bets

Heads Up Hold’em is a slight variation of the classic poker game Texas Hold’em. The primary difference is the maximum payout on side bets. Players continue to build their bet as each round of cards are dealt. One of the most attractive features is possible side-bet payouts on losing hands.

This is a single-deck poker game with the player pitted directly against the dealer. The return to player (RTP) is set at 97.64% on the original Ante Bet. It does drop lower for various side bet opportunities.

The third release, AllBets Blackjack is played to Las Vegas rules. The main attraction of this live offering is the ability to make up to seven side bets along with the main hand. The game is played with an eight-deck shoe and it can be played by an unlimited amount of participants.

The unique aspect this Blackjack version is that one hand is played individually by all participants. Each player makes their own decisions independent of the rest of the table. The seven possible side bets are also in play.

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New Fast-Paced Live Blackjack At Pragmatic Play

Fast-Paced Live Blackjack at Pragmatic Play

Pragmatic Play has grown to become a major player in Live Casino games. This concept pertains to playing popular casino table games online with the use of a live dealer. Modern technology and specialized online gaming software have made this type of real money gambling possible. It has also bridged the gap between land-based casino venues and online casino sites.

Two new Live Casino Blackjack games were recently featured on the company website. Players can now choose between two new Live Blackjack tables. The first is “Auto-Stand” and the other is “Deal Now”. With the use of recent upgrades to the software, these are two of the fastest Live Blackjack games.

Pragmatic Play Releases A Fresh, New Version Of Live Blackjack

While Pragmatic Play is relatively new to the Live Casino market, its growth has been phenomenal. As a multi-product provider to the iGaming industry, the company remains committed to constantly improving its products. It is also committed to expanding its offerings on a continual basis as well.

New features and a wider array of tables are part of the plan. This also works to add diversity for players looking to play live-dealer table games. The next step of the process was to make its Live Blackjack table games the fastest in the marketplace. The use of the “Auto-Stand” feature is unique to the live casino world.

By optimizing the Blackjack game time, the Auto-Stand feature cuts the game’s duration by 25 percent. Players can preset the minimum value of cards. The Auto-Stand feature will automatically select this option to keep hands below the set threshold.

The Deal-Now feature gives players more control of a live table. This feature optimizes the betting time once all bets have been placed. This also incorporates the Early Decisions feature. This allows player to select certain options ahead of their turn to play. This will visibly optimizes the time involved in the decision making process.

Along with enhancing game features, Pragmatic Play is also extended partnerships with major operators.

A few of the more recent Live Casino deals have been with:

  1. Interwetten
  2. 1xBet
  3. Parimatch
  4. BetConstruct

The Chief Business Development Officer at Pragmatic Play is Yosso Barzely. His thoughts on the process were:

“Our Live Casino offering is one of the most modern and exciting in the market. And we are delighted to further strengthen it with the addition of our two new Blackjack titles. We cater to all Blackjack needs with these new additions, from casual players to high rollers. And we look forward to giving our operator partners a truly exciting and innovative live Casino product.”

Pragmatic Play offers a wide selection of video slots, bingo and other games along with its Live Casino portfolio. All of its products are available to operators through a single API. The company continues to have a passion for premium entertainment as part of its mission statement. The goal remains to offer a “most engaging and evocative experience for all customers.” This extends across a wide range of products such as slots, bingo and Live Casino.

• Source: Pragmatic Play’s Live Blackjack: The Fastest on the Market From Pragmaticplay.com/ On October 3, 2019.

Live! Casino & Hotel Gives Back Close to $20 Million in Community Projects

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Real money gambling at land-based properties and online sites tends to get bad press for the problems they cause. Gambling addition and related issues are a downside in the gaming industry. However, the good this industry does on the local community level should also be noted.

A recent post on www.capitalgazette.com did just that. The post recognized Live! Casino & Hotel in Maryland for its recent efforts to financially support the local community. All told, the casino distributed $18.8 million to community groups as part an arrangement with the state.

A grant totaling $3 million will be used to build an intergenerational center for seniors and children in Severn. The Severn Intergenerational Center will house a senior activity facility. There will also be space for the Boys and Girls Clubs on Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.

This new center will be similar to existing Wiley H. Bates Center. This is also located in Annapolis. Arundel Community Development Services Inc.’s Executive Director is Kathleen Koch. Her organization is in charge of the primary aspects of this project as far as financing and construction. The total estimated cost of the new community center is $12 million.

Maryland state law mandates that 4.51 percent of casino revenue is shared with the property’s county. The money is distributed through local impact grants. The Local Development Council has an advisory role in how the money is spent.

The complete breakdown of Live! Casino’s $18.8 million for 2020 includes:

  1. $3 million for the new community center
  2. $5.2 million for the county fire department
  3. $3.4 million for the local police
  4. $1.7 million for the Anne Arundel Community College

The casino previously committed $2.7 million to the community center project along with a $1 million grant from the federal government. It was noted that the need for this project was identified quite a while ago.

County Executive Steuart Pittman noted this is his favorite project included in the fiscal 2020 capital budget. Residents in this community have been working towards this cause for more than 30 years.

Pittman noted that he would like to see further community involvement as the project progresses. He hopes to see the plans unfold “so it becomes what these folks have envisioned.” Last year, the county’s Boys and Girls Clubs served 210 children ages 6 to 18. Acting as CEO for the organization, Lisa Mondoro stated:

“Right now we are at capacity. We can’t go any further. We can’t serve any more youth.”

Live! Casino & Hotel is owned and operated by Cordish Companies. Principal Joe Weinberg noted that his company has invested $250 million into the casino over the past 18 months. This includes a new hotel with a new events center opening in the near future.

With over 4000 employees, the company will continue to invest in both the property and local community. Weinberg added:

“We look forward to having many, many years of events like this where we can continue to reinvest in a very worthy community.”

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Ezugi Doubles Down on Two Live Game Releases

ezugi Baccarat & Andar Bahar

Most gaming companies make a big deal about a new game release. Many times, it goes live as an exclusive with one particular casino operator before general release. One innovative gaming company specializing in live dealer gaming is doubling the excitement with a pair of live game releases.

Ezugi Launches New Version Of Live Baccarat & Andar Bahar

Posted on the company website, www.ezugi.com, both a new Indian game and a higher version of Baccarat were highlighted. Each game has been available with a wide scale of live operators for the past several weeks. The early response from players has been nothing but positive.

The first Ezugi release was a classic Indian game Andar Bahar. The main goal is to expand interest to a much broader market. Another goal is to create an immersive gameplay experience. Ezugi has become highly proficient in closing the gap between land-based casino play and live-dealer play online.

Players can participate in Andar Bahar in traditional Hindi or English. Play begins with the first card dealt as a Joker. Cards are then dealt to each side of the table; Andar and Bahar. This continues until a card of the same value as the Joker is drawn.

Players are able to bet on which side will land the matched Joker first. Once a card does match the Joker, the round will conclude. As an added twist, Ezugi added a side bet opportunity. Players can also bet on how many cards will be dealt before there is a match with the Joker. As an added feature, there is an in-play graphic. This displays statistics covering the actual results of the previous 100 rounds.

The other game release by Ezugi is Baccarat 3.0. This follows a recent upgrade to live-dealer Roulette as well as blackjack and Lobby in 2018. The Baccarat 3.0 version is designed with HTLM technology. Each of these game’s 3.0 version utilizes a revamped UI. There is also a common language to immediately identify the game as an Ezugi product.

All of these updated live table games are supported for a variety of platforms. This includes:

  1. Desktop and Laptop
  2. Mobile Portrait
  3. Mobile Landscape

The latest releases are part of Ezugi’s specific gaming plan for 2019. Plans are in the works for more game releases this year. A second Indian game on tap is called Teen Patti. The common denominator for all of this company’s live games in to create an innovative and exciting gameplay experience. Player immersion is also a big part of the live-dealer aspect of these table offerings.Also, Learn winning strategies over here.

Ezugi will take its show on the road as part of this year’s Phil-Asian Gaming Expo and iGB trade show. Lionel Dardic is the Head of Games at Ezugi. He added the following thoughts in this release:

“Andar Bahar is incredibly popular among the meteoric Indian market. And we’re sure that it will be shared around the globe. Our state-of-the-art live studio delivers an unrivaled immersive experience for players, who will also be able to enjoy a modern twist through our side bet feature.”

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Slotegrator Enhances Evolution Gaming’s Live Casino Expansion

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The top gaming software developers are always looking for ways to expand market presence. Creating innovative and exciting gameplay experiences is their expertise. However, it takes help to bring these games to online casino operators and their players.

One company filling that need is Slotegrator. In a recent announcement on the company website, www.slotegrator.pro, a new partnership with Evolution Gaming was discussed. Evolution Gaming is the biggest player in the game when it comes to its Live Casino portfolio. Live-dealer casino games closes the gap between land-based casino venues and the real money online gambling industry.

Evolution Gaming Expands Thier Live Casino Presence

Giving players the chance to play their favorite casino games online with the use of live dealers is big business. Ultimately, this is also the fuel that is driving Evolution’s expansion on a truly global scale. Slotegrator’s role in the process is the company’s APIgrator protocol. Moreover, this is the key element of integration into online casino platforms.

Evolution Gaming has recently partnered with Slotegrator to expand its portfolio of products in regulated markets. This includes Live Casino as part of a 10-year history of excellence in the gaming field. The company has taken home the Live Casino Supplier of the Year award at the ERG and B2B Awards every year since 2006. These innovations have led to the industry’s first 24/7 online game show.

Live Casino experiences for end users have provided a financial boon to casino operators all over the world. This includes land-based operations as well as online casino sites. Driven by the goal of remaining “best in class’, Evolution is always looking for ways to:

  1. Improve the experience with existing Live Casino games
  2. Expand the overall Live Casino games portfolio
  3. Remain industry pioneers when it comes to innovative gameplay experiences

The company’s existing Live Casino portfolio consists of applications for casino table games such as:

  1. Roulette
  2. Blackjack
  3. Dice Games
  4. Baccarat
  5. Super Sic Bo

Evolution continues to expand its offerings with unique live gaming experiences. This includes money wheels covering game shows like Monopoly and Deal or No Deal.

As part of Evolution Gaming expansion, the company is licensed in the UK and select European markets. This includes Malta, Belgium, Romania, Latvia, and Alderney. The expansion into North America includes British Columbia in Canada and New Jersey and Pennsylvania in the United States.

Along with its casino platform integration services, Slotegrator offers a number of different products and services in the gaming industry. Many of these products are tied to online casino applications such as white label casinos, Bitcoin casinos and telegram casinos. On the services end, there are hosting and server applications as well as marketing promotions for casino operators.

Also operating on a global scale, the company has a business presence in Kyiv in the Ukraine, Africa and Lisbon.

This new partnership is just another good example of how the gaming industry continues to evolve in favorable market conditions. The expansion of iGaming applications continues, driven by some of the most innovation players in the industry. You could put Evolution Gaming and Slotegrator at the top of that list.

Evolution Gaming Looks to Expand Live Casino to Pennsylvania

Evolution Gaming games

As the leading supplier of live-dealer casino games, Evolution Gaming continues to expand its presence in the regulated marketplace. That now includes Pennsylvania as one of the latest states to offer real money legal online casino gambling.

The company is not up and running in the Keystone State just yet. However, it has secured a conditional Interactive Gaming Manufacturer license from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB). This gives Evolution the right to deliver Live Casino services. This would be through gaming operators with the use of a live studio in the state.

Is Evolution Gaming’s Live Casino Solution The First In The United States?

Evolution Gaming brought its Live Casino solutions to the US first with a presence in New Jersey. Plans are currently underway for a new live studio in PA. as the first step to getting up and running.

The Chief Business Development Officer (America and land-based) for Evolution Gaming is James Stern. In a recent post on www.cision.com, he was quoted as saying:

“Demand for our Live Casino services in the US has been phenomenal. We are delighted to be further expanding our US operations by opening a standalone studio in Pennsylvania to serve both online operators and land-based casinos in the state. We are looking forward to opening up our world-leading Live Casino portfolio to operators and players in the state of Pennsylvania.”

He went on to add:
“We continue to stay at the forefront—maximizing the opportunities in this exciting new market and growing together with our licenses.”
In other US expansion plans, Evolution has plans to double output in New Jersey. This will be accomplished by doubling the size of its existing Live Casino studio in Atlantic City. The expansion will allow additional US licenses to create dedicated live dealer tables. This will also enable the expansion of the overall live game portfolio. Certain award winning “crowd pleasers” will be added to the existing live games offered.

Evolution Gaming develops and produces gaming software for the real money gambling industry. A big part of the mix is the marketing of B2B Live Casino software solutions to licensed gaming operators.

Founded in 2006, the company has expanded rapidly to become a gaming industry market leader. Evolution’s B2B gaming solutions already serve close to 200 casino operators. The overall workforce is quickly approaching 7,000 employees at facilities across Europe and now in the US.

  1. Side Bet City as a Las Vegas-styled poker room
  2. Lighting Dice with electrifying game multipliers
  3. Deal or No Deal Live modeled after the popular TV game show
  4. Free Bet Blackjack with unlimited seats

This is just a small sampling of everything Live Casino has to offer. All of Evolution’s Live Casino games recapture the thrill and excitement of casino gambling hot spots such as Las Vegas and Atlantic City.

Evolution Gaming Group’s base of operation is Sweden and the company is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm as EVO. More information on the Evolution Gaming Group can be found at www.evolutiongaming.com.

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Playtech Adds Stud Poker to The Live Dealer Lineup

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Live-dealer tables games at real money online casinos and online sportsbooks is big business these days. The closest thing to table gambling at land-based casino venues continues to expand at a rapid pace. The selling point is players going up directly against the house with the assistance of a live dealer running the game. Live casino games can be played 24 hours a day from the convenience of a desktop or laptop. Live dealer apps through a mobile platform are really driving industry growth. Recently, Playtech has added Stud Poker to their lineup of Live dealer casino games.

The Cutting Edge Of Live Casino Technology

Playtech is on the cutting edge of Live Casino technology. As one of the biggest gaming development companies in the world, its live dealer offerings are among the best. In a recent press release, we see Playtech’s new Live Casino Stud Poker were released.

The new game has been live since July 31 and the early response has been extremely positive. The game is played against a live dealer using basic stud poker rules. The player and the dealer each get five cards and the best hand wins. To spice things up, Playtech added a Network Jackpot to the mix. The top prize is for a Royal Flush. Players can enter the joint pool with the optional Jackpot side bet.

This new table game is part of Playtech’s Live Casino studio in Riga Latvia. Kevin Kilminster is the Head of Live Casino Innovation at Playtech. His early observations on the new release were as follows:

“At Playtech we’re committed to developing fresh and innovative game variants to deliver the diversity our customers demand. And to offer Live Casino players a superior experience. 2019 has been our busiest year yet for new game variants. And Casino Stud Poker is already proving to be a highly popular addition to our range.”

When it comes to the Network Jackpots tied to certain Live Casino games, he added:

“With a jackpot exclusive to the Live network and the chance to win at just 1 pound, Casino Stud Poker combines classic game play with a truly compelling proposition for players. Following the classic success of Live Casino Hold’em and Three Card Brag, and with another exciting new variant due to launch later this year, Playtech continues to lead the way on delivering exciting, versatile live Poker options for our customers.”

  1. BetFair
  2. Bet365

Betfair is a online casino site specializing in live-dealer table games. It offers generous welcome bonuses to new online customers. The site also offers fast and easy access to more than 400 casino games.

Bet365 is a highly popular UK online sports betting site with an online casino app. This site also offers an extensive collection of both slots and table games such as sic bo, craps, and blackjack . There is even an arcade section in the live casino with additional gaming options.

Playtech was founded back in 1999 and the company is based in Isle of Man. Along with Live Casino table games, its diverse offerings include:

  1. Online Bingo Games
  2. Scratch Games
  3. Online Sports Betting
  4. Mobile Gaming

Evolution Gaming Financial Forecast

Evolution Gaming

The gaming industry is booming. More and more casino sites are coming online as regulated markets expand. The top players in the industry from a game design standpoint keep raising the bar with a heightened gameplay experience. With everything moving in the right direction, the question becomes should investors jump on the gaming bandwagon?

What Is Evolution Gamings Financial Prediction?

A recent post by Steven Chen for www.seekingalpha.com took a closer look at Evolution Gaming from an investment standpoint. The overall synopsis was highly positive based on:

  1. Solid Financial Results
  2. Market Leadership
  3. Reasonable Share Price

Evolution Gaming is a European gaming company founded in 2006. Its primary business at that time was business-to-business live casino applications. The Live Casino segment of the real money online gambling industry offers huge upside potential.

Offering Live Dealer Table Games Online

The idea of playing casino table games online with the use of a live dealer has wide-scale appeal. Furthermore, this is the closest thing to casino gambling action at a land-based venue. Advanced technology along with sophisticated online gambling software applications have accelerated live casino growth.

Still leading the charge, Evolution Gaming is now serving more than 150 casino operators. This includes some of the largest European land-based and online casino sites. The company employs close to 4,000 people with most working out of Malta and Latvia. The parent company is based in Sweden and listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange as EVO. US-based investors have access through the ticker EVVTY. US duel shares are listed through EVGGF.

Primary operations cover the development, production and licensing of gaming solutions for business customers. Many include gaming operators who deliver these products to end-users in land-based or online casino applications.

The driving force behind Evolution’s revenue picture is commission fees and fixed fees for its products and services. Commissions are calculated in terms of gaming profits. This is the difference between gambling revenue and player payouts. It primarily pertains to its live casino offerings. The company also charges monthly fixed fees for customized product offerings to casino operators.

The competitive edge that Evolution Gaming brings to the table is a superior product line. Competitive pressure for other gaming companies in the realm of live casino products will continue to increase. However, the company’s position as the market leader is an important point of difference. Also, take a look at the latest news about expanding their games to Pennsylvania right here.

Evolution’s take on the competitive environment is positive. There is a strong commitment to maintain and possibly widen the gap moving forward. By its own admission, there are “clear possibilities to continue to increase the gap in the coming years. Supported by the launch of several new games and studios.”

Financial highlights from the second quarter 2019 include:

  1. A 70% increase in operating profit
  2. 70% increase in earnings per share
  3. A 50% increase in operating revenue

These are just a few of the financial results that paint a very bright future for Evolution Gaming. The company is well-positioned for continued growth in an expanding market. It also has the ability to maintain a competitive edge behind an excellent management team.

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Live Dealer Casino Pros and Cons

LIVE CASINOS PROS CONS

There is no argument that casinos that have live dealers have proven to be immensely popular. Those who enjoy the experience would tell you that it adds another dimension to the games, and a thrilling dimension at that.

Some might feel differently, however. In point of fact, there are those who are not so crazy about playing on a computer against folks in a brick-and-mortar setting.

So it may be appropriate for us to discuss a list of live dealer casino pros and cons that newcomers might find useful.

Live Dealer Casino Pros

It is the closest thing you can get to being in a “real-life,” brick-and-mortar casino and still be in the comfort of your own home. That is because you are literally beamed right into the action. The dealers are not “anime” creatures – they are real people, on the job, and they respond when they come to your table. There is also interaction available between yourself and the table.

Variations Of Games Like Blackjack, Roulette And Baccarat

* There are some very innovative games to take part in. That includes variations of games like blackjack, Roulette, and baccarat. These particular variations make the games a little different and present a unique challenge. And you may have a better chance to win with some of them.

In certain cases, the company that has designed the casino has also devised of the new variations, and this will be unique to them. So it is indeed a special opportunity to be able to play them.

Some of the games are of the Asian variety, and while they may be trendy in places like Macau, it may be the first time for American players to experience them.

* There is a great visual quality to the action. These live dealer casinos spare no expense in terms of bringing high-definition video to the table, and so there is the feeling that you are right there, in front of a dealer, taking part in the action. With split screens and other technological devices, you are getting both a “long view” as well as the close-up view on these games.

Interaction

* The interaction between yourself and the game apparatus – whatever game that happens to be – is a tremendous change of pace, and adds greatly to the richness of your casino experience. Just a few years ago, the idea of being able to play against live dealer would have been nearly unthinkable, but they have brought customers into the fold as intimately as possible, and the great thing is that it won’t stop here; the better the technology gets, the better the experience will be. Who knows – someday you might even get waitress serving you drinks while you play against the live dealers.

* You can avoid playing against what is known as the Random Number Generator, or “RNG” for short. This is what typically governs all the casino games that are played online; that is, when they are not being administered by real human beings i a real environment. The RNG programs the house to pick up a certain “hold” percentage automatically. But when you’re against games dealt by real people, you are going to have a better chance to win, especially when you are talking about a game like blackjack.

Live Dealer Casino Cons

* Please remember that when you are playing in the live dealer casino environment, you are playing at a different pace then you are playing in the regular online casino that can be played through the browser or a download.

And considering that to be the case, you have to recognize that the pace is slower when you are involved in the “live” game. That is because the people who are working the game naturally do not operate with the same swiftness as a computer program.

Waiting For The Live Dealer To Place Your Bet

Furthermore, they are actually operating slower because they have to be; they have to wait for your bet, in fact setting a clock for that to happen, as well as certain decisions at the table. And then they want to make absolutely sure that everybody has a chance to see the result. That would quite naturally necessitate conducting this game in a fashion that is a lot slower.

We point all of this out to illustrate that the way the casino games are conducted in a live dealer casino environment may not be to the liking of those players who want to play as many rounds as possible in the least amount of time, or those who want to have control of the game right at their fingertips.

An Intimidation Factor

* There is a certain intimidation factor here that could come into play. After all, we are talking about live human beings conducting a game. And there are some players who become a little uncomfortable with that.

And that isn’t really an unreasonable statement. One of the reasons that, say, slots is such a popular game in land-based casinos is that it does not require any real interaction between the player and the house. So there might be a natural aversion on the part of a lot of people to having to interact with other humans – and we are talking about people who they can actually see – in the course of playing a casino game.

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* Some of the games that are featured in this environment are going to be new to most customers. As we mentioned above, that can indeed be a positive thing; indeed, a live dealer casino “pro.” But there is a flip side as well. When encountered with a new game, or a variation they have not played before, some customers may not be very interested, perhaps because they are unfamiliar with it, or don’t want to go through the time to learn all about it, or simply don’t want to go through any new “experiences.” Thus, it can become a live dealer casino “con,” because it might keep some customers away.

Live Dealer Casinos Minimums And Maximums

* Sometimes there is a tendency for live dealer casinos to have minimums that are higher than what is found in an automated casino. That will put more of the customer’s bankroll at risk. Some customers are averse to that. The “live” environment is one that affords a unique experience, and thus, carries with it a premium, because the casino operator that features it has to lease the live casino from one of the companies – the “vendor,” if you will – that produces it.

If you haven’t gotten involved yet, maybe the best thing you can do is navigate you way over to a live dealer casino, play for a while and then evaluate whether you land on the “pro” side or the “con” side when it comes to this subject.

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Live American Roulette Versus European Roulette

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Invariably the discussion about roulette, especially as we look at it in the live casino atmosphere, comes down to being one of two different versions of the game – either live American roulette or live European roulette.

The games look somewhat the same and they play somewhat the same, but there is a difference in what it means to the player. Who would ever think that having one fewer slot in a wheel would reduce the house advantage over the player by almost half?

That is indeed the fact. But just in case you were not aware, the European version is the one that has a single zero, while the American version has both a single and double zero.

So what’s the background?

Well, if you really want to go back to the beginning, the game can be traced to the mid-1700s in North America, and that was actually in Canada – in Quebec specifically. And those who have researched the matter have seen a reference to roulette in the laws that existed in the province at the time, since the game was actually banned. And maybe you even go back a century prior to that, as Blaise Pascal invented the basis for the modern roulette wheel.

Also, if you were wondering, there were 18th Century wheels that had both a zero and a double zero. So this is by no means a recent development.

The single zero became a favored way to go, and that was simply because the house had only one slot, and therefore there were better odds for players. This, by all accounts, originated in 1842 with the Blanc brothers – Francois and Louis – who owned a casino in Hamburg, then moved over to Monaco when Germany outlawed gambling. So at the casino at Monte Carlo, the single-zero roulette wheel really established itself.

For those who like to mythologize, Francois Blanc is said to have made “a deal with the devil” for unlocking all the secrets of the game of roulette, since, as the story goes, he pointed out to Lucifer himself that the numbers, as they are added up on the roulette wheel, came out to 666. And whether you had a single zero or double zero, that total was not affected.

The French, who were much more familiar with the double-zero wheel, brought that over to America, and eventually onto riverboats that had gambling. To make a long story short, it eventually became the standard in the United States.

But as online casinos became established, that kind of thing mattered less. All of it could be delivered through the same outlet, in the same space, and whether there was enough room at the tables was irrelevant.

And with live dealer casinos gaining more and more popularity, live American roulette and live European roulette have both been equally accessible to the general public.

Which version’s better for the player?

When conducting casino games, the house customarily operates at an advantage. The game of roulette is no exception.

Plainly and simply, there is a big difference between the house advantage when it comes to live American roulette and live European roulette.

You see, the individual numbers a player can place a wager on in roulette go from one (1) to 36. The payout is 35-1 on any of these numbers. That sounds like it’s paying out at true odds, right?

Well, not exactly.

In the European game, since there is that single zero, the real odds of hitting any individual number are 36-1. In the American game, with zero AND double-zero, the odds are 37-1. So you are getting “the worst of it.” That is no big surprise, actually, as these games are obviously being run by the casinos for profit.

So when you calculate it, the disadvantage for the player in live European roulette is 2.70%, while the house edge in live American roulette is 5.26%. It would behoove you to look to the European version, which, logic would dictate, makes it more possible to win.

The Procedure

Roulette (the name means “little wheel” in French, by the way) is a very simple game to understand, from a procedural standpoint. The players pace their bets down on the “layout,” and a “croupier” spins the wheel going on the way, and then sets a little along a track that runs up near the perimeter. At some point, the ball is going to stop spinning and land somewhere in the wheel. And whatever slot it wins up in, well, that’s the result.

And that result can mean any number of things, depending on what kind of wager you’ve placed at the table. You’ve got plenty of options.

Okay, so what can we bet on?

Regardless of whether you are playing the American or European version of the game, you can make the same kinds of bets.

Let’s go over some of them, starting with those known as the “inside bets,” which are placed on the inside part of the layout, which contains all the individual numbers, including 0 and 00, in addition to 1 through 36:

* Straight Bet — This one is self-explanatory. You are wagering on any given number coming up. And as we mentioned, the odds against hitting are either 36-1 or 37-1, depending on which version of the game you are playing. You will be paid 35-1.

* Split Bet — Here you’ll bet on two numbers that are adjacent to each other. So the chip will be dragged or placed to a place that is straddling those two numbers. Payout is 17-1.

* Street Bet — This is a bet on any three consecutive numbers on the table. If any of them hits, you win. The payout here is 11-1.

* Line Bet – In this one, you are placing a bet on six numbers at a time, which take up two rows on the table that are adjacent to each other. This can also be referred to as a “Double Street Bet.” This pays 5-1.

* Corner Bet — Here you would bet on four numbers that meet up at one corner inside the layout. This pays off at 8-1 odds.

Then there are the “outside” bets, which are placed outside of the standard payout:

* High or Low — These are bets on whether the number will be in a group that is classified as “Low” (1 to 18) or “High” (19 to 36). It pays off at even money.

* Even or Odd — Self-explanatory. Here you’re wagering on whether the number is even or odd. Again, this is even money.

* Red or Black — Each of the numbers have a corresponding color – red or back. This wager, with an even money payout, seeks to win on the color that is chosen.

* Dozen Bet — With 36 numbers, they are divided into three “dozens.” So with this wager, you’d be able to bet on the “1st 12,” “2nd 12” or “3rd 12.” That means either 1-12, 13-24 or 25-36. And it pays out at 2-1 odds.

* Column Bet — Here you’re betting on anything that falls within an entire column of numbers on the layout, as the chips go right at the bottom of the column itself. There are three different columns to choose from. It’s a 2-1 payout.

One thing that is very important to remember about these proposition bets is that if the number comes up zero (0) or double zero (00), as would be the case with live American Roulette, the wager automatically loses.

Keeping up with the numbers

You may have witnessed on occasion when going into a casino, that the more enthusiastic people at the roulette table are keeping very close track of which numbers are coming up. And that is not cheating in the least; in fact, the casino will provide you with a pencil and paper in order to help you track the numbers.

If you are one of these people, you will be happy to know that when you play live American roulette or live European Roulette, all of that “work” is done for you. First of all, in the interface, you will get to see the wheel spinning up close within the screen. Everything is happening in real time, so you are well aware of what the results are.

And those results are posted so that you can see them – at least the recent ones. You’ll see the numbers that have come out on the wheel, along with where they fit in among the propositions everyone can bet on, whether they are the Red or Black; first, second or third dozen, High or Low. If you have a theory or a “system,” you’ll have some data right at your disposal.

The keys to getting the most out of roulette may be bankroll management. If you are looking for the “big score,” you’ll probably gravitate more toward the individual number bets (the “straight” bets). If you prefer to keep yourself alive for a while, then the “outside” bets, which are even money propositions (or perhaps a little less) might be your way to go.

Either way, live American roulette or live European roulette is not a bad place for you to be.

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