Live Dealer Online Casinos And Games
South Africans love all sorts of casino games, from the video slots down to prize wheels. If you’re able to win something you better believe we’re going to play it. While we do enjoy a vast variety of games, the ones that keep us enthralled and entertained the most have to be the table games. There is a competitive drive behind these games that gives them so much more life.
Now prerecorded and pre-rendered table games available from online casinos are fine to play if you want to scratch that itch, but if you want the true casino experience in the comfort of your own home you need to go with the live dealer casino games. The rush you feel while playing against other people in real-time with an actual dealer is indescribable.
Read on as we go in-depth and dive deep into the world of live dealer casino games. Discover some of the most popular developers, get clued up on the games that are most often played live through online casinos and much more!
What Are Live Dealer Casinos And Games?
A simple answer to that question would be that they are online casinos that facilitate live dealer games for their guests to play. Let’s get a little more technical.
Live dealer casino games are generally table games that get streamed live to various different online casinos via their developer. The game’s developer will set up the production of the live stream, they will train the dealer, they will run the operations and they will monitor the live chat.
In order to join a live dealer casino game, you’ll have to log into your casino of choice that offers the game. From there you’ll select your game of choice and should a game be live you’ll join and start playing. The interface is very intuitive, you’ll learn pretty quickly which buttons do which and how to go about placing a bet.
In the downtime between gameplay you’ll be able to participate in the games live chat should you wish. You can communicate with fellow gamblers or even the dealers themselves. Understand however that most developers and online casinos have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to chat harassment, should the chat turn hostile, permanent chat bans or worse can be issued.
Types Of Live Dealer Casino Games
There are many different types of live dealer games that are available through various online casinos. We’ll do a brief breakdown of each game but a more in-depth guide to each game will be available on our website.
- Live Blackjack:
Blackjack is a staple of the casino world. One of the most famous and recognisable games around, this one is pretty simple to follow and play. You’re trying to beat the dealer’s hand without going over 21. You’ll start with two cards and each round you can either get another card or not. Whoever’s hand is closer to 21 without going over is the winner.
- Live Roulette:
Online roulette is another casino staple. Everyone that sees a roulette wheel immediately knows what it is. To play live you’ll have to place your bet either broad, colour only, or specific, exact number, and the dealer will spin the wheel and drop the ball. All you have to do from there is hope that the ball lands where you want it to.
- Live Baccarat:
Baccarat is yet another card game where you’re trying to best the banker. Each round there are three endings, either you beat the banker, the banker beats you or there is a tie. Your actions are dictated by the cards you’re dealt so you’ll have to be careful and try to think ahead.
- Live Sic Bo:
A game played with dice rather than cards. For this game, you’ll have to place your bet on specific areas of the table, or in this case screen, and wait for the dealer to shake up their dice. Once the dice have been revealed they’ll dictate which areas were the winning ones.
- Live Dragon Tiger:
An incredibly simple game to play, Dragon Tiger will see players placing bets on either the Dragon, the Tiger or a tie. The dealer then places a card on the Dragon and the Tiger and the side with the highest value wins.
- Live Casino Hold’em:
Casino Hold’em is a variation of poker where instead of playing against other casino patrons, you’re playing against the dealer. This variation is better suited for online casinos as there aren’t any deceptive strategies that can be used.
- Live 3 Card Poker:
Another variation of poker that’s played against the dealer except this time only with three cards. Once wagers have been placed the players are dealt three cards, they can either fold or continue. Once final bets are played the cards are revealed.
- Live Dream Catcher:
Dream Catcher is a relatively simple game to play. A wheel is divided into 52 segments, you place your bet on which numbered segment you think the wheel will land on when it stops spinning. There are multipliers and modifiers that can land as well.
- Live Teen Patti:
Teen Patti is a variation of poker created in India. In this game, players are playing against each other. Each person gets three cards and needs to decide how they’re going to play their hand. A normal 52 card deck is used so nothing should be out of the ordinary when playing the game.
Live Dealer Software Available To South Africans
There are a number of popular software providers that create and facilitate live dealer games that South African players can play online and for real money. Some of those developers are as follows:
- Fresh Deck Studios
This studio only deals in live dealer games so their entire focus is on honing their unique craft. They work to perfect the live dealer experience. If you see a game provided by them then you know that you’re in for a quality experience. Fresh Deck Studios is available for South Africans and players residing in the USA as well as across the globe.
- NetEnt Live (CLOSED)
The live division of the massively popular Net Entertainment. They’ve branched off from the world of video slots to create live dealer games in a way that only NetEnt knows how. They’ve got the experience to back up their games. However, NetEnt live was purchased by Evolution Gaming back in 2020 and all studios subsequently closed.
- Evolution Gaming
Evolution Gaming is another developer solely dedicated to creating live dealer casino games. Evolution Gaming are the biggest and best at the time of writing this, if you see a game from this developer then you know you are going to receive the full in house casino experience. They own the following brands: Ezugi, NetEnt, Red Tiger, Big Time Gaming and Digiwheel.
This developer is a part of the Evolution Gaming Group (acquired in 2018) that specialises in live dealer casino games. They already worked hard to provide seamless table game streams to their fans but with the help of others in their group, they’re able to raise their bar even higher.
- Super Spade Games
One of the emerging leaders in the live dealer casino game industry is Super Spade Games. Based in the U.K., this developer is identifying gaps in the market and taking advantage. What do we mean by that? Well, they’re one of the only providers that live stream real-time Andar-Bahar and Teen Patti games for its users. They make sure to provide for their audience as they know what they want.
These are but a few live dealer software developers that South Africans are able to play. The next time you log into your casino of choice be sure to see if any of these publishers are there and if they are, browse their catalogue and maybe try a game or two.
This is a well-known developer of live dealer games supplying over 180 partner casinos and operators on the market / both retail and online on mobile and desktop. Their vast experience and dedication have resulted in a classic and simple portfolio that accommodates any type of player. As far as safety and quality go, you couldn’t go wrong choosing from a range of BetGames products: Andar Bahar, 6+ Poker, Poker, Baccarat, Satta Matka, War of Bets, Dice Duel and more. Some of the perks include 24/7 access with a user-friendly interface (multi-games and combine bets features), a wide range of odds and professional dealers.
- SA Gaming
SA Gaming is a live dealer studio that provides HMTL5-powered, GLI-certified games to Australia and Asia. Described as an ideal blend of the east and the west, their products include some interesting and harder to find titles like Andar Bahar poker, Pok Deng and Dragon Tiger, while there are also classic like Baccarat, Roulette, Sic Bo, and Blackjack. The company is always improving and upgrading the lobby to keep up with the trends and consumer demands: you can expect new add-on functions such as multi-bet, new game styles and improvements to keep the games running smoothly.
“Live To Play Live” is Luckystreak’s mission in the iGaming world. Founded in 2014, the company specializes in live dealer solutions with a focus on innovation, gamification and entertainment. They offer a complete platform with both games and management tools, where everything is made entirely from scratch and custom-tailored to fit each individual casino and their player base. The live games – Blackjack, Baccarat, Roulette, auto Roulette, Dual Play Roulette – are livestreamed from the company’s cutting-edge studio in Latvia 24/7, all year round, with a 99.9% uptime. In addition to professionally trained presenters, players can benefit from handy perks such as seat reservation, real time history and results feed, a direct deposit feature from the game screen, dealer rating and more.
- BETER Live
BETER Live isn’t only their namesake, it’s what they’re trying to make the world of live dealer games. Opening their doors in 2020, they hit the ground running and haven’t looked back. Like the other developers on this list, they specialise in live online casino games that are live-streamed from their own personal studio, but they are also so much more. They allow users to bet on sports and over 400 esports games as well so that they can truly encompass every aspect of live betting.
- Authentic Gaming
The studio that strives to bring players an authentic casino experience. With their mobile-first approach to virtual entertainment, you will be able to take their live-streamed roulette games with you wherever you go. Available from Betway, you’ll be able to experience multiple different variations of the classic game of roulette.
Where Are Live Dealer Studios Based?
While there are developers all across the planet working hard to create and innovate new and exciting features to add to their live dealer casino games we can tell you exactly where the few mentioned above are located.
Fresh Deck Studios is a unique one, they have studios where they stream their games from all across the globe. They have quite a few so to try and pinpoint a precise location just wouldn’t be possible.
Evolution Gaming streams their games primarily from Europe. Their streams are then perfectly timed for South Africans looking to play.
How To Play Live Dealer Games
You might think that playing live dealer casino games is complicated but rest assured it’s as simple as it is when playing in a brick and mortar casino. All you have to do is go to the live dealer section of a casino that offers live dealer games and choose your game to play.
You might be able to filter through different providers or different games to make things a bit easier but as soon as you find your game of choice click on it. When you do you’ll be notified if there is a game in progress that you can join or when the next live stream is scheduled to take place.
Join your game of choice and start playing. You’ll be given a breakdown of the controls and the interface for the game so you know exactly how to play and how to place your bets. Feel free to use the live chat option to talk to fellow gamblers in your game if you’re unsure of anything.
How To Choose A Good Live Dealer Casino
When it comes to choosing a good live dealer casino, there are a few things to keep in mind.
The first, and the most obvious, one is to make sure that the casino offers live dealer casino games. Before you create your account browse the various games that the casino has on offer. You wouldn’t want to go through all the trouble of making an account and a deposit only to find out that the games aren’t available.
The next thing to consider is the software suppliers. If the casino has games developed by any of the companies we list then they’re a safe bet to go with, you’re guaranteed quality and professionalism. If there are some developers that you don’t recognise, do a little bit of research, read our reviews on them. If you’re happy with what you see then go ahead and proceed.
The final thing to keep in mind is schedules and studio timezones. Find out when the games are live most often, you don’t want to sign up to a casino only to realise their games are only live at 3 a.m. locally. Find out if games are live 24 / 7 or at a reasonable hour. Most studios are based in Europe so this is good news as South Africa falls on a similar timezone.
We hope you learned a little bit more about some of the most interesting games available at online casinos.
How are live dealer games live streamed?
The developer has a studio in which the trained dealer plays the game according to the live game rules. The game is then broadcast to all the casinos that have access to the game.
Does every online casino offer live dealer games?
No, not every casino has the facilities to offer live dealer games. It’s always important to check before creating your account.
How many casino games can be played live?
It all depends on what the casino has available. There are at least 9 games that have been converted into a live format.
Are live games and table games the same thing?
No, table games are pre-rendered games that can be played at any time. Live games are casino table games that are played live in real-time.
Are live dealer games pre-recorded?
No, games are streamed live from the developer's studio. Games and chat interaction are all done in real-time.