Not everybody can take a quick weekend trip to Las Vegas for a few hands of blackjack. Software providers understand this, and have done their best to replicate the experience you get from a real casino. That means creating the sounds and visual cues of cards being dealt, quarters being inserted into slot machines and the sirens of hitting a big jackpot.
But it’s still not quite the same. You know what I mean?!
So the next best thing are live dealer casinos. Live dealer casinos record the action as it happens and host it on their website for you to watch. This gives you the opportunity to play games like roulette, baccarat, and yes, blackjack too, and feel like you’re in a brick and mortar casino – even if you’re hundreds of miles away from one.
Unfortunately, only a handful of online casinos offer live dealer blackjack. Fortunately for you, however, we’ve already handpicked the best ones. You’ll find them in our list below.
Live Dealer Online Blackjack: Your Questions and Our Answers
People that are new to gambling online and live dealer games send us lots of questions. We thought it would be helpful to everyone to post those questions and our answers here for everyone to read.
How is live dealer blackjack different?
Live dealer blackjack is different from your traditional online blackjack game in that it’s not like a video game. You’re actually playing with a live dealer that’s in a real blackjack casino. You can ask them questions, hold conversations, chat about strategy and so on.
Is it possible to count cards?
Yes. However, you’ll run into a couple of challenges.
One – the dealers only get about 50% of the way through a deck before reshuffling. So it will be difficult for you to get an accurate count.
Two – Online casinos that offer live dealer games have terms that state that if you’re caught counting cards you can have your account closed.
So given the difficulty and punishment, I would say that counting cards isn’t worth it. You’re better off going to a brick and mortar casino if you want to beat the casino.
Are there promotions for live dealer games?
They exist. It depends on where you play though. From my experience the standard welcome bonuses that all new accounts are eligible to receive are just as good, if not better, than promotions aimed at live dealer players.
Can I play live dealer blackjack for free?
Unfortunately, you won’t find an online casino that offers live dealer blackjack games for free. The reason why is because the casinos have to pay the dealers and cameramen, and seats are limited. Between these things the casinos have to charge players so that they can make money.
Are there live dealer casinos that accept Americans?
If there are we’ll have them listed in our recommendations table above.
That said, as we write this page we’re not aware of any live dealer casinos that accept US customers. At least none we’re comfortable recommending.
What are the computer requirements to play live dealer blackjack?
The requirements may vary from one casino to the next, but this is a good place to start:
- PC with Intel Pentium 4 2.33GHz, Athlon 64 2800+ or faster processor (or equivalent) with at least 128Mb RAM, or Apple/Mac with Intel Core™ Duo 1.33GHz or faster processor with at least 256MB of RAM
- Internet Connection: 128 Kbps minimum
- Screen Resolution: 1024 x 768
- Deactivated Pop-up blockers
- Sound Card
PC Browser Requirements
- Internet Explorer 6.0 and above or Mozilla Firefox 3.0 and above or Safari 4.0 and above
- Flash Player 8.0 or above
Apple/Mac Browser Requirements
- Safari 4.0 and above or Mozilla Firefox 3.0 and above
- Flash Player 8.0 or above
You’ll want to have a solid internet connection, too, since you’re basically watching a video online. That means avoiding wi-fi or 3g internet, as well as satellite or dial-up.
How many tables can I play at once?
From what I’ve seen live dealer casinos limit you to one table at a time.
Can I play live blackjack on my Mac?
Yes. The browser requirements for Mac blackjack players are above.
Can I play live blackjack on my mobile device?
Yes, at select casinos. The software provider, Playtech, just introduced mobile live dealer games in early 2013. BetFred is one of their casinos that are offering mobile live dealer games. I’ve also seen ads for mobile live dealer games at 888.
Why play live dealer games?
I would play live dealer games because it gives you an experience similar to what you might have in a brick and mortar casino. You get to chat with the dealers, ask them questions and see the action as it unfolds. It gives you the opportunity to play the realest blackjack possible between trips to your favorite Las Vegas casino.