Many people enjoy playing at an online casino these days and for Irish casino players there is certainly plenty of choice but there are still those who would prefer to play at a land based casino. Unfortunately in Ireland there are no real casinos in the true sense of the word but rather members only clubs and even they are somewhat scattered around the country making it difficult for many to reach them. The next best thing however is the live casino option which can be found at nearly all online casinos. Live casino is still no match for the buzz and excitement that can be found at land based casinos for the simple reason that you are playing on your own making it impossible to enjoy other players winning money which is part of a land based casino. The good thing about live casino however is that there are dealers instead of a random number generator and you can see what is going on when the roulette wheel is spun or he cards are dealt which makes many people feel happier. There is no reason that a live casino dealer is any more likely to produce winning numbers than a random number generator but if it makes a player feel happier then so be it.
So called live casinos are generally a specially equipped room which can be anywhere but more often than not located in one of the Eastern European countries but there are exceptions which will be mentioned later. The equipment needed to play the casino games on offer is simple enough and comprises a roulette wheel and table plus several card tables for the card games which is exactly the same as you would find in any land based casino. The key feature, however, is the strategically placed webcams which record and transmit in real time to your computer or tablet what is happening at the tables. It is possible that several players are playing at the same table but you cannot see them and they cannot see you. There is however generally an opportunity to “chat” with the dealer if you so wish although it must be said that some of the dealers do have limited English language skills.
At the live casino at Paddy Power Casino there is a choice of roulette, blackjack, Casino Hold’em and Baccarat but in each case there is not choice of dealer or table which there is at some other live casinos. The casino game of Casino Hold’em is very similar to Carribean Stud but there are some differences which you should be aware of. The dealer in Caribbean stud needs a minimum of an Ace/King to have a qualifying hand whereas in Casino Hold’em it is a pair of fours minimum meaning that the dealer will qualify less often and the payouts for the smaller hands are also likely to be less. For example Casino Hold’em often pays only even money for any hand up to and including a straight whereas even two pairs in Caribbean stud will pay 2:1 and three of a kind will often pay 3:1. Odds paid at live casino or regular online casino are the same but not all online casinos have the same pay tables so check before you play. Obviously when playing Casino Hold’em your chances of winning with even a low hand such as an Ace high is better but you will only win against your ante whereas you are staking your ante plus your raise bet.
The line up at Ladbrokes live casino is the same except that there is also Hi-Lo which is a very simple game in which you guess whether the next card is higher or lower than the one before. This is a great casino game but it is very easy to get carried away. Ladbrokes casino does provide a choice of tables with different bet limits and different dealers so you are able to a certain extent choose your dealer. All Irish Casino has a limited range of casino games but includes the rather interesting race Roulette and Common Draw Blackjack. Common draw blackjack is exactly the same as any other blackjack game except that the player’s cards are shared by all players instead of each player having their own. This means it is possible for any number of players to play simultaneously and there is no delay as they are all playing the same hand but of course each player can react differently. The choice at All Irish Casino seems limited but once you have logged in and clicked on whichever game you like, you will be faced with much more choice. Unusually All Irish Casino also offers you the chance to play live casino in free play mode for a few hands at some of the games so that you can get to grips with the game. All Irish Casino is also one of the very few online casinos that have the live casino streamed from an actual casino building in Malta and it is available in several languages.
The live casino option at CasinoLand has the same casino games line up as many offering roulette, blackjack, baccarat and casino hold’em but there is a choice of no less than 21 different tables. Instead of giving the tables fancy names such as Pearl or Diamond as some online casinos do CasinoLand keeps it simple and just calls them A,B, C etc. Live casino can be a great option for some Irish casino players but the casino games are limited so if you are a keen casino slots player or prefer some of the other dice games such as Craps or even numbers games such as Keno or Bingo or scratch cards then you will never go near the live casino but it is well worth trying for the experience and as a change from the regular online casino.