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Comparing Live Dealer Casino Vs. Land Based Casino

You do have plenty of choices these days regarding where you can play casino games, you may find land based casinos exciting and enjoy the social element of visiting such a casino, and if you do, well there are plenty of them in towns and cities all over the world.

However, these days many people do not have time to visit such venues, and much prefer the convenience of playing at an online or mobile casino site.

In fact, during the COVID-19 pandemic, many land based casinos closed down for quite some time, and that did somewhat force the hand of many gamblers whose only choice regarding where they could play casino games was online or via a mobile casino app.

Games such as Live Dealer Roulette, Live Dealer Blackjack and Baccarat will, of course, be readily on offer at those sites. However, there will often be a range of additional games that you may never have seen or played before, such as a wide variety of casino poker card games, so make sure you look at just what games are available if you are seeking something new to play.

That fact did, however, open the eyes of many such gamblers who discovered there were lots of additional benefits of playing casino games online rather than visiting a land-based casino.

Therefore what this guide is going to do is to highlight to you the pros and cons of playing casino games in land based casinos and online, and I suggest you give it a read through as by doing so it will help you make up your mind as to just which type of casino will suit you down to the ground.

Land Based Casino Card and Table Games

Land based casinos are, of course, businesses, and their goal is to generate as much as they possibly can do from their card and table games. 

Therefore if you do decide to visit such a venue, you need to become a savvy player and develop a deep understanding of how each of those types of games is designed and look at the house edges each game has been set to achieve.

Sadly though, what you are going to often find at land based casinos based anywhere in the world is that they are only going to be licensed to operate a set number of gaming tables and that in turn will see you only being able to access a limited number of games as a player.

Roulette players are often going to find just double zero Roulette games on offer; however, some such venues do have the much lower edge Roulette games on offer, those being the variants with just one single zero on their wheels.

If you are forced to play the double zero variants through lack of choice, then the house edge on those games is 5.26%, as opposed to 2.70% on the European single-zero variants.

Land based casinos often also increase the house edges on their Blackjack games too, and the way they can generate higher profits from those types of card games is by lowering the payouts awarded for a winning Blackjack hand dealt out to players, from 3 to 2 down to 6 to 5, so do look out for those payouts, and aim to play the 3 to 2 paying variants.

The higher in number the decks of cards are in a Blackjack game the higher the house edge will be too, so if possible if they are available in the casino, you have chosen to play at, look out for and play the Blackjack games with the lowest number of decks in the shoe.

One thing, however that land based casinos often offer are player comps, and when playing at a casino that does have a generous players club in place, you are going to be earning comps on the volume of wagers you make, not your losses.

So be on the lookout for casinos that offer players a reward scheme that will see you earning more comps as you play and ones that have lower redemption rates for turning those points into comps, free play, hotel rooms and suites or meals, as you will get more value when playing at those land based casinos. 

You will, of course, also have your own set gambling bankroll, and that is something else you will need to factor into the equation when playing in any land based casino, for often the minimum table stake limit is higher than some players can afford to pay for.

Even those casinos that offer low table stake card and table games will increase them upwards at busier times of the day or night or week. So, timing your visit to such a venue is important to ensure that you can comfortably afford to play the games on offer on their respective gaming floors. 

Card games such as Blackjack do have an element of skill associated with them, and as such one final thing to be fully aware of if you intend to play those types of card games, is that the more experienced and the more strategic a player you become, the more winning opportunities you will have when playing.

Playing at Live Dealer Casinos 

When you choose to play at most online casinos, you will have the choice of playing software driven card and table games, which, as you may be fully aware, utilize a random number generator to determine the result of each individual game.

Once the random number generator has determined the result of any game, computer-generated graphics then play out the game and you will soon discover whether you have won or lost when playing such games.

However, the highly advanced casino sites nowadays also offer a range of what are known as live dealer card and table games. Those games are being played in a real-life venue, and the footage of each gaming table in streamed live over the internet to players’ computers.

Players can then choose to play any live dealer game they wish to play and use their computers as they place their bets and wagers, and any playing decision they make can then be seen being played out via the live video stream.

The main benefit of playing live dealer games online, rather than playing casino games in a land based casinos are many, and as such allow me to quickly run through what those benefits are and why I do feel you are going to have a much better gaming experience when playing live dealer casino games online.

The table stake limits on live dealer gaming tables tend to be much lower while also being much higher than land based casinos, and as such, you will get much more choice regarding the actual stakes that you can play those games for.

The house edges too are much more player-friendly at live dealer casinos, and the main reason the operators of such sites tend to have much lower house edge games on offer, is that they know and fully understand that players do have a lot of choices and that means a lot of competition for all live dealer casinos, and those with the best value games do pull in the crowds so to speak.

Something that I do know is going to impress online casino players when they do try out a live dealer casino site for the very first time, is that there will often be a huge range of different card and table games on offer. 

Comps will also be awarded to you as real money live dealer casino; however, to be fair, the only thing you can exchange your accumulated comp points for at such venues will be just additional playing credits.

However, as is always the case, if you do decide to play such games online for real money, then the onus is on you to ensure the casino site you have chosen to play at is offering you access to not only a comp club scheme but a rewarding one too.

Bonuses are how you are going to get the maximum playing value when playing at live dealer online or mobile casino sites, and bonuses are something that land based casinos rarely if ever give their customers access too.

The new player welcome bonuses at live dealer casinos tend to be extremely generous, especially those that are designed as at the very least 100% deposit match bonuses, so do look out for casino bonuses that are designed as such.

Ongoing bonuses such as loyalty bonuses are also regularly showered on online live dealer casino players, but at the end of the day, you should always read through the terms and conditions associated with any such bonuses as that way you can determine whether you are locking in additional playing value when you set forth a do claim such bonuses, as not all of them will be offering you additional playing value. 

Edna Boykin

Edna Boykin started her career as a financial news writer. And, she was withal active in stock trading. From the commencement of her vocation, she is passionate about online poker games. As she likes to play poker and roulette, she knows the casino industry exhaustively. She recently joined Times of Casino as a news writer. She regularly contributes in-depth breaking stories and news updates of the casino industry.

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