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Live Dealers have become the biggest new thing in the online gambling world over the past few months. Only a year ago, no online casino had live video dealers (some tried, without much success!) — now, more sites are adding live dealers all the time.

With all of the new Live Dealer casinos, we thought we’d offer a short list of the best and most trustworthy:

  • All Slots Casino – Live Blackjack, Roulette, and Baccarat (Download or NEW! Instant Play). The new Flash Casino offers 300+ games right in the browser, including full Live Dealer games!
  • bet365 Casino – Live Roulette, Blackjack, Baccarat, AND Sic Bo! (Download and Flash). The only casino that offers the choice between European or Asian Live Dealers, plus promotions exclusive to Live Dealer games!
  • Europa Casino– Live Roulette, Blackjack, and Baccarat (Download Only?). A little less Live Dealer information on the site than some, but the casino itself is one of the best you can find!
  • Casino Tropez – Live Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat (Download Only?). We’ve been impressed by Casino Tropez in the past; you can bet the video will be stellar and trouble-free.
  • Ladbrokes– Live Roulette, Blackjack, Baccarat, and Sic Bo (seems to be Flash only — no download?). Ladbrokes has more dealers than anyone…and a profile page for each of them!

On one hand, it was inevitable; some people appreciate the heightened realism and immediacy that live dealers add to the online gambling experience…and some players simply refused to settle for clicking the mouse button and watching the RNG spit out a random number. Whatever the case, nobody can deny that there’s nothing quite like the sight of an actual person dealing the cards or spinning the wheel, right then and there.

Party Casino was one of the first, setting the standard for Live Dealers

Of course, poker sites have offered live “dealers” for some time — you can’t play anything like real poker unless each player can take the button in turn. However, the technology to put live video into a reliable and universal game interface eluded even the best software developers until the last year or so (imagine having to make something that works well for millions of players, each with different types of computer setups and Internet connections!).

The first live dealer games to roll out have been the mighty trio that has been well-known to casino customers for decades: Roulette, blackjack, and baccarat. For the most part, the dealers have been a pleasant surprise as well…they’ve all had to meet a high standard of professional know-how, customer skills, and (for lack of a better phrase) be easy on the eyes while doing so.

William Hill’s decades of experience perhaps made a quality Live Dealer experience inevitable.

US-friendly online casinos have so far been slower to adopt the option of live dealers on real-time video, but both Cherry Red Casino and Rushmore Casino offer Live Blackjack Tournaments, with live casino dealers and live multiplayer support.

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