Live dealer games bring together the action of traditional casino games with the convenience of online casino play. That means traditional casino games like blackjack, roulette, baccarat, Three Card Poker, and Casino Hold’em run inside a studio the same way they are in any casino.
Big online casino brands like BetMGM, Caesars and FanDuel have launched live dealer casino games in Ontario. There are more than 30 different games to play including Sic Bo, blackjack, craps, baccarat and roulette.
Look below for more on live dealer games right here in Ontario, including how to play, where to find live dealer blackjack and roulette, along with how you can give yourself a good chance to win playing them.
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Are live dealer online casinos legal in Ontario?
Since live dealer games are the same traditional casino games you’ll find inside brick and mortar casinos in Ontario, the answer is, yes, live dealer games are perfectly legal here. Of course, just like other casino table games in Ontario, they’re only legal at licensed Ontario casinos.
That means the studios where live dealer games are run are going to have to be inside licensed Ontario casinos. Either way, the games will have to be broadcast with betting on either the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s online casino or a privately-run online casino licensed by the province.
Can you play live dealer games online in Ontario?
Unfortunately, you can’t play live dealer games in Ontario right now. That’s because the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s online casino doesn’t have live dealer games. That means big online casino brands like BetMGM, Caesars and Mohegan Sun will deliver what you can’t find elsewhere.
How to play live dealer games
The best live dealer casinos offer not just one game but several. They bring together traditional casino table game action with online casino play. Here’s a look at the basic gameplay for each:
Live dealer blackjack
The same eight-deck shoe blackjack game you find at most brick and mortar casinos with rules that include:
- Blackjack pays 3:2
- Dealer hits on soft 17
- Players can double down on any two cards and after splitting
- No re-splitting or late surrender
Playing online blackjack with a live dealer may also include side bets like Perfect Pairs, which pays for pairs, and 21+3, which pays for three-card flushes and three of a kind.
Live dealer baccarat
The same Dragon Bonus Baccarat is found at most brick-and-mortar casinos. Bet on the dealer or player. The closest to nine wins. This includes a five percent commission on all winning Banker bets and a Dragon Bonus side bet, which pays on naturals and four-point wins or larger.
Guide: Live dealer baccarat casinos
Live dealer roulette
This is American Roulette with a zero and double-zero on the wheel. It’s the same game found at most brick-and-mortar casinos. Bet numbers, groups of numbers, red/black and odd/even props or combinations. Payout speed is the first thing you’ll notice.
Guide: Live dealer roulette casinos
Live dealer Three Card Poker
This is the same table game found at most brick-and-mortar casinos where you try to make a better Three Card Poker hand than the dealer. Optional side bets include Pairs Plus, which pays out on pairs or better, and the Six-Card Bonus, which pays out for the best five-card hand using dealer and player cards.
Live dealer Casino hold’em
Here’s the same pit or table-game version of Texas Hold’em found at most brick and mortar casinos where you play hold’em against a dealer, not other players. Use two hole cards and five community cards to make a better poker hand than the dealer. Plus, there’s an optional side bet that pays bonuses based on hand strength. You can find this game in the live dealer section under the title Ultimate Texas Hold’em.
Tips to improve your live dealer game odds
Live dealer games include traditional casino table games like blackjack, roulette, baccarat, Three Card Poker and Casino hold’em. Here’s a quick look at improving your odds playing each of these games at live dealer casinos:
- Blackjack: Play basic blackjack strategy perfectly to improve your odds. Hit, stand, double or split at the right time, every time, and you’ll lower the game’s house edge. Follow the basic blackjack strategy cue card you can download from PlaySmart.
- Roulette: There are two kinds of roulette: American Roulette with a zero and a double zero and European Roulette with just a zero. That one extra number has an impact on the odds. American Roulette has a 94.74% Return to Player Rate (RTP) and 5.26% house edge. European Roulette has a 97.29% RTP and 2.71% house edge. That means you can improve your odds by seeking out European Roulette games.
- Baccarat: In baccarat, you choose whether to bet on the banker, the player or a tie. However, the RTP on banker bets is 98.94%, while it is 98.76% on player bets and 85.6% on ties. Banker and player bets have one of lowest house edges you’ll see. But Banker bets are slightly better. Play the Banker exclusively to improve your odds.
- Three Card Poker: Simple strategy entails remembering what hands not to play. Play Queen, six, four or better and dump everything else to improve your odds. Do that and you’ll enjoy a 98% RTP and just a 2% House Edge. Don’t, and it’s a 96.7% RTP and 3.7% house edge.
- Casino hold’em: Again, the best strategy involves following through with 82% of hands and folding only 18%. That means folding only low unpaired cards for the most part. Do that and you’ll enjoy a 97.84% RTP and just a 2.16% house edge. Stay in the game longer by betting small on the ante and avoiding side bets, as most have a 6% or more house edge.
What are live dealer games?
Live dealer games are traditional casino games that play out inside a studio housed in a brick-and-mortar casino. The action is filmed and broadcast over the internet. Just like in any brick and mortar casino, real-life human beings spread the cards and spin the wheels using traditional casino cards and other casino equipment you can touch and feel.
The big difference is that it’s the players watching the live broadcast on the web that bet, using an online betting interface via an online casino, instead of the players standing or sitting in front of the dealer at the game itself.
That means betting and payouts happen with the speed and convenience only online casinos and electronic table games can provide.
However, the games are run in a trusted and traditional manner that only brick and mortar casinos have been able to provide until now. It’s live casino gaming broadcast into your home or wherever you are, via the internet. You can bet on the action you’re watching.
What’s the difference?
There really isn’t much of a difference when it comes to the games. Online live casino games are mostly the same popular and traditional casino games you find at brick-and-mortar casinos. The only real difference is that live dealer casino games are broadcast online and the betting occurs online. That’s how online casinos have successfully created an immersive gambling experience online.
Live dealer games put you in the middle of the action at a brick and mortar casino, but they also allow you to enjoy the convenience and comfort of playing from home, or wherever you are. Plus, there’s the speed and accuracy of an electronic betting system. It’s the best of both casino worlds. You don’t have to travel anywhere to get it, the payouts are faster and more accurate. Yet the experience is as close to the live one as you’ll find.
Live dealer games near you
There are a few slots-only casino facilities here in Ontario but many more full-scale casinos that host live and electronic table games as well. That means many of the same table games online casinos might use for live dealer games, including blackjack, roulette, baccarat, Three Card Poker and Casino hold’em. Here’s a look at many of the Ontario casinos hosting these games:
|Casino Ajax||50 Alexander's Crossing |
|Pickering Casino Resort||888 Durham Live Avenue |
|Casino Woodbine||555 Rexdale Blvd|
|Casino Rama||5899 Rama Rd|
|Elements Casino Mohawk||9430 Guelph Line|
|Gateway Casino Innisfil||7485 5th Side Rd|
|Great Blue Heron Casino||21777 Island Rd|
|Casino Niagara||5705 Falls Ave|
Niagara Falls, ON
|Fallsview Casino||6380 Fallsview Blvd|
Niagara Falls, ON
|Gateway Casinos Sault Ste. Marie||30 Bay St|
Sault Ste. Marie
|Gateway Casinos Thunder Bay||50 Cumberland St S|
Thunder Bay, ON
|Rideau Carleton Casino (Future Hard Rock)||4837 Albion Rd S|
|Shorelines Casino Belleville||380 Bell Blvd|
|Shorelines Casino Peterborough||1400 Crawford Dr|
|Shorelines Casino Thousand Islands||380 ON-2|
|Shorelines Slots Kawartha Downs||1382 County Rd 28|
|Casino Windsor||377 Riverside Dr E|
|Elements Casino Brantford||40 Icomm Dr|
|Elements Casino Flamboro||967 Ontario 5|
|Starlight Casino Point Edward||2000 Venetian Blvd|
Point Edward, ON
|Cascades Casino Chatham||615 Richmond St|