A night at the casino – what better way to spend an evening if you are looking for some sophisticated entertainment and a chance to show your inner James Bond, or indeed Vesper Lynd? In Paisley we have the Vegas-style Alea Casino a short drive up the road with views over the Clyde, and the indications are that it will be able to reopen in the coming weeks. 

But do we really need to venture out at all anymore? The lockdown period has demonstrated that there are all sorts of things we can do just as easily online, whether it is mobile banking or Zoom partying. But when it comes to gaming, the best live casinos are arguably even better than the real thing.


What is live casino?


Online casino platforms have boomed in popularity over recent years. They offer all the games you can play in a real casino, and more besides. But a downside is that playing on your laptop or phone does not offer the same experience as sitting down at a blackjack table or standing around the roulette wheel.


Live casino goes a long way towards addressing this. When you join a live gaming table, there is a real human croupier or dealer waiting for you and he or she will deal the cards or spin the wheel in real time. You keep up with all the action as it happens on webcam, and you can even talk to the dealer via a chat box. 


A choice of games


A virtual casino can base its live games in any location and is not constrained to the dimensions of the casino gaming floor. This means you will typically find far more live tables than there are in a physical casino. Naturally, the most popular live games are the casino classics like blackjack and roulette. Most casino platforms offer different variations of these games, as well as different table limits, so you’ll find what you need whether you want to play for coins or are a high roller.


There are also some less common games that you might not have tried before. These include the likes of Sic Bo, a dice game that is immensely popular in Asia, or games that are based on TV shows, for example Deal or No Deal. You will also find plenty of poker variations, from three card poker for beginners to high stakes Texas Holdem for the real hustlers! 


Why play live casino?


The live casino experience has been around for a while, but has been even more popular during lockdown, and that popularity is unlikely to wane any time soon. After all, even when the real world casinos reopen, there will be strict social distancing rules in place. 


Play online and you don’t have to worry about facemasks or keeping your distance. There is also no need to think about who gets to be designated driver, or facing that dreaded bar bill at the end of the evening!