Live Online Casinos

Traveling to a land-based casino is always a fun day out if you enjoy playing games like roulette, craps, blackjack, poker, or baccarat. However, South Africa spans 1.22 million km², and cities that are host to one of the country’s 40+ land-based casinos are quite spread out. As a result, the nearest casino is not always close by, and visiting your local casino as often as you would like is rarely possible due to time constraints. To solve this problem, one of the most recent casino fads in South Africa is the introduction of live casino tables available online where you can make real money bets using cryptocurrency or South African rand.
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Live Casino for Real Money

In order to avoid confusion, live casino tables are not the virtual online casino games you may have seen advertised by one of the many online casinos.

Instead, this new concept uses real tables, cards, dice, wheels, and balls along with real-life live dealers and croupiers managing the tables all accessible from your desktop, laptop, smartphone, or tablet device via a high definition webcam stream.

A high definition webcam will stream the table game of your choice in real-time back to your device. You can then use virtual chips to place real money bets directly on the table’s betting areas as if you were physically sitting at a casino table.

To add more authenticity to the whole experience, you can hear the dealer speaking via your device’s audio and in most live casinos you can chat to the dealer or croupier using a chat window. Plus, you will be playing at tables with other players also streaming the live casino.

When you place your bets, a sophisticated piece of software, not visible to the naked eye, laid over the top of the table records where you placed your casino chips on the table. Once the round of betting is over, the software will pay out winning bets, push tied bets, or forfeit your lost bets with 100% accuracy.

Live casinos can be found at most online casinos in a separate section to the slots and virtual games names ‘live dealer’, live tables’, or ‘live casino’.

All you need to do is sign up to the casino and make a deposit using fiat or cryptocurrency, depending on the accepted payment methods, and then head over to the section where live tables are available. From here you can choose your preferred game such as roulette, dice, blackjack, poker, Sic-Bo, Dragon Tiger, baccarat, and so on.

  • HD webcams Streaming in Real-Time
  • Real Life Dealers and Croupiers
  • State-of-the-art Betting Systems
  • 100% Accurate Results
  • Chat With Dealers
  • Play On The Same Table As Other Players

Live Casino Odds

Live casino odds are no different to the odds found in a land-based casino. The only difference here is that you are not physically sitting at the casino table. Aside from this, there is no reason for the odds to change. Therefore, you can expect the house edge for blackjack to be 0.5% and baccarat 1.24% on the player bet, 1.06% on the banker bet, and 14.36% on the tie.

Commonly, live casinos will display odds as RTP (Return to Player). For example, as blackjack has a house edge of 0.5%, your expected RTP is 99.5% - that is of course if you are playing blackjack’s basic strategy.

As for minimum and maximum bets, live casinos usually start at around 2 South African Rand and you can bet up to 222,000 South African Rand and more if you become a high roller VIP member. Also, you can reduce your odds of losing by taking advantage of welcome bonuses as well as regular bonuses offered by the casino giving you free bonus money to play with.

How to choose a casino

There are other considerations such as how to deposit and withdraw your money, software providers, as well as choosing a casino with

Live Table Game Preferences

If you are a blackjack table, then you should read online casino reviews to find one that has a live casino with a variety of different blackjack tables. A decent live casino will have over 10 variations of blackjack. The same principle applies to roulette, poker, and baccarat players.

High Rollers

If you are a high roller, then you should look for a live casino that offers VIP tables with high maximum bets. On top of this, as you are betting high amounts, you should make sure the casino offers a decent loyalty/VIP reward program where you can cashback on your losses, exchange loyalty points for cash, get free chips, and VIP support as well as a personal casino manager.

Low to Mid Rollers

For those playing on a low budget, finding a live casino with low stakes bets is easy. Many of the top live casinos love players that only want to make low stakes bets. All you need to make sure is that you choose a casino that has plenty of dealers and croupiers available so you can always get a game even during the casino’s peak hours.

Licenses and Certificates

You may be sceptical about playing real money games online simply because it is so easy for companies to manipulate the system when operating via the Web. In order to quell any mistrust licenses and certificates are issued to the online casinos that operate live dealer games.

There are some subtle differences between licenses and certificates; nonetheless, the idea of both is to make sure your live casino gaming experience is fair and transparent.

Casino Licenses: Live casinos are regulated by certain licensing authorities to ensure the casino is managing player funds responsibly, the games are fair, and that the casino maintains player privacy. These licencing bodies keep a close eye on the casino by demanding regular payout percentage checks. Furthermore, these authorities ensure the casino abides by consumer rights laws, sticks to its terms and conditions, and that the casino abides by cybersecurity conditions.

The best casino licenses are the Malta Gaming Authority and the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC). Any casino that has obtained a license from either of these authorities is regularly checked and fined if rules are broken. See examples of online casinos being fined by the UKGC in their official news section.

Certificates: There are also companies that issue certificates of trust. Many of these organisations exist purely to give players a voice. If a casino acts out of turn or unfairly, then the site will publish the casino’s misgivings which is something the casino really wants to avoid as all casinos spend a lot of money on PR.

eCOGRA is a great example of one of these organisations, so if you see this seal of approval for a live casino, and combine this with an MGA or UKGC license, you can guarantee the casino is trustworthy.  

Payment Methods

The right live casino for you will offer plenty of ways to deposit and withdraw. Most online casinos will accept South African Rand, but you will need to check first. In most cases, you will be able to deposit in Rand and the casino will exchange this into US$, CA$, or EU€. Some casino will also allow you to deposit and withdraw using cryptocurrency.

The most commonly used in South Africa include:

  • VISA/MasterCard Debit/Credit cards
  • PayPal/Skrill/Neteller/EcoPayz (e-wallets)
  • EasyEFT (bank transfer)
  • Internet Bank Transfers / EFTs (bank transfer)
  • SID Instant EFT (bank transfer)
  • Entropay (virtual credit card)
  • Cryptocurrency wallets for BTC, BCH, ETH, LTC, DODGE

A couple of words of advice here. Not all deposit methods can be used to withdraw. You may also be restricted on the amount you can deposit or withdraw depending on the financial facility you use. In both cases just make sure you check the casino’s terms and conditions, FAQs, and/or payment sections.

Software Providers

There are quite a few reputable live dealer platforms out there. These are known as software providers and it is these platforms that provide online casinos with their live dealer suites.

To explain further, if you join an online casino to play its live dealer games, those game will be provided by a live dealer software provider. The casino connects to the live dealer platform and has a profit share deal. It is a win-win situation because the live dealer platform uses online casinos to attract casino members, and the casino itself can attract more members because it offers live dealer games.

One of the key advantages for live casino players is that these software providers provide all the dealers and croupiers as well as trains them so when you play, you have experienced personally managing your game.

Here is a list of the top 10 live casino platform providers:

  • Evolution Gaming
  • Playtech
  • NetEnt
  • Microgaming
  • Luckystreak
  • Authentic Gaming
  • eZugi
  • Pragmatic Play
  • VIVO gaming
  • Asia Gaming

Dealer Casino Top Games

The top live casino games in South Africa are generally the same tables that are popular in land-based casinos. The four most popular games are blackjack, roulette, poker, and baccarat.

Live Roulette

Live roulette can be played on both mobile and desktop devices. You will find that you can play several variations such as French, US, American, European roulette as well as double ball roulette. Other variations of roulette include speed roulette and lightning roulette.

Another new concept we will be seeing more of is the new land-based live roulette games. At some Evolution Gaming casinos you can play roulette in a land-based casino via webcam and alongside casino visitors physically sat at the roulette table. One of these tables is in the Hippodrome Casino where you can log on, stream, and play on a real-life roulette table inside London’s most prestigious West End casino in Leicester Square.

Live Poker

There is a wealth of live casino poker games out there. If you find the right casino, you will be able to play Caribbean Poker (98.19% RTP), Casino Hold’em (97.84% RTP), Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker (99.47% RTP), 3 Card Poker (96.63% RTP), 3 Card Brag (98%), and more.

Live Blackjack

Blackjack is by far the most diverse of all the live dealer games. There are so many variations available that you will be spoiled for choice. The best live casinos for blackjack games are usually Evolution Gaming, but to be honest, nearly all the live dealer platforms have a very good collection of blackjack tables. Many of the blackjack tables come with side bets and you can find games such as Blackjack Surrender, Auto Split, and mobile Blackjack.

Live Baccarat

Baccarat is extremely popular, but there are not too many variations of the game. You can find Punto Banco tables, mini-baccarat, speed baccarat tables, but mostly you will find plain old live baccarat tables, which is exactly what most baccarat players want anyway.

Live Casinos SA – FAQ

Are there live dice games available?

Yes. Some casinos have live lightning dice and Sic-Bo. However, there are no live craps tables at this time.

Can I play live casino games on my mobile?

Yes. However, only a select few live casino games will be available on smaller screens such as smartphones. You can still play blackjack and roulette, but the variation of these types of games is far less than if you were to play using a tablet or desktop.

Do I need a live casino app to play live casino games?

No. Most online casinos today have designed their websites to be fully responsive. This means you can simply log on via your device’s web browser be it a desktop, tablet, or smartphone. These are known as instant play games. That said, if you want to play via an app, then some online casinos offer Android and iOS downloads that will give you access to live dealer games.

Can I card count playing blackjack?

You can, but eventually, the dealer will shuffle the cards – especially if you start to win big! The way live dealer blackjack games are operated is much the same as you will find in a land-based casino.

Where are the live dealers, croupiers, and tables situated?

Each software provider has its own location around the globe. Most are licensed properties and the only staff inside them are the dealers and technical staff. There is no real money at any of these locations. However, some tables are inside land-based casinos for legal reasons.