Live Casino

Here at Betzest, our live casino vertical it’s one of the most important components. If you are a newbie to casinos don’t worry. In this article we will break down the history and some of the basic knowledge about the live casino games that can be played and enjoyed in our amazing online live casino lobby. First and foremost, the concept of casino, or gambling in general it’s thought to be modern but in fact it’s been part of cultures from millennia. The first gambling establishment, however, or a real casino was only built in the seventeenth century in Venice and it was called “Ill Ridotto”. The word casino also comes from the Italian language and it means a small house. This comes from the fact that live casino games in those years were organized in small private houses. There were gambling, entertaining, eating and drinking involved but this amusement wasn’t for everyone, only selected people were allowed to enter in those houses. The “Riddoto” was closed relatively early due to the church interference regarding moral decadence but the French were quick to adopt it and on the opposite, the church representatives were supporters as they hoped to gain by taxing it. The first casino in France was opened of course in Paris.

The start of live casinos

All the live casino games, roulette, black jack, dice, poker and many more have a long history and the newest of them it’s at least some centuries old. Dice or Craps as they are called in the live casino floor, for instance, predates Jesus Christ and it was a form of entertainment created in Mesopotamia (today’s Iraq) and developed also in ancient Egypt. Started first as a form of fortune telling, the cubic shaped animal bones were rolled later as a form of amusement and finally for they were used for gambling. Also ancient Rome used dice as a popular form of gambling. They were played in public spaces called Circuses at that time and there were real money bets played. Roman emperors were said to be avid dice players. The modern form of dice, was developed many centuries later in Korea and took the shape of the Craps game that we know today as part of the modern live casino.

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Live Casino Craps

Craps is one of the most exciting live casino games and it’s played on a table with two dice. We have various articles in our blog about the rules of the game but we can mention here that the live casino game can accommodate up to 20 players at the same time. One of the players who throws the dice it’s called the shooter. He must throw the dice to the opposite end of the table and hit the walls of the table with the dice. Those players who don’t want to throw, can easily bet on the shooter’s hand. The shooter chooses two dice from the five dice presented to him by the casino crew, who in the case of dice tables, it’s made up by 4 members, The Stick Man, The Box Man and two dealers. The shooter then throws the dice for the first part of the round and must not throw 2, 3 or 12 as they are losing combinations which are called Craps, while on the opposite if he rolls 7 or 11 that’s called a natural win. The turn to shoot after each round is determined on a clockwise basis. Feel free to check our articles about detailed rules about this very popular live casino game which was made even more popular during WW2. It’s informal version it’s called street craps and it’s played on the streets as its name suggests.

Card games were developed in China for the first time around the 12th century, and the first deck of cards was discovered there. The first modern deck of cards, however it’s attributed to the French. The modern deck of cards has 52 cards and this is the one used generally across the world. The most famous live casino card games that are played are Black Jack, Baccarat and Stud Poker.

Live Casino Blackjack Games

Black Jack first reference was found in Don Quixote by Servantes and its predecessor it’s the game Twenty-One. Black Jack it’s a card comparing live casino game, where the players don’t compare with each other but instead they compare with the dealer who has the highest winning hand. The rules were sophisticated in the United States and that’s where this live casino game got its popularity. There is only one dealer as a casino crew sometimes accompanied by an Inspector who is simultaneously supervising other tables at the same time. Each player is dealt two cards face up and the dealer gets only a card. The values of the cards are from two to ten is their shown value while picture cards are worth ten and aces are worth one or eleven. A hands value it’s the sum of all the cards of the hand. Players are allowed to draw extra cards in order to enhance their hands. The objective of this live casino game is to get as close as possible to 21 but not more, as the hand gets busted with more than 21. The game is usually played with 6 decks in live casinos by 52 cards for deck but there are also variants with one deck or up to 8 decks. A table can accommodate up to 7 seated players and theoretically in some casinos who allow betting from behind, there can be a maximum of 21 players playing standing up behind the seated players. The game has a basic strategy and many players who know the strategy and the basic combinations have higher chances to win with an achievable RTP of 99.4% which is exceptionally good in terms of live casino games.

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Live Baccarat

Baccarat on the other hand is similar to Black Jack and we can trace its origins back to Italy in the fifteenth century, but again this live casino game was popularized by the French where the Sung King Luis XIV was a known Baccarat organizer. Baccarat means zero in Italian. The game it’s again a comparing game, between the player and the banker. The cards have these values: the deuce through nine cards in each suit are worth the shown value (in points); the 10, jack, queen, and king are worth zero; aces are worth 1 point; Hands are valued according to unit’s digit of the sum of their principal cards. For example, a hand consisting of 2 and 3 is worth 5, but a hand consisting of 6 and 7 is worth 3 (i.e., the 3 being the unit’s digit in the combined points total of 13). The highest possible hand in baccarat is therefore nine. There are tre versions of the live casino game with Punto Banco being the most popular and being played throughout North America and Macau having it as a top income game. Chinese players are the most passionate Baccarat live casino players worldwide.

Live Poker Games

Stud poker it’s a version of classic poker but adapted as a live casino game. Players and delares are dealt 5 five face down cards and again the objective it’s to have a higher hand that the dealer’s. One of the dealer’s cards is shown. The initial bet is called “ante” which means before, and the players puts this bet to just to see the cards dealt. The player checks the hand dealt and decide if he wants to play or not. If he wants to play, he has to put twice the amount of the ante behind, on the bet box. If he doesn’t like the hand he can simply pass but he will lose the ante. A live casino stud table can accommodate up to 7 players and there are several versions of it as well. Razz, High-low stud, Mexican Stud and Caribbean Stud.

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Live Roulette Online

Let’s continue on now with the most iconic of all live casino games, the roulette. It’s history its traced back in the eighteenth century and Blaise Pascal the French inventor it’s credited with the invention. This live casino game was played in its present form since 1796. The wheel has 37 numbers in the French version from 0 to 36. There are also versions with double zero and also triple zero. The lay out of the table its designed after its American version which allows for faster play and also for a higher number of players. The paying odds for a single number are 35 to 1. One number it’s not payed and this makes up the house edge which for the French version its about 2.7%. The live casino crew in the table is made up of a Dealer and a Chipper. The dealer waits for the bets to be placed at the numbers on the layout and then spins the ball. The ball spins around the wheel and gradually loses momentum and falls at one of the number’s slots in the wheel. The number in which the ball has dropped it’s called the winning number and the bets that are placed for that number win. Bets can be straight up, meaning that they are predictions that this specific number will win, splits meaning that one of two numbers can win (payed 17 to 1), corners, a chip between four numbers (payed 8 to 1), six lines (6 numbers payed 5 to 1) and street bet (3 number bet payed 11 to 1). There are also other variants of betting which are called the French bets and they are connected with the areas of specific sets of numbers on the wheel and they are called: The Neighbors of Zero, The Tier and the Orphans. These bets are known as “the call bets” as the players bets them and the dealer announces them out loud. In other articles here in our blog we explain by detail the roulette bets and their specific amounts and payouts.

Live Casino on Betzest.com

The revolutionary innovation of the web 2.0 added fuel to the popularity of the casinos making them even more accessible by virtually anyone and everywhere. The live online casino here at Betzest for example is fully optimized for all the handheld devices be it a smartphone, a laptop or a tablet. The first online casino was opened in 1996 and the last decade saw amazing improvements in the live online casino. Live dealer tables started with black jack and then were available for all the live casino classic and innovative games. Players can experience all the live casino games exactly if they were on the casino floor from the comfort of their couches. Here at Betzest our live casino lobby offers all the classical games mentioned above, and many innovative games powered by Evolution gaming like Monopoly, Lightning Roulette Dream Catcher and many more, 24 hours a day for seven days a week. Our live casino promotions and tournaments are built having player’s entertainment in mind and every day we have a surprise waiting for them. Deposits and withdrawals are lightning fast and regarding security and reliability Betzest it’s one of the top casinos worldwide. So enjoy our live casino and experience the best that the online gaming industry has to offer here at Betzest ! Most importantly, play responsibly and have fun !