What is the Difference Between Casino and Live Casino?

Difference Between Casino and Live Casino


Online casinos have been around for decades. But it has only been a handful of years since live casino games have become widespread and popular. Nowadays most premium online casinos such as Lord Ping offer both online casino games and live casino games; but what’s the difference? Keep on reading our article to learn more.


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What is a Live Casino?

A live casino is a casino which hosts live casino games - pretty simple right? Some live casinos will share a selection of traditional real-world casino games like roulette and Blackjack played in real-time and shared via a live stream. Some brands stream games from their existing brick-and-mortar casinos, while others will be streamed from a purpose-built studio. Many live casinos also include solely live games, such as live game shows and other live games from developers like Evolution, Playtech, and Pragmatic.

How Do Live Casinos Work?

Live casino games can usually be accessed directly from an online casino's website. There will usually be a dedicated tab for live casino games which helpfully separates them from their online casino variants to avoid confusion. Pretty much all modern casinos and casino games have been designed using HTML5 so that they can be instantly played directly from a browser on any device, however, some online casinos also offer dedicated mobile apps which may be more convenient if you prefer gaming on the go.

How Does Live Casino Compare to Online Casinos?

In terms of navigating available games and interacting with site features, there is no difference between live casino games and online casino games. The difference comes with the way in which games are played, most notably the pace of play.

With live casino games, players game with other players and interact with a real live dealer or host. The host dictates the pace of play, and as multiple players are gaming at once, specific betting times are allotted to allow everyone to get involved and also give players a little time to enjoy chatting and engaging with one another. This means that rounds of many live casino games take far longer than their online casino counterparts; though there are specifically designed ‘speed’ variations of many of the most popular live games.

As online casino games pit a sole player against an RNG computer program, the player is in complete control of how long each round takes. They can take their time betting, or cut to the chase. Of course, this freedom does come at the cost of the social interaction element present in live casino gameplay.

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The Advantages of Playing Online Casino Games

Online casino games, alongside online slots, make up the bulk of the games offered at any online casino; and for good reason. They allow players to instantly enjoy their favourite casino games, regardless of their device or the time of day.

Wide Selection of Games

As online casino games don’t require any real world or live dealer elements, they can be managed and developed in a straightforward way meaning that both seasoned developers and indie developers can join the fray and add their own touches to popular casino titles such as european roulette, american blackjack, french roulette, Blackjack, Baccarat, and more. 

Because online casino games are so accessible, developers can create a broad range of variants including both the most popular ones, such as Punto Banco Baccarat, as well as the more niche offshoots like Chemin Du Fer and Dragon Tiger. Online casino games have also been responsible for increasing the popularity of games which had mostly before been seen at brick and mortar casinos such as Craps, or had a small Western following when compared to its status in the East, such as Sic Bo. 

Put simply, at an online casino, players have access to a huge amount of casino games and their variants, many of which would be tricky or impossible to find in a real-world casino setting.

Play Anytime and Anywhere

Because it is just you and the AI dealer, you can play online casino games whenever and wherever you like. Some live casino games have specified active hours, and may not be available on certain holidays, or may need to go offline for a few days if the studio needs a refit or so on. 

With online casino games, everything can fit to your personal schedule. You don’t have to leave your house and travel to a real world location, and can instead chill out at home and easily connect to and have your pick of the best casino games out there. As there’s no real world or real time gameplay, you can also swiftly log on and play a few quick rounds, making it ideal if you like a speedy flutter on the go. 

Speaking of gaming on the go, modern online casino games are designed using HTML5 which means that players can access games directly from any web browser without any need for additional downloads or compatibility concerns. This means players can play from their preferred device, such as mobile phones or tablets. Many online casino sites also offer a dedicated mobile app for even more ease of play. 

While live casino games can also be accessed in this way, players will need to ensure they can hear the gameplay, and have a strong enough connection to maintain a livestream. The sound in online casino games can be easily toggled off and on, and while you will need to ensure that you have a stable wifi connection, you won’t need to worry about blurry or laggy video feeds.

Tons of Promotions Available

Because there’s such a huge range of online casino games out there, there’s endless possibilities for promotions which can not only help you discover more casino games to love, but can reward you for playing games you already know and love. Because they are more straightforward to produce, online casino games are released more frequently than their live counterparts; meaning there’s also the possibility for promotions centred around new online casino releases.

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The Pros of Playing Live Casino

Of course, there are many things that online casino games don’t possess which live casino games do, such as the overall presentation quality, entertainment factor, or ‘pizazz’ which live casino games have become synonymous for.  There’s also the social element of gameplay, where players can interact with other players and the dealer via a live chat function.

Selection of Dedicated Table Games

While live casino games are still a (relatively) new and growing sector of online casinos, there is already a wealth of games to explore from top developers like Evolution, Playtech, and Pragmatic. Live casino games, include all the iconic casino games that you know and love, like roulette and blackjack, but also includes innovative games that are exclusive to the genre such as lightning roulette, and live games shows such as the smash hit crazy time, 

Cutting-Edge Technology

In order to create the most engaging and immersive casino experience, live casino games have to keep up to date with the latest technological developments. Currently all live casino games can be live streamed in real time in HD quality, with multiple camera angles. Players can customise the stream quality, and which camera angles they view to suit the requirements of their device (all live casino games are mobile compatible). Many live casino games now take place in flashy purpose-built studios, which cute other great techy features, like the Digi-wheel seen in the Funky Time game show.

Real Time Gameplay

All gameplay is played in real time, just like how it would be in a real casino which adds to the immersive nature of live casino games. Most of these games are presided over by an expert host, who ensures a steady pace of play is maintained. While the live element and large player base can lead to longer game rounds when compared to online counterparts, there are numerous live casino ‘speed’ versions of some of the most popular live titles, allowing players to game at a speedier pace.

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Play Top Casino Games on Lord Ping

No matter how you like to play; whether you love keeping things simple and convenient with just you and a computerised dealer, or you want to see what its like to be a leading character in a gameshow and experience real gameplay in real time, one things for sure; at Lord Ping you’ll find a huge selection of both online casino games such as online blackjack, online roulette, online baccarat, as well as live casino games from all the top developers.

Sign up today and test out our huge selection of games, and discover what works for you.



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