Review: Mobile Live Casino Games 2018 on Royal Vegas
As I woke up this morning, breathing in the crisp, cool air… (Okay, it’s freezing. There’s nothing crisp about it. It’s damn cold out there!) I began thinking about what to write today. It dawned on me that it’s been too long since I reviewed the Royal Vegas Live Casino offering.
It wasn’t actually that long ago, but a lot has changed since then. What better time to do refresh our content than the start of the new year? So today, we’ll take an up-close look at the current mobile live dealer selection at the safest online casino for Canadian players.
Mobile Live Casino Games 2018
As you may already know, Royal Vegas Live Casino is now powered entirely by Evolution Gaming. In the past, the operator employed Microgaming‘s live casino studio. Following the integration of Evolution tables in September, 2016, Microgaming’s platform was eventually phased out in mid-2017. (Hence the need for this update!)
It was a positive step for RV, as Evolution’s software and streaming services are far superior to Microgaming – far superior to any competitor, to be honest. Of course, the negative here is the loss of Microgaming’s popular (with some) Playboy Live Casino games. But on the whole, it was a good move.
Evolution Gaming offers a pleasant variety of games. As of 2018, every one of them is fully optimized for mobile play. Any desktop, any smartphone, any tablet – it just works. And if works incredibly well, at that. The video and audio are crystal clear, even across median internet connections. And the pellucidity of game rules and RTP is admirable.
With that said, let’s take a look at the full variety of live casino games on Royal Vegas in 2018.
Live Dealer Blackjack
The static favorite among live dealer games, blackjack is offered in a trio of live formats. There’s the standard Live Blackjack edition, with stakes starting as low as $1. Alternatively, there’s a pair of Private Live Blackjack tables, one starting at $5, and the other at $10.
Evolution operates 3 live casino studios, with more than 300 tables and over 1,000 live dealers. Full tables don’t happen very often, but when they do, you’ll find the Bet Behind feature available to ensure you don’t miss out on any action while waiting for a seat to open.
Live Dealer Baccarat
Um… where’s baccarat? Royal Vegas no longer offers live baccarat! That’s a bit hard to swallow. Evolution runs multiple baccarat variants, including the traditional Live Baccarat game, a ‘Controlled Squeeze‘ version, and its most recent addition, ‘Speed Baccarat‘. Unfortunately, Royal Vegas offers none of these! I’m not a big baccarat player myself, but I’m shocked that Live Baccarat isn’t on the menu.
Live Dealer Roulette
This is your standard variety game, played under traditional European Roulette rules. The quality of the video and audio is stunning, though. Players can elect to see the game play out in Evolution’s trademark ‘Immersive‘ view, displaying multiple camera angles in widescreen format with HD resolution. It’s quite captivating!
Live Dealer Casino Hold’em
This is a house-banked version of Texas Hold’em in which players compete directly against the dealer, not each other. Being a live table, every participating player is dealt the same hand. However, each player has control over their bet size, and whether to Call or Fold after seeing the Flop. That means that, if you Fold, and any other player Calls, you’ll get to see if you made the right decision. Be warned – sometimes the truth hurts…
Live Dealer Caribbean Stud Poker
Caribbean Stud is another house-banked poker game where the live players share the same hand. The object is simple – the player’s 5 cards need to beat the dealer’s 5 cards, per standard poker hand ranks. Players gets to see one of the dealer’s cards before deciding the Call (bet 2x Ante) or Fold (forfeit Ante). Antes pays even money, while Call bets pay according to a pay table, anywhere from 1:1 to 1:100.
There’s also an optional 5+1 side bet. This bet pays on a scaling table of 7:1 (Trips) up to 1000:1 (Royal Flush). It’s determined by building the highest possible hand rank out of the player’s 5 cards, plus the dealer’s 1 face-up card.
Live Dealer Three Card Poker
Another house-banked, ‘all-for-one’ game where the name pretty much says it all. The players get three cards. The dealer gets three cards. Best hand wins. There’s a bit more to it than that, but you get the idea.
Live Dream Catcher Wheel
I’ve saved the best for last! Evolution launched its award winning Dream Catcher Live in April 2017, and it’s been a huge hit with live dealer casino fans. It’s an exciting game that melds the betting style of the Big Wheel at live casinos, with the look and feel of a television game show. If you haven’t yet, be sure to try this one! It easily tops the list of most interesting and unique mobile live casino games in 2018.
Royal Vegas Canada is Canadian friendly, a legitimate brand and operator that has been our editorial pick for back to back years. Highly recommended for prospective Canadian gamblers.