Live dealer roulette is hugely popular with online players, but not all live roulette software and live roulette lobbies are created equally. We look at some of the live streaming roulette lobbies available to players and the features they offer so you can make an informed decision about where to place your real money bets on the little wheel.
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What is a live dealer lobby?
A live dealer lobby is a place within an online casino where all of the operator’s live dealer games are displayed. Games are typically broken down into categories like roulette, blackjack, baccarat and poker, and you can click on the game category to see the full range of live dealer tables available, as well as some basic information about each one.
Live dealer lobbies were much more commonplace when downloadable casino software was the norm, but given the instant-play nature of most of today’s live croupier roulette, most online casinos now send you directly to the live game of your choice without having to stop through the live dealer lobby first. Typically, you’ll have the option of visiting a live roulette lobby or heading straight into the game of our choice.
Microgaming live roulette lobby
You can access Microgaming’s live roulette lobby at Royal Vegas Casino. Microgaming offers two different live roulette formats – standard live roulette and Playboy live roulette, where the games are hosted by attractive women dressed as Playboy Bunnies. Once you’ve entered the Microgaming live lobby, you can either select the ‘roulette’ category to see all the active roulette tables, or click on the ‘Playboy’ category if you’d prefer the sexier option.
The roulette lobby provides an overview of each active table, including a headshot of the dealer, their date of birth, the different betting tiers on offer and some basic roulette statistics, like how many times during the dealer’s shift the ball has landed on red or black.
Evolution Gaming live roulette lobby
Evolution Gaming is a world leader in live dealer software, so it’s no surprise its game lobby is the most impressive of all live roulette lobbies. When entering the lobby, you’ll first be prompted to select a username which will be displayed and used by the live croupier during gameplay. This is also the name other players can use to chat with you.
Selecting the ‘roulette’ category from the icons at the top of the lobby will show you all roulette tables currently active, and you can hover over each one to see the minimum and maximum bets allowed. In the bottom right hand corner of each game thumbnail, there’s a little icon which tells you the number of people who are currently playing each game – usually between 50-100+ given the popularity of Evolution Gaming’s software.
Hovering over the ‘information’ icon will also provide you with a very brief summary of the game, along with the name of the croupier who’s manning the table. The Evolution live lobby looks more sophisticated than Microgaming’s, and has a greater focus on the games rather than the dealers.
You can find it at Guts Online Casino.
NetEnt live roulette lobbyThe NetEnt live dealer lobby can be found at G’day online casino, but you’ll have to dig around a bit to get there.
To locate the live lobby, head to the live dealer section, choose one of the NetEnt live roulette titles and once the game loads you’ll find a button to take you back to the lobby – this is where you’ll find an overview of all the live NetEnt games on offer.
The lobby provides an overview of the minimum and maximum bets available for each game, the amount of available seats at each table and the name and photo of the dealer. Unfortunately, games in this lobby aren’t broken down by category, so you’ll need to scroll through all the available titles to find the roulette games.
Ezugi live roulette lobby
Ezugi’s main live roulette lobby is pretty standard, showing nothing more than the active roulette tables along with a picture of the dealers and the table betting limits. Where this lobby gets interesting is at the bottom you can find a section titled Dealers Schedule, which you can click on to see a photographic portfolio of which dealer is working which shift on a particular day.
This will be particularly favourable to players who prefer to play against a dealer they’re familiar with, kind of like a customer returning to a restaurant when they know their favourite waitress will be serving. The schedule provides information for the week ahead, so you can lock in a time to head online when you know your favourite dealer will be working.
Extreme Gaming live roulette lobby
Extreme Gaming offers live roulette variants in the live lobby, including Lucky Lady’s Roulette and Sizzling Hot Roulette. You’ll find a good overview of each active game in the lobby, including the betting limits available, the number of active players, a picture of the dealer and some basic game statistics.