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Land based casinos used to be some of the biggest tourist draws for a country, with whole cities like Las vegas and Macau popping up in the middle of otherwise barren deserts, solely to meet the tourist demand. 

Though nowadays the online world is challenging the traditional land based experience, and you can cozy up in a luxury hotel room for the same type of thrills.

Live casinos is a relatively new form of gambling which is a hybrid of online gaming and a land based experience; you don’t have to visit the physical site and can log in from your device, though it’s still played with real life dealers, against other real life humans, and the action takes place in real time.

So you could be in Sydney, while playing in Vegas, for instance on a LeoVegas live casino, without having had to pay for (or sit through!) the flight! 

If you’re considering trying your luck at a live casino while traveling, or joining a live casino in another country, from home, here are some of our winning tips and secrets.  

Tips for Travelers Playing in Live Casinos

Choose Your Playing Platform

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Choosing your platform should be your priority when you engage in a live casino. Where you play matters; if you play on a weak live casino platform, expect the possibility of a negative outcome.

With the online space being so largely unregulated, some live casinos are untrustworthy and manipulated. As with anything you put your money into, do throrough research, read reviews, and start out small, dipping your toes in to get a feel for the experience.

If there’s a language barrier involved, make sure you fully understand the rules, terms and conditions, and exactly how a game is played – rememeber that you’re interacting with live dealers and players, so there’s not always the time to use Google Translate.

Keep in mind too that many games throughout the world will have different variations and rules to what you may be used to playing in your home country, so when picking a platform, it’s also worth noting how an actual game is played.

As part of your research, also study your paytable to know what symbols you should get and how much the character is worth. You can use the paytable as a guide to planning your moves in each game.

Use Your Bonuses And Promotions

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Most live casinos will offer you a bonus and promotion, whether you’re new or not. Think of this as the online version of the free alcohol / drinks you get in places like Vegas. 

These welcome rewards are a way of enticing you into signing up, and playing longer. Most legit live casinos will offer bonuses and promotions that will help you in your first game.

Keep in mind though that just as you would responsibly manage your alcohol intake, you need to responsibly manage your mindset and keep a rationale head when making use of promotions and offers. 

Make sure you use them to your advantage, and don’t fall into the trap of letting the house win on having lured you in to their sole benfit. 

Play On Budget

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Live casinos can be tricky, their aim is to convince you into playing over and over again, whether the result of your bet is positive or negative. You’ll close the laptop lid worse if you don’t know how to bet on a budget. 

Playing in a live casino today gives you a certain level of security because each platform will provide you the freedom to personalize the casino on your digital device.

You can for instance enable tracking to track how much you bet and stop you from betting more than you can afford. And a digital stop limit is far more effective than relying on yourself to phsyically walk out the door of a land based casino. 

Keep in mind when betting on a budget, that if you’re joining casinos in other countries, with other currencies, to be aware of the exchange rate, and not blow out your budget based on ignorance of thinking $1 Australian dollar is the same as $1 USD.

It’s not!

Use something like currency converter to stay on top of what you’re betting, and do this each time you login, knowing that currency fluctuates and will not be the same tomorrow as it was today.

Pro tip: It might sound off, but aiming for smaller jackpots during your first week of playing can be very helpful. You may not know it, but it is a perfect way to learn how to get the game’s pulse. 


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Live casinos are fast becoming a preferred method of gambling over both land based casinos and online gaming, and will continue to be rolled out by the world’s most major casinos, giving you the chance to get in on the action from anywhere, on any device.

If it’s your first time playing in a live casino, keep the above tips in mind, and make sure you gamble responsibly, just as you would if you were heading to the venue in person.  

But how cool with today’s technology, to be able to play in an Egyptian casino, or play poker among the best in Las Vegas, from your device, without ever having left home!

Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007. Her husband Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; an online magazine dedicated to opening your eyes to the wonders of the wild & natural world.

Having visited 100+ countries across all seven continents, Megan’s travels focus on cultural immersion, authentic discovery and incredible journeys. She has a strong passion for ecotourism, and aims to promote responsible travel experiences.


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