US market receives its first regulated live dealer games

Baccarat with live dealerOver in Europe, we’ve heard of and had the experience of playing live dealer casino games for quite a number of years now. Across the pond in the USA, though, there is a distinct lack of live dealer casino games. This largely because these types of games – and in large parts of the country, online casino gaming in general – are prohibited. That was, until last week. Last week, the US online gambling market receives its very first live dealer casino games.

Live dealer games in the USA

The USA has certainly had live dealer games in its past. However, these haven’t exactly been regulated, and therefore haven’t exactly been legal. Before last week, if you wanted to try your hand at a live dealer casino game, you either had to pop into a bitcoin accepting casino (not everybody’s cup of tea), or play at an offshore casino site (which the US takes a firm stance against).

One online casino in the USA has managed to broker a new deal, though, which will see live dealer casino games come to their online casino from this week onwards. That casino has been named as the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City.

The launch

Blackjack, American Roulette, and Dragon Bonus Baccarat are the first games to go live at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City. But how do they work? Basically, as long as you are inside the borders of New Jersey, you can use your smartphone, your tablet, or your computer to access the live dealer games online.

Live dealer games are streamed via video from the actual land-based casino in Atlantic City. Over the stream, you can place wagers, and watch your bets unfold in real-time, with a real to life human dealer. It’s not a new concept, but it is certainly one which many US players have been itching to try legally for themselves. Now they can do just that.


There may be a future in all of this. If it proves immensely popular at the Golden Nugget, then one would imagine that other major land-based casinos with regulated online gambling sites in the country will also try and work out their own deal to offer similar live dealer games. There are numerous places in Las Vegas, and other northern US states, such as Delaware, where this could happen. However, most US states still block any legislation for online gambling in general, and as long as that stays the way, online gambling – and therefore live dealer gambling – will be illegal in those states.

For players in New Jersey, though, the games are now live for them to try. Already the Golden Nugget is looking at offering more side bets for blackjack, as well as a few other live dealer games before the turn of the next year. They are eager to ensure that everybody knows that they were the first online casino to offer live dealer gaming, and that they are at the forefront of the industry in the United States.

Offer valid as of date published. T&Cs apply.
  • Top casinos
  • 1000 $
  • Bet365
    200 $
  • Sugarhouse Casino
    250 $
  • Unibet
    500 $