US trains 860 live dealers

Youngsters sign up for croupier classes

Free casino dealer classes have been offered to 860 people in Maryland, USA, after the state voted for the presence of live dealers over electronic substitutes.

Many classic casino titles are featured in the learning programme, including blackjack, roulette and craps. The Maryland Live school received around 9,000 applications for the unique 12-week class.

Students on the course have spoken of their desire to work with people, while the potential to earn $50,000 a year with tips is also likely to have influenced the high number of applications. It is thought that 600 new live dealers will be hired at the end of the process, which school officials hope will serve the needs of Maryland's business community.

Why live dealers are better

Live dealers enjoy many advantages over their electronic counterparts. Firstly, you get to interact with a person as you play, rather than enduring a repetitive dealing process with no atmosphere.

However, arguably the most important factor is that you know you are getting a fair game. Many players feel that the odds are stacked against them when playing against a machine, a situation they will not face betting with a live dealer.

This is especially true online, where a live dealer can really help recreate the atmosphere of a regular casino in the comfort of your own home. Our site can help you find the best places to enjoy all your favourite classic casino games in the presence of a live dealer.

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