How to Play Roulette and Where You Can Find It for Free

Roulette is a casino game with an infinite number of spins.

Players bet on the outcome of the ball in the roulette wheel, or its position relative to numbers on the board or in relation to other numbers.

The game is played by placing bets with chips on various portions of the roulette table, which can correspond either to numbers, colors, or even whether the player is betting “even” or “odd”.

Roulette is a game played with a spinning wheel that has slots for placing bets. In this game, the players place their chips on the table as they choose one of the numbers or colors on the wheel. The croupier spins the wheel and then spins it again after all of the players have placed their bets.

In order to win, you have to bet on a number or color that is coming up in a random fashion under one of those two spins. You can also bet on a specific range of numbers or colors by putting your chips at the back edge of those numbers or colors. There is also an option called “outside bets” which are any other number outside of 0 and 00 that you can place your bet on.

The odds at winning roulette

How to Play Live Casino Blackjack

Blackjack is one of the easiest casino table games to grasp, but it can take you a little longer to master. With the aid of this comprehensive guide on how to play blackjack, we can equip you with the skillset and knowledge to have fun even when you are sat playing against a real dealer in the LiveRoulette live casino.

With over 20 live blackjack tables to choose from at LiveRoulette, there is always an opportunity to play a basic hand of blackjack or dabble with some of the side bet variants that can switch-up your gameplay. Before you get started, why not familiarise yourself with the basics of blackjack and get to grips with an optimal strategy to minimise the house edge.

The on-screen layout of a live blackjack table

From the moment you load up your live casino blackjack table, you will meet a friendly, professionally trained dealer to manage your game. You can see the seven-player seats around the table. Vacant seats will say ‘Sit Here’ and you only need to click to join the action.

The display of your account balance is in the bottom left corner of the screen and you can choose the size of your stake in the ‘Total Bet’ button next to it. Click the inner circle of your seat position once to bet one unit. You can also click on the side bet areas to place additional bets if you wish.

It’s possible to chat with the dealer and the other players at the table in real-time using the ‘Lobby’ button in the bottom right corner of the screen.

Card values in live blackjack

The values of cards in a game of blackjack are easy to follow. They correspond to their numerical value displayed on the card. Face cards (Jack, Queen and King) are worth ten, while an Ace can be worth either one or 11 and played however you see fit.

In-play actions available in live blackjack


By ‘hitting’, you’re requesting an additional card from the dealer to try and improve your hand(s). You can continue to hit cards until your hand value is 21 or greater.


You can choose to stand on your hand, which means that you are happy with the value of your cards and don’t require any more from the deck. You may choose to stand your hand to avoid exceeding 21 and going bust.


When a dealer gives you two cards of equal value, you can split them. Splitting turns these cards into two separate hands, with the dealer giving you one additional card for each hand. You must pay to split. The additional bet must be equal to your starting stake.

Double Down

If you believe one additional card will improve your hand to defeat the dealer, you may choose to double down. You’ll only get one more card from the deck and you must double your starting stake.


Whenever the dealer’s upcard is an Ace, the dealer will offer you an insurance side bet which can cover your losses if the dealer has a blackjack.

How many hands can you play in live blackjack?

You can play as many hands as you want at most live blackjack tables. Wherever there is a vacant seat at the table, you can normally use it to play multiple hands in different seats – providing you have the bankroll for it. Unlike other card games such as Texas Hold’em Poker, where it’s not possible to take up multiple seats at a table, you can do so in blackjack because you are not playing against the other players at the table, only the dealer’s hand.

What does bet behind mean?

At some live casino blackjack tables, you may have the option to ‘bet behind’ another active player at the table. This means that you will be betting on your chosen player’s hand to beat the dealer’s hand. Although you will have no say or control over how the hand turns out, you obviously have a choice as to which player you choose to bet behind.

Each active player at the table will have icons displayed next to their name, displaying how well they are playing. Those on a ‘hot’ or winning streak will usually have a gold medal or star next to their name.

How does the dealer play their hand?

You should now know how to play your blackjack hand at the tables, but do you know how the dealer plays their own hand? Put simply, if the dealer’s first two cards add up to 16 or less, they must hit and take an additional card. If their first two cards value is between 18 and 21, they must stand and take no further cards.

If the dealer has a ‘hard’ 17, they must stand. A hard 17 is a hand that does not contain an ace or has one or more aces with the value at one. If the dealer has a ‘soft’ 17, they must hit and take an additional card. A soft 17 is a hand that does contain an ace with the value being at 11.

The dealer’s hand automatically wins the round if your hand busts, or if the option is available to surrender your hand and half of your original stake. Their hand also wins if it is closer to 21 than yours. If you and the dealer have hands of the same value, then this is a ‘push’. In this event, you receive your original stake in full due to the tied game.

It’s worth noting that the dealer has very little say in how they play their hand. They must adhere to the house rules of standing on hard 17 and hitting on soft 17. Under no circumstances can they change tac and play their hand differently.

Available payouts at the blackjack tables

First and foremost, if you win a hand of live blackjack against the dealer’s hand, you will win a payout worth 1:1. If you bet €10, you’ll receive €10 in winnings, plus your €10 stake back.

It’s a little less straightforward for blackjacks. Some tables payout 6:5 for blackjack, while others will pay 3:2. For example, if you bet €10 and get a blackjack at a 6:5 blackjack table, you’ll receive €12 in winnings, plus your €10 stake back. If you bet €10 and get a blackjack at a 3:2 blackjack table, you’ll get €15 in winnings, plus your €10 stake back.

If you choose to take out the insurance bet, this pays out at 2:1 in the event the dealer lands a natural two-card blackjack.

Side bets in live blackjack

Although bet behind is also considered a side bet option, there are two primary side bets that you can place when sat at most of our live blackjack tables:

  • 21+3
    Let’s start with the 21+3 side bet. This one happens around the first two cards you receive, as well as the dealer’s visible ‘upcard’. If you can form a three-card poker hand using your first two cards and the dealer’s upcard (flush, straight, straight flush or three-of-a-kind) you will win a payout. The size of the payout depends on what kind of poker hand you can form. It typically ranges from 5:1 for a flush through to 100:1 for three-of-a-kind cards of the same suit.
  • Perfect Pairs
    Perfect Pairs is the second most popular side bet you’ll find at our live blackjack tables. This optional side bet requires you to find matching card values, card colours or, better still, two identical cards. You can win 5:1 for a Mixed Pair, such as a pair of eights of different suits. You can win 12:1 for a Coloured Pair, like a pair of sixes of the same colour i.e. diamonds or hearts. Finally, you can also bag 25:1 payouts for a Perfect Pair, which is two identical cards.

Understanding optimal strategy in live blackjack

The key to giving yourself the best chance of winning at the live casino blackjack tables is to adopt a smart strategy. A smart strategy is one that minimises the game’s house edge. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the betting techniques you should employ as part of an optimal blackjack strategy:

  • Doubling down on 10 and 11
    Some casinos will only allow players to double down on hands when their initial two-card hand is worth 10 or 11. Doubling down on 10 or 11 is a powerful play, particularly if the dealer’s hand is lower. It may even be prudent to double down when your hand is worth nine and the dealer’s hand is of a lower value still.
  • Splitting Aces and 8s
    If you have a pair of aces in your hand, this is a hard or soft total of 12. This is rarely a good situation to be in. There’s a high probability of landing a face card or a ten with your next card and going bust. Splitting them gives you a chance to potentially land two blackjacks or two cards valued higher than 12.

    A pair of eights is a hard total of 16, which means there are plenty of cards in the deck that could bust your hand when you hit. Splitting your eights into two hands gives you a chance to land a ten on both hands to achieve 18, which is a respectable outcome in this scenario.

  • Avoid taking Insurance
    Whenever the dealer’s upcard is an ace, you will get the chance to buy ‘Insurance’. This requires you to pay half the size of your original stake as a side bet, which pays out 2:1 if the dealer has a blackjack, ensuring you break even for the hand. The dealer will not have a blackjack more than 50% of the time, so Insurance is a statistically bad play – unless you are certain their next card will be a ten.
  • Surrender 16 against a ten (if allowed)
    If early or late ‘Surrender’, the best time to use it is when you have a hand value of 16 against the dealer’s ten. There are plenty of cards in the deck that can bust your hand and a similar amount that can give the dealer’s hand an unassailable advantage. That’s why it makes more sense to cut your losses and surrender half your stake in this position.

Live blackjack variations

Not content with conventional live blackjack games? We’ve got you covered. At LiveRoulette, you can immerse yourself in three different blackjack variations. All of which offer exciting, fast-paced gameplay, available on all desktop and mobile devices.

Speed Blackjack

Are you short on time? If you don’t have a moment to waste, Speed Blackjack could be the ideal solution for you. Powered by LiveRoulette partner Evolution Gaming, Speed Blackjack accelerates the gameplay wherever possible. The first two cards play as normal, but the next step is completely different.

In Speed Blackjack, the quickest players to make their decision to stand, hit, split or double down will play first with the dealer. It reduces the waiting time for experienced players that know what they are doing, even if it does not provide a mathematical edge to your action.

Infinite Blackjack

If you are someone that can only devote time to playing live blackjack during ‘peak’ hours, the chances are that most live blackjack tables will be full of players when you log in. There’s no need to worry about not being able to play though, thanks to our Infinite Blackjack tables.

As the name suggests, these low bet limit tables cater to an unlimited number of players, with no need to wait for a seat to become available. That’s because all active players receive a ‘community’ two-card hand. Subsequently, each player can play the remainder of the hand however they wish. There are no less than four side bets to choose from too.

Blitz Blackjack

Blitz Blackjack, powered by LiveRoulette partner NetEnt, operates on the same principle as Infinite Blackjack. All players receive the same two cards on-screen from the dealer and are then given the option to hit, stand and split the two cards to make the remainder of the hand their own. Again, there is no limit on the number of players that can play at these tables, which is great for peak hour gaming.

Blackjack is not a complex or scary casino game. You can grasp it within minutes and start to enjoy yourself at the tables of our Canadian online casino!

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How to play Faro & Game Rules with Video –

(This is the typical set up for the game Faro)

(This is the typical set up for the game Faro)

Card Game Rules

Faro is a historical casino game for two or more players. It requires a standard 52 card deck, an extra set of 13 cards for each rank, a set of betting chips for each player, and a penny for each player. In Faro, Aces are low and Kings are high. The objective is to win the most bets. 

If you are looking for cards to play Faro with, check out a standard deck here or check out one of our recent arrivals here.

For more casino games, check out our guides for In-Between and Baccarat.

You can also find an 1882 rule book to Faro here.


To set-up a game a Faro, place the extra 13 cards in two rows face up in the middle of the playing table. These cards make up the tableau. From the top left going right, the card order should be King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, and 8. The 7 should be placed to the right of and halfway down from the 8. The 6 should then be placed to the left of the 7 and directly below the 8. From the 6 going left, the card order should be 5, 4, 3, 2, and Ace.

The dealer sits opposite of the players with a faced down deck of shuffled cards in-front of them. Players bring their own chips to bet with. Every player receives a penny to bet against cards with.


How to Play

The dealer begins the game by showing everyone the top card of the deck. The card is then placed face up to the side of the gameplay area. Players then place bets on one of the cards in the tableau. Next the dealer draws two card from the deck and places them face up for all the players to see. The first card is the loser. The second card is the winner. Bets on the first card are lost. Bets on the second card receive 1:1 payout from the dealer.

The flipped over cards are placed to the side and another round begins. Players can move their bets around, keep them where they were or begin placing bets on multiple cards. Multiple players can bet on the same card. Gameplay continues until the deck runs out.


Misc. Rules

A player can bet that the winning card is higher than the losing card by placing chips next to the deck. Payout is 1:1.

A player can bet on the losing card by placing a penny on top of their chip. 

When the deck has three cards left, players can bet on the order of the final draw.

If the losing and winning cards are of the same rank, then the dealer receives half of the bet made.

If a player places a bet on a card that has already been drawn four times from the deck, the first person (player or dealer) who notices can say “dead bet” and receive the chips.


(A game of Faro in 1895)

(A game of Faro in 1895)

Faro was first played in 18th century France. It was named after the picture of an Egyptian pharaoh that appeared on many French playing cards. The game spread eastward towards Russia and eventually reached the American West in the 1800’s. By 1925, the game became virtually extinct as Baccarat and Blackjack took over as the more popular games at casinos.

For more information about Faro, check out David Parlett’s article here or’s article here.


Looking for more card games to play?  Check out this article:

40+ Great Card Games For All Occasions

About the author: John Taylor is a content writer and freelancer through the company You may view his freelancing profile here. He has a B. A. in English, with a specialty in technical writing, from Texas A&M University and a M. A. in English from the University of Glasgow. You may view his previous articles about card games here and his LinkedIn profile here.

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Last update date: 0/25/21


Facetime games

Are you far away from your friends and family but don’t want to sacrifice quality time with your loved ones? No worries! There are a ton of games you can play while on FaceTime with your friends and family. The isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic paved the way for many games and applications for interacting with people remotely. There’s no need to have a physical board game for board game night, and you won’t need a physical deck of cards to play something fun with your friends. With technology and a bit of imagination, any game is possible – even over the phone. Thanks to the advent of FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, Whatsapp, and Facebook Messenger, all you need is good WiFi to get connected with your friends and family. So, without further ado, here are the 10 best games you can play on FaceTime.



Yes, Scattergories! This may originally be a board game, but Scattergories works super well as a game to play on FaceTime. Grab a piece of paper and pen, and get ready to rack your brain for everything that fits into the decided category!


  • Phone
  • Wifi connection
  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Timer


Before you begin, all players must decide on a category and a letter of the alphabet. The category can be anything, but some examples include:

  • Animals
  • Colors
  • Cities
  • Beverages
  • Sea creatures

Once you have decided on the category and a letter, set a one-minute timer. Each player has one minute to write down 12 responses that correspond with the category and the letter of the alphabet the response must start with. So, if the category is animals and the letter is A, you could write down “aardvark,” “anteater,” and “antelope.”

When time is up, each player must read off their 12 responses. If any two players have written the same answer, that answer must be crossed out. In other words, players cannot win points for any duplicate answers! Instead, players are awarded one point for each answer that no one else in the group has. At the end of the round, each player must add up their scores and write them down.

Generally, there are only three rounds in each game of Scattegories. But if you want to play more, feel free! Repeat the above process for every round and add up the points each time. The player with the most points at the end of the three (or more) rounds wins the game!



If you want to play a juicy game with your friends even if you’re far away, play a game of FaceTime Truth or Dare! Played just like normal truth or dare but done virtually, this game is sure to challenge even the most confident person.



Once you have the individual or group on FaceTime, take turns challenging each other to answer scandalous questions or perform dares. When it’s a player’s turn, they can decide between answering a question (truth) or performing an action (dare). Then, the other players must challenge the player with a truth or dare, depending on what the player chooses.

Examples of truths include:

  • What’s something you love most about yourself?
  • Who is your current crush?
  • What’s your biggest fear?

And examples of dares include:

  • Booty call your crush
  • Go on Instagram and like every photo of the first person you see
  • Chug hot sauce for 5 seconds

If the dare requires some kind of proof, make sure to ask the player to send a screenshot.

There is no winner or loser in Truth or Dare; just play for fun!



Of course, one of the best games to play when on FaceTime with your friends and/or family is Charades. No materials are needed for this game, so it’s a perfect addition to a virtual game night. People of all ages can play this game, and it can be as simple or as complicated as you want!


  • Phone
  • Wifi connection
  • Timer


To play Charades, pick a player to go first. This player will choose a word or phrase that they want to act out. Then start a one-minute timer (or predetermined time), during which time the player must act out their chosen word or phrase. The other players must try to guess the word or phrase.

If a player manages to guess the word or phrase, they and the mimer win a point each. If no one is able to guess before the timer wins, no one wins any points. Then, a second player gets a turn to mime their chosen word or phrase. And so on

Continue playing in this manner for a predetermined number of rounds or when everyone is ready to move on to another game. The player with the most points by the end of the game wins!


20 questions

What better game to play on FaceTime than a question-based game like 20 Questions? Everyone will have played this classic at some point in their lives, and it’s super easy to convert this to a virtual game as you don’t need any supplies.



In order to play 20 Questions, one player must think of an object, a place, or a person. Once the player has decided on one, the other players have to ask questions to get to the answer. The questions can only be “yes” or “no” questions. A guess counts as a question as well. The other players may only ask up to 20 questions, so make sure to ask questions that will help narrow down the answer instead of blindly guessing!

If a player manages to guess the object, place, or person within the 20 questions and guesses, that player now gets a turn to think of their own object/place/person. If none of the players correctly guess within 20 questions and guesses, the first player gets another turn to lead the round once again.


READ MY LIPS overview

Read My Lips is one of the best games to play on FaceTime because to play this game, you don’t even need audio! So, if you’re having some trouble with lousy WiFi or data connection, you can still play this fun game with your friends and family.


  • Phone
  • Wifi connection
  • Timer


Before starting the game, hit the mute button. Once that’s on, say a word or common phrase and start the one-minute timer. The other players must try to read the lips of the player saying the word or phrase and try to guess what they’re saying. The speaker can repeat the word or phrase as many times as they want, and they can answer some questions by nodding or shaking their head. The other players must try to guess within the one-minute timeframe.

The player that manages to correctly guess the word or phrase then gets a turn to say their own word or common phrase while putting themselves on mute.


THIS OR THAT overview

Looking for a simple game to play on FaceTime to pass the time? This or That is something you can easily play when you run out of things to talk about. This game is perfect even for children who want to have a playdate with their friends on FaceTime.



All you need to do to play This or That is to ask questions that ask the other player to choose between two options. Have you ever played Would You Rather? Well, this game is very similar but even more straightforward – is that even possible?

Examples of questions to ask include:

  • Dog or cat?
  • Sunrise or sunset?
  • Dragon or unicorn?
  • Breakfast or dinner?
  • TV show or movie?
  • Netflix or Disney?
  • Coca Cola or Pepsi?
  • Sushi or ceviche?
  • Europe or Asia?
  • Cruise or resort?

As you can see, there’s really no limit to what you can ask. Simply take turns asking each other This or That questions. If you want to turn this game into a conversation, you can even explain why you’ve chosen a particular option rather than the other one.



Paper Telephone is one of the most exciting games you can play with your friends and family. But if you’re apart from them, no worries! In that case, you can play Garctic Phone: The Online Telephone Game! Thankfully, in this day and age, there’s an online version of pretty much any game – and it’s just as fun.


  • 1 phone per player
  • Wifi connection
  • Your Imagination!


To play the Online Telephone Game, each player will need a phone. One player goes to the Garctic Phone website and starts the game. For the other players to join, the first player will need to send a link to the rest of the players.

Once everyone joins, the first player can start the game! In the first round, all players must think up a phrase. If you’re stuck, no worries, you can also just use the random phrase given to you. Examples of phrases include:

  • A unicorn crossing the street
  • Meeting the president
  • Going to church on a Tuesday
  • Drinking a pink coffee with marshmallows
  • Falling up the stairs
  • Wearing shoes on your hands

After submitting the first phrase, the second round starts. In round two, players must draw a representation of the random phrase written by one of the other players. In round three, the players will receive the drawing from one of the other players, and they will have to write what they believe the original phrase to be (according to the drawing). The game continues, switching between writing and drawing until all players have contributed to every player’s original phrase.

Everything is anonymous until the end of the game, so you don’t know who wrote what and who drew which drawing. You’ll get to find out at the very end when the game ends! Get ready to laugh out loud as you witness just how warped the original phrase gets by the end!



Are you after a kid-friendly FaceTime game to play with your friends and family? Try Rainbow Race! This game will get your kids tired out by the end. And even if you don’t have kids, Rainbow Race can be plenty of fun – especially with some alcohol involved!


  • Phone
  • Wifi connection
  • A house filled with objects


Rainbow Race is a type of scavenger hunt but with a twist! To play, start with the color red. Then quickly count down, and all players must run to find an object of that color. There are two ways to play this game:

  1. The first player to find an object of said color wins the round and a point.
  2. The player to find the most objects of said color wins the round and a point.

However you play is completely up to you! Once you are done with the color red, move on to orange. Play through all the colors of the rainbow and tally up the points at the very end to see who wins the game.

Alternatively, you can pick any color you want, not just the colors of the rainbow!



Hide and Seek is a classic game, but did you know that you can play this game with a digital twist? It may sound impossible, but with some imagination, you can certainly play Virtual Hide and Seek – a perfect game for kids and adults alike!



While you would physically hide in a game of Hide and Seek, in Virtual Hide and Seek, you simply think of a place to hide in your house. Once the person “hiding” thinks of a spot, the other player(s) must try to find the hiding spot. To do this, the person “hiding” switches the camera to the back. The seeking player can ask questions to get to the hiding place, such as:

  • Are you hiding in the kitchen?
  • Are you hiding in the bathroom?
  • Are you in that second cabinet?

The hiding player may answer yes or no. If yes, they can take the phone to the correct area so that the seeking player(s) can have a look around to see where the hiding place may be. Continue playing until the seeking player(s) finds the hiding spot. The player that finds the hiding spot is the next hider!

Generally, you should have a rule that the hiding spot must be a place where the player can actually hide. However, if you want to ramp up the game a little bit, make it so that the hiding place can be any nook or cranny! If you play in this manner, the hiding place can be something as crazy as a toaster!



Ready to play a fun word game on FaceTime with your friends and family? Word Association is a simple but fast-paced game that can be deceptively hard. So, make sure to brush up on your vocabulary and quick-thinking skills to master this game!



Word Association is the perfect game for one-on-one Facetime calls. To play, the first player says a random word. Then, the second player must say a related word. The first player then says yet another word related to that second word. Continue bouncing words back and forth until:

  1. A player says a word that has already been said, or
  2. A player hesitates for more than a predetermined number of seconds.

Start with 5 seconds, and if you want to make the game even harder, amp it up by making it so that if a player hesitates for more than 2 or 3 seconds, they lose the round!

Once a round is over, the winner wins a point and can start a new round with a new word.