Which are the Best Live Online Casinos?

If you are frequent readers of this blog you already know that my favorite live dealer casino is the Ladbrokes Live Casino but there are still quite a few others that are really good too and they deserve to be mentioned here.

When deciding which casinos to list under the best live online casinos category I take the following things into consideration:

  • Number of years online
  • Customer support
  • Software
  • Bonuses and other promotions
  • Number of games offered

Since I have already written about the Ladbrokes Live Casino I won’t list them here as you can read my views on that casino in this post.

LuckyLive Casino

The LuckyLive Casino was one of the first live online casinos to go live on the Vuetec casino platform back in 2009. Just like the other live casinos running on the Vuetec software they are getting their games from an actual casino in Ireland called the Fitzwilliam Card Club. This gives you a 100% guarantee that the casino games are not rigged.

Another great thing about the LuckyLive Casino is that they are offering a 100% deposit bonus up to €100 for new players that is actually quite easy to clear.

At the moment the following games are available at the LuckyLive Casino:

SmartLive Casino

The SmartLive Casino has something that no other live dealer casino can offer, their own TV channel. This means that you will be able to place bets on your computer and then watch the roulette wheel on your TV. The games are obviously not limited to TV only so you will also be able to play and watch the games directly on your computer if you don’t have access to any of the channels broadcasting the SmartLive Casino games.

The only downside to the SmartLive Casino as I see it is their short opening hours when it comes to the blackjack and baccarat games but according to my sources they will be extending their opening hours pretty soon.

The following games are available at the SmartLive Casino:

OddsMaker.com Live Casino

Now this list wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t add a US friendly live dealer casino. The OddsMaker.com Live Casino are able to accept customers and deposits from USA. This is a reliable online sportsbook that have decided to add live dealer casino games to their portfolio.  The best thing about OddsMaker is that you will not only be able to play their live dealer casino games but you will also be able to bet on sports using the same account. Now for a sports bettor like myself this is great as I won’t have to move my money between the live casino sites and my sportsbook.

The following games are available at the OddsMaker Live Casino:

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Italian Government Cracks Down on Italian Poker Players to Pay Taxes

Card Player Europe recently reported that Italian poker pros might find themselves the target on an Italian Revenue Agency investigation, as well as under scrutiny by the Guardi di Finanza. The inquiry by the agency will be exploring the actual income of Italian Poker pros and comparing those numbers to the income they declared on their taxes.

Winnings from both domestic and foreign online poker rooms will be analyzed, as well as sponsorship contracts and royalties paid and any foreign assets in international banks.

A number of Italian poker players received a letter attached to a form asking the players to fill out the form and return it to a local tax office. Italian tax laws do require Italian poker players to play taxes on their winnings, even those acquired from non-Italian online poker sites, similar to Sweden’s tax laws regarding online poker winnings.

Card Player Europe states,

“Foreign bank accounts associated with online gaming will be monitored and if the balance or any movements in and out of the account exceeds €10,000, it should be declared as a financial asset that could produce foreign income which will then be taxed accordingly.”

Italy is new to the online poker industry, as they are one of the newest countries to enter the market and legalize Internet poker for their citizens. In the regulation bill, a 20% taxation was implemented on any revenue taken in by a licensed Italy-based online poker site. Now the Italian government is following up to make sure players are adhering to the laws and regulations of Internet poker when it comes to paying taxes.

When playing live dealer casino games you will not have to pay tax on your winnings if the site you are playing at is located within Europe. Check out our complete guide to the best Italian live dealer casinos and start playing roulette or blackjack with real live dealer.

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