With rules that echo the standard blackjack game you can play at any casino, Live Blackjack gives you that ‘in-casino’ experience direct to your home.
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Blackjack is essentially the same as the game of ‘Pontoon’ that is commonly played in homes around the UK. The main variation is that the term ‘Twist’ is replaced with ‘Hit’ and ‘Stick’ is replaced with ‘Stand.’ The aim of the game, and how you get there are unchanged.
In short, when playing blackjack all players and the dealer are dealt two initial cards. You can then ‘Hit’ to request more cards and ‘Stand’ when you are happy with the cards you have. The aim is for your card values to add up to as close to 21 as possible, without going over (22 or more is called ‘Bust’ and means you lose that hand).
Card values are based on the number shown on the card with Jacks, Queens, and Kings all worth 10 points and Aces being able to be counted as either one or eleven. If your total is closer to 21 (without going over) than the dealers, you win the hand. The dealer can also choose to ‘Hit’ but will go bust on anything over 21.
Live blackjack then follows the exact same principles and rules. You sit at a table and place a bet to get dealt into a hand. You’ll often see other players playing alongside you, and the dealer will indicate to you when it’s your turn to ‘Hit’ or ‘Stand.’ It’s therefore as close to playing blackjack in a bricks and mortar casino as you can get, without leaving your own home. For this reason, live blackjack is one of the most popular live dealer games around.
When playing any form of blackjack, including on a live dealer game, you’re essentially trying to double your money on each hand. That’s because when you beat the dealer, you’ll get back your initial stake plus the same again from the dealer. So, if you are playing £5 a hand, a win will net you £10. Therefore, you’re looking simply to win more games than you lose to walk away with a profit.
There are ways to get bigger payouts though, if you land a blackjack (An Ace coupled with a card with a ten value) you automatically receive a payout of 3:2. In our previous example of a £5 hand that would mean you receive £12.50 back, a slight increase on the £10 you gain for winning a normal hand.
There are a few other rules to be aware of around taking insurance or doubling down, these can be explored in our Blackjack Guide.
Overall then, Live Blackjack is essentially the same as playing a standard blackjack game. The rules are payouts are the same, the only difference is you are playing in a live environment. That means you’ll only have a limited amount of time to make a decision on your hand, but you’ll see the cards being turned over in a real casino environment that adds an extra edge of excitement to the game.
There’s not much more to say than this blackjack hits all the right buttons.
If you love playing your blackjack online, but have never tried playing on live dealer, then this game is the one you should dive into.
There’s nothing different, there’s nothing unique, just good old traditional blackjack, but live, just like you’d find at a real, brick-and-mortar casino.
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Author: Tom M.
Tom has been creating online content for over 10 years now starting way back as a small, impressionable 16-year-old. Tom mainly writes about sport and gambling, but every now and then also delves into fleshier subjects like politics and psychology. When he was 18 he created HungarianFootball.com and over the last few years he's written on a freelance basis for ESPN, WorldSoccer, Goal.com, among many others.