Live Standard Blackjack 2 (blackjack)
Live Blackjack is a turn-based, multiplayer Blackjack game with a maximum of 7 players. The game is played with 6 decks of cards and is hosted by a live dealer.
The cards are shuﬄed using either automatic or manual shuﬄing procedures. When using an automatic shuﬄing machine the cards are shuﬄed at the end of each game round. When shuﬄing manually play continues until the dealer comes to a black insert card which indicates that it is me to reshuﬄe, the cards will be reshuﬄed at the end of the current game round.
The object of the game is to create a hand with a value that is equal to or closer to 21 than the dealer’s hand without going over.
The minimum and maximum bets for the table are displayed at the top of the screen, next to the menu icon.
Additional table information including the dealer name, the table limits and the minimum and maximum bets for each bet type can be found in the Table info tab. Payouts are made according to the Paytable.
In the game, rewards may be granted to players who satisfy the criteria of an ongoing promotion. For more information regarding active promotions, see the Promotions tab.
At the start of a game round the dealer invites you to place your bets. Betting is available while the status bar, located at the top of the screen, remains green.
To place a bet, select a chip value and click on the betting box. Additional clicks on the betting box place additional chips of the same value.
Any bets placed that are below the minimum bet limit for the table are not valid and will not be accepted by the dealer.
Any bets placed that are above the maximum bet limit for the table are automatically adjusted to match the maximum limit.
At the close of betting, the status bar turns red and the value of all placed bets is withdrawn from your casino balance.
Note: Some Casinos operate Blackjack without side bets.
In this case, you will be unable to place a side bet and the following instructions do not apply.
Players can place a side bet as part of the regular blackjack game.
Side bets must be placed after a regular blackjack bet and before any cards have been dealt.
It cannot be changed or withdrawn after the ﬁrst card has been dealt.
The minimum and maximum side bets can be found in the Table Info tab.
The diﬀerent side bet types include:
- A 21+3 bet wins if the ﬁrst two cards dealt to the player, combined with the dealer card, form to create a winning 3 card poker hand.
- A winning hand constitutes a combination of these 3 cards, to create one of the following poker hands: suited trips, straight ﬂush, three of a kind, straight or ﬂush.
- The odds and payout are dependent on the type of winning hand, as deﬁned in the Paytable. Note that the player will only be awarded for one winning combination, although their 3 card hand may contain more than one winning combination.
- A 21+3 bet is lost if the initial three cards do not combine to form one of the deﬁned 3 card poker hands.
- The theoretical return to player for this side bet is 93.71%.
- A Perfect Pair bet wins if the ﬁrst two cards dealt in a regular blackjack hand have the same value.
- The odds are also dependent on whether the pair is of the same suit or of the same color.
- The theoretical return to player for this side bet is 94.21%.
Side bets are settled before the regular blackjack game continues
Side bets are paid out according to the Paytable.
Game Round and Taking Turns
After the close of betting the dealer deals one card to themselves and two cards to each seated player.
Each player now takes a turn at playing their hand according to Blackjack rules. The sequence of turns starts with the rightmost seated player and goes to the le.
After you receive your ﬁrst two cards, you can take an applicable action. The status bar will remain green until your turn when it will start moving to indicate the remaining available time to take action.
To play your hand, select from the available hand options while the status bar remains green. When you are ﬁnished, the next player takes their turn or the dealer concludes their hand.
When all players at the table have taken their turn, the dealer draws a card or cards to their own hand.
The game round is ﬁnished when the dealer concludes their hand. The dealer then clears the table and all winning bets are paid.
Playing Your Hand
Number cards (2-10) count as face value, aces count as either 1 or 11, and kings, queens, and jacks count as 10.
A Soft hand is a hand with an ace that can be counted as either 1 or 11 without busting.
A Hard hand is a hand without an ace or a hand with an ace that can only have a value of 1.
After the ﬁrst 2 cards are dealt into the card stream, the status bar begins to count down. You have 3 available options:
- Hit: The dealer gives you an additional card.
- Stand: Take no additional cards and play your hand as is.
- Double: Double the value of your initial bet and receive one additional card before your hand automatically stands. You can also double after a split.
After doubling on a soft 9, 10, or 11, the resulting hand is always hard. Depending on your cards and the dealer’s card, you may additionally have the options to split, take even money or take insurance.
- If the ﬁrst two cards in the card stream have the same value, you can split them into separate hands.
- Splitting doubles your initial bet, and you play both hands, one after the other.
- After splitting Aces you will receive only one additional card for each split hand.
- For all split hands except split aces, you can hit multiple times.
- In a split hand, an Ace and a card with a value of 10 will be counted as 21 and not Blackjack.
- If the dealer’s ﬁrst card is an Ace, you can buy insurance.
- Insurance costs half the value of the initial bet and pays 2 to 1 if the dealer gets Blackjack.
- If you take the insurance and the dealer does not have Blackjack, you lose the insurance bet.
- If you have Blackjack, and the dealer’s card is an ace, you can choose to take even money.
- Even money pays 1:1.
The distribution of the players actions is indicated next to the action buttons, as percentages.
If you do not select any options for your hand before the timer ends, your hand automatically stands.
If you decide to double, split, or take insurance when there is insuﬃcient money in your account, your hand automatically stands.
If the ﬁrst two cards in the card stream total 21, you have Blackjack.
Blackjack always beats any other hand with a value of 21.
If your hand is closer to 21 than the dealer’s hand without going over, you win.
If the dealer’s hand is closer to 21 without going over, you lose.
The dealer must hit up to 16 and stand on so 17 or higher.
Hands of equal value are a push, and your bet is returned.
If your hand is 22 or higher (busted), you lose regardless of the value of the dealer’s hand.
Your hand automatically stands when it has a value of 21.
Taking Multiple Seats
When playing Live Blackjack, players can take multiple seats at the table when available.
When playing on multiple seats, the player’s bet will automatically be applied to all of their occupied seats at the beginning of the game round. It is not possible to place diﬀerent bets for each seat.
During the game round, the player may select their actions from the available hand options for each seat that they occupy.
Blackjack pays 3:2
Winning hand pays 1:1
If the dealer has Blackjack, insurance pays 2:1
Perfect pair 30:1
Coloured pair 10:1
Mixed pair 5:1
Suited Trips 100:1
Straight Flush 40:1
Three of a Kind 25:1
Return to Player
The optimal theoretical return to player for this game is :
Blackjack - 99.50%.
Perfect Pairs bet - 94.21%.
21+3 bet - 93.71%.