An Introduction to Live Blackjack

While pokies remain the most popular form of gambling entertainment in New Zealand, for card and table game enthusiasts Blackjack has no equal. Requiring a keen sense of intuition and focus; it combines skill with strategy and a bit of luck in order to beat the dealer and a win a hand. For players wanting the most realistic and immersive experience possible, live Blackjack is the answer.  

Live Blackjack combines the thrill and intensity of the land-based game with the benefit of being able to play instantly online at home or on the go. It’s easy to play and can be very lucrative, and all you need is a stable Internet connection and your desktop computer or mobile device.

State of the Art Gaming

This system uses state of the art video streaming technology to connect players to a real dealer in a professional studio. Instead of relying on Random Number Generators, all live casino games use real cards to produce the gaming results. It is just like being in a land-based establishment and sitting at the table.

Due to the nature of the setup, each table can only accommodate a certain number of players. In most cases, a maximum of 7 players is allowed per table, with different tables for both high limit and low limit betting. Some software suppliers like Evolution Gaming offer a Bet Behind feature where you can bet on players already seated at the table while you wait for your turn.

Placing Your Bet

Once a seat opens up at the table, you can get started playing live Blackjack as soon as the next round begins. The video streaming software gives you a full view of all the action. Plus, you can use the chat window to send messages to the dealer as well as the other players around the table, adding an interactive, social element.

At the start of each new round, betting will be opened. You can place a bet simply by clicking on the virtual chips and placing them on the highlighted area next to your username onscreen.

Once everyone has placed their bets, the dealer will deal each player 2 cards and himself or herself 2 cards with 1 card facing upwards.

Basic Betting Options

The betting options are exactly the same as what you will find in the classic version, and Hitting, Standing, Splitting and Doubling Down are the standard options. Most of these live casino games also offer insurance that in most cases, pays out 2:1.

After the first deal, the dealer goes around the table completing each hand as per the player’s request. The software does offer a pre-bet feature to speed up the process. This enables players to make their decision as soon as the first player at the table begins. After everyone is done, the dealer will flip over his or her down-facing card and play to win. Depending on the version being played, the dealer must play to 16 and stick on 17.

Side Bets

With live Blackjack, the standard payout for a win is 1:1 or even money. If you win with Black Jack (Ace and 10 card) the payout increases to 3:2. Some software operators also offer the option to place side bets at the beginning of each round. These are wagers that run separately to the main game.

The most popular side bet is the perfect pairs wager where you are paid out if you receive a matching pair in the first deal. The payouts increase your matching pair is the same rank or colour, the highest being for a perfect pair match.

Live casino games offer an exciting way to enjoy Blackjack, and if you’re looking for a real time, authentic gaming experience, this is it.