How to play live blackjack
Live blackjack is an exciting blackjack option commonly found at an online casino. This game generally has the same rules as virtual blackjack games (although they will depend on the individual blackjack variant being played as well), but there’s one significant difference. These games are played against a real person rather than against computer software. By pitting you against real people, this game throws you into the exciting world that is the casino. You can interact directly with the dealer and the other players, swapping tips and discussing bets. You’re also in the thick of the action as the table is covered by cameras live streaming the events in HD video quality directly to your device, ensuring that you won’t miss a moment.
No matter which variant of blackjack you are playing, the main aim remains the same. You need to try and reach the value of 21 in your hand. You also only ever play against the dealer even if there are other players at the table. Cards are dealt to each player and the dealer. You can then look at your cards and determine whether you want to hit (get another card), stick (keep what you have) or fold (end your hand). Depending on the rules for that specific game, the dealer will be required to make certain actions according to the cards they hold. Live casino blackjack can vary slightly in that all the cards bar one of the dealer’s hand will be placed face up.
- How to beat the dealer
- How do you lose to the dealer
- How to play your hand
In order to beat the dealer you will need to have a hand that is a higher value than the one held by the dealer. However, your hand must still not exceed the value of 21. To be able to try and consistently beat the dealer, you can implement a number of different strategies, which can be learned from blackjack strategy charts. This sets the game apart from other table games such as live roulette where you’re playing a luck-based game with little chance of influencing the final outcome. If you want to beat the dealer consistently, you also need to make sure you know the specific rules pertaining to the dealer in that particular game variant. Can they look at their hole card? What’s the ruling for a soft 17? and so on.
Losing to the dealer is more likely than winning. This is because the blackjack house edge, albeit one of the lower house edges for casino games, still favours the dealer. You will lose to the dealer if you go bust, which is when your hand is equal to a value higher than 21. You can also lose to the dealer if you surrender – that is, you have decided you will go bust further down the line and pre-emptively end that game. As it is with poker, you can see if the game is going your way or not. There are actions you can take to reduce the chances of losing against the dealer. These include moves like splitting aces and eights, giving you two hands and a better chance at a win.
When it comes to playing your hand in blackjack games, there are a number of tips you should take on board. First you should always have a strategy in place and stick to it. We recommend that you always choose a table with betting limits that suit your bankroll as well. In this way, you can keep playing for a little longer. Seeking out a table where the dealer has to stand on a soft 17 is another way of eking out your bankroll a little longer. This rule reduces the house edge significantly, making it more likely you will win. You should also choose tables that offer double down options. The best time to use this is when you have an ace and the dealer’s face-up card is a six.
Why play live blackjack
- Game choice
There are many reasons why you should play live blackjack. The first of these is that it is hugely accessible. Having the game online means that you can enjoy the casino ambience from wherever you are and whenever you want. Live tables are usually freely available so you will never have to wait for a seat, as you might in a land-based venue. Live blackjack games also give you a wider range of gaming options. These variations can be in the number of decks, the betting limits at the table or the specific rules pertaining to the dealer. The fact that these games are live gives you the chance to practice your strategy skills, though card counting should generally be avoided. Plus you can interact with other players and the dealer.
Different types of blackjack
There are a number of different types of blackjack available. European blackjack, for example, is played with only two decks. In addition to this, the dealer’s hole card is dealt right at the start, which can affect gameplay and the decisions you make later on. American blackjack on the other hand usually uses 6 to 8 decks in a game. The hole card is dealt to the dealer later, only after you have made your decision on that round. The dealer is also allowed to take a look at this card if their face-up card is an ace. Other variants have different numbers of decks and various rules for the dealer, such as whether they should stand on a soft 17 or a hard 17.
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