Live Blackjack is played using one or more decks of 52 cards. Fundamentally, the goal of the game is to beat the dealer’s hand and get the closest possible score to 21.
Essentially, the way you’d play the game at a land-based casino is exactly how you’d play blackjack at a live casino. If you haven’t read through our Blackjack Online page, please allow us to break down the rules for you below:
1. Place your ante
In order to start playing Live Blackjack, you must place your ante first. Your ante is the initial bet you wager during the game. If you’re playing against other players at a multi-seat table, you should be aware that your ante must match theirs.
How to place your bets in live blackjack
Whether you choose to bet big or not in Live Blackjack will be heavily impacted by the amount of money you’ve dedicated to your bankroll as well as how lucky you’re feeling. We always recommend starting off small, but the ball is ultimately always in your court. If you’ve manage to accumulate a mammoth amount of money to add to your bankroll than you had initially started off with, you should then consider actually betting bigger and bigger.
2. Allow your dealer to distribute the cards
Once you’ve placed your bet, you’ll find that the live dealer you’re playing against will be dealing out the cards from the shoe right in front of you. This of course is contrary to what you experience in Blackjack Online in which the dealer is represented by digitally and the game is operated via a Random Number Generator which generates outcomes during the game.
3. Decide whether to hit, stand, split or double down
During the game, your hand will be displayed face up so you’ll be able to see exactly what hand you have. The dealer will also tell you your score. However, throughout the game, you’ll only be able to see your hand and one of the dealer’s cards which composes his two-card hand.
A window with buttons labelled ‘Hit’, ‘Stand’, ‘Split’ and ‘Double Down’ will be shown on your screen and your animated dealer will ask you which maneuver you’d like to make. You’ll then have to manually select the move you’d like to make by clicking on one of the buttons.
4. Dealer decides who pockets the winnings
Once all the players decide to stand with the hand they have, you’ll then know whether you’ve won or not. The dealer will take all of the hands into account and announce a ‘win’, ‘loss’ or ‘push’ on his/her part as well as who has won the round. For more information on how to play Blackjack, we suggest that you have a look at our rules page which will highlight all you need to know about playing the captivating casino game.
The table game’s house edge
Fundamentally, each casino online which offers Live Blackjack will feature real dealers rather than virtual dealers and games will be operated by random number generators (RNG) that ensures that the result is completely random. Yet, like its brick and mortar cousin, the house edge in this particular table game is usually from anywhere from 0.5 to 5% depending on how many decks of cards are being used. Nonetheless, if you play the game using optimal strategy, you’ll be able to reduce it to 0.5%. Have a look at our Blackjack Strategy Chart to learn how to play the game well and reduce your risk of busting.