Blackjack with a real life dealer you can see via live stream is what online casinos refer to as Live Blackjack. The game is the same, but instead of just a computerised table, you see a real life person dealing the cards and the camera shows your hand from the deck. Real cards are dealt, while players place their bets from the interface that acts as an overlay onto the table. Players take a seat at one of 7 seats at each live table, the professional dealers on the other side of the camera can interact with players throughout the game.
In blackjack, also known as twenty-one, you try to get closer to 21 than the dealer’s hand. The players at a table are each dealt two cards. The value of the cards are added together. Face cards (kings, queens and jacks) are all counted as ten points. The ace are 1 or 11 points. All other cards are counted as the numeric value shown on the card. After receiving their first two cards, players have the option of taking an additional card (“hit”). Anyone scoring higher than 21 is “going bust” and loses the hand. A player may win by having any final score equal to or less than 21 if the dealer busts. The dealer has to choose to hit until he reaches 17 or more. A hand at 17, where the Ace is counted as 11 is called “soft” – as one can choose to count the ace as 1 if one were to get a card bigger than 4, which would then avoid going bust. If both player and dealer ends up with the same total, it is called a “push”. Typically a push hand is void and players neither win or lose money on that hand.
How to win:
- Reach 21 points on the first two cards you are dealt (called a “blackjack”), without the dealer getting a blackjack.
- Reach a total score higher than the dealer without exceeding 21.
- Dealer gets above 21 before you.
House rule variations
Live blackjack house rules will vary from casino to casino, but are all based on regular blackjack rules. Where they might differ are:
- number of decks used. Most use 8, but there are exceptions.
- if dealer hits or stands on soft 17
- restrictions on doubling down
- restrictions on splitting, re-splitting, hitting split Aces.