Live Blackjack online against real dealers

Live BlackjackBlackjack is the most popular casino table game played versus house!

In almost every land-based casino it is the centre of attention usually with multiple tables taking up prime floor space. Blackjack is also an immensely popular online casino game; especially the live dealer version whereby players pitch their card skills against a real-life dealer on a live table with live cards via a live webcam stream.

The entire experience of live dealer blackjack is there to give players an authentic gameplay experience that is as close to playing the game in a land-based casino as possible without having to visit one.

It is also an amazingly easy game to learn. Players bet real money or crypto with the aim of beating the dealer’s hand without going bust. The best hands to go up against the dealer with are those as close to 21 as possible which is why you will also see some people refer to Blackjack as ‘21’. During your journey into playing the world’s most popular casino card game, you discover more about which hand totals fair up bets versus the dealer’s card by becoming a connoisseur of basic strategy.

Our expert team of blackjack players will guide you through the ins and outs of blackjack. You will learn everything you need to know about the game, its variations, and strategies involved. Our tips will prepare you for the ultimate live dealer blackjack table game experience!

Live blackjack rules explained

No matter which rules a blackjack table uses, the idea of the game is always the same. Try to beat the dealer with a hand as close to 21 as possible without going bust. If you hit Blackjack, then you have a 21 which is impossible for the dealer to beat, and one that the house will rarely match. Blackjack is also the highest paying hand. However, you can just as easily beat the dealer with an 18 versus the dealer’s 17 win the hand with a 16 and the dealer busts.

When you play you will have a mix of tools available to you to get the highest hand possible. Basic strategy is your most important weapon as it will tell you when to correctly hit, stand, double down, surrender, split, and re-split. These are the basics of blackjack and enough to get you started.

Yet, although the routine of each blackjack hand is the same, there are also many variants and rules applied to different tables which you will learn as you play the game more often.

The Varying Rules of Blackjack

  • The number of decks
  • The way you double down
  • Rules applied to splitting cards
  • Dealer ‘hits’ or ‘stands’ on soft 17s
  • Early Surrender & Late Surrender
  • Single hand or multi hand play
  • Free bet blackjack

Each rule affects the house edge slightly. Some rules give you an added edge while other work in favour of the house. It is this mix of rules and table styles that make the game of blackjack so interesting. While those that play live blackjack online get to experience a mix of all of these rules as well as play tables with custom rules. In short, playing live blackjack tables online will give you a far more diverse blackjack experience than playing in land-based casinos and help you build your understanding of the game far quicker.

Live Blackjack card values guide

One of the first and easiest aspects to learning blackjack is understanding the value of each card and the total of each hand. It is amazingly simple. The 10 and all picture cards (Jack, Queen, and King) are all worth 10 points. All other cards are worth the total number of points as printed on the card i.e. 2 = 2 points, 5 = 5 points, and 8 = 8 points. Therefore, if the dealer deals your hand with a K-4, your hand total is 14 or a K-10 has a total of 20.

Special Rule: The Ace is worth either 1 or 11 which entirely depends on your blackjack hand total

Explanation of blackjack card values

  • All cards from 2 to 10 use the total according to the displayed value
  • Picture cards i.e. Jack, Queen and King are each worth 10 points
  • An ace is worth 1 or 11 points, depending on your blackjack hand

An A-4 would be either 5 or 15. You will always hit a 15 hand and if a 6 comes up, you have 21. However, if a 10 comes out after you hit, then you will have 25, and so you would count the Ace as a 1-total instead making the hand total 11 to which you will hit again looking for a 10 to make 21.

Blackjack: If you have an Ace-10, then the Ace always counts as 11 as this gives you the highest hand in blackjack which is ironically enough called ‘Blackjack’

Live Blackjack – Hard Vs Soft Hands

You will often hear blackjack players refer to hard hands and soft hands. Understanding the difference is important for when the time comes to use ‘basic strategy’ as part of your blackjack gaming.

  • Soft Hand: A soft hand can never go bust when you hit the next card. All hands with an Ace are soft because even with A-9 you cannot bust. Likewise, a 5-6 is a soft hand because no cards can bust this total. It is also important to understand the ‘soft hand’ concept because you will often hear the rule, ‘Dealer Stands on Soft 17’. That means if the house hand shows A-6, A-3-3, or A-2-4, the dealer must stand–also referred to as S17 tables.
  • Hard Hand: A hard hand is the exact opposite of a soft hand. If you hit, then you risk the hand busting out. For example, a hand that totals 12 or more without an Ace is a ‘hard hand’. A single 10-card could bust this total. As only ‘10’ busts this total, it is a low-risk hard hand. Therefore, the higher the total of the hard hand, the higher the chances of your hand going over 21 and bust. For example, the dreaded ‘16’ total is a ‘hard hand’ has a high risk of busting out and that you will nearly always ‘hit’ this total.

Hard vs Soft Hand Explained in Brief

  • Soft hands contain an Ace that can change from 11 to 1
  • A-9, A-8, A-7, A-6, A-5, A-4, A-4, A-2 are starting soft hands
  • A soft hand can never bust when you choose to ‘hit’
  • A-2-2, A-2-3, A-3-3 are also soft hands after you hit
  • Hard hands always have a risk of busting out if you hit
Number of decks on a blackjack table

Each blackjack table uses a set number of decks depending on the casino or software provider hosting the blackjack table. The higher the number of decks, the higher the house advantage, which means the higher the house edge and the lower your RTP. For this reason, most blackjack tables will use 6-deck or 8-deck shoes these days, however, you can still find single-deck and double-deck games as they are popular by demand.

With single-deck games, you gain a percentage advantage over the house edge, but you may find the casino pulls back some of the house edge by changing other rules on the table such as double down and split rules. This is why 6-deck and 8-deck games are still often preferred by blackjack players because they offer more liberal rules, while games with a lower number of decks generally offer less than liberal rules in order to bring the house edge back in their favour.

Percentage added to each additional deck

  • +0.34% house edge on 2-deck tables
  • +0.45% house edge on 3-deck tables
  • +0.5% house edge on 4-deck tables
  • +0.53% house edge on 5-deck tables
  • +0.55% house edge on 6-deck tables
  • +0.56% house edge on 7-deck tables
  • +0.57% house edge on 8-deck tables

Worth Knowing: Single deck and double deck games often restrict splits and double downs to gain an advantage back over the player to make up for house edge lost by using a low number of decks. On the other hand, 6-deck and 8-deck tables tend to offer more flexibility!

The process of playing blackjack

When you sit at a blackjack table, the first step is to choose your bet size according to the min/max bets allowed. Each player places his/her bet, and the dealer deals 2 faceup cards to each player starting with dealer’s left most seat (your rightmost seat). The dealer finally deals 1 faceup and 1 facedown card (except for variants such as ‘Double Exposure’ where the dealer shows both faceup cards).

Each seat takes a turn getting their card as close to 21 as possible. The most common options are to ‘hit’ or ‘stand’, while additional rules on the table may allow you to ‘split’, ‘double down’, ‘surrender’, or take ‘insurance’. You should always use a ‘basic strategy’ chart to help decide your next move. Once your move is over and the other players’ finish their turn to act, the dealer will then reveal the facedown card.

Dealer ‘Hit or Stand’ Rules: The dealer can only ‘hit’ or ‘stand’ and there are 2 different rules that dictate the dealer’s move. These are (H17) and (S17). The ‘S17’ rules means the dealer must stand even if the ‘17’ is a ‘soft 17’ hand – this means ‘Dealer Stands on All 17s’. The ‘H17’ rule means the dealer hits ‘soft 17’ by counting the Ace as a 1.

Bet behind feature on live dealer blackjack tables

On live dealer blackjack tables online, you will rarely find it difficult to find a seat at a blackjack table, plus you will have multiple variants of blackjack available to play. However, some players prefer to play on a table with their ‘lucky dealer’ or they just prefer a particular dealer. If the table is full, then you can click to queue for the next available seat. Meanwhile you can bet on the outcome of other player’s hands at the table by using a ‘Bet Behind’ feature to keep you busy while you wait.


Step-by-step instructions at the blackjack table

  • Find a table and use ‘Bet Behind’ features while you wait
  • When seated, place you bet to indicate to the dealer you want to play your seat
  • The dealer will deal 2 face up cards starting with the seat on your right
  • The dealer will deal the house 1 face up card and 1 face down card
  • You will have the chance to ‘hit’, or ‘stand’
  • Additional rules will allow you to ‘split’, ‘double down’, ‘buy insurance’
  • Some tables also offer you the chance to ‘surrender’ your hand
  • If you bust over 21, the house wins if you ‘stand’ the dealer then plays
  • Dealer will turn over the facedown card and play
  • Dealer hit all totals under 17 and stands on all totals over 17
  • Winnings are paid out and stakes made by losers are retained
Getting paid playing blackjack

On almost all blackjack table variants the reward for a winning hand is ‘even odds’ and for blackjack the reward is ‘3-2’. If you bust your hand or the dealer beats your hand with a higher total, the house wins your bet. If the dealer busts and your hand did not, you automatically win while you also win if the dealer cannot beat your hand total.

Even odds mean that if you bet £/€/$ 10.00 and win, you get your £/€/$ 10.00 returned plus an additional £/€/$ 10.00 totalling £/€/$ 20.00. If you bet £/€/$ 10.00 and land blackjack 21, then you receive your £/€/$ 10.00 bet plus an additional £/€/$ 15.00 totalling £/€/$ 25.00 returned.

Some tables variants of blackjack have different payouts. The worst is the Blackjack pays ‘6-5’. Avoid these tables at all costs because the house edge increases by 2%! On the other hand, tables such as ‘Double Exposure’ pay even odds on blackjack because you gain a considerable advantage by seeing both the dealer’s cards from the offset.

Dealer Checking for Blackjack (‘Peek’ Vs ‘No Peek’): If the dealer has an Ace up card, there are 2 rules that could apply. ‘No Peek’ means the dealer asks players if they want to take ‘insurance’ and players continue as normal. ‘Peek’ rules mean the house automatically wins if the house hand has blackjack. Surprisingly, the ‘No Peek’ rule gives the house a 0.62% edge!

• If the dealer busts and your hand is in play you win 1-1
• If you beat the house total after the dealer hand ends, you win 1-1
• If you hit blackjack, you receive 3-2
• If you bust, the house auto wins without playing
• Avoid tables with Blackjack pays 6-5

Table limits on live dealer blackjack tables online

You can easily find low to high stake live dealer blackjack games from Evolution, Ezugi, Playtech, NetEnt, Pragmatic Play, Microgaming, and other live dealer platform providers. The lowest stakes you will find are £/€/$ 0.50 while commonly most tables prefer to set the minimum for Blackjack at around £/€/$ 1.00 per bet. For high rollers, the stakes can go as high as £/€/$ 100,000 per bet which are generally available on private and/or VIP tables. The Evolution Salon Privé Blackjack tables have a reputation for their huge min-max bet ranges with 4 to 5 digit bet limits.

Blackjack Pay-out Overview

 Hand Result Pay-Out Odds
Player Has Natural Blackjack (A-10) 3:2
Dealer Blackjack vs Player Blackjack Push (player bet returned)
Dealer has Blackjack Player Loses Bet
Player Wins With 21 Total (3+ Cards) 1:1
Player Wins With 21 Total (A-10) After Ace Split 1-1
Hand Total Tie with Dealer Push (player bet returned)
Player Beats Dealer Points Total 1-1
Dealer Beats Player Points Total Player Loses Bet
Insurance (Dealer Has Blackjack) 2-1
Player Hand Busts (Points Total Over 21) Player Loses Bet
Dealer Hand Busts (Points Total Over 21) 1-1 (Only if player hand not bust)
6-Card Charlie 1-1
A brief guide to using blackjack basic strategy

The only way to play winning blackjack is to use ‘Basic Strategy’. There are numerous basic strategy charts available that apply to different variants of the game which we will explain. Basic strategy is a set of charts that tell you whether you should ‘hit’, ‘stand’, ‘double’, ‘split’, or ‘surrender’ according to your hand total versus the dealer’s 1 up card. There are 2 key points you should take note of when choosing to play blackjack using basic strategy.

  • Mathematics/House Edge: Basic strategy is a mathematically proven approach to playing certain hands versus the dealer’s up card. If you do not play blackjack using basic strategy, then you will likely giveaway around 2% of the house edge to the house without realising. Even the famous MIT card counting team used basic strategy to filter millions of dollars from casinos globally – that is how important it is!
  • Correct Basic Strategy: You should always choose the correct basic strategy charts or once again, you could end up giving away house edge. Choosing the correct chart depends on 3 main factors. How many decks are in the shoe, can you double down after you split, and does the dealer ‘hit’ or ‘stand’ on soft 17. To identify the correct basic strategy charts for the live blackjack table you are playing, you will need to check the rules.

Live Dealer Blackjack players online have an advantage: Most blackjack players in land-based casinos need to memorise basic strategy but online live blackjack players can simply print it out for referral or use a dual screen set up to display basic strategy charts on another screen!

Types of Basic Strategy Charts

  • Single Deck (H17 NDAS) or (H17 DAS) or (S17 NDAS) or (S17 DAS)
  • Double Deck (H17 NDAS) or (H17 DAS) or (S17 NDAS) or (S17 DAS)
  • Triple Deck (H17 NDAS) or (H17 DAS) or (S17 NDAS) or (S17 DAS)
  • 4 or More Decks (H17 NDAS) or (H17 DAS) or (S17 NDAS) or (S17 DAS)

Legend for Basic Strategy Charts

  • H17 – Dealer ‘stands’ on 17 (Hits all soft 17 hands)
  • S17 – Dealer ‘stands’ on all 17 (Stands on all soft 17 hands)
  • DAS – Double Down After Split Allowed
  • NDAS – No Double Down After Split Allowed

3 Questions to Help Identify the Correct Basic Strategy Charts

  1. How many decks of cards are in the shoe?
  2. Does the dealer ‘Hit’ or ‘Stand’ on ‘Soft 17’ hands?
  3. Can I ‘Double Down’ after ‘Splits’
Split rules playing blackjack

Depending on how liberal a blackjack table’s split rules are, you can gain an advantage over the house. There are several ways a table will allow you to implement splits from liberal to non-liberal. Generally, the more decks in the show, the more liberal the split rules become. Below, we list some of the split rules you may come across and how each of these rules affects the house edge.

  • Splitting Pairs Not Allowed: This is not a good rule and takes some of the fun out of playing blackjack. If you cannot split pairs, then the house gains a 0.45% advantage over the player.
  • Splitting Aces Not Allowed: Some tables allow you to split any pair but not Aces, which is common. The house will gain a 0.16% advantage over the player with this rule in action.
  • Re-split up to Two hands: When you split, you may find yourself with another pair when you hit. Some tables will allow you to Re-split again which gives you an added 0.1% advantage over the house.
  • Re-split up to Three Hands: This is the same rule as above, and rare. However, when you happen to get a third opportunity to split and the house permits it, then you gain a 0.11% edge over the house.
  • Re-split Aces Not Allowed: Some tables may allow you to Re-split multiple times, but the rule may restrict you from re-splitting Aces which gives the house a slight 0.1% advantage over the player.

Note: Splits are not free. When you split your hand, you will need to add another bet equal to the amount of your original bet. That is unless you are playing ‘Free Bet’ Blackjack where splits are free!

Surrender rules

The surrender rule is available on some live blackjack tables. One live table famous for using the Surrender Rule is Ezugi’s VIP Blackjack Surrender table. With this rule in action, you can forfeit your hand, such as the dreaded ‘16’ hand, and receive 50% of your bet in return. There are 2 types of surrender rules which are ‘Early Surrender’ and ‘Late Surrender’ with a subtle difference between both.

  • Early Surrender: As soon as you receive your hand, if you do not want to play it, you can ‘Surrender’ immediately for 50% of your bet in return. If ‘Early Surrender’ is available, you will gain a 0.61% advantage over the house, which is considerable.
  • Late Surrender: The only difference the ‘late surrender’ rule has is that the if the dealer has blackjack, then you cannot surrender your hand. In fact, you lose automatically on most tables. However, if the dealer has no blackjack, then you are good to go but with a much lower advantage of 0.08% over the house.

Most basic strategy charts will advise you to surrender a hard 15 or 16 hand versus a dealer’s 10 or Ace upcard because the percentage of winning if you ‘hit’ either of these totals is roughly less than 25% of the time so if the option to surrender for 50% of the bet is available, this is the best move.

Double down rules

Double Down rules perhaps have the biggest impact on the way you play blackjack. There are several ways a live blackjack table will implement ‘double downs’ and very rarely, if ever, will you find a table that does not allow the use of the double down tactic. The most implemented use of this rule is to double down immediately after you receive your 2 up cards.

  • Double Down Allowed After Split (DAS): If you read the ‘A brief guide to using blackjack basic strategy’ section, you will know how important this rule is when selecting the correct basic strategy charts. It means that if you split a pair, you still have the option to double down. With this rule in action, you gain 0.14% over the house. The opposite of this rule is NDAS (No Double Down Allowed After Split).
  • Double Down on Any Total: This rule allows you to double down on any hand total. This is the best version of the double down rule out there as it is liberal, and it also gives you a 0.23% advantage.
  • Double down on 9, 10 or 11 Totals: This is a slightly less liberal rule that restricts you to using the double down rule only when your first 2 cards total 9, 10 or 11. The house gains a 0.09% advantage over the player.
  • Double Down 10 or 11 Totals: Even more restrictive than the above rule, you will only have permission to double down on 10 or 11 hand totals, giving the house a 0.18% – 0.21% advantage.
  • Double Down on 9 Total: A very restrictive rule we do not like to see on any blackjack table. You may only double down on 9 losing you 0.18% versus the house.
  • Double Down on 11 Total: This is arguably the least liberal double down rule a blackjack table can use. When the house restricts doubles to 11, It gains a shocking 0.79% advantage.
  • Double Down on 3 or more cards: You will rarely see this very liberal rule, but when you do, it will combine with one of the above rules. On average, if you can double down on 3 cards or more, you gain a 0.22% edge over the house.

Note: When you double down, you receive only 1 additional card and you hand will auto ‘stand’. Furthermore, most tables only allow doubles on your first 2 cards but if you can find tables that allow doubles on 3 or more cards, then play them!

Card counting and is it worth it on live blackjack tables?

Today card counting is almost obsolete. Back in the day when Bill Kaplan’s MIT team conquered land-based casino, dealers did not shuffle the cards. That soon changed when the casinos realised that card counting was losing their blackjack tables huge revenues. The solution to stop the ‘Running Count’ kept by card counters to gain a ‘True Count’ was to introduce the ‘Big C Cut’ or automatic shuffling machines.

By shuffling the cards and re-entering them into circulation on the table, card counters have no way to know whether the deck of cards is ‘high card’ heavy. As a result, the huge number of card counting teams formed around the globe, the most famous being the MIT team, became obsolete. Card counting on live dealer blackjack tables is still possible, but it is only a short-term tactic you can use, and you will consistently need to restart your count each time the dealer shuffles.

What is card counting?

Card counting is a way of knowing when the deck is ‘high card’ heavy. With a deck is packed out with high cards, the dealer is more likely to bust as long as you play ‘basic strategy’ correctly. Mathematicians figured out that if you start to increase your bet sizes when the deck has a high ‘True Count’ while playing the mathematical logic of basic strategy, you will nearly always beat the house with a considerable profit. But how do the card counters know when the deck is ‘high card’ heavy?

Card counting’s running count

Players use a counting system that gives each card a value. For example, all 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 cards are valued at +1, then 7, 8, and 9 cards have a value of 0, and all 10s a valued of -1. A card counter’s objective is to look at every card on the table, including other players’ and the dealer’s cards, and use the counting system to formulate a ‘Running Count’. The ‘Running Count’ will increase +1 for each lower cards eliminated from the deck. The higher the ‘running count’, the less the number of low cards in the deck i.e. the deck is ‘high card’ heavy. This is when the card counter starts to increase the size of his/her bets.

Card counting’s true count

The ‘running count’ gives you an idea of how many low cards are now eliminated from a deck. However, what happens when there are multiple decks of cards in play? To tackle this scenario, card counters use a ‘True Count’. This is the ‘Running Count’ divided by the number of decks remaining in the shoe. For example, a ‘Running Total’ of +9 with 3 decks remaining is a ‘True Count’ of 3. Some card counter will only increase their bets when the ‘True Count’ is high, while others will progressively increase their bets according to the ‘true count’.

Some card counters bet progressively in sync with the ‘True Count’:

  • 3 True Count = (2-unit bets)
  • 4 True Count = (3-unit bets)
  • 5 True Count = (4-unit bets)
  • 6 True Count = (5-unit bets)

Step-By-Step Card Counting System

  • Card totals of 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 add +1 to the ‘running count’
  • Card totals of 7, 8, and 8 add 0 to the ‘running count’
  • All 10, Jack, Queen, and King cards -1 from the ‘running count’
  • A high ‘running count’ means the shoe is ‘high card heavy’
  • A low ‘running count’ means the shoe has mostly low cards
  • The higher the ‘running count’ the better for card counters
  • The ‘running count’ is divided by the remaining decks for the ‘true count’
Different Variants of Live Blackjack Tables & their RTP

Live casinos are without a doubt the best place to learn about and play multiple variants of blackjack. There are 20+ live casino software providers all producing multiple blackjack variants with a mixture of different rules and gameplay.

Live casino manufacturers do have the same restrictions as land-based casinos have with their floor space. As such, live game providers such Evolution, Ezugi, Microgaming, and Playtech have multiple live dealer studios around the globe and they can fit in an array of blackjack table styles giving live casino players a diverse gaming experience.

  • Perfect Blackjack: This table allows you to automate some of your betting options, so you play according to basic strategy. Auto split and auto double downs. The dealer also helps you to play non-split and double games according to basic strategy, so you always make the right move. As such, this table comes with a 0.34% house edge which is a 99.66% RTP – surprisingly good!
  • Power Blackjack: Power Blackjack is another brilliant Evolution variant. This is an 8-deck game with no 9s or 10s in the deck changing the game’s dynamics completely. You will need to find a whole new set of basic strategy tables for this game! This table also offers side bets. The game is incredibly fun and has a super low 0.23% house edge which is a 99.77% RTP.
  • Free bet Blackjack: This blackjack game is part of Evolution’s collection and is an S17 NDAS game. It gives you free double down bets even after splits on 9, 10, 11 hands while also giving you real money double downs on all other totals. There are a couple of notes to make here. First, you can double down on any total, but for the free double down, the total must be 9, 10, or 11. Second, you get free splits up to 3 times. If you win your free bets, the house still pays you even though you did not place any money on the double down or split. Another noteworthy point to make is how Evolution covers the free bets. When the dealer busts with a 22, all winning hands will be ‘pushed’. As a result of these reasonably liberal rules, this popular live blackjack game gives you an RTP of 99.28% so the house edge is still high at 0.72%.
  • Pragmatic Play Live Blackjack: This is an 8-deck game that gives you 2 decks worth of cards to card count in theory. Once the dealer reaches halfway through the shoe, he/she will reshuffle. It may be a small window for card counters, but it is a window! This is a ‘S17 DAS’ table and players can split pairs, aces, and double down on any total!
The best tips and tricks for playing live blackjack online

With this guide, you should now have a good idea of the different variations of rules, how the house edge is affected by different variations of these rules, and how important basic strategy is when playing blackjack. If you are new to blackjack, you should already have a good grounding on how each round of blackjack plays out. Below we quickly recap some of the points covered in this guide, while we will also continue to improve this guide as time goes on by adding new information.

12 of the best tips for blackjack players

  • Always play blackjack using basic strategy charts
  • Learn which basic strategy charts apply to the table(s) you want to play
  • Understand how different rules affect the house edge
  • Never split 10s i.e. except 10, Jack, Queen and King
  • Do not take insurance bets – this is known as the ‘fools bet’
  • Avoid side bets or do not include the in your blackjack calculations
  • Play S17 table where it is possible
  • Never play Blackjack pays 6-5 tables
  • Play tables with double down on any rules
  • Play on DAS tables where it is possible
  • Play on tables with ‘early’ or ‘late’ surrender rule
  • Take full advantage of single deck tables with liberal rules
Individual Betting Terms Used on Blackjack Tables
Hit Your hand receives an additional card from the dealer.
Double Down If you double down, a bet equal to the amount of your original stake is placed on the table, and the house will provide with 1 additional card only. You will have to ‘stand’ or if your hand goes over 21, then it is bust. Some variants of blackjack also offer double down after split known as (DAS).
Split Most blackjack tables will allow you to split any pair. If you split a pair, you are creating a new hand and must a bet equal to the amount of your original stake on the new split hand. Sometimes you will have the opportunity to re-split while some casinos will not allow you to split or re-split Aces.
Surrender If you do not like your hand total, then you can surrender your hand and bet. In this case the house returns 50% of your original bet. There are 2 types of surrender which are ‘Early Surrender’ and ‘Late Surrender’.
Insurance You can take insurance if the dealer’s up card is an Ace. This is to insure your original bet against the dealer having blackjack which comes with 33.33% odds making this bet not worthwhile. However, if you do ‘buy insurance’ you place half your original bet and if the dealer has blackjack, the house pays 2-1.
Bust When your hand total reaches above the maximum total of 21, your hand is bust, and you lose your bet to the house.
Hot 3 This is a side bet independent of the main game. If the total of your first 2 cards + the dealer’s face up card is between 19 and 21, you win.
21 + 3 You can win this side bet if your first 2 cards + the dealer’s up card form a three-of-a-kind (trips), straight, or a flush.
Questions & Answers About Live Dealer Blackjack Tables

💡 What is live casino blackjack?

Live casino blackjack is also known as live dealer blackjack or simply live blackjack. Instead of playing a virtual blackjack table or land-based blackjack table, you are playing the game via a webcam. The webcam zooms you to a live blackjack table inside a live casino studio and hosted by a real-life dealer. You then place bets using virtual chips that represent real money or crypto.

💡 What are the differences and similarities between land-based blackjack and online live dealer blackjack?

The similarities are that you are playing versus the house which is represented by a real-life dealer sitting at a physical table who deals physical cards. The key differences are that online live dealer blackjack is location less. Unlike a land-based casino, you do not have to turn up in person and physically sit at the table to play. You play from your mobile or desktop device wherever you have an internet connection.

💡 Are the rules of live dealer blackjack the same as land-based casinos?

There is no definitive answer to this question. Every casino and live casino create their blackjack games according to the normal sequence of play so there is no difference here. Also, depending on the land-based or live casino, the rules may change, different variants may be available and so on. In general, if you know about land-based casino variant of blackjack, it is likely you can play the same table online.

💡 Is it possible to test live blackjack free?

Live dealer tables do not offer free-play versions of the game. The minimum bet you will find is £/€/$ 0.50 per hand. Most live casinos also offer virtual blackjack tables which you can play for free to practice your blackjack strategy, and then you can switch to live casino blackjack tables when you feel comfortable.

💡 Do live blackjack tables come with any bonus incentives?

Yes. There are several different ‘bonus offers’ available for blackjack players and we cover them here on There are welcome bonus deals that either includes live casino games or there are specific bonus deals for live casino players that want to play blackjack. You will find reload bonuses, deposit matches, and cashback on your losses, plus plenty of VIP extras for loyal players.

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