Betting is done just like in online blackjack: you drag chips to the ‘bet’ area and wait for the dealer to start dealing. Special barcoded cards are dealt from a shoe to areas of the table “in front” of the player. They are scanned by the camera and appear in graphic form on-screen.
The action then proceeds: in blackjack, the idea is to beat the dealer’s hand without going over 21. Aces count as 1 or 11, picture cards count as 10, while number cards are worth their face value.
As the dealer proceeds from player to player you click on the ‘Hit’ (receive another card) or ‘Stand’ (receive no more cards). The dealer will deal further cards, announcing the action out loud – remember to switch the speakers on before you play.
Players can also opt to double down (doubling a bet and receiving one more card) – once the double down button is clicked, the croupier will be alerted and will deal another card face up in front of you. Splitting is possible – a pair can be split and players continue to hit to form two new hands.
After all players have played, it’s the dealer’s turn. He/she turns over their down card and continues drawing cards until they have to stand or they go bust. All winnings hands are paid out by the computer, and the dealer removes all cards from play. A new hand then takes place.
Multi-Seat Play: In some live casino games, you can opt to play more than one seat if it is vacant.
Bet Behind: As in an offline casino, the ‘Bet Behind’ button lets you place bets on other players’ hands. As long as they are playing optimal strategy (and not doing silly things like hitting on 19) you can stick chips down and watch the action unfold.
Side Bets: Some forms of Live Blackjack let you place side bets. For example, a mixed pair (of different suits) pays 6/1, while a coloured pair bet pays 12/1.
History Slider: On the screen you can see a list of previous hands. While decks are routinely shuffled, players keeping tabs on what cards have been dealt can easily scan the previous games.
Chat Box: Click the ‘Chat Box’ icon to enable online chat. In real time you can ask the dealer questions or advice. They will read and respond to messages displayed on their monitor. Make sure you have your sound turned up!
Camera View: Some blackjack games let you alter the camera view. All tables are rigged up with webcams to allow easy streaming onto your machine. But if you want a change, select the various angles: top-down, behind the dealer, and so on. You can also give your window that authentic casino feel by making the real-life screen bigger and the digital cards smaller.
Tips: Yes, just like in a real casino, you can pay the dealer tips. Just select the Tips Box and type in the amount you want to tip the dealer. The cash will be deducted from your bankroll.