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Live Dealer Blackjack

Introduction

Live dealer blackjack rules vary quite a bit. All are dealt from a shoe, with about 50% penetration. I think nobody allows re-splitting any pair. In other words, one split only. Most stand on a soft 17. The most variable rules seem to be on surrender and the dealer peeking for blackjack.

Special mention should be made about the Ezugi game, where early surrender against an ace is allowed. The effect of this rule variation is a reduction in the house edge of 0.39% to a low 0.11%. Personally, I think they don't understand what they are doing and this rule won't last once they realize how beneficial it is to the player.

It is difficult writing live dealer software reviews when I don't have access to play or watch the games. This was the case with Ho Gaming and Vivo Gaming.

As to the appearance of the table and dealer, please refer to the screenshots at the bottom of the page, especially for Usoft.

Odds Comparison

The following table shows the configurable rules, to the best of my knowledge, at various brands of live dealer studios. An explanation of the column headings follows the table.

Live Dealer Blackjack Comparison

Brand Play Decks Soft 17 DAS Peek Surr. Edge
Amaya Software(Live) InterCasino 8 Hit No No No 0.71%
Asia Gaming(Blackjack) VIP Room Casino 8 Hit No Yes No 0.62%
BetConstruct(Blackjack) MobileWins 1 Hit Yes Yes Yes 0.43%
Evolution Gaming(Infinite Blackjack (with six-card Charlie)) InterCasino 8 Hit No Yes No 0.45%
Evolution Gaming(Live Dealer Blackjack) InterCasino 8 Hit No No No 0.72%
Extreme Live Gaming(Blackjack) InterCasino 8 Hit No Yes No 0.62%
Ezugi(Blackjack) LOKI Casino 8 Hit Yes Yes Yes 0.11%
Ezugi(Unlimited) LOKI Casino 8 Hit Yes No No 0.35%
FashionTV(Blackjack) 8 Hit Yes Yes Yes 0.41%
Fresh Deck Studios(Blackjack) DuckyLuck Casino 8 Hit No Yes No 0.62%
Gameplay Interactive(Blackjack) 6 Hit Yes No No 0.46%
HO Gaming(Blackjack) InterCasino 8 Hit No No No 0.6%
LuckyStreak(Blackjack) LOKI Casino 8 Hit Yes Yes No 0.49%
Net Entertainment(Common Draw Blackjack (Live Dealer)) InterCasino 6 Hit Yes No No 0.59%
Net Entertainment(Live Beyond Live Blackjack) InterCasino 6 Hit Yes No No 0.59%
Playtech(Unlimited Blackjack (Live Dealer)) Bet365 Casino 8 Hit Yes No No 0.5%
Usoft Gaming(Blackjack Unlimited) 6 Hit Yes Yes Yes 0.43%
Visionary iGaming(Blackjack) Bovada 6 Stand Yes Yes No 0.69%
Visionary iGaming(Early Payout) Bovada 1 Stand Yes Yes No 0.69%
Vivo Gaming(Blackjack) Superior Casino 8 Hit Yes Yes No 0.5%
Wirex Gaming(Blackjack) 8 Hit Yes No No 0.56%
Xprogaming(Blackjack) 6 Stand Yes No No 0.54%

Column headings:

  • Brand: Live dealer studio and in some cases the particular game.
  • Decks: Number of decks used. Penetration tends to be about 50% everywhere.
  • Soft 17: What the dealer does with a soft 17.
  • DAS: Is double after a split allowed?
  • Peek: Does the dealer peek at hole card for a blackjack. In cases where there isn't a hole card, the value in the table indicates if the player will lose his original bet only (yes) or everything (no) if the dealer eventually gets a blackjack. Sometimes the dealer will peek only under 10 or under an ace. Possible values are:
    • Yes = Dealer always peeks with either a 10 or ace up.
    • No = Dealer never peeks. Player will lose all money bet doubling and splitting if the dealer gets a blackjack
    • Ace only = Dealer peeks only under an ace up. If no hole card is taken, "ace only" means the player will lose his original bet only if the dealer gets a blackjack starting with an ace up, but everything if starting with a 10 up.
    • 10 only = Dealer peeks only under a 10 up. If no hole card is taken, "10 only" means the player will lose his original bet only if the dealer gets a blackjack starting with a 10 up, but everything if starting with an ace up.
  • Surrender = Can player forfeit half his bet and not play the hand? This option is generally offered only after the dealer peeks for blackjack, but in the Ezugi regular game (as opposed to unlimited), the player may surrender before the dealer peeks.
  • Edge = House edge

Screenshots

Asia Gaming

Asia Gaming.


fashiontv blackjack

FashionTV.



blackjack ho gaming

Ho Gaming.


bet construct

Bet Construct


blackjack lucky streak

Lucky Streak


Vivo Gaming blackjack

Vivo Gaming


evolution blackjack

Evolution Gaming.


Wirex blackjack

Wirex.


usoft blackjack

In the Usoft game, the dealer will flash when any player gets a blackjack.

blackjack early payout   visionary igmaing blackjack

Blackjack Early Payout and regular blackjack by Visionary iGaming.


blackjack common draw   net ent blackjack

Blackjack early payout and conventional blackjack by Net Entertainment.


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