Mon, Mar 4, 10:51am by Noah Taylor
Last Updated Tue, Oct 8, 12:46am
Blackjack is the only casino game vs the dealer which can have its house edge reduced to under one per cent, but finding rules which accommodate this reduction in house edge is near impossible offline. Online, it is far more common – Internet casinos can offer better player odds, variety and bonuses due to less expenses. Still, many gamblers rather play with personal dealers, and with the advent of live dealer blackjack (and other live titles), we now can; human dealers with genuine equipment hosting games where players receive better value for their dollar – all without leaving your home.
Blackjack is one of the most popular casino games in the world. In Australia, while not as popular as the pokies, the European version of 21 can be played throughout any casino. The American version can be more difficult to find. Online however, the live dealer variant provides Australian players with a host of unique and convenient options.
First and foremost, you’ll need to register an account (takes two minutes and requires regular sign up details like username, password, email, etc.) at any one or more of our endorsed Web casinos:
Minimum and maximum wagers on blackjack tables at Microgaming live dealer casinos: $25-$500.
EvolutionGaming-Powered Live Blackjack:
Minimum and maximum wagers on blackjack tables at EvolutionGaming live dealer casinos: $5-$5,000.
Ezugi-Powered Live Blackjack:
Minimum and maximum wagers on blackjack tables at Ezugi interactive casinos: $5-$300.
You’ll find the live casino section at each of the above sites either listed under the games menu, or a new window will pop up when you open your casino account, with the option to access live croupier games. Make your way to the live dealer blackjack tables, where you can choose to sit down at any available table and play a hand from as little as $5 to as much as $5,000. Other live games such as baccarat, roulette and poker variants such as three-card poker and casino hold’em are also offered within the live casino interface.
The live 21 gameplay is a combination of traditional online RNG blackjack (Random Number Generated blackjack – computer) and land-based 21. The table layout is largely similar to that of any computer-generated online blackjack game: there are multiple betting spots, and you can select your chip values to set the size of your wager. And depending on what gameplay view you prefer, the live streaming video of dealer, table and cards (and any background happenings) will either show in the upper middle section of your screen, or fill your entire screen. The computer-generated interface allows us to place our wagers, while we get to watch the croupiers deal and chat with us and any other players.
At live casinos hosted by EvolutionGaming and Ezugi, the rules to 21 follow American blackjack, where the dealer does draw a hole card and will thus check for blackjack (if dealt an Ace) before players can take any further action.
The pace of the game: Since we are often playing with other punters at our table, the pace of each round is a little slower than the online RNG version of the game, where you control the speed of the game. But you can still make early decisions prior to the dealer arriving at your hand and asking you what action you wish to take.
There are several customisation settings within the interface for our convenience:
While Internet casinos have not nearly as many overheads as land-based gambling establishments (and thus allowing for extra features such as live croupier games), the cost of hosting these live dealer studios is viable if such businesses only allow real money play within the live interface, otherwise it would be an unprofitable enterprise. We are able to enter the studio and select any gaming table to watch proceedings first, before we jump in and begin playing. You can also always trial all RNG games (blackjack, roulette, pokies, baccarat, poker and more) for practice cash to get a feel for the games.
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