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Welcome to live blackjack at Britain Play live casino! Our friendly online blackjack live dealers are ready to welcome you to take a seat at our live blackjack tables and explore an exciting variety of different online live blackjack games. Powered by the leading live casino software developers in the industry, players at Britain Play can find all kinds of casino games including live dealer blackjack games with a variety of betting limits that will suit any type of player.
If you enjoy a classic game of blackjack, live blackjack casino games will bring you closer to the real deal. Instead of playing against a computer, you’ll be playing against a real-life dealer in live blackjack, which is an engaging experience that’s a lot like playing in a real land-based casino. Combining the best of both worlds, online live blackjack is undeniably one of the most popular ways to enjoy the classic game of 21.
Are you new to live blackjack or live casino games in general? We’ve got you covered with a complete guide which will teach you how to play live blackjack at Britain Play. Our friendly live dealers are also there to make you feel welcome at the live blackjack table and the user-friendly interfaces in the games will help you get started in no time.
If you’re an experienced blackjack player, this guide will help you sharpen your skills and go over all the basics before you sit down at the blackjack table and take on the dealer. Whatever your skill level may be, one thing’s for sure: there’s a live blackjack table for every player at Britain Play!
What is Live Blackjack?
Blackjack online live dealer is more like a game of blackjack in a traditional brick-and-mortar casino than a game of online blackjack. Further below, we’ll take a look at the main differences between online and live blackjack, but the most important difference is the presence of the live dealer. Live blackjack is a real-time version of online blackjack with a live dealer that’s present throughout the game. The game is played in real-time and streamed directly from the game provider’s studio to your screen.
The live dealer is the most important element in blackjack live because they deal the cards, announce when bets are open, and create a fun, relaxed atmosphere in the game. You can see the dealer at all times when you play casino live blackjack and thanks to multiple camera angles and high-definition video quality you can see every action the dealer makes.
A live blackjack UK game uses a real blackjack table and cards, making it a very realistic experience. Instead of an RNG software, the dealer conducts the whole game, so live blackjack is really like real blackjack in every single aspect, except that you can sit back in the comfort of your own home to join the game.
How Does Live Blackjack Work?
To play casino live blackjack games, you’ll first need to know the basics of playing any regular blackjack game. Live blackjack works just like regular blackjack in terms of the rules of the game and how it’s played, whether you’re playing online or in real life.
A game of live dealer blackjack online is played from a sophisticated studio that’s set up to look just like a real casino floor. Real casino equipment is used, and you’ll also notice that live blackjack tables are open 24/7, so you can take a virtual seat any time, any day. The dealers in online live dealer blackjack change regularly, so as soon as a few rounds are played, a new dealer will step in and start the next game. Typically, you’ll always find a seat open at Britain Play when you browse through live blackjack casino games, but if not, you can try another table or wait a few minutes until a seat becomes open.
One of the best features in online live dealer blackjack is the live chat feature which creates a channel of communication between all the players around the table and the dealer as well. The dealer can see every player’s comments in the chat box and very often, they also reply and engage with players in this way. Players can also chat with each other which creates a really fun social element that only live blackjack dealer can offer!
What is the Difference Between Online & Live Blackjack?
As we mentioned in the previous section, the biggest difference between online and live dealer online blackjack is that one is played using an RNG software and the latter is played with a real human dealer. However, there are also plenty of other important differences that players should be aware of before they choose which playing mode is best for them.
Both online blackjack and live dealer blackjack have their own pros and cons, but live blackjack is clearly the way to go if you’re looking a realistic, authentic casino experience. For players who don’t actually enjoy the social element that comes with playing blackjack in a real casino, then online blackjack is a great option too. For beginners, online blackjack is a good way to get started too because it allows players to play at their own pace and take their time when making a decision on whether to hit or stand, for example.
With live dealer blackjack, the betting time is very limited because the game must move at an appropriate place to keep players engaged and focused. On the other hand, there are no other players or even a dealer in online blackjack, so you can take your time placing your bet and deciding what to do with your cards without any of the pressure of playing in a live environment. Ultimately, it’s all about what you’re looking for in a blackjack game and luckily, you can try out both online and live casino blackjack at Britain Play!
How to Play Live Blackjack?
Blackjack online live dealer games are played just like a real-life game of blackjack except that it’s all played virtually, of course. The aim of the game is to beat the dealer and to do so, you’ll need to form a hand that’s higher than the dealer’s but doesn’t exceed a total of 21 either. Here’s how to play any game of live blackjack online.
- First, you will need need to select a live blackjack UK table to join. If a seat isn’t open, you can try another table or wait for a seat to open up, but this is very rarely the case. Be sure to check the table’s betting limits before you join as well.
- Next, the online blackjack live dealers deal two face-up cards to every player on the table. The dealer also deals two cards to themselves, one facing up and one facing down.
- Once the cards are dealt, you’ll have some decisions to make once you determine the value of your cards. These are described in the ‘Live Blackjack Terminology’ section further below.
- Once every player has been dealt a third card (if they requested an additional card), the dealer reveals their face-down card.
- Any player with a hand total that’s higher than the dealer’s but not more than 21 will win a payout. If the dealer’s hand is the highest, they win the round and the players around the table don’t get a payout.
- The dealer announces that bets are open once again and the next round begins.
Live Blackjack Terminology
In order to have the type of online live blackjack experience that you are looking for when you are playing at Britain Play, it is important that you familiarise yourself with the different live blackjack terminology. Therefore, below we have provided you with a table that will help you come to terms with all of the main terms:
|Outcome||The way that a hand turns out|
|Multi-Seat||The possibility of playing more than one hand at once|
|Bet Behind||Where you bet on another player's hand. This is popular when tables are full|
|Hit||When you would like the dealer to provide you with another card|
|Stand||If you think you have a good hand, then you stand so you do not get another card|
|Double Down||If you like the look of your hard, then you can double your initial stake to try and win more|
|Split||If your hold cards are the same value, you can split your hand into two separate ones. It will cost the same stake|
|Insurance||If the dealer's exposed card is an ace, then you can put money on them having blackjack. If you are right, there is a 2:1 payout|
|Surrender||If you do not like the look of your hand, then there is the option to surrender it and take back half your stake|
|Side Bets||Extra bets that are placed during a standard blackjack game|
|Perfect Pair||If your first two cards have the same number and suit, then there is a 30:1 payout|
|Coloured Pair||If your first two cards are the same colour and number but not the same suit, then there is a 10:1 payout|
|Mixed Pair||If your first two cards are different colours but the same number, then there is a 5:1 payout|
|21 + 3||You use your two hole cards plus the dealer's face-up card to try and form a 3-card poker hand. The payout, depending on your hand can range from 5:1 for a flush to 100:1 for a three of a kind|
|Bust||If your hand goes beyond the value of 21, you are bust and lose your stake|
Different Live Blackjack Games
Due to the fact that many online casino goers like to play live blackjack, there is no shortage of variants out there for you to play. All of the top software developers like to try and come up with new live variants in order to ensure that they stay ahead of their rivals in a super competitive industry. With this in mind, we are now going to look at the most popular variants of live blackjack that you can find at any top live blackjack casino.
This is one of those blackjack variants that you will find at any live blackjack casino that is truly serious about what they do. Regular Blackjack, which also goes by the name of Classic Blackjack, usually only uses four decks and you will often not have the option of placing any side bets - although, that can vary depending on the online casino and software developer.
The rules for this variant of blackjack are the same as what we spoke about in the "How to Play Live Blackjack" section above. When you are playing Regular Blackjack, a winning hand will have a 1:1 payout, while a classic blackjack will land you a payout of 3:2.
When it comes to live games, Evolution Gaming are one of the best software developers around, so it is no surprise that blackjack enthusiasts love nothing more than chancing their arm on live blackjack by Evolution Gaming. One of their most popular variants is Speed Blackjack, which uses eight decks of cards and allows up to seven players at the table at once.
The standard blackjack playing rules are in play, which means that players are able to double down and split any pair. The dealer is required to stand on 17, whether they are hard or soft. They payouts are the same too, with a 1:1 payout for a win, a 2:1 payout for insurance, and a 3:2 payout for those who land a blackjack.
What makes Speed Blackjack different from other variants is that it is 30-40% faster, with each round taking around 7 seconds fewer. Now, seven seconds might not seem like much to start with, but if you play a lot of rounds then the time saved soon adds up. How is it faster, though? Well, it is because you can make a move as soon as each player has received their cards - you do not need to wait for anyone. This means that the fastest players will get the next card or end the game. This is a popular game among experienced players, so if you are new to live blackjack games, we recommend that you hone your skills before trying this variant.
Experienced blackjack players get frustrated when slow players hold them up, but the Blackjack Multihand variant allows you to play at more than one seat, which means that you can play more than just the one hand each round. In such a scenario, you will be in the thick of the action twice, three times, or even more, depending on your mood. This means that you can determine the pace of the round.
At the start of every round, you need to place a stake on each seat that you are occupying. You are free to mix up your wagers if you so wish, but you must stick to whatever the table limits are. Also, you are required to play every hand in turn - once you and anyone else at the table have played their hand, the dealer will play their hand, and then any winnings are paid out accordingly as normal.
Due to the fact that you are playing more hands, you will obviously be risking more money. Therefore, just like with Speed Blackjack, if you are new to this variant or blackjack on a whole, get some more experience before you start playing this volatile game.
Blackjack 5 Hand
This is a variant of Classic Blackjack which allows each player to play with five hands at the same time. Since everyone has five hands, there is a higher chance of landing a good hand, which translates into a better chance of landing a win. The game starts with each player and dealer receiving one card. The players then get one extra card, and each hand is checked. If nobody has landed a blackjack, then the dealer receives a card. The total that the dealer has is then checked, and if a player is not bust, they can choose a hit. Once every hand has received their extra card or gone bust, the dealer receives one extra card. The hands are then compared, and wins are paid out according to regular blackjack rules.
Blackjack 5 Hand Low Stakes
Many people around the world love to take on live blackjack dealers, but not everyone has the same budget available to them. Also, not everyone who has plenty of money likes to risk it on live casino games such as blackjack – they are just looking for a bit of entertainment. Software developers are well aware of this, which is why they make sure that they develop games that suit different budgets.
Blackjack 5 Hand Low Stakes is one such game that caters to those with a small budget or those who do not like risking a lot of money when they are playing at an online casino. This variant plays exactly the same way as Blackjack Five Hand, with the main difference being that you can play a hand for as little as £1. It is possible to come across variants that accept less than £1, but these are hard to come by.
Hi Lo Blackjack
This is a regular blackjack online with live dealer) variant that has a really simple side game attached to it. There are a total of six decks in use, and players can play with up to five hands per round. The minimum bet stands at £1 while the maximum bet permissible is £500. The standard blackjack rules are in play, so regular features such as splitting, doubling, and insurance are all on offer.
The Hi Lo Side bet must be put down before you have received your hand, and all it involves is you trying to predict whether your second card will be lower or higher in value than your first card. Since you will not have seen any of your hold cards when you opt to make this kind of side bet, you are relying on nothing but fortune. If you opt to place a side bet and you go on to be a winner, then the payout stands at 1:1.
Perfect Pairs Blackjack
Perfect Pairs Blackjack is a common game to find at any top live online blackjack casino. It is a variant of Classic Blackjack that allows you to place an extra bet on the possibility that your first two cards will be a pair. The payout will vary depending on the type of pair that you land. If you opt for this side bet and you land a pair with the same value and same suit, it is called a "Perfect Pair" and comes with a payout of 30:1. If you land a pair with the same colour, same value, but a different suit, then it is known as a "Coloured Pair" and pays out at 12:1. If you get a pair that is the same value but different colour, it is a "Mixed Pair" and pays out at 5:1.
Whenever you play live blackjack online, please remember that the dealer will always be more than happy to answer any questions that you might have. So, if you are not too sure about something, just ask them via the live chat feature and they will help you out. Do not be shy as there is no such thing as a stupid question when there is real money on the line.
Live Blackjack Odds and Payouts
Live blackjack tables have become really popular among online casino players due to the fact that they offer some of the best odds around and have a low house edge - somewhere in the region of 0.5% and 1%. One thing to keep in mind when you are looking for live online blackjack for real money is that your chances of winning can increase or decrease depending on the number of decks that are being used. For instance, if there are four decks being used then the house edge will be lower than if you were playing a variant of blackjack that has eight decks. Below you can see how the number of decks in play will impact the house edge:
- 1 deck - 0.17% house edge
- 2 decks - 0.46% house edge
- 4 decks - 0.60% house edge
- 6 decks - 0.64% house edge
- 8 decks - 0.66% house edge
Whenever you sit down to play this entertaining card game, whether it is live blackjack low stakes or live multiplayer blackjack, you should know the different odds and payouts that are on offer for the different kinds of side bets that you can put your hard-earned money on. You can learn all about these by checking out the following table:
|Side Bets||Payouts||Odds of Winning|
|Three of a Kind||30:1||3.32%|
Best Live Blackjack Strategies
There are many different blackjack strategies available on the Internet because blackjack enthusiasts have been trying to come up with ways to decrease the house edge for decades. Below we are going to take a closer look at some popular blackjack strategies as well as provide you with some live blackjack tips to keep in mind when you are playing. Keep in mind this is still down to luck if you manage to walk away a winner.
Don't Split a Pair of 10s
If the dealer deals you a pair of tens, then we recommend that you do not split them into two separate hands. If you receive two tens or two of the same face cards, then your hand will have a total value of 20. In your typical six-deck blackjack game where the dealer is required to stand on a soft 17, if you stand with a pair of 10s, your winning percentage will be 83%. If, on the other hand, you decide to split your 10s, your winning percentage will drop down to 63%. This is quite the drop. It is really hard for the dealer to beat a high hand of 20, so stick with it.
Split a Pair of Sixes
Getting two sixes as your first two cards is not the best way to begin a round of blackjack. In such a scenario, your hand will have a total value of 12, which leaves you in a tough position - if you take a hit and your extra card has a value of 10, you are bust and out of the round. This is known as a breaking hand, and it is recommended that you split if the dealer's upcard has a value of 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6. In such a case, the odds are in your favour, and splitting will prevent you from going bust. The dealer is in a weak position here and will have to take a hit, increasing their chances of going bust.
However, if the dealer's upcard is 7, 8, 9, 10, or an A, then you best bet is to take a hit. Since the dealer has a powerful upcard, you should be careful. If you Split in this case, you could end up with two hands that are far from decent. It makes little sense to risk more money by splitting against the dealer's powerful upcard - the chances that they bust are low since 10, Queen, King, or Jack are the only cards that can cause them to bust.
Think Carefully About Taking Out Insurance
Insurance bets are statistically not in your favour - the RTP for such a bet stands at 7%, which is a lot worse than any other type of move that you can do. The payout for such a bet is 2:1. So, let us say that you have made a total of 13 £1 insurance bets during a blackjack session. Based off the odds, there is a probability that you win 4 times, meaning you earn £8 in total, with a £4 profit. However, you lost 9 times, which means you lost £9 and ended up with a loss of £5. It just is not worth it.
The only time that you should think about playing insurance is when you are sure that the dealer's face-down card is an Ace. However, the only way that you can know this is if you are very good at card counting, which is pretty much impossible when you are playing live blackjack in UK.
Card counting is a live blackjack strategy that can be used. To count cards, you need to apply a value to each card, and the most common values are as follows:
- Cards that have a number two to six should be given a value of +1
- Cards that have a number seven to nine should get a value of 0
- Cards that are 10, Jack, Queen, King, or Ace should have a -1 value
Before the dealer starts to deal, they will shuffle the deck. When the first card is dealt to a player, you should add 1, take away one, or do nothing depending on the number on the card. If, at the end of the round, you have a positive running total, then you know that the undealt cards are high cards, and the course of action is to increase your wager. If, on the other hand, you get a negative running total, it indicates that the undealt cards have low values, and the course of action is to decrease your bet.
Is live blackjack online card counting possible? This is a really common question and, despite the fact that this strategy works in theory, online casinos have come up with a number of counter measures to make sure that card counting is pretty difficult. For example, more decks will be used, and they will instruct their dealers to shuffle more.
Choose the Correct Live Blackjack Variant
As you saw earlier on in this live blackjack betting guide, there are different variants of this casino game. Choosing the correct live blackjack game to play is actually something that can be considered a strategy. For example, if you are new to live blackjack, we do not recommend that you try out Speed Blackjack or Multihand Blackjack since the volatility of these variants can see you lose plenty of money.
We suggest that you play a variant that offers a surrender option. To refresh your memory, the surrender feature allows you to ditch your hand if you think it is poor and get half of your wager back. Blackjack tables that allow players to surrender have a low house edge of around 0.1%, which means that you have a better chance of being successful. Although, as always, winning is something that can never be guaranteed.
Why Live Dealer Blackjack?
If you are wondering whether you should play some UK live blackjack, then check out the following table as it highlights the major pros and cons this casino game.
|Provides a real-life casino experience||Tables are sometimes not available at peak times|
|You can play with real players||It can be slow at times|
|No RNG or Algorithm||Betting limits are more restricted|
|Dealers can speak a variety of languages||Card counting is not possible|
Live Blackjack Mobile Experience
Playing online games on mobile devices is something that many casino players enjoy doing nowadays as it means that they can play their favourite games wherever they happen to be. At Britain Play, we are well aware that mobile gaming is really popular, and this is why we have ensured that our desktop site is compatible with a wide range of mobile devices, meaning that you can play live blackjack and any other games that we have on offer on the go.
We do not have a live blackjack game app because we feel that our mobile website has more than enough to satisfy your mobile gambling needs. Our games will adapt to your mobile screen, which means that they will always be pleasing on the eye. Whether you are playing on your mobile or on your desktop computer, you will be able to enjoy the same top live blackjack experience.
Below are some of the main advantages of playing live blackjack on our mobile site:
- You can play your preferred blackjack variants wherever you are
- There is no need to download any software to play
- Mobile sites are generally quicker than a desktop site
- You can still claim bonuses and promotions that are on offer
Live Blackjack Bonuses and Promotions
There is no specific live blackjack bonus on offer at this current moment in time, but we do offer our players a variety of other top promotions. We are going to take a look at some of the main ones now. Keep checking out our page because maybe in future we will add live blackjack promotions to the list.
However, be warned that there is chance that you will end up walking away with nothing.
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Other Live Games at Britain Play
Obviously, you are on this page because you are interested in playing live blackjack, but we know that there will be times when even the most enthusiastic of live blackjack fans will feel like playing something else. When this mood hits, we have got your back because we offer our players a variety of live games in our live casino. Below is a list of some of the other live roulette and live baccarat games that you can try your luck on if you decide to register with Britain Play:
- Live Airwave Roulette
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- Live Blaze Roulette
- Live Lotus Speed Baccarat
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Frequently Asked Questions about Live Blackjack
1. Which is the Best Live Blackjack Game?
Well, this is a really subjective question since the best live blackjack game for one player might not be the best for another. Thus, the answer to such a question is that the best live blackjack game is whatever one you enjoy playing the most.
2. Is Live Blackjack Real?
Yes, live blackjack is completely real. You will play against a real-life dealer and there will be real players sitting with you at the table.
3. Can You Make Money on Live Blackjack?
Yes, there is the possibility of making money when playing live blackjack. However, there is also the possibility of losing real money, so make sure that you always gamble responsibly.
4. Can I Play Live Blackjack Online?
Yes, you can. It is very convenient because you do not need to head over to your closest land-based casino to play against a real dealer.
5. Can Live Blackjack Dealers See You?
No, they cannot see you, but you can see them. You can still speak to them though via a live chat feature.
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