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Blackjack Features Compared

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Blackjack Features Compared

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”20426″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text el_class=”small-main-heading green-link lg-text”]The playing options for Blackjack are not the same at every game. It’s important to know what the playing options are as they have a direct impact on the return to player odds and therefore on your ability to make a profit.

These variations in Live Blackjack depend on the software being used and also how the casino has implemented them.

Every player has their own particular preferences of these “blackjack features” or “house rules”, so I’ve reviewed all of the software providers and produced the summary grid below.

You can compare each of them against each other.

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Neil’s TOP RECOMMENDATIONS FOR LIVE BLACKJACK

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Live Blackjack features by software provider

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Each feature the live casinos employ has an impact on the house edge. The more restrictive the feature, the better for the house it is.

For example on Doubling, you may be able to double on any card (this is good for the player), or you may be restricted to only doubling on 9/10/11 (this is better for the house).[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text][table “36” not found /]
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Number of Blackjack Decks

In an ideal world, you want to play single deck blackjack. Because it’s easier to calculate the odds and the game favours the house the least.

All online live casinos reviewed on Live Casino Comparer will be using 6 or 8 decks. 8 Deck Blackjack has become the standard at most of the bigger software providers. However, there are some 6 deck games, which you’ll find listed in the table.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Shuffle/Deal

If cards are shuffled by a machine or by a person we refer to this as manual Shuffling. The cards are cut and placed in a manual dealing shoe. Re-shuffles occur when half the shoe has been used.

Automatic Shuffling is where a mechanical dealing shoe is being used. The discarded cards are placed back into the shoe before each new hand, effectively giving a brand new shoe for each game round.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Burn cards on shuffle

After the shuffle, the dealer removes a number of cards from the top of the deck before they start dealing.

It’s a practice that is being phased out across all the live casino providers and one that I’d personally like to see removed altogether.

It’s done to help counter card counting and shuffle tracking. It also demonstrates the shoe hasn’t been tampered with.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Burn on each hand

The first card of the deck is removed from the shoe before each new hand is dealt.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

European no hole card

Sometimes called European Rules, the dealer gives himself one card and draws his second after all players have completed their hands.

This type of dealing prevents the dealer from Peeking for Blackjack, which is a favourable feature for players. If the Dealer has a Blackjack the game round is ended, meaning players are not building their hands only to end up losing.

European Rules prevents this from happening. It’s also more likely to tempt players to take Insurance which is a poor bet.

No Hole card has a negative effect on the player return of 0.11%, (courtesy of wizardofodds).[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Vegas Rules

The dealer takes two cards with the rest of the players. This enables an early peek for Blackjack and gives a better Return to Player percentage.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Dealer Peeks for Blackjack

In Vegas Rules, before any player has played their hand if the dealer up card is an Ace he will offer the table Insurance and then look at the down card to see if it is a Blackjack.

If the dealer has Blackjack the hand is over and all players lose their initial stakes, unless the player also has a Blackjack then the result is a push.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Surrender Hand when Dealer showing an Ace

If the Dealers up card is an Ace the player may be able to surrender their hand for half their stake back.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Dealer stands on Soft 17 or Stands on all 17’s

Either way, if the dealer draws 17 either with a soft (where the ace is 1 or 11) or a hard hand, he must stop.

This benefits the player as he is not allowed to improve his hand anymore.

If he was allowed to draw another card on a soft 17 he has more opportunity to make a better hand.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Multiple Table

Where you are able to play at multiple tables at the same live casino.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Multiple Hand

Where you can play multiple hands at the same table.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

Doubling

Where you are allowed to double your bet when taking one extra card.

You’d do this when the dealer is showing a 2-6 on his up card and you have a 2 card total of 11 or less in yours.

See the basic strategy for further details. Sometimes there are restrictions on the value of the two carded hand you can double on.

This is generally 9/10/11. This is obviously more restrictive, so play at a casino that doesn’t have this rule in place.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Splitting

This is where you are able to split a pair into two separate hands.

You have to replicate the bet of your first hand to do this. You go on to play both hands as independent hands.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Split after a Split

If you’ve already split and then draw another card of the same value as the first two you’re able to split this out into an additional hand to play.

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Double on a split

This is the ability to place a Double bet on the first two cards of a split hand. A rare thing to find but a great rule is you can play it.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Split Aces

Special rules normally apply to split Aces.

In most cases, only one extra card is allowed on each hand.

A hand value of 21 is not treated as a Blackjack, it is 21 and will lose to a dealer Blackjack.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Cards on Split Aces

Where you’re able to take more than one card on split Aces.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Split Bets returned on Dealer Blackjack

If the player splits his hand and the dealer shows a Blackjack, the player will have their split bets returned to them.

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Half Stake returned on Double if Dealer gets a BJ after showing a 10

As it says, if after the player has doubled his hand the Dealer draws a Blackjack when showing a 10, the player will have half his stake returned to him.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Blackjack Pays 3:2

The most common payout for blackjack, although you sometime find in land based games 6:5 or even 2:1!![/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Insurance Pays 2:1

The payout for insurance. The bet is normally half your initial stake.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Even money for Player BJ if the dealer is showing an Ace

If the dealers up card is an Ace he will offer any players with a Blackjack even money (as opposed to 3:2).[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Side Bets

Side bets are additional bets that can be placed alongside the main Blackjack bet.

These include Bet Behind (betting on someone else’s hand), Perfect Pairs (betting that your hand or the dealer’s hand is a pair) & 21-3 or Rummy (where you bet that your two cards and the dealers up card forms a poker hand).

You can read more about these side bets and where you can play them here.

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