Best suited for players who like the thrill of a challenge, live blackjack requires some number crunching! Although intimidating at first, you can quickly learn how to play live blackjack with our easy step-by-step guide. So if you want to learn the basics of playing this live casino game, jump straight into our beginner’s guide to blackjack online.
It’s very common for people who are still learning how to play blackjack online to believe that the aim of the game is to beat the other players sitting at the table. This is not the case!
Your ultimate objective in blackjack is to beat the dealer. There’s more than one way of doing this. For starters, you can draw a hand value that’s higher than the dealer’s. In this game, a natural blackjack - which is a hand value of 21 - is the best scoring hand. But keep in mind that if the dealer also has a natural then you tie the game and retrieve your stake. Another way how to win at blackjack is to bust the dealer. If the dealer’s hand exceeds a value of 21 before your own then the dealer goes bust and the whole table is paid out their winnings.
Did you know? Blackjack is commonly mistaken for the game 21 (Pontoon). Although the objective of the game is uncanny, 21 is played with different table rules than those found in blackjack.
In this game, the dealer plays their own hand, just like any other player at the table. The only difference is that the dealer is restricted by a strict set of rules imposed by the table. All the while, the dealer is also responsible for dealing the cards to the players sitting at the table. Unlike in land-based casinos, live blackjack dealers are not responsible for handling physical chips or paying out bets.
Although the dealer is your rival in this game, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the kind nature of our dealers. Committed to delivering the greatest gaming experience, our dealers enjoy nothing more than a light-hearted conversation, so don’t shy away from the Chat feature on our live blackjack tables!
Above all, our dealers are experts in their field - boasting years of experience in land-based casinos and dedicated academies. As you can see, we hold our dealers to very high standards in order to ensure that your experience in our live casino is nothing short of perfect.
Please, take a seat, we’re just about to get the game started. But first, it’s very important that we discuss the blackjack table layout! Click the ‘SIT HERE’ button to take a seat. In front of you, you’ll notice a translucent patch. This is where you’ll place your chips throughout the course of the game. Around it, you’ll see space to place two additional side bets: Perfect Pairs and 21+3. At the centre of the table, you’ll also notice a few basic blackjack rules. These being:
A standard online blackjack table holds seven players at a time. So you might be wondering what happens if the table is occupied. Our live blackjack tables also offer the Bet Behind feature which allows you to bet on another player’s hand as well as your own. Although this feature is most common among players who are waiting for a seat at the table, you can also Bet Behind while playing your own hand.
What’s more is that while most tables have a minimum bet of ₹500, Bet Behind starts from just ₹100. It’s for this reason that Bet Behind is a good place to get started when you’re still learning how to play blackjack online! As you bet smaller amounts of money on the game, you’ll also be able to pick up some pointers from more experienced players. You may even ask the dealer to recommend a hand to bet on although we can’t guarantee this will result in a winning bet.
Having said that, Bet Behind isn’t restricted to beginners. In fact, Bet Behind is also appreciated by professional players who may want to occupy a wider spread of the table, therefore choosing to bet on all seven seats at a time. But don’t worry! If, for some reason, you don’t want other players to bet on your hand, you can opt out of the feature before the start of each round.
In the 17th century, Miguel de Cervantes’ blackjack was played with a single deck of 52 cards. Since then, numerous variants have come along, some of which are played with up to 8 decks of cards. While single-deck variants make for a cleaner game, multiple decks allow for more possibilities to split your hand.
Did you know that: While most online blackjack tables are played with 6-8 decks, you can get a better idea of how many decks are being used in the information menu located in-game.
Just like your typical card game, live blackjack is played with:
Each suit has an Ace, a King, a Queen, a Jack, and cards ranked 2 to 10. Typically, at the start of each round, the dealer deals every person on the table, as well as themself, two cards. Both your cards are dealt face-up while the dealer keeps one of their cards face down until all the players at the table have played their first move. These cards represent the hand of each player. The value of a hand is calculated as follows:
Therefore, if your hand is made up of a Ten of Spades (10) and an Ace (which in this case can count as an 11), you have a natural. But more often than not - you won’t get so lucky - and you’ll need to play some additional moves to win the round.
Did you know that: A deck of cards is oftentimes compared to a calendar. That’s because each deck has 52 cards, just like the number of weeks in a year. While the 4 suits represent spring, summer, autumn and winter.
If your hand isn’t a natural, then you’ve still got some way to go. Taking into account your hand as well as the dealer’s you must decide whether to: Stand, Hit, Split or Double Down. But what does this all mean and how do you make the right decision?
Stand - If your hand value is very high or you’re concerned about busting, you should probably stand. When you stand, the dealer skips your turn and doesn’t deal you a new card.
Hit - As we’ve mentioned before, you can win at blackjack if your hand value is better than the dealer’s. For this reason you want to get as close to 21 as possible. When you hit, the dealer draws another card which is added to your hand value.
Split - If you have two cards of the same value or two identical cards, you can choose to split your hand. In order to do so, you’ll first have to match your stake. The dealer then hands you two additional cards, one for each hand. This creates two new hands, allowing you to win on both.
Double Down - Think you’ve got something good going on? At any point in the round, you can choose to double your stake and receive one new card. This is called doubling down and is most common on hand values of 9, 10, and 11. In case of a win, this move pays double the initial stake. But careful! Once you double down, you cannot pull a new card for the rest of the game round.
As we’ve explained previously, blackjack is a game of strategy, therefore there’s no need to make your decision at random! In fact, every seasoned player will consult the blackjack basic strategy before making their move.
The blackjack basic strategy is a statistical model which uses theoretical mathematics to guide players to make the most optimal move in every situation - consider the player’s hand as well as the dealer’s. The basic strategy doesn’t guarantee a win but, over time, it lays a solid foundation to minimise your losses and maximise your winnings. You can learn everything there is to know about the subject with our blackjack basic strategy guide.
Before you can start placing any bets at the blackjack table, it’s important to learn how to use blackjack chips. Located at the centre of your screen, you’ll notice that each chip varies in colour. This will help you place your bets more quickly and efficiently once you’ve memorised which value is associated with which colour. Tread carefully though as chip values vary from one provider to another. Typically speaking though, the minimum bet at a live blackjack table is ₹100.
In LeoVegas Live Blackjack, chips are worth the following:
When the betting window is open, the chips will appear on your screen. Click on the chip value of your choice and place the chip inside the translucent patch marking your seat. You may place more than one chip to accumulate your bet.
You’ve proven to be a great student thus far! Now that you know the basics of how to play blackjack online, it’s time you learn the blackjack rules. You may remember some of these from the blackjack table layout.
In blackjack, the dealer must also draw cards to their hand value by hitting or standing. The only difference is that the dealer’s moves are heavily restricted by the blackjack rules. When a table employs the Soft 17 rule, the dealer must hit so long as their hand value is less than 17. Once their hand surpasses 16, the dealer must stand until the end of the game round.
Although you have the option to double down, it’s important to know that, at our tables, doubling down is only allowed on the first two cards dealt to you. Once you double down, and receive your third card, you won’t be able to take any further cards in that hand. Unlike other casinos, we allow our players to double down on any two cards dealt at the beginning of the game round. If you choose to play by the basic strategy, though, you’ll be advised to only double down on cards which are theoretically more likely to increase your payout.
In blackjack, you can choose to split your hand if you have two identical cards or two cards of the same value. This allows you to create two new hands from your initial one. In doing so, you can play two separate games within the same game round. Although most land-based casinos allow their players to re-split the same hand, in online casinos this is not allowed as the tables are smaller than average, allowing less room for players to manage multiple hands.
You may wish to split a hand of two Aces in the hope of drawing a 10-value card. The blackjack rules allow you to draw only one card on each split Ace. If the next card you draw happens to be a K, Q, J or 10, keep in mind that this doesn’t pay a blackjack because your initial hand was not a natural to start with. On the contrary, you’d have a hand value of 21 and this would pay even money.
Another common blackjack rule is the No Double After Split. While most land-based casinos allow their players to double down after having split their hand, this is not very common in blackjack online.
There’s no one fixed way of playing the No-Peek rule in blackjack online. At some tables, you’ll find that a dealer only draws one card for themself at the beginning of each game round. Once everyone at the table has made their initial move, the dealer will draw another card. If the dealer’s hand is a natural, then all the players at the table will lose their stake.
You might also come across a live blackjack table, where the dealer draws one card face up and another one face down for themself. If the dealer’s face-up card is a 10-value card, you’ll be prompted to make your move before the second card is revealed. If, on the other hand, the face-up card is an Ace, the dealer offers everyone insurance before checking for a blackjack.
Unless you’re offered the insurance, you risk losing your entire stake. For this reason, it’s typically not recommended to split or double down when the dealer has a 10-value card or an Ace in hand. Instead, more often than not, the basic strategy suggests to hit.
If the dealer’s face up card is an Ace, you will be offered insurance in case the dealer draws a 10. This insures you from losing your entire stake in case the dealer has a blackjack. You need to pay half your initial stake for insurance but in the case that the dealer does draw a blackjack, you will be paid 2:1. If, on the other hand, the dealer doesn’t draw a ten-value card then the player loses their insurance bet and plays out the rest of the game round.
Standard wins in blackjack are paid 1:1, meaning that you get your stake paid back evenly. In the case that you land a blackjack though, our tables pay 3:2 giving you ₹300 for every ₹200 staked. This is so long as the dealer doesn’t also land a blackjack. In that case, you would get your stake back and win nothing above.
You might be wondering why you should choose to play blackjack in an online casino as opposed to a land-based casino. We could go on about this forever but one main reason for choosing our online blackjack tables is the in-game features.
One of the most unique features in online blackjack is the ability to interact with fellow players and the dealers thanks to the Chat feature. Represented by a speech bubble at either edge of your screen, the live chat makes for a more enjoyable and animated casino experience.
Bet Behind is also ideal for new starters who wish to get a better idea of how the game is played. Bet Behind more seasoned players than yourself to pick up on their techniques. When you enter a table offering Bet Behind, you may notice a yellow star alongside the players’ names. The star indicates the number of consecutive winning hands for each player - helping you decide who would be best to place your bets on.
Another interesting feature in our online blackjack tables is the Pre-Decision feature which makes for a speedier and more engaging game. Pre-Decision lets players decide their move before it’s even their turn, making the game faster and more fluid - sparing little time to waiting. So if you want to get more rounds in your limited spare time, be sure to check out the Pre-Decision feature on our tables!
Congratulations! You’ve finished our beginner’s guide to blackjack online. You’re now well on your way to landing a blackjack! Polish your newly-acquired skills on LeoVegas Blackjack then click the ‘GO LIVE’ button when you’re ready to try the real deal!
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