Live Blackjack Games
What is Live Blackjack?
Take a classic casino game, add a professional ‘human’ dealer and stream it all to your chosen desktop computer, laptop or mobile device. That, in a nutshell, is live blackjack, a thoroughly modern take on your favourite table game.
The rules are the same as you’d find in a land-based casino or in Paddy Power’s ‘standard’ version of the game, and the only difference is that a friendly dealer, with whom you can interact, is on hand to dish out the cards and thrust upon you any winnings that you might pick up.
It’s a fun way you to enjoy the excitement of blackjack in an immersive environment without having to peel yourself out of the armchair.
How do Live Blackjack Games work?
In theory and in practice, live dealer blackjack games work the same as any other form of blackjack. As ever, the idea is to get a score of 21, or as close as possible, with your cards, beating the dealer and claiming the spoils.
So, all you need to do is place your bets, wait for the dealer to hand you your cards and then play on as normal. Are you going to hit, stand or double down?
If you bust, not to worry: you may have lost the battle, but that doesn’t mean you’ve lost the war. If you score 21 or close to it, the dealer will reveal their cards and play out their hand in the fashion they have been taught; you win some, you lose some.
And, so, really, this is the same old blackjack you know and love, simply brought to life in a live environment online.
What is the difference between Live Blackjack and Online Blackjack?
To the purist, there is only one difference: the presence of a professional dealer to keep the action flowing.
With live casino blackjack, there is a happy combination of verbal interaction and on-screen instructions, and so you can place your bets and say hit, stand etc out loud as if you were in the casino itself. Alternatively, if you are feeling anti-social, you can just use the on-screen buttons to play the game.
And that is the only difference between online blackjack and live dealer blackjack; the power is in your hands.
What is the difference between Live Blackjack and a traditional casino blackjack?
One allows you to play your favourite blackjack games while wearing your ugly pants with the suspect holes in them, while the other, well, requires to look presentable.
Blackjack live can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home as and when you please, and on the go too if you play via a smartphone or tablet. It’s blackjack without restrictions; there are no closing times, no dress codes and, presumably, no queues for the bathroom.
The action is streamed directly to your device in supreme HD quality too, so you will feel like you are there in the room with the dealer (sort of).
Play Live Blackjack with Paddy Power Games
We’re not shy of live dealer blackjack games here at Paddy Power and, indeed, you will find an impressive number of tables available throughout the day.
All budgets are catered for as well so, whether you’re on a tighter bankroll or consider yourself a high roller, you will find a table to suit.
Some of our tables have a continental theme too, so you can take your seat at Tokyo Blackjack, Paris Blackjack, Miami Blackjack and many more.
At the time of writing, Clacton-on-Sea Blackjack is still a work in progress…
You can also benefit from a number of interactive tools, including hand histories and stats, to help you improve your understanding of the game and perhaps enhance that all-important win percentage.
How to play Live Blackjack for Real Money
Did you know you can play blackjack for real money at Paddy Power? If you want to try to win some cash prizes, select your favourite game from our lobby. You’ll see how many seats are available at each table displayed on the thumbnail image, as well as the buy-in limits, which tend to range from $5 to $2500.
How to get started with Live Blackjack
Once you have selected your preferred live blackjack games, then the good times can roll… You will be taken to the game screen, where your friendly dealer will welcome you with a warm smile and a courteous greeting.
Then, let the battle commence!
How to bet in Live Blackjack
It’s the first decision you will make while playing live blackjack UK: how much you want to bet.
When you have decided, select the requisite amount using the on-screen controls. Once you are satisfied, the cards will be dealt and the excitement ratchets up a few notches. You will have further betting options as the game unfolds: hit, stand and double down, and of course you can split a pair too.
Once all players and the dealer have finished their hands, winning bets are satisfied and lost stakes taken.
Live Blackjack Side Bets
Depending on which variation of live dealer blackjack you have selected, you may have the opportunity to place a number of side bets away from the main action.
One example is 21+3, where you can wager on the outcome of your two cards and the dealer’s upturned card. The object is to make a strong three-card hand, with payouts ranging from 5:1 for a flush to 100:1 for a suited three-of-a-kind.
Other examples of live blackjack side bets include Royal Match (your two cards are ‘faces’ and suited), Over/Under 13 (the sum of your two cars) and Insurance, where you will be paid 2:1 if the dealer lands a blackjack.
Live Blackjack Rules, Strategy and Odds
For more on the rules and tactics of live blackjack, you can always read the strategy guides we have produced here at Paddy Power Towers.
The object, as ever, is to hit 21 with two or more cards. Blackjack (an ace and a ten or picture card) is the granddaddy of them all, and you can also score 21 points – or as close to it as possible – by hitting (the dealer hands you a card from the pack), splitting a pair and playing two hands or, most thrillingly, by doubling down: here, you double your bet amount in exchange for one more card.
The dealer also has a hand and they too are looking to get to 21 or as near as possible, and the player that does so – without ‘going bust’ by drawing 22 or more – wins the pot.
Remember, the house has a small edge in live dealer blackjack but, if you play sensibly and using a disciplined strategy, you can chip into this advantage. For reference, in the standard game, the dealer will win 48% of hands, the player 44% and 8% end in a ‘draw’. But that doesn’t mean in any given session you can’t turn the tables on the dealer!
Playing Live Blackjack on Mobile vs. Desktop
So, what are the advantages of choosing to play live blackjack on your mobile? The main one, of course, is that you can play anywhere, any time.
And the fantastic technical capabilities of modern handsets ensure that the HD quality that the action is streamed in really is top drawer.
To cap it all off, you can play via a mobile browser or via the dedicated Paddy Power app, which streamlines your experience somewhat.
Mind you, there’s a strong case to be made for enjoying live blackjack games on your desktop computer too. You get a bigger screen to work with, after all, and so you can enjoy the Paddy Power Games in glorious technicolour.
On desktop, you’ll never have to worry about your battery running out either or face the fear of your blackjack gaming being interrupted by a call from your Aunty Wendy, who rings to tell you that your cousin Conor has just passed his Grade 2 swimming badge just as you landed the perfect 21 hand.
How to choose Live Blackjack games in your budget
We’re generous souls here at Paddy Power, and that’s why we have made sure we have live blackjack games for players of all budgets to enjoy.
When you head to the game lobby, you will see the buy-in amounts, both minimum and maximum, displayed in green on the image of each game.
That way, you can make a more informed decision about which table you want to be seated at; a real help if you have a smaller budget at your disposal.
Play Live Blackjack for Fun and for Real Money
Some Paddy Power Games players love the thrill of the chase in real money blackjack live games, whereas, for others, simply beating the dealer in a fun, no risk game is satisfying enough.
Here at Paddy Power we embrace difference, and that’s why we welcome all players to our casino with real money and demo games readily available.
It’s your gaming time, so you choose how to play.