Basic Live Blackjack Rules and Betting Limits
The basic principle of Live Blackjack is no different to other variants of the game. It is to get a higher total than the dealer without going over 21. Games are generally played with six to eight decks of 52 cards.
While in the online world a Random Number Generator (RNG) determines which cards are played, in a live casino scenario the cards are shuffled either manually or by machine.
- Aces count as either 1 or 11 depending which is most useful.
- Kings, Queens and Jacks count as 10.
- Number cards 2-10 retain their face value.
- The different suits don’t matter.
If your cards add up to more than 21 you are ‘bust’ regardless of the dealer’s hand. If the dealer is bust you win the hand. The cards are shuffled after each game.
How to Play Live Blackjack
There are two seating options at most casinos. Seven seat Live Blackjack, where you take your own seat with six other players and the less popular Unlimited Live Blackjack which is one hand played by a larger number of different players.
At the start of each game the player places a bet on the table. The dealer will then deal two face up cards to players and one face up and one face down for himself (There are some exceptions to this).
At this stage the players make the decision, based on the value of the hand, about how they want to proceed in the game. Players can hit to receive another card or stand if they are satisfied with what they have. At this point a number of other strategies can be brought into play.
Blackjack, which cannot be beaten, is achieved when the player or dealer receives an ace and a 10 value card.