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The wombat says: It’s Blackjack Jim, but not as we know it! Tired of playing against the machine Wombat Fans? Is it time to switch from the wheels of Gamevy Roulette and it’s multi-wheel cousins?
Or do you feel the need to interact with some fellow table game fans while you try your very best to beat the dealer? Then have a crack at NetEnt’s Live Blackjack game. As you can tell by the name, Live Blackjack lets you take on the dealer in real time at a virtual casino table, so take your seats and place your bet, but will you hit or stand? Let’s find out!
Look and Feel
Clear crisp graphics and live cameras that are as unwavering as Donald Trump’s quiff – that’s what you’ll find as you fire up Live Blackjack. There’s also a small chat window that pops up in the corner of your screen, giving you the chance to have a good old natter to any other players at your table, should the fancy take you. Of course, if you are feeling anti-social and simply want to focus on your hand, you can turn it off, too. This game compares well to Extreme Live Gaming Blackjack, especially on mobile. Well, you pays your money and you makes your choice my little Wombat friends.
The rules follow those of your standard Blackjack; the aim of the game is to get as close to 21, if you go over 21 you will go bust and lose the round. If you need to practice, we’d suggest heading to a demo virtual game like Premier Blackjack Multi-Hand as you can only play live blackjack for real money. The dealers don’t work for free you know, you can’t blame them!
At the beginning of each round all the players and the dealer will both be dealt with 2 cards. Each player will then go first (before the dealer) to decide whether to ‘Hit’ and receive another card or to ‘Stand’ and receive no more cards – the dealer will then play their hand. Whoever’s closest to 21 without going over will win the hand. Here’s hoping that it’s this wombat…
There are a couple of house rules in play, too: The dealer must stand at 17 whether it is hard or soft, players can receive 8 cards maximum, and players can Double Down once they have Split their cards, but only one double is allowed per hand.
There is also a bet timer so the game keeps up a decent pace, so keep your eyes on it.
Hit – Press the Hit button and you’ll be dealt another card to your hand.
Stand – Deciding to Stand means you will not receive any more cards and your hand will stay as it is. A good place to be!
Double – After you’ve been dealt your first 2 cards, you’ll have the chance to double your initial bet. Your chips will double, but only one more card will be dealt to you.
Split -If you’re lucky enough to land a hand with 2 cards of the same value, and you can split it, creating 2 separate hands (and therefore 2 separate bets). The same wager amount will be placed again on your newly split hand and the game will continue.
Repeat/Deal – When the round has finished, you’ll be able to repeat exactly same bet as last time.
Rebet – Pressing Rebet at the end of a round will place the same bet as last round, but gives you the chance to increase or decrease your stake.
Simple and efficient gameplay from those wizards at NetEnt; frankly this wombat wouldn’t expect anything less. A great introduction to live table game, Live Blackjack comes highly recommended by us at Wombat Towers.