Blackjack’s popularity in land-based casinos has always meant that the demand to play live dealer blackjack online was going to be high.
Fortunately, that demand has now been well and truly satisfied thanks to software providers such as Playtech, Microgaming and Evolution Gaming. They have invested hundreds of thousands of pounds into technology and facilities and so good is their work that any casino worth its salt now has some form of live blackjack game.
First of all there’s the technology, with blackjack being able to be viewed in real time, online, through a live stream. But the main benefit of live blackjack is, of course, how similar it is to playing blackjack in a real casino. This feeling is what draws most players in and is bound to continue to do so as live online blackjack games become more and more technologically advanced.
We obviously can’t fail to mention one of our favourite aspects and that is the dealers themselves. There’s certainly a distinct lack of male dealers which, if we’re honest, doesn’t matter. The bulk of the studios are based in either Latvia, the Philippines or the UK and are hosted by (usually attractive) young ladies.
Players can chat to each other as well as communicate with the dealer. It’s certainly a thrill when you first sit down and play live blackjack in full screen mode – there’s simply nothing like it online at the moment.
You may think there aren’t many ways that a game of live blackjack can vary, but you would be wrong.
To begin with, UK online casinos will often provide European and Asian live blackjack games. Essentially, the only difference between these variations is the dealer and where the studio is based.
There are versions of the game which are even named after where the dealer is based such as London Blackjack where the dealers are, obviously, in London.
But the dealers aren’t the only difference between live online blackjack variations. The number of decks and betting limits can also change as well as how regularly the cards are shuffled. The latter occurs quite frequently and discounts any thoughts you may have on card counting. While shuffling won’t have much of an effect on live blackjack beginners, for some players this can be quite important so be sure to check out the specifics of the game before you play.
Lastly, another common variable is the number of players that are allowed to join each table. The obvious main effect of this is the speed of the game as more players means that it will take longer to get through a hand.
There are only a limited number of live dealer software providers that are used by the online casinos that we feature here at Jackpot.co.uk. More about the providers themselves can be found on the Live Dealer Software page.
But to find a specific live blackjack game to suit you, look no further. Below we’ve listed the best live blackjack games that you can find in an online casino and all of the aspects that you need to know about them.