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Play Blackjack like never before with Sky Vegas – live. Playing one of the World’s most popular card games inside the Live Casino lobby offers players the ultimate gaming experience. Not only can you watch events unfold right before your very eyes, just like in a real casino, but you can also chat to dealers and fellow players as the action unfolds... just like in a real casino. 

Live Blackjack online connects you to the casino world at the click of a button. This is VIP treatment in the comfort of your own home. There’s no downloading involved so you can start playing as soon as you’re ready. Simply log into your Sky Vegas account, select the live dealer Blackjack table with the betting limits to suit you, and join in the fun! 

Remember there is a choice of blackjack tables available, each one bossed by our gorgeous dealers. They can help you through the rules of the game if you become a little unstuck, and all bear a physical shoe of cards to get each game ticking along nicely

There are also some additional in-game features to help players with their betting and avoid the bust. You can learn more about these additional features in the how to play section below. 

Live Blackjack is an experience in itself, and one not to be missed. So make a stand, take a hit and aim for the magic 21 mark! 

 

 

How to play

 

The object is to achieve a higher card count than the croupier without exceeding a count of 21.

The Play

Bets are placed on the blackjack table in the rectangle immediately in front of you. Each bet must be made in accordance with the minimum and maximum table limits, which vary from table to table. Players must place and confirm their bets before the end of the betting period, which ends when the croupier announces "No more bets."

Beginning on the croupier's left, a card is dealt face up to each player in turn with the croupier being last in rotation. A second card is then dealt in the same manner, face up to each player; the croupier also gets a second card but it's dealt face down. Once all initial cards are dealt, each player gets a turn to improve their counts.

The order of the turns is the same as the order the cards were dealt. During your turn, you have the option of standing or hitting (drawing) one or more cards to improve your count. Once you stand, your turn is over.

If you exceed a count of 21, this is called a bust, and you lose your bet immediately; otherwise, your bet remains unresolved. If your initial count (with two cards) is 21, this is called blackjack. You are not allowed to draw (hit on) blackjack. If there is no possibility that the croupier also has blackjack (that is, the croupier's card is neither a face card, a Ten, nor an Ace), then you win your bet immediately upon the start of your turn, and your bet is paid at 3 to 2.

If there is a possibility that the croupier also has blackjack, the resolution of your bet is delayed until the croupier's final count is established. After all players have had a turn, the croupier turns their second card face up, then stands or draws as appropriate, according to the house strategy. If the croupier exceeds a count of 21, she busts, and all unresolved bets are winners. If she stands without busting, each player's count is then compared to the croupier's. If your count is closer to 21 than the croupier's, you win. If the croupier's is closer, you lose.

If you and the croupier tie, the bet is a push (or standoff), which means you neither win your bet nor lose it. Once all bets have been resolved, the croupier announces the beginning of the next betting period.

The Cards

Face cards (Jacks, Queens, and Kings) are worth 10, while Aces are worth 1 or 11. After a player has stood, a hand containing one or more Aces is considered to be at its highest possible value without exceeding 21.

Player Options

After the first two cards are dealt, each player gets an opportunity to improve their counts. They may also alter their wagers in the following ways:

Splitting - Pairs, two cards of equal rank (e.g if the hand contains two Kings, or two Ten cards), may be split into two separate hands, each with a bet equal to the original bet amount. If you split your hand, the first subhand is dealt a second card, and you are permitted to stand or hit one or more cards to improve the count. Once you stand on your first subhand, your second subhand is dealt a second card, and you are then permitted to stand or hit on that hand. Split Aces are an exceptional case. When you split a pair of Aces, each subhand receives exactly one additional card with no option to hit. Further, a count of 21 with the two cards in a subhand of split Aces is not considered a Blackjack, and will lose to a croupier's Blackjack. Subhands may not be resplit.

Please note you are unable to split if you have two different ranked cards of the same value e.g. a King and a Ten, the cards held must be of the same rank.

Doubling - After the first two cards are dealt, you have the option to double down, which means you wager an additional amount equal to your original bet and receive exactly one more card on that hand.

Insurance - If the croupier's up card is an Ace, you may obtain insurance, which is a wager of a sum equal to one half of your original bet. If the croupier draws a Blackjack, the insurance pays two to one. If the croupier fails to draw a Blackjack, you lose your insurance. You may obtain insurance even if you have blackjack.

The House Strategy - Unlike the players, the house has no choice in whether it hits or stands on its hand. The house must:

• Hit on a count of 16 or less

• Stand on a soft 17

• Stand on a hard 17 or more

A soft hand is a hand in which an Ace may be counted as either 1 or 11 without the count exceeding 21. A hard hand is a hand in which all Aces may only be counted as 1 each to avoid the count exceeding 21.

Bet Behind

Should a table be full or you prefer to bet on another player’s action then bet behind functionality is also available. You can choose to bet on any already occupied seat however bet behind functionality will not be available to already seated players, and players betting behind will be unable to take a seat and bet behind at the same time in phase 1. Players will be able to make all bets up to the launch of the ‘no more bets’ message and bets will be automatically sent for players.

There is no limit for the number of players that can bet on any particular seat but in bet behind rules the seated player only makes all the decisions except insurance. Insurance will be offered to all players including bet behind players.

The player betting behind must also decide what the system should do in all game decision situations via a message that appears when the player makes their first bet. The player is informed ‘If the player you bet behind on decides to split or double down your bets will be doubled’. The player can decide to not double their bets in this situation should they choose. The player will not be asked this again during the session. If the player leaves the game and then returns, thereby starting a new session, the player will have the message displayed again and the result will be recorded for the new session.

Payouts

Blackjack, a two-card 21 not arising on a split, is paid at three to two as long as the croupier does not also have Blackjack. If both you and the croupier have Blackjack, the bet is a push. Blackjack beats any three-or-more-card 21. All other winning bets are paid at one to one. A croupier/player tie is a push, and neither wins nor loses. You bust and lose your bet with a card count exceeding 21.

Sound problems

If you have sound problems with the Live Dealers games, you may want to make the following adjustment within your Control Panel:

Go to 'Control Pannel'

Click 'Sounds and Audio Devices'

On the Speaker settings area of the Volume tab go to ‘Advanced'

Use the Speaker setup drop-down menu and choose 'No Speakers'

Click 'Ok'

If you have speakers attached, you may have to adjust to the relevant setting for your speakers.

Rules

Should you get disconnected during play we strongly recommend that on reconnection you re-launch the game and ensure any outstanding transactions are completed.  Sky Vegas checks periodically and where incomplete transactions are found those games are terminated and any monies owed are returned to the player.

The game can be cancelled:

    If the dealer made a mistake and it does affect the game result

    If a software issue takes place and it can not be resolved

    If the bets are accepted and the game delayed for more than 5 minutes due to dealer or due to hardware issue.

    If connection was lost for 5 minutes. 

This game is regulated by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission. The theoretical average return to player (RTP) is 99.44%. This RTP represents the long-term expected payback of the game which has been calculated by an independent testing company in accordance with AGCC regulations.

Malfunction voids all pays & plays.

 

 

Responsible Gambling

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Payment Methods

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