Live blackjack by casino: for all below games Blackjack pays 3:2 & dealer stands on soft 17
decks: 6, re-shuffle: after 3
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decks: 6, re-shuffle: 75% in
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Multiplayer versus 'one to many' blackjack
An important distinction worth understanding...
Multi-player live blackjack follows the play format that
you're probably familiar with from visits to non-online casinos - ie a 7
seat table with a space for 7 players (plus those 'betting behind'),
each of whom plays their hand in turn. This is probably the most
common form of live blackjack, and our favorite...simply because it's
how the game should be played. With these games a maximum of 7
players can take a seat and play on any given live-streamed table -
consistent with the conventional game.
'One to many' live blackjack takes a different
approach to the deal. Instead of a hand dealt to each player in
turn, a single 'player' hand is dealt. But many players may be
playing this hand dealt by a single dealer... hundreds, maybe even thousands in the case of TV broadcast games like at
Smart Live Casino
(hence the term one-to-many). The deal is altered to allow for players'
different play decisions (hit/stand/double etc) to the effect that the
single deal caters to all players. Not conventional, but
importantly each player still plays their own hand and wins or loses
From an operator perspective 'one to many' blackjack games are
attractive because they don't more dealers and tables to service more
players...one is enough. Because of this, many of these games are
also offered in free
play mode because there is no marginal cost of dealing to additional
A note on counting cards playing live online...
Live online casinos have real dealers dealing real playing cards. It
follows from this that advantage players can easily count live blackjack
games right? Wrong!
Unfortunately the casinos, or rather the game developers who supply
them with games, are wise to the possibility of counting and employ a very
simple counter measure. All advantage players are aware that
regardless of your counting method, (Hi-Lo etc) in order for the count
to be effective, you need to be able to count and play well into the
shoe. To ensure this can't be done, live blackjack re-shuffles will
usually occur around half way through the shoe's deal - not allowing for
sufficient count penetration.
The common policy (indicated above) is cut card insertion
approximately 4 decks into an 8 deck shoe.
There are exceptions to this. You'll note that
insertion policy is 75% into the shoe, although from observation testing
we believe in practice the cut card is usually placed around 60% into