With live dealer casinos increasingly becoming the preferred choice when playing casino games online, it’s essential that you fully understand all the dynamics surrounding them. That’s why we are here to take you through the ins and outs of the Cherry Casino live blackjack games. We will explain:
·How you can set up an account with us.
·Take you through all the game rules involved in live blackjack.
·Explain in detail the house edge of the live blackjack.
With our in-depth beginner’s guide, you will soon be playing live blackjack like a pro. Enjoy reading it!
Live Blackjack – What Exactly Is It?
There’s no game that draws in players or evokes emotionsand intensity more than live blackjack. With its fast gameplay and reputation for fun, it is one of the simplest yet most entertaining live casino games that you can play in our portfolio. However, just because it’s an easy to learn game doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s easy to master. As a matter of fact, in order to become a master of blackjack, you have to grasp the basics and come up with a workable blackjack strategy.
When you choose to play live blackjack, it will be as close as you will come to a real-life land-based casino experience. Like any of the live dealer games here are Cherry Casino, you’ll be playing against real dealers instead of other players. And the best part about it is that unlike the software-based games, the live blackjack is streamed straight to your devicein real-time. This means that the dealers will be dealing the cards, just as they would be doing at the real-life and based casino.
The game will then proceed as it would at the land-based casino, following all the same blackjack rules. However, the added advantage of the live casino version is the fact that there are several variations of the game.
Before You Can Start Playing Live Blackjack…
You need to have an account with us. While this may appear to some as a big commitment, it’s the best way to keep tabs of your game time, your bankroll and most importantly, your winnings. This enables you to get the most out of the live blackjack experience.
When opening an account, you need to note that we require you to provide a few details about yourself. Such information includes:
·Your email address.
·Your phone number.
·Your current address.
The Dealer & Their Responsibilities
As you play live blackjack, the dealer performs a number of functions during the game. First, he/she is the main point of contact. This means that if you have ANY questions about the game, during play or before the start of the game, you can always ask them. You can do this by using the innovative chat feature located in the settings section. And since the dealer is attending to many other players, they will always respond verbally.
Secondly, the dealer has been tasked with all the responsibilities she would have in a land-based casino. He/she will draw the cards, hit, and call out the winning bets. Whenever it’s your turn to play, you decide what to do with your cards and what bet sizes you want to make on the screen (using the computer-generated setup) and the dealer will respond accordingly. After that, all the game rules are followed as usual.
With that said, it’s about time we dived into blackjack a little deeper. We will look at the overall layout of the game, you main objective, card values, and several in-play moves.
We’ve tried to stay as close as possible to the real-life blackjack game with our live games. By choosing to play live blackjack online, you’ll be facing the dealer. This could be a male or female professional standing behind the blackjack table.
The dealer will perform all the actions that you would expect them to at your brick and mortar casino. They will draw cards from the physical shoe (the box that houses the blackjack cards) and deal them to you. You will also be in a position to view the cards of your fellow players, a factor that you’ll appreciate as it adds the community feel to the game. Between every round, there’s an allotted time during which you are expected to make your bets. Once this time expires, you won’t be allowed to place any bets and the dealer starts drawing cards.
The Main Objective of Live Blackjack
Contrary to popular belief, your main objective as you play live blackjack online isn’t always to reach the number 21. While this is the highest score in the game, and all but assures you of a win, if you play live blackjack trying to score 21 each time, you won’t be winning much.
That said, all you should strive to do is beat the dealer’s hand valuewithout surpassing the 21 mark. Surpassing the 21 mark will see you ‘bust’, which is the term used in live blackjack to imply that you’ve lost the hand.
Live Blackjack Card Values
As you play live blackjack, all the number cards 2–10 retain their face value. Therefore, if you are dealt 2 and 7, for instance, you have a total hand value of 9. However, the face cards – King, Queen, and Jack – are all valued at 10. There’s also an ace in blackjack and how it’s valued depends on your preference. You can opt to value it at 11 or 1 depending on what’s most favourable.
·When you are dealt an ace and a 2, you can opt to value it at 11. This way, you can still hit another card without the risk of busting.
Hard and Soft Hands in Live Blackjack
If you are learning how to play blackjack, there are terms that might slightly confuse you and perhaps amuse you in a way. When you hear of words like ‘hard’ or ‘soft’ hands, you’ll be perplexed, to begin with.
But, interestingly enough, how you proceed to play blackjack depends on the hand you have; and this being so, it critically important for you to make an intelligent move. This move that you make partly depends on whether you have a hard or soft hand.
So what exactly are these two hands?
·A soft hand: The definition for this is pretty straightforward; you have a soft hand when you have an ace, which you can either value as 1 or 11. So, basically, when you have a soft hand, you have a ‘free hand’ in which you can choose how to value it, as well as making the right decision on how to proceed with the gameplay. It goes without saying that the choice of how to proceed should be influenced by the dealer’s face-up cards.
·A hard hand: This is the opposite of a soft hand i.e., a hand with a combination of cards that lacks an ace. With this type of hand, your decisions are pretty much limited to a substantial degree as the odds of exceeding 21 are higher.
Once you’ve acquainted yourself with the card values and the dealer has dealt you with the first two cards, the action (gameplay) begins. These actions are based on a number of in-play options that you decide to take, which are also fundamental to any blackjack strategy. They include:
This is one of the main playing options in live blackjack. Basically, when you decide to hit, you are simply requesting another card from the dealer. This is in a bid to increase the value of your hand. You can hit as many times as you wish, provided you don’t bust.
But when exactly is the right time to hit?
·When you have a hard hand and your hand value is an eight or less.
·When you have a hard hand and your hand value is 13 – 16 but the dealer’s hand is a 2 – 6.
·When you have a soft hand and your hand value is 13 – 15.
·When you have a soft hand and your hand value is 16 – 17 but the dealer’s hand is a 2 – 6.
This is the direct opposite of hitting. When you choose to stand, you are simply declining to take another card as you are comfortable with the current value of your hand. If you happen to have a natural (a 10-value card and an ace), this is the best option. Otherwise, you can stand in any of these two scenarios.
·On a hard hand, stand if you have a 17-21.
·On a soft hand, stand if you have a 19-21.
Splitting a pair could seem to be a risky move, especially because you are splitting your bet for an unknown outcome. However, knowing the right time to split a pair is what differentiates a blackjack pro from an amateur or average player. If you really want to make some money playing live blackjack, you will have to split the pair at some point.
So when is the right time to split a pair and make some money from the house?
1. Splitting eights and aces is an easy thing to do. In fact, aces are very strong and splitting them increases your odds of defeating the dealer. On the other hand, 16 is a somewhat weak hand. Splitting it gives you a better shot at winning.
2. You should always split face cards.
3. Likewise, you should not split low-value cards. There is no point as you’ll be playing bad hands.
As you play live blackjack, the idea of doubling down is like dynamite. When used correctly, you can easily uncover a vein of gold. In live blackjack, when you choose to double down, you are simply willing to take an extra card, double your bet and stand after that. As you play live blackjack, there are several instances when this is the best course of action.
If you are holding a 10 or 11, you should double down. Additionally, if you have a low value card or an ace, while the dealer’s hand is a six or five, doubling down is the perfect play. It goes without saying that every time you put more money on the table, you are increasing the stakes.
Doubling down is the best way to go if an aggressive blackjack strategy appeals to you. If you suspect the dealer’s hand is weak, then it is time to lock in the target – and double down.
There are several online casinos that allow you to take an insurance bet, which is ONLY available if the first card dealt to the dealer is an ace. With this, you are basically betting that the dealer’s next card will be a 10-value card, which will result in a natural blackjack.
*In blackjack, a natural or blackjack simply refers to a situation where the first two cards dealt to either the player or the dealer results into a hand value of 21.
There are several online casinos that accept the surrender option. This is a situation whereby you have a bad hand on the first two cards, which forces you to forfeit your bet. In such a situation, the casino will refund half of your stake.
There’s also the late surrender option. This takes place after the dealer has peaked at his hole card and realized that he/she doesn’t have a blackjack. You’ll then be offered with the chance to surrender.
Dealer Rules While Playing Live Blackjack
How you play your hand is up to you. So whether it’s a winning strategy or not, decisions made are 100% your choice. However, it is not the same case for the dealer. He/she is obliged to abide by certain house rules. And one of the main concerns among players is what the dealer has to do when the hand totals 17.
At most of the online casinos, the dealer is required to stand on 17 and hit on 16 or below. This gives you an advantage. However, there are online casinos that insist on the dealer hitting on a hand of soft 17. Consequently, this increases the house edge and becomes less beneficial to you.
How Are Blackjack Payouts Determined?
So, you are done with your gameplay and it’s time to determine whether your hand is a winner or not. How does the casino do this? Below are several expected outcomes as you play live blackjack.
1.If the value of the first two cards dealt to you result in a 21, you automatically win regardless of the dealer’s hand. The payout for this case is 3:2 in many blackjack variants.
2.If you’ve beaten the dealer’s hand without going over the 21 mark, you are a winner and the casino pays out at odds of 1:1.
3.If your hand value is the same as that of the dealers, the result is a tie/draw. The casino will fully refund your stake.
4.However, if your hand value is more than 21, then you lose, regardless of the dealer’s hand value. It’s therefore important that you strive at all times to avoid going past the 21 mark if you wish to win as you play blackjack.
Casino House Edge and Why It’s Important
The ‘House Edge,’ sometimes referred to as the ‘House Advantage’ is a relatively simple and straightforward concept. Each time you are playing against the casino, every game is usually weighted in the house’s (casino) favour. This is how the casino generates its income.
The house edge is normally conveyed as a percentage, which signifies the amount of cash that you are expected to lose over a given period of time. While short term wins are likely, over an extended period, you are statistically bound to lose more than you win.
In the table below, we’ve highlighted the house edge of some of the popular online casino table games:
The House Edge
0.28% - 0.60%
American roulette has the highest house edge at the casinos, which stands at a rough figure of 5.7%. This means that for every €1 you stake, you are likely to lose €0.057. Over a short period of play, this may not be the case, as you could easily end up winning up to €100 from a single spin. However, after you’ve staked €10,000+ over many hands, statistics indicate that you are more likely to lose than win.
Furthermore, it’s evident that blackjack offers the lowest house edge. The expected loss after a given period of time is about 50 cents for every €100 wagered – which is much less than the other games. This low house edge is as a result of fewer variables in the game that influence the result of the game.
*Normally, the less you are in control of the outcome of the game, the higher the house edge.
The House Edge In Blackjack
Each blackjack game has a different house edge. And the house edge in each game is influenced by a number of factors. For instance, the number of decks being used, whether the dealer has to stand on 17 or whether you can split your aces (being in a position to hit on split aces lowers the house edge by 0.16%).
The one - and only advantage – that the dealers have is that they only reveal one card whilst you’ll reveal two.
Since live blackjack is weighted less towards the online casino, you can use this to shift the odds further to favour you. The mere fact that you can shift the odds to favour you if proof that blackjack can be a profitable game. As such, it has become a game favoured by pro gamblers.
All in all, a general rule of the thumb is to avoid a game that uses more decks during gameplay. This is because the more the decks being used, the higher the house advantage.
Fun Facts about Live Blackjack
Despite blackjack having a massive following, there are plenty of things about the game that are relatively unknown to players. For instance, do you know that for 100 games played at the table, you are only expected to win 44 while the dealer is expected to win 48?
The mathematical edge in live blackjack has to do with the order of play, and apparently trivial information such as this is the reason why blackjack is widely adopted. And if you find this fun fact interesting, here are five other facts that we are sure you’ll find even more interesting.
The Power of Five
As you play live blackjack, every card is valued differently, which impacts the game’s results directly. In card counting strategies, you should look for decks filled with high cards, as they increase your odds of winning. On the flip side, low value cards benefit the house and no card impacts on your odds of winning more than five cards. By eliminating the five (5) cards, your odds of winning the hand increases by 0.64%. This is a much bigger advantage than it appears!
While having a perfect 21 is undoubtedly the best hand you can play, and 20 is the 2nd best, you might be shocked to know that, statistically, the 3rd best-ranked hand in live blackjack is 11. When you are dealt an 11, you’ll need a 10 in order to complete your win. This is the reason why this hand is favourable.
The Worst Hand
While 11 is the best card that you can have in live blackjack, the worst hand is a 16, followed closely by a 15. These statistics are greatly linked with the dreaded five valued cards. Stand or hit? Statistically, your average dealer has a hand that is slightly better than an 18. Therefore, a lucky hit is normally the ideal option.
Blackjack Has Its Origins In France
The origins of blackjack were in France, way back in the 1700s. During those days, the game was referred to as ‘vingt-et-un’, which roughly translates to twenty-and-one. This is why the proper name to refer to the game is 21, though blackjack caught on as slang in the early 1900s.
Five Card Charlie (Five Card Trick)
In some blackjack games, if you manage to draw five cards without going bust, you’ll get paid a 1:1 payout. This payout is regardless of the value of your cards or if the dealer’s hand is stronger than yours. You will only lose if the dealer’s hand is blackjack.
Go Ahead and Play Blackjack At Cherry Casino
Blackjack is a game of statistics, so you should always keep this in mind; taking insurance is one of the worst moves that you can make. Stick to your bet and hope for any other outcome besides the dealer’s blackjack.
Given that you know everything there is to know about blackjack, you are set to start playing the world’s most popular online casino game. Cross your fingers and hope to land a blackjack, but don’t feel bad if an 11 or a 20 shows up. With a little bit of luck, your chances of being a winner are better in any case!
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