Live Blackjack Ontario

Blackjack is among the most popular classic casino games at Jackpot City, and live dealer blackjack is the latest, most fun way to play. Read this page for live blackjack rules and strategy tips, and find out how to get started.

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Why Play Live Blackjack?

Jackpot City’s virtual blackjack tables already offer great entertainment value, so why play live blackjack online for real money? Here are five good reasons:

  • Real casino atmosphere: Live blackjack dealers are true professionals who run real tables and deal out real cards in their own individual styles.
  • Interactive live-streaming technology: Catch all the action in HD quality in real time while you chat live with fellow players.
  • Play-enhancing features: Unique live blackjack features like Pre-Decision and Deal Now make for faster, sharper, more strategic play. Additional features like detailed statistics and multi-hand mode enrich the gaming experience.
  • Real-money blackjack bets: Advanced options include double downs, split bets, and insurance. Betting limits range from low-budget to high-roller, so you can pick a table to suit your bankroll
  • Top-tier live blackjack titles: Players can enjoy premium live blackjack content from leading developers. Examples include ONE Blackjack by Pragmatic Play and Live Exclusive Blackjack by On Air Entertainment.
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How to Play Live Blackjack with Live Dealers

Live casino blackjack rules are exactly the same as you would expect from in-person blackjack and virtual blackjack online. The game starts with a betting period (typically 15 seconds), after which all players receive two cards, and the dealer deals themselves two cards, one face-up and one face-down hole card. Players then try to build a hand with a value as close to 21 as possible. Numbered cards are worth face value, face cards are worth 10, and aces can count as 1 or 11 (player’s choice).

Players can hit (ask for more cards) or they can stand pat. Once all player actions are complete, the dealer turns their down-card face up. Based on their hand value, the dealer either hits or stands. Hand values are then compared. Any player or dealer with a hand value worth more than 21 goes bust and loses. Players who score higher than the dealer without going over 21 win their bets.

Live Blackjack Rule Variations

The basic rules of live dealer blackjack are common to all variations, but there can be slight differences when it comes to the more advanced rules:

  • Blackjack Payouts: The traditional payout for blackjack is 3:2, but some blackjack tables pay out 6:5, so be sure to check.
  • Dealer Rules: It’s important to know what hand values your live blackjack dealer has to draw to and stand on. For example, in ONE Blackjack and Live Exclusive Blackjack, the dealer must draw to a value of 16 and stand on all 17s, soft or hard. This is more player-friendly than variants where the dealer only stands on a hard 17.
  • Double Down: A double-down bet is when a player doubles their bet, asks for one extra card, and stands. This usually happens when they’re dealt a very good hand. Some blackjack variations will have limitations around doubling down.
  • Insurance: If the dealer’s up-card is an ace, they’ll offer Insurance. If you accept and the dealer has blackjack, your insurance bet is paid out 2:1, which recoups your main bet and insurance bet.
  • Side Bets: Different live blackjack variants offer different side bets, such as Perfect Pairs, 21+3, Bust Bonus, and Crazy 7. Some variants offer more side bets than others.
  • Six Card Charlie: Some live blackjack variants apply the Six Card Charlie rule – if you end up with six cards in your hand and don’t go bust, you win, regardless of the dealer’s hand value.
  • Split Bet: A split bet is when you split two like cards into two hands, each with their own bet, and play them separately. Every blackjack variant has specific rules around splitting (eg. no doubling down on split hands).
  • Surrender: If you think the dealer has blackjack, you can surrender, meaning you leave the game but only lose half your bet.

Live Blackjack Strategies & Features

Live dealer blackjack games typically come with a range of play-enhancing tools that you can incorporate into your personal blackjack strategy:

  • Autoplay/Rebet: This button allows you to set the same bet size repeatedly or for a specific number of hands.
  • Bet Behind: This feature allows you to back another player at the table while you wait for a seat.
  • Deal Now: Click the Deal Now button to tell the dealer that you’re ready for your next card before the close of betting time.
  • History and Stats: This function allows you to track the hand history at the table. This can potentially reveal useful insights into other players’ patterns.
  • Multi-Seat Mode: Some live blackjack tables allow players to play several hands at once.
  • Pre-Decision: Select your next action before it’s your turn to act. This speeds up the game a great deal, but be careful – you can’t undo your decision once it’s made.
  • Timer: Use this function to calculate your hourly win-rate or loss-rate so you can see when you hit your loss limit or win target.
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Live Blackjack Lingo

New to live dealer blackjack? Here are some handy terms to help you keep up with the table talk:

  • Anchorman: The last player to act.
  • Blackjack: When a player is dealt a natural 21 (a 10 or face card plus an ace).
  • Dealer: The casino employee who deals the cards and runs the table.
  • First Baseman: The first player to act.
  • Hard Hand: A blackjack hand that does not contain an ace or where the ace counts as 1. For example, a hard 17 could consist of a 9 and an 8 or a pair of 8s and an ace.
  • Head-to-Head: Playing blackjack one-on-one against the dealer.
  • Hole Card: The dealer’s down-card, revealed once all players have acted.
  • Push: When a player ties with the dealer – there’s no winner or loser.
  • Soft Hand: A blackjack hand that contains an ace that count as either 1 or 11 without the hand going over 21. For example, a soft 17 could consist of an ace and a 6 is a soft 17, as the ace can count as either 1 or 11 without the hand going over 21.
  • Up-card: The dealer's face-up card that everyone can see.

Live Blackjack on Mobile

All of the live casino games at Jackpot City Ontario are fully optimised for mobile, so you can live stream roulette or play live blackjack for real money any time, anywhere, just as long as you’re physically playing in the state of Ontario. The live stream adapts automatically to your mobile, so you can enjoy top-tier live blackjack action on any device.

To connect with a live blackjack dealer on mobile, all you have to do is sign up to Jackpot City, click Live Casino in the lobby, and join a table. You can enjoy real-time live blackjack action streamed directly to your mobile browser or download the Jackpot City casino app for Android or iPhone.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Live Blackjack

What is live dealer blackjack?

Live blackjack is real-money blackjack played online in real time with a professional dealer at a blackjack table in a casino studio. The action is streamed live to players’ devices in HD quality as players place their bets and hit, stand, double down, and split as they try to beat the dealer to 21.

Is live blackjack real?

Yes, online live blackjack is totally real. Live blackjack dealers are living, breathing professionals who take bets and deal out real cards at authentic blackjack tables. Winning bets are paid out in real money, just the same as at physical blackjack casino tables.

How do you play live dealer blackjack?

To play live dealer blackjack, you need to sign up at an online casino like Jackpot City, deposit money, and join a live blackjack table. When it comes to gameplay, live casino blackjack rules are exactly the same as you’d expect to find at a blackjack table in a physical casino. Players place real-money bets and try to beat the dealer to 21.

Can live blackjack dealers see you?

Live blackjack dealers are visible to players, but not the other way around. Dealers use a special interface that provides them with the information they need to run the game. If you want to, you can interact with the dealer (and other players) via the live chat function.
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