New Zealand’s Finest Live Dealer Blackjack
New Zealand has several superb online casinos offering real-life games of 21, so claiming to offer the very best of them might seem quite audacious. We, however, prefer to think of it as well-placed confidence!
Like all our entertainments of this nature, our live casino Blackjack games are powered by incomparable Evolution Gaming software. Established in 2006 and widely recognised as the most advanced in the world, this company brings fresh innovation and years of experience together.
Get great advice and witty banter from the expertly trained dealers, who work in elegant settings that will make you feel as if you’re sitting at a real-life table, no matter where you happen to be when you play. Plenty of special features will enhance your game even more!
Playing Our Live Dealer Blackjack Games
Our live games of 21 follow the same rules as their conventional online counterparts. The main difference, aside from the immersive quality of real-life dealer action, is the pace of play. Since in simulated games the cards do not actually need to be gathered up, shuffled and dealt, they can proceed much faster.
You play our live games with 8 decks of 52 cards, and the aim is always to build a hand total of 21 without going any higher than that number, or preferably 21 on the dot. Number cards are worth their pip value and royal cards are all worth 10. Depending on the rest of the hand and what works best, aces count for 11 or 1.
Place Your Bets
To start with, you place your bet and then get dealt 2 cards. The dealer also gets 2, and you can see both your cards and one of the dealer’s which faces up. Using this information and nothing else, you need to decide on what your next move will be.
You can’t control the cards that you are dealt, but you do get to choose what you want to do in reaction to them. This blend of chance and strategy is absolutely intoxicating, and is what has made Blackjack so irresistible to so many people. You can Hit and get dealt another card; Double Down and double your bet while you get another card; Split a pair of same-value cards into 2 new hands and get an additional card to each hand, and Stand to end your turn when you are happy with your cards.
When everyone is Standing, all cards are revealed. You win an incredible 3:2 return if you get a face and ace combination, known as Blackjack, and a 1:1 payout if your total is less than 21 but more than the dealer’s or less than 21 when the dealer’s is more.
Special Features Make Playing Better
To enhance your game even more, our live games offer side bets that run independently of the main game and a social Blackjack Party option that make playing even more fun. The Pre-Decision feature allows every player to make their move at the same time to make playing go faster, and if you’re waiting for a seat you can use the Bet Behind feature.
Betting Behind means you can put money on any active player, and keep your head in the game as you wait for your turn or observe and learn strategy if you’re not ready to play yourself. Everything is better with live action options.