NetEnt Live Blackjack has developed into a cracking game, with lots of game variations and studio types to please most players.
The basic game is played with eight decks, dealt from a manual dealing shoe, and played to European Rules. All tables have the option of the common blackjack side bets of Pairs and 21+3.
The one constant across all of the tables and studios is the friendliness of the dealers and the intimate playing experience you get.
That coupled with great use of technology, NetEnt Live Blackjack is one of the best games around.
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Netent Live Blackjack has more tables and playing options than any of the other NetEnt Live Games.
However, they do share a common set of technologies which see the tables presented in four ways:
There are three versions of live blackjack by Netent.
Regardless of the presentation type or studio, these are the three core blackjack games.
Let’s take a close look at each.
The more traditional way of providing blackjack and virtually identical to the game you get in land-based casinos.
Blitz Blackjack is sometimes referred to as Unlimited Blackjack or Common Draw.
Perfect Blackjack is a three-seat one to many game that’s played to perfect basic strategy.
Following the betting round the player takes no further part in the game as each hand is played out by the dealer.
The basic rules of Netent Live Blackjack are the same across all versions of the game.
Blackjack side bets are available as an optional extra for Operators. There’s two available:
Netent Live Blackjack is available on Mobile and PC.
The tables can be accessed through two lobbies. The full-screen lobby is available at most casinos when you enter the live casino.
If you arrive directly at a table there is a mini lobby that is accessed in the top right-hand corner of the screen.
The playing interface has all of the options you’d expect to control your playing experience.
I find the default settings are generally ok, although I do switch off the sounds occasionally.
Full-Screen mode – Displays the interface in Full Screen.
Volume – On/Off.
Player Information – Brings up a panel that gives links to the Games rules and Game History which open in a separate window.
Only manual dealing shoes are used and shuffles are either performed manually at the table or using a shuffling machine.
NetEnt used to use the Shufflemaster dealing shoes, but thankfully these have been consigned to the dustbin, as players just didn’t like them.
The manual shoes are just boxes that hold the cards that have been shuffled by the dealer at the table. A cut card is introduced about 3/4 of the way through the deck and when that is dealt the shoe is changed for a new one.
If you get logged out or lose your connection and have already made a bet, your hand will stand. You’ll be paid if your hand wins.
The published RTP for Netent Live Blackjack is 99.50%, which is within the acceptable limits for an online live dealer blackjack.
I really like what NetEnt has done with the development of their live blackjack. The three-game options allow beginners, the less experienced and experienced players to enjoy playing blackjack. There truly is something for everyone.
I really like the use of technology, and how everything, from the playing interface to the table and studio layouts is kept clean and simple.
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