Live Blackjack is the first live dealer game to be launched by On Air Entertainment, a live casino provider that was incorporated in December 2020.
On Air Live Blackjack has been created as a seven-seat game that is played to Vegas rules.
It has all of the playing options you’d expect from a good live blackjack game and is streamed from a studio that will eventually hold up to 20 live blackjack tables.
In this review, I’ll take a closer look at what On Air Entertainment has created.
On Air Live Blackjack is played to the following ruleset:
Pre-decision is the ability to select your next playing action before it is your turn to act. Doing this speeds up the game and allows the dealer to quickly skip from one player to the next.
The only downside is there is no ability to undo your decision, so you have to be certain it’s the action you want to take.
Pre-decision is not available to the first seat on the table.
The Deal Now Button is a feature that alerts the dealer that you’re ready to receive your next card before betting time has closed.
If you’re on the table on your own the dealer will act immediately.
If there are two people at the table, both have to hit the deal now button for the dealer to start their next action.
After taking your seat at the table, your first action is to place a bet. There is the main bet spot and two additional bet spots for Side Bets, which I’ll explain later on.
Betting time last about 15 seconds, so you have to be quick in deciding how much to bet on the hand.
Once betting time has closed, each player is given two cards face up. The dealer is given one card face up and one face down.
If the Dealer’s Upcard is showing an Ace, he will offer everyone Insurance – which is a bet that he has a Blackjackjack. If he does, you’ll be paid 2:1, which effectively gives your main bet and insurance bets back. If the dealer has Blackjack at this point in the game, all bets are lost (except the Insurance) and the game round ends.
If the dealer does not have Blackjack or is not showing an Ace the game proceeds.
Whether you’re using Pre-decision or acting when it’s your turn, you will be required to make one of three playing decisions
To help you make these playing decisions, I direct you towards a basic blackjack strategy, which explains the action you should take for the value in your hand while comparing it to the dealers up card.
After all the players have completed their hands, the dealer will play theirs, following the rules of the game, which is to take another card on 16 and stand on all hand values 17 and above.
The payout process begins when the Dealer has completed their hand.
On Air Entertainment has two optional side bets that can be played alongside the main hand.
The side cannot be played on their own, you have to have the main hand bet.
However, you can bet as much as you like – up to the table limits. So you can place a low main hand bet and place higher bets on the side bets.
It’s not a strategy I’d recommend, but it is possible.
This is a bet on whether the players first two cards and the dealer upcard will make a 3 card poker hand.
The hand values have different payouts, depending on their rarety.
The top payout is for suited trips (3 of a Kind) – this can play 100:1.
While the lowest payout is 5:1 for a 3 card Flush.
|Suited three-of-a-kind||100:1||Three of the same cards in the same suit.|
|Straight Flush||40:1||Consecutive cards in the same suit.|
|Three -of-a-kind||30:1||Three of the same card.|
|Straight||10:1||A run of consecutive Cards.|
|Flush||5:1||Three cards of the same suit.|
The Perfect Pairs side bet uses the players first two cards. It’s a bet on whether the first two cards will be a pair.
There are different payouts depending on the type of pair.
The highest payout at 25:1 is for a Perfect pair, which is two identical cards – same value, same suit.
The lowest payout is for a mixed pair, which pays 6:1 – the same number with different coloured suits.
|Perfect Pair||25:1||Pair in the same suit|
|Coloured Pair||12:1||Pair in the same colour|
|Mixed Pair||6:1||A mixed coloured Pair Red/Black|
The only strategy you should follow when playing On Air Blackjack is Basic Blackjack Strategy.
This is the most optimal way to play the game and will give the best possible long terms returns.
On Air Entertainment Live Blackjack has been built to be played on multiple device types. The technology dynamically scales the playing interface dependant on screen size, so you’ll always get a playable game whatever screen size you have.
Another thing to mention is the available language options.
You can have the User Interface and Help text in the following languages.
The default spoken language is English, however Hindi, Russian and Turkish are options we’re likely to see at some casinos.
On Air Blackjack, is slick, smooth and classy. It has all the playing options you could want and compares well with the other main live casino providers.
They haven’t taken a chance with the playing rules preferring to stick with a common and standard ruleset.
Maybe we’ll see Doubles on Splits and surrender as options on future blackjack variants when they eventually come.
On Air Entertainment has its main studio in Riga, Latvia and that is where Blackjack is streamed from. They have several types of tables each in a different colour and studio design.
On Air Blackjack has an RTP of 99.44% for the main hand. The Side Bets have a lower RTP – 21+3 is 96.03% and Perfect Pairs is 95.90%.
There are two optional side bets. 21+3 uses the players first two cards and the dealer upcard to form a poker hand. The other side bet is Perfect Pairs, which pays if your first two cards form a pair.
Doubling on Splits is not allowed on On Air Blackjack.
On Air Blackjack is the same as a majority of the live dealer blackjack games you can play online. It has the same playing rules and seats the same number of players. The game is monitored by software to ensure it is fair and all games are audited at least once a year by the licensing authority.