When you visit TwinSpires Casino, you will find our live dealer games in the table games section. The number of available tables will vary according to the time of day, but you will nearly always find an empty seat. Even if all the tables are full, you can use the “bet behind” feature. If you spot a player who seems to be winning a lot of hands, place your chips in the bet behind box, and if they win, so do you. When one of the seated players leaves, click on the empty seat to get started.
There are usually seven seats on every live dealer blackjack game (except for Infinite Blackjack – see below). Select an empty seat, and when the current hand finishes, you decide how much to bet. Click on your chosen chip denomination, then click again on your betting pocket (click multiple times if betting more than one of the same chip denominations.) The bet comes straight off your account balance, which is displayed on the screen for your eyes only.
The dealer will then deal the cards from the “shoe,” and each player then acts in turn. When it’s your turn to act, you have a short time frame to stand, hit, double down, or split if you have a pair. You can make this decision before it’s your turn to act if you wish, as this speeds the game along. Once you stand (or bust,) the next player acts, and finally, the dealer plays out their hand.
If you win, the winnings are returned to your balance immediately. If you lose, then it’s on to the next hand to try again. You can play on the same table for as long as you wish – you can sit out for a hand or two, but will then be removed to allow someone else to play. Or just click leave after a hand when you wish to take a break. Anyone waiting will see the seat has become free and then sit down themselves.
You might wonder how the graphics can display your current total and applicable betting options in real-time. It’s because each of the cards has a tiny chip, recorded by a discreet scanner when the dealer slides the card out of the shoe. It’s so clever, yet so simple!
Live blackjack games are entirely transparent. In single deck blackjack, you watch as the dealer shuffles the deck on the table and puts it back in the shoe after each hand. Some live dealer games use an automatic shuffling machine on the table, similar to those seen in real casinos – these make things move along a little faster. For live blackjack games using multiple decks, these will again be shuffled before your eyes, so you know the game is fair. You will see the dealer place the “cut card” in the pack before placing the cards in the shoe. Once the cut card moves to the front, the dealer shuffles again.
A fun alternative to the standard seven-seater live blackjack online game blackjack tables is Infinite Blackjack. In this version of the game, there is only one seat – and any number of players can take it at the same time. The dealer deals two cards to the seat as usual, but now everyone in the game can play the hand just how they want to.
Will you be conservative and stand, then watch aghast as others take another card and win the hand? Or will you stand and nod sagely as others get greedy, take another card, and bust?
Infinite Blackjack has four side bet options – Any Pair, 21+3, Hot 3 and Bust It. Plus, the Six Card Charlie Rule applies (where you win if you end up with six cards without busting).
With live blackjack games running 24/7 at TwinSpires Casino, you can take a seat any time you like. If you have not already done so, sign up for your account and make your first blackjack online game deposit (remember to claim your generous welcome bonus) – then head to the live dealer tables. Good luck!