What side rules are there for Live Dealer Blackjack?

Live Dealer Blackjack is an interactive Blackjack game played on New Jersey real-money casino websites but with a human dealer playing live via video stream. It follows these rules:

  • Blackjack pays out 3:2
  • Insurance pays 2:1
  • Dealer hits on a soft 17
  • Player may double down any hand, and can double after splitting
  • Player may split any matching value hand
  • Player may only split once
  • Player may take two seats
  • Split aces only get one card
  • American Hole Card Rules, Dealer peeks for Blackjack
  • Late surrender available
  • Two optional side bets are allowed, Perfect Pair and 21+3

The game is high stakes, tables have either a minimum bet of $10 and a maximum of $1,000, or a minimum of $20 and a max of $2,000. The game is played with eight decks of cards cut in the middle. The table has seven seats, but each player may take two.

What is the house edge on Live Dealer Blackjack?

Live Dealer Blackjack has a return percentage of 99.28 percent. With ideal basic strategy, that is below average for NJ legal real-money online casinos.

The side bets have a return percentage of 95.91 percent for Perfect Pair and 93.72 percent for 21+3.

What are the disadvantages to Live Dealer Blackjack?

The very strict splitting rules and soft 17 hitting hurt the most. Though the cut card also is a small disadvantage with basic strategy too. The side bet options add nothing to player advantage, as they have a worse return percentage to start with.

Given the lack of continuous shuffle and the number of seats at the table, more advanced strategies are possible that could make this game more advantageous. However, they are not likely for most players because of the bad starting house edge.

Where can I find Live Dealer Blackjack in NJ?

Currently Live Dealer Blackjack is available from two NJ real-money regulated casinos, Betfair and Golden Nugget. The game is only available for limited hours each day, generally 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. local time. Extra tables may be active for a smaller portion of time though.

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How is the software?

Performance is somewhat underwhelming. Bandwidth gets eaten up quickly. As a result, the video quality becomes somewhat choppy. Very little customization is possible, as the dealer gimmick is the main focus. The game will time out and disconnect you fairly quickly if you are inactive, which is either a technical limitation or a design feature to discourage wonging.

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Learn more about NJ online Blackjack variants

These are all the versions of Blackjack available at NJ online casinos: