Live Casino and Live Dealers

A major trend catching up these days is that of online gaming. From simplistic games of shooting, car racing etc. (which of course still remain popular with many); the focus is now on games such as casino. From mere casino games which involved a single player, now the games have become more interesting and dynamic by the new concept of LIVE Online Casinos. Here, there may be single or multi players playing online at the same time. Not only this, there is a LIVE online Dealers for single as well as multi players, i.e. one dealer for all players and that too live! The concept of the Live Dealer is gaining its popularity from Riga, Latvia which is the epicenter online gambling. It was established not long ago (in 2005) and is still is in infancy. The Live Dealers are a connection between the Casino Houses and the player who plays online. The dealers are real just like us and they use real equipment such as cards, dice, etc for the game, the only difference that the player plays remotely.

These games are popular with all people of all age brackets – a person getting bored at home may play these, kids looking for a time pass may play these, a person working and in need of some relaxation may give in some time to these LIVE Casino online Games. The video footage is so precise that it even shows the footage of the ball dropping and stopping at a particular place on the roulette. The experience is so vivacious that one actually feels that one is sitting there, the only difference being that there are no people around.

There are online video demonstrations and live casino guide as well, in case one wants to know the exact know hows of the online LIVE Casino or LIVE Dealer Game. Live Blackjack shuffles are employed very regularly- usually mid-shoe to prevent card counters from penetrating the deck and winning a lot. The best feature about the kind of an online gaming is that one can also switch tables with the mouse click without even having to wait for the dealer to shuffle the cards.

There are several websites catering to such a gaming. Initially it started with Evolution Gaming which was a niche casino platform developer, later it was joined by Playtech, an online casino software powerhouse. Initially, the gaming was majorly centered on Asia, and later it moved to Europe and other continents. Now, there are several kinds of Live Casinos, Blackjacks etc based on continents such as LIVE Online Roulette may be French, American, European and Asian. There is only a slight difference amongst these, but the fundamentals of the game are the same.

Three Card Blackjack, a Casino Table Game Where Players and Dealers Never Bust

The blackjack rules for the casino table game of Thee Card Blackjack vary in that the player is dealt three cards instead of two.

How Three Card Blackjack is Played

Three Card Blackjack is played with a standard 52-card deck. The objective of the game is for players to make the best blackjack hand to beat the dealer using two or three of their cards. Players or dealers cannot bust. Standing, Hitting, doubling, and pair splitting are not permitted, and a player blackjack always beats a dealer blackjack, however a blackjack pays even money instead of the traditional 3/2.

There are three betting positions, Ante, Ace Plus (optional side bet), and the Play Bet. Players must first make an ante wager. Also, the ace plus option if he or she chooses. The dealer pitches three cards face down to each player and three cards to his or herself. The two dealer cards are face down; one is face up.

Based on the value of the dealer’s up card, players must make one of two decisions after looking at their cards:

Fold – the ante wager is forfeited, but the ace plus wager if made will remain.

Raise – the player makes a play wager equal to the ante.

Here are some hand examples:

Player #1 – Has an A, 5, 4.

Player #2 – Has a 6, 7, and 9 (player cannot bust, so the 6 is not counted)

Player #3 – Has an A, 3, A

Dealer – Shows an 8-up card and a 10, 6, are face down.

Note that player #1 has a total of 20 (11 for the Ace, + 5 + 4 = 20) this player chooses to raise against the dealer 8. Player #2 has a total of 16 (9 + 7, = 16. The player chooses to fold. Player #3 has a total of 15 (11 + 1 for the two aces, plus 3 = 15.) He or she also folds, but the ace plus bet remains.

The dealer has a total of 18, so player #1 wins even money for the ante, raise, and ace plus bet. Player #2 loses the ante wager and ace plus bet if made, because no ace was dealt in that hand. Player #3 loses the ante wager but is paid 10/1 for two aces.

The dealer must have at least a 17 to open. If the dealer cannot open, the ante and raise bets will push, unless a player has a blackjack, for which even money will be paid. If the dealer can open, the higher hand wins.

Optional Ace Plus Wager

Here is the pay table for the optional ace plus wager, which pays even if the player loses the hand. Pay tables may vary between jurisdictions:

Ace, any, any – 1 to 1

Ace, ten, any – 3 to 1

Ace, ten, ten – 6 to 1

Ace, ace, any – 15 to 1

Ace, ace, ten – 25 – 1

Ace, ace, ace – 100 – 1

Strategy and House Edge

The strategy for a player’s total to raise against the dealer’s up card is as follows:

16 or less – Never raise

17 – Dealer 2

18 – Dealer 2 – 8

19 – Dealer 2 – 9

20, 21,- Always raise

The house edge for Three Card Blackjack is about 2% for the ante and play bets but increases to between 2.5 & 7% for the ace plus bet depending on the jurisdictions’ pay table.

Good Luck!