Live Blackjack Vivo Gaming
Focused on live dealer games for online casinos, Vivo Gaming proudly presents this live dealer blackjack which is streamed in real time from the studios in Costa Rica and Laos. Some blackjack tables are located at a land-based casino in Laos which adds an authentic touch to the gameplay.
The tables are handled by professional, seasoned croupiers who speak English and Spanish; sometimes, they speak both the languages in a single round, saying something in English and repeating the same phrase in Spanish. The quality of the video stream is good but you are given no options to change the video feed quality, except that you may switch the window to a full screen mode. Besides, you may also toggle between a close-up view of the table and a casino view. Players are given 15 seconds between the rounds to place a bet (the ticker is displayed at the bottom right corner of the screen).
The toolbar that contains a few buttons is shown at the top right corner of the screen, leaving much space for the video stream window. The buttons on the toolbar allow to:
- view the game info: table number, dealer’s name and some other minor details;
- show or hide the chat box;
- mute/unmute sound;
- view table limits;
- switch the window to a full screen mode;
- view history of your latest bets;
- open the Settings window where you can tick the Leave Last Winning Bet option or the Auto Confirm Bet option;
- change the view of the table.
You will not be disconnected from the table after some time of inactivity which is another handy feature in Vivo Gaming blackjack; you may skip betting for as long as you wish without having your gaming session expired or whatever.
Basic blackjack rules
The blackjack games by Vivo Gaming are based on a traditional set of rules that are available for viewing in the toolbar reviewed above. This seven-seat blackjack is played with 6 standard card decks in the shoe, and the gaming action has no side bets and the Bet Behind feature. The aim of the game is to get the higher value hand than the dealer’s without exceeding 21. As in other blackjack variations, Ace counts as 11 or 1, depending on which value is more beneficial for the player; face cards are worth 10, and other cards are worth their numeric values.
To get familiarized with an ultimate guideline of how to play and bet in blackjack, you should click the Rules button on the game screen. The major rules are:
- blackjack pays 3:2;
- splitting is allowed once per round;
- doubling down is allowed on the initial pair of any same-rank cards;
- dealer draws to 16 and stands on all 17’s.
If one of dealer’s cards is an Ace, all players are offered to make an insurance bet that costs half the original bet. In case you buy the insurance and the dealer’s second card is worth 10 points (10, Jack, Queen or King), you win the insurance bet because the dealer gets the blackjack hand. The insurance bet pays out 2:1.