It’s common knowledge that Evolution Gaming is the leading B2B provider of live dealer software in the world, delivering games to over 200 casinos. Even though they count on an extensive portfolio of games and table variants, new products keep coming our way. Released alongside 2 Hand Casino Hold’em in spring 2019, Free Bet Blackjack joins the family as the cousin of Live Infinite Blackjack. As such, it adopts some of the characteristics of said game, like an unlimited number of seats at a single table.
The studio looks amazing, and the dealers are as stylish as ever. Both male and female dealers will sit at the dark red table, and they will often chat with the participants in fluent English. Of course, the chat option is enabled, to players can comment on the game or everyday things, which creates a sense of community, especially when a larger number of bettors join the gameplay. Behind the table, you’ll see glorious golden decorations and light fixtures, and frankly, we don’t expect anything less from Evolution.
The game is played with 8 decks. Instead of dealing the cards in a conventional manner by simply placing them face-up on the table surface, the dealer places them in a sliding pocket where they disappear and immediately show up in front of the player as computer-generated images. The objective is, of course, to get a higher count than the dealer but without going higher than 21. A single hand is dealt to all players, after which they need to make their own betting decisions. The unlimited seats are provided by allowing automatic Free Bets on selected Double Down and Split bets.
The Free Double is allowed on hard 9,10 and 11. Free Split is allowed on all pairs except 10, J, Q and K. In Live Free Bet Blackjack, a new rule is introduced according to which the dealer busts with a total of 22 and pushes all the players’ winning hands. The players, in this case get their bets returned instead of winning a prize. The dealer stands on all 17s. Blackjack beats 3 to2, insurance pays 2 to 1. The game also includes four optional side bets: Any Pair, 21+3, Hot 3 and Bust It. The Six Card Charlie rule is also included. The bets start at £1 and go up to £2,500.
Free Bet Blackjack is an excellent addition to Evolution’s already extensive line-up of blackjack tables. It has so many convenient features and innovations and really allows the players to mix thing up with optional side bets. One can always get a seat at the table, no waiting and no compromise. Blackjack lovers should be all over this one.