Following the launch of the new Silver studio, the Stockholm-based casino software provider rolled out their brand-new live dealer Blackjack game called Quartz Blackjack in May 2020.
Revamping the 7-seat collection of card games could not have come at a better time for NetEnt and the 24/7 blackjack table oozes with comfort and luxury. The theoretical RTP is 99.50%.
Quartz Blackjack is a standard blackjack game played with 6 decks. It features nothing spectacular and otherworldly, yet it comes with a nice set of side bets and the table is set in a bright silver-tinted studio with talkative dealers and overall a very lively, pleasant atmosphere. As we’ve hinted earlier, this is a 7-seat blackjack game, which means up to 7 players can participate in one round. Automatic and manual shuffle are both option that can be used; if auto reshuffle is enabled, the dealer shuffles the cards after each round. When manual reshuffle is at play, the dealer waits for the insert card to appear and reshuffles the cards at the end of the round.
You don’t need any special preparation for Quartz Blackjack if you’ve played blackjack before. The aim remains the same – to reach a hand total as closest to 21 as possible without going over, and beating the dealer’s hand in the process. As you take one of the available seats at the table, you will be prompted to make a bet.
The middle tile is for the main bets, whereas positions on the left and right host the side bets. Once the wagers are placed, the croupier will proceed to deal two cards to each seat and two for the dealer’s seat. By seeing your two cards and one of the dealer’s, you must make a decision whether to hit, stand or double. If your two hands have identical value, you also have the option to split.
If the dealer’s upcard is an Ace, the insurance option also become active. The dealer’s blackjack will pay you at 2:1 odds if you take insurance. Insurance will be lost if the dealer’s hand turns out not to be a natural blackjack. In Live Quartz Blackjack from NetEnt, the dealer always stands on 17 and the game comes with 21+3 and Perfect Pairs side bets. If you bet on your two cards and the dealer’s upcard creating a 3-card poker hand, you will affect the RTP which will then be 93.71%.
The theoretical RTP for Perfect Pair side bet is 94.21% and the best payout you can expect is 30:1 for a same-suit, same-value pair.
Quartz Blackjack is a simple, elegant game that is fun to play and should fit the preferences of an average blackjack fan. If you are looking for something experimental and innovative, this is not the right table for you. We are given the impression that NetEnt strives to provide a universal title with a standard blackjack format, and it seems as if they came pretty close.
Players can benefit from classic blackjack strategies to unleash maximum potential and enjoy the pleasant mannerisms of trained dealers. Despite its lack of innovativeness, Quartz Blackjack is a high-quality live casino game, worthy of the NetEnt brand.