Playtech is one of the industries longest-standing brands. It is required for them to implement changes and keep the products up to date in order to survive in spite of the tough completion on the market.
In terms of blackjack, for a while Playtech has been providing a basic blackjack product. A classic 7-seat game is surely loved among the gambling community, but some slight tweaks here and there just to make the games look fresh add to the enjoyment. With establishing a studio in Romania, Playtech offered a new line of live casino games within their Soho Experience. A lot of effort went into decorating the studio facilities so that players would have the impression of entering a top-of-the-line casino floor.
Upon deeper inspection, Soho Blackjack does not bring anything revolutionary in terms of game rules. It is played with an 8-deck shoe and the cards are re-shuffled mid-shoe. The game was released in 2018 and it is streamed 24/7. Even though it accepts only seven players at the table, if all the positions are occupied the players who want to join can do so by betting on the seated players’ hands.
So, it is a multiplayer option and it is set in a lovely bluish studio with a modernised table design. The dealers wear shiny dresses and have a friendly attitude.
Blackjack Soho applies the European style when it comes to card distribution. The dealer gets their second card after all the players have made their decisions. Also, the dealer must stand on all 17s. Before the cards are dealt, all players must place their main bets by dragging the chips onto the circle in front of their seating positions. With two cards in their hands, they have to make a decision whether to double, stand, hit or split. The idea, of course, is not to go over 21, but to get as close as possible. Opting for double down means you will receive an additional card and will need to make a stake which is twice your original wager.
When dealt a pair, you can split and play with two hands. This will also prompt making an additional wager equal to the original bet. You will not be permitted to re-split. Hitting after splitting Aces is not allowed, either. In the event that the dealer has an Ace as their first card, participants are given the opportunity to take insurance.
Those looking to benefit from bonuses can take their chances with the two side bets available – 21+3 and Perfect Pairs. If you bet on 21+3 (small circle on the side of the main bet circle), you are wagering that your two cards along with the first card of the dealer will create a specific three-card poker hand. If you win, you will receive a payout for a Flush, a Straight, Three of a Kind, Straight Flush, or Suited Three of a Kind. The house edge for Playtech Live Soho Blackjack is 0.48%.
The several times we’ve tried out Playtech’s Blackjack Soho the table was always full, so we can only confirm that the game is as popular as the developers hoped it will be. The Bet Behind option is obviously very helpful when it comes to including more participants, and the game is, overall, quite favourable for any blackjack lover. It has a low house edge and requires the dealer to stand on all 17s, while offering insurance and two side bets.