Pragmatic Play’s newest line of Azure live table games promises to bring some welcome updates to their live casino portfolio. With its dazzling new studio and additional features, the Azure Blackjack game is sure to stand out in all Pragmatic Play online casinos.
So what does Azure Blackjack bring to the table that this software provider’s already existing titles didn’t? First of all, it comes with more tables with different betting limits. Generally, there are 8 different tables available at all times. 4 of these have limits between €10 and €2,500, which is already much higher than most live Blackjack games. The remaining tables are limited between €50 and €5,000. Additionally, Pragmatic Play has revealed plans for releasing designated high-roller tables in the future. Presumably, these will allow for some truly impressive amounts.
Besides the studio, the user interface is up to the industry’s highest standards. It includes a live chat, an interactive view of the previous 250 hands or so, and various settings to tweak. We’re also glad to report that we encountered no technical issues during the making of this Azure Blackjack review.
It’s also worth mentioning that the dealers are all professional and friendly. Though we’ve never seen a bad dealer on live dealer games, a notably good one can truly add to the experience.
The rules of Azure Blackjack by Pragmatic Play are fairly standard for online blackjack. The shoe has 8 decks and the dealer must draw on 16 and stand on 17. The game also features two fairly common and popular side bets – Perfect Pairs and 3+1. Insurance pays at fairly standard 2:1 odds.
The betting time between every hand is around 10 seconds. However, Pragmatic Play has introduced a few handy features to make the pace faster. For starters, if all players are done placing bets, the game will continue uninterrupted. Furthermore, players can also set up scenarios to “auto-stand” or “auto-hit”. These can allow you to make decisions ahead of time and dramatically increase how fast the game is played.
There are 7 seats available at each table, which should be plenty of room. Interestingly, each player can choose to take up more than one seat. This pretty much boils down to playing multi-hand blackjack in a live setting, which can be a pleasant change of pace.
Another new option in Azure Blackjack live tables is Bet Behind. This allows you to place wagers on other players’ hands. The interesting part is that you don’t even have to have a seat at the table. If you see someone’s on a lucky streak, this is a great way of getting in on the action. Considering the multiplayer aspects of Live Blackjack tables, it’s strange that more games don’t allow for this.
We should also mention that you are allowed to split up to 2 times. Not all live blackjack games do this, even though it’s a key part of the game.
Between this and Azure Roulette, Pragmatic Play’s live casino offer is now ready to match against the best of them. Still, temper your expectations – Azure Blackjack isn’t supposed to dazzle with innovative features. Underneath the glossy new presentation lies a fairly straightforward game of blackjack.
This isn’t without its upsides, mind you. First of all, the wide table limits can accommodate a wide range of different tastes and bankrolls. The improvements are all kind of subtle, but they fit together to paint a very satisfying picture. If you’re a fan of classic blackjack with but want high limits and expect top-notch quality, this title is worth your attention.