Pragmatic Play joined the live casino universe in early 2018 when they purchased Extreme Live Gaming and took over their studio operations. Soon after, the company decided to start fresh with a brand-new product, so they built a studio in Bucharest and hired skilled staff to host blackjack, roulette and baccarat tables, for starters. They’ve announced more games in the future, and they are currently working on launching their new live dealer solutions within as many trusted platforms as possible.
The live blackjack version released by Pragmatic Play is a standard version of the classic card game – it is played on a 7-seat table and uses 8 decks of cards. However, the version encompasses several engaging features and optional bets that allow the players to reap more benefits from their bets and enjoy the game on various levels. The betting interface is quite adequate, as it takes minimal space and focuses on the high-quality video stream. Rather than being stiff and uninterested, the live dealers are enthusiastic and professional.
When the game is loaded you will be prompted to take a seat at the table. As mentioned, the table has 7 seats, but Live Blackjack by Pragmatic Play accepts caters to more players than that. Due to an open Bet Behind option, a user can select one of the main players and place wagers in accordance with his/decisions in situations when there are no available seats. The round commences when the croupier deals two cards to each participant, face-down, and two cards to the bank/house, one face-down and one face-up.
The players need to decide how to form their hands in order to get as close as possible to the total of 21 without going over (busting). Players can hit, stand, double down or take advantage of the early decision feature. Blackjack pays 3:2, insurance pays 2:1. The dealer is required to draw until 16 and stand on all 17s. Live Blackjack also includes the Perfect Pairs side bets (Perfect Pair, Coloured Pair, Mixed Pair) and 21+3 side bets (Suited Trips, Straight Flush, Three of a Kind, Straight Flush). To start betting you need to invest at least £10, and if you want to up the stakes to the maximum, you will be able to go as high as £2,000.
Live blackjack variation from Pragmatic Play has just hit the casino floor and the first impressions are good. Even though some updates are due, the game is full of “nice to haves”. The team that’s been working on both live roulette and live blackjack for Pragmatic Play is made of former Evolution, Ezugi, Authentic and Playtech employees, which further establishes the product as something worth checking out.