How To Play
Live Elevation Blackjack follows the standard Blackjack rules. The aim of each round is to put together a hand of cards that is closer in value to 21 than the dealer’s hand is but without exceeding 21. As long as your hand is closer to the 21 than the dealer’s is then you have won.
As is usual in Blackjack, the numbered cards are worth their face values, the face cards are all worth 10 and Aces can be worth 1 or 11. This means that you could have 21 with just two cards, an Ace and a ten card. This hand is called Blackjack and it is the strongest possible hand.
At the start of each round, you need to place your main bet and any of the side bets you wish to place. Once the allocated betting time is over, each player will be dealt their first two cards while the dealer receives one face-up card and one facedown. You are then presented with three basic options for your hand, Stand, Hit and Double. Choosing Hit means you want to receive another card to your hand, choosing Stand leaves the hand as it is and play moves on to the next player. If you choose Double, your bet will be doubled, you will receive one more card to the hand, and then play moves on.
When all players have finished playing their hands, the dealer will play. The dealer will always draw more cards until the hand is worth at least 16 and they will stand as soon as the hand is worth 17 or more.
After the dealer has finished playing, you are paid out if you have a winning hand. All winning hands pay at 1:1, except for Blackjack, which pays out at a more generous 3:2.
Occasionally situations will arise when you have more options than just Hit, Stand and Double. If the dealer’s face up card is an Ace then you can take out insurance against the dealer having Blackjack. Insurance costs half of your initial bet and if the dealer does have Blackjack then it pays out at 2:1.
If your first two cards have the same value then you have the option to split them and play them as independent hands. If you split two Aces then you can only draw one more card to each hand, but if you split any other cards then you can play them as regular hands.
If the table is full then you can use the Bet Behind feature to play. You can choose a player to bet behind and join in with the action by making bets on their hands. You can even bet behind multiple players simultaneously and if you have a seat at the table, you can still bet behind other players.
To be in with the chance of winning even more you can make use of two side bets, Perfect Pairs and 21+3.
The Perfect Pairs side bet pays out if your first two cards or the dealer’s first two cards form one of three kinds of pairs, a Perfect Pair, a Coloured Pair or a Red/Black Pair. A Perfect Pair is two identical cards and it pays out at 25:1, a Coloured Pair is two cards that have the same colour and value but come from different suits and it pays out at 12:1, a Red/Black pair is two cards that have the same value but different suits and colours and it pays out at 6:1.
The 21+3 side bet is on the two cards dealt to you and the dealer’s face-up card combining to form a poker hand. It pays out as follows: a Suited Three of a Kind pays out at 100:1, a Straight Flush pays out at 40:1, Three of a Kind pays out at 30:1, a Straight pays out at 10:1 and a Flush pays out at 5:1.