Live Soirée Elite Blackjack
Anyone who has played Blackjack before will find Live Soirée Elite Blackjack instantly familiar. The game is played with an eight deck shoe and the aim is to build a hand of cards that has a value as close to 21 as possible but without going over 21, which is called going bust. At the end of a round, a player wins if his/her hand is closer to 21 than the dealer’s hand is.
In Blackjack, the number cards 2 to 10 are worth their face values, the picture cards (Jack, Queen, King) are all worth 10, and Aces are worth 1 or 11. Therefore, it is possible to form 21 with just two cards, an Ace and a 10 card. This is known as Blackjack and it beats all other hands, including those with a value of 21 but containing more than two cards. If a player draws 10 cards to their hand without going bust, it is called a 10 Card Charlie and will beat all hands except Blackjack.
How a Round Works
Players need to place their main bets at the start of each round, together with any side bets that they are interested in. The dealer then deals two face-up cards to each player and one face-up card and one facedown to themselves. When it is a player’s turn, they will be presented with a number of choices:
- Hit – Another card is dealt to the hand, if the hand does not bust then the option is available again.
- Stand – The hand remains as it is and play moves on.
- Double – The main bet is doubled, one more card is dealt to the hand and play moves on.
- Split – If a player’s first two cards have an identical value then they may be split into two separate hands by placing a second bet equal to the original. Split hands cannot be split. If a player splits two Aces then just one more card is dealt to each hand. Furthermore, Blackjack cannot be formed with a split hand, only a hand worth 21. Doubling is available after a split.
Before a player plays his/her hand, if the dealer’s face-up card is an Ace then they will have the option to place an Insurance side bet against the dealer having Blackjack. The bet costs half of the initial bet and if the dealer has Blackjack it pays at 2:1, ensuring that no money is lost for that hand.
When all players have had their turn, the dealer will play. The dealer must 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.
All winning hands pay at 1:1, except for Blackjack, which pays out at a more generous 3:2. If a player ties with the dealer then the bet is returned as a push.
Side Bets and Features
Dealer and Shoe Change Requests
At the Live Soirée Elite Blackjack tables, players can request a change of dealer or shoe every half an hour. It is also possible to request for the current dealer to remain in place. These features will only be available to players with the required minimum balance.
Each Live Soirée Elite Blackjack has seven seats. If all the seats are taken then a player can still join the action using the Bet Behind feature. It allows players to bet on a seated players hand but without being able to make any decisions. It is possible to bet behind multiple players and the feature is also available to seated players.
Perfect Pairs Side Bet
The Perfect Pairs side bet is won if the player’s first two cards form one of three types 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.
21+3 Side Bet
The 21+3 side bet is won if the first two cards dealt to the player combine with the dealer’s face-up card to form a poker hand. It pays 100:1 for a Suited Three of a Kind, 40:1 for a Straight Flush, 30:1 for Three of a Kind, 10:1 for a Straight and 5:1 for a Flush.