The Basics of Live Unlimited Blackjack
If you are already familiar with the rules of Blackjack then you will have no problems adopting to Live Unlimited Blackjack. It uses the standard rules, but gives you the chance to play up to five hands simultaneously. As per usual, the aim of the game is to build a hand that is worth 21, but not exceed 21. At the end of the round, you win if your hand is closer to 21 than the dealer’s is.
When you build a hand Aces are worth 1 or 11, the number cards (2 to 10) are worth their face values, and the face cards (Jack, Queen and King) are all worth 10. Thanks to this, it is possible to build a hand of exactly 21 with just two cards, and Ace and a ten card. This hand is known as Blackjack and it is the best possible hand. This means that it beats all other hands, including those that are worth 21 but consist of more than two cards.
At the start of each round you need to place your chips in the betting area for each hand that you want to play. It is up to you how many hands you place per round and while placing these bets you will also have the chance to place a number of side bets (explained below).
Once you have placed your bets you will be dealt two face-up cards and at the same time the dealer will receive a face-up card and a facedown card. You then have three basic options for each hand, Stand, Hit and Double. If you choose Hit then you will receive another card to that hand, if you choose Double then you bet will be doubled and you will receive one more card to that hand before play moves on, and if you choose Stand then play immediately moves on.
After you have finished playing all of your hands, the dealer will play their hand. The dealer will always draw cards until their hand is worth at least 16 and then will stand as soon as the hand is worth 17 or more.
Once the dealer is finished you will be paid out for any winning hands. All winning hands win at 1:1, except for Blackjack, which pays out 3:2.
Advanced Hand Options and Side Bets
In some situations, you will have more options than just Hit, Stand and Double. If the dealer’s face-up card is an Ace then you will be offered the chance to take insurance against the dealer having Blackjack. The insurance costs half of your bet and if the dealer does have Blackjack then you are paid at 2:1 so you do not lose any money. If your first two cards have the same value then you are offered the chance to Split. This separates the cards into two separate hands that you can then play individually.
Live Unlimited Blackjack offers two side bets, the Perfect Pairs side bet and the 21+3 side bet. The Perfect Pairs side bet will payout if your first two cards or the dealer’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.
The 21+3 side bets is on your first two cards and the dealer’s face-up card combining to form a poker hand. 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.