Bovada Launches Live Dealer Blackjack
Bovada group (Slots LV, Ignition, Café casino) is without a doubt the most reputable online gambling company on the US market. Their casinos, poker and sports betting products are on another compared to the competition.
But one thing was missing and that’s live dealer tables. Now finally, Bovada added live dealer roulette, baccarat, and blackjack to their site and the sister casinos are soon to follow.
Naturally, we will focus on blackjack. So let’s see how Bovada live dealer blackjack has to offer: rules, game options and of course the winning odds. The games are brought by Vig (Visionary iGaming) company.
- Played with six decks that are shuffled manually.
- The Dealer hits on soft 17 hands.
- Split once.
- Split Aces get one more card.
- Double any two cards.
- Double after Split is allowed.
- Late surrender available.
Notice, that if you don’t choose an action within the allotted time, an action will be chosen for you according to basic strategy.
Blackjack pays 3/2.
The payout for the Pairs side bet is 11:1.
The payout for the Rummy bet is 9:1.
Returns (House Edge)
Under these rules, the expected return is 99.42% (0.58% house edge). It’s very solid for live dealer blackjack, however it is below Bovada’s video blackjack games. For example their Single Deck has only 0.1% house edge (with $25 min bet), while their Double Deck blackjack has 0.24% house edge.
The minimum bet here is $10. The maximum bet per hand is $3000, which should satisfy all our high roller blackjack players.
Pairs: you will get 9:1 payout if your initial cards are of the same rank. It doesn’t matter if they are the same colour or suit.
Rummy: you will get 11:1 payout if your initial two cards and the dealer card form a Rummy, which is a straight, flush or three of a kind.
Naturally, the house edge of both side bets is much higher than the base game.
Additional Features & Things to notice
Bonus use: One important thing to notice is that you can play live dealer games only with your deposited funds, which means that those bets won’t contribute towards bonus WR (wagering requirements) completion.
Back Betting: The game comes with back betting option. What that means is that you can place a bet on a certain player. However, you have no control over his decisions and you simply follow his game play. If he surrenders – you surrendered. If he doubles up – you doubled up.