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Blackjack FTV Review

FashionTV Gaming Group, an offshoot of FashionTV, launched live dealer Blackjack FTV in 2019. Deployed as branded release exclusively available at Fashiontvplay Casino, the game runs on BetConstruct engine. As such, Blackjack FTV features one of the best set of twenty-one rules you’ll find online and packs enticing functionalities.

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The casino operates with a Curacao license and holds UKAS and SOCOTEC certificates. The software provider’s credentials include MGA, Curacao, South Africa licenses, NMI certification of random number generator, and compliance to the UK Gambling Commission regulations.

Other than that…

Blackjack FTV is a 7-seat, eight-deck, 3:2 blackjack played under the Vegas rules.

Insurance pays 2:1; dealer stands on soft-17, the player can double down on any first two cards (DOA) and a split hand (DAS). There are no limits on pair splitting though split Aces receive only one card. Surrender is allowed either early (ES) or late (LS) in the game. The new shoe is manually shuffled right behind the dealer who deals himself two cards — no European Blackjack dealing style here — and peeks for blackjack.

Such liberal rules create a 0.41 percent house edge.

Blackjack FTV offers a plethora of side bets. Namely, patrons can choose between Perfect Pair, Bet Behind, Lucky 7, Three Card Bonus, Four Card Bonus, and Honey Bonus. The latter is another name for the 21+3 side bet. Patrons can play only two side bets at the same time.

The additional side bet feature of software developer allows players to choose in advance whether their bets will automatically mimic the actions of other patrons or not, which may be useful when you play with more experienced participants at the same table.

Blackjack FTV streaming studio features fully branded FashionTV black visuals.

The logo is notably displayed in the background and next to the dealer. A complimentary video display on the left side of the player’s screen shows FTV commercials and models walking down the catwalk.

Patrons that seek for a traditional live dealer games atmosphere with land-based casino tables in the background might find studio outlook a bit monotonous, perhaps even dark. Fashion TV fans, however, will surely feel accustomed to such an environment compounded with nicely looking female dealers.

That is where two versions of Blackjack FTV — standard and VIP — come in handy.

While both options feature the same 7-seat table, the VIP version includes a backdrop of other casino tables. Further distinctions between the two variants include increased table limits.

More precisely…

In standard Blackjack FTV version, betting limits are between €5 and €1,000 while side bets range from €2.5 to €50 (the only exclusion is Bet Behind, with the option from €1 to €200).

The VIP variant, on the other hand, allows for any wagers between €10 and 2,000; side bets start with €5 and can go up to €60. Consequently, Bet Behind limit is a minimum of €2.5 with a maximum of €400.

Blackjack FTV supports only the English language, although BetConstruct does support various native tables of the same game in other online casinos.

The user interface is quite straightforward and has all available information well-spread across the screen.

The game lobby offers a selection between standard and VIP options. Therein, players can see the previous hands, current stakes, and languages available, plus choose between Practice and the real money game.

The control strip sits in the upper right corner, allowing for quick access to side bets, settings, paytables, chat, and notably extensive general information on the game rules.

The lower-left corner hosts balance, betting information, and the cashier button. The chat window, when active, pops up right above it and contains a list of players in the game.

Main functionalities hover neatly at the center of the player’s screen and enable players to drag-and-drop chips, set bets, see winnings, and make moves. Patrons have approximately 12 seconds to decide on each hand.

In terms of platform availability, it seems that Blackjack FTV is currently only available on desktop devices at Fashiontvplay Casino. Mobile icons are present, although inactive; so, we can only hope for handheld devices accessibility in the future.

Regardless of platform option, though, this game and content of Fashiontvplay Casino is not available to punters from the United Kingdom.

All in all…

Blackjack FTV is an excellent variant that all blackjack players should try at least once in their iGaming lifetime. It packs a great set of rules, flows smoothly, provides for high awareness and focus, with easily accessible information and general instructions.

On the other hand, blackish branding and sometimes distant, unengaged staff might be off-putting to some patrons. The pickiest players will also note that, although quite diverse, the side bets — particularly Perfect Pair and Honey Bonus — have somewhat lower payouts than some other live dealer blackjack games.

One way or the other, live dealer Blackjack FTV is an exciting version of the most popular table game, juiced up with lovely girly dealers, and seemingly well-proven lineage.

Provided that you play it using a proper blackjack strategy and that you do so responsibly while staying in the limits of your budget, it might as well be great fun.

To that end, we wish you the best of luck!

  • Liberal Vegas rules
  • Two table limits variants
  • Reputable software pedigree
  • Plenty of available side bets, though with lower payouts
  • Sometimes distant but always great looking dealers

“What mostly strike me in Blackjack FTV are the rules that give plenty of room to exercise proper strategy. Surrender rules allow you to limit your losses, which is rare in online casinos today. Two live dealer tables’ variants give flexibility both to players on budget and high-rollers. Surely, it would be nice to have it on mobile devices as well, and some side bets have payouts lower than usual, but overall, Blackjack FTV is a game you should try and see for yourself.”

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