With so many great options available to today’s live dealer blackjack enthusiasts, design squads find themselves in a bit of a bind. How can they make the strongest case for themselves in a crowded market?
There are two main approaches that we tend to see over and over again: there’s the traditionalist approach, where the core fundamentals of the game are preserved as faithfully as possible. This tends to result in high RTP, but with one major drawback: it makes gameplay exactly the same as just about every other option on the market!
Maximalism is the other way to go. The exact opposite of the traditionalist approach, these kinds of offerings feature maximum bonus features, multipliers, side bets, bright design, and every kind of extra you can imagine. Are they exciting to play? Absolutely! The downside is that they almost always have lower RTP… sometimes by quite a wide margin!
So where does Eclipse Blackjack fall?
In our opinion, it splits the difference perfectly!
Without further ado, here are the gory details.
First of all, a one-to-many (also known as ‘common draw’) approach is used in the core design here. Unlike some traditional live dealer tables, where only seven seats are available, here there’s no need to ever wait for a seat: an unlimited number of players can take part simultaneously! All will receive the same cards for each hand, but they’ll also be able to make independent gaming decisions.
(Please note that, because dealers don’t have to deal multiple hands, the game rounds go by quicker than at traditional tables! Make sure to adjust your bankroll management strategies accordingly.)
One major advantage of this approach is that it allows operators to offer far lower minimum bets than they otherwise might while remaining profitable. In this case, the minimum bet is just $1, with a max of $1,500 per spin. Quite a betting range!
There are also a great deal of side bets available, some of which are quite original… the most lucrative of which offers a top payout of 2000x the bet size.
What’s more, when playing with optimum basic strategy, this game comes with a fantastic RTP of 99.44%!
On the whole, this title follows the industry standard, basic rules of the game – that makes this a very player-friendly situation… one that seasoned veterans of the game will appreciate greatly. Dealers must stand on soft 17, and Blackjack pays 3:2.
Split and double are allowed, but players may not double after a split, nor may they split more than once (this is the only player unfriendly rule present in this title). Similarly, after splitting aces, only one additional card will be dealt per (new) hand.