Best Live Blackjack Tables for Players in Malaysia
Posted on September 23, 2019 | 2:52 pm
Blackjack is one of the simpler casino games; even people that have never played it before won’t need more than a few minutes to familiarize with rules and start placing (potentially winning) bets. That may be why Blackjack has fans in all corners of the world, prompting most providers of live dealer games to make it part of their assortment.
Though gameplay largely remains the same, not all of the available live products are equally good. You may have already found out that they greatly vary in terms of the broadcasting quality, game layout and controls as well as professionalism and friendliness of the dealers. Some Live Blackjack games incorporate unique side bets or other elements unavailable in similar products.
You won’t have to waste precious time trying them out, though; we did the testing so that you can immediately home in on the best Live Blackjack options currently available.
Evolution Gaming Live Blackjack
It’s not surprising to see Evolution Gaming products heading the list; the quality of their games and their dealers more than justify it. The provider’s lobby regularly displays dozens of Live Blackjack tables with a wide range of limits. Even if no seats happen to be available at the one you wish to join, there is still an option to bet behind one of the seated players.
Evolution’s Blackjack uses 8 decks and makes the dealer stand on 17. It offers players to Double Down on any two initial cards and Split those of the same value. You can only Split once per round and will receive a single card to split Aces. If the dealer’s up card turns out to be an Ace, they will offer Insurance which you can take or decline. The game has a theoretical return to player of 99.28%.
User interface is a work of art. Players can switch views and display live feed over the entire game screen or minimize it to occupy only the upper portion while a computer-generated table appears below. Enlarged markings make physical cards easy to read and your total hand value is displayed next to your cards to save you from having to calculate.
Unobtrusive buttons in the upper right corner offer instant access to game rules, overview of previous bets and outcomes, Bet Behind settings and video/audio settings. Dealers are normally friendly, professional and talkative individuals, though we did on a few occasions come across those that appear less enthusiastic.
The game loses nothing in quality once you switch to a mobile device. There’s still the same easy-to-use lobby with games grouped in categories and Live Blackjack tables filterable by betting limits. Though players can choose between portrait and landscape, we’d always opt for the latter; it ensures better visibility, especially when playing on a small smartphone. Games load fast and both video and audio quality is without a fault. A single menu button offers links to the Cashier and the Lobby, Live Chat, limits & payouts, settings and game rules. We genuinely tried to find something which needs work but failed.
Live Infinite Blackjack
Rather than simply try to sit an infinite number of players at the same table, Evolution Gaming made sure its first common draw Live Blackjack variant stands out from the crowd by introducing several unique extras. In addition to frequently seen side bets such as Any Pair and 21+3, this game incorporates two new ones – Hot 3 and Bust It.
The first wins when the player’s two cards and the dealer’s up card total 19-21 and the other when dealer busts; the more cards they bust with, the bigger is the payout. Then there is the Six Card Charlie rule according to which you automatically win if you manage to draw 6 cards without busting – even if your opponent gets Blackjack!
Live Infinite Blackjack has an RTP of 99.47% (based on the first hand in the shoe). It has lower minimum limits than any 7-seat table and that’s yet another reason for players to choose it over other available options. It does play a bit slower owing to the fact it is a one-to-many game; since each player makes its own decisions, you may experience idle moments as some of the other people keep drawing additional cards. This is where an engaging dealer can make a difference, as demonstrated by the chatty gentleman we had the pleasure of playing against.
Same as other Live Blackjack products powered by Evolution Gaming, Infinite Blackjack supports both portrait and landscape formats when playing on a mobile device. We’d say it’s a bit easier to place bets when holding your phone in the vertical position but visibility is doubtlessly better when you flip it horizontally (feel free to keep turning it to exploit all benefits). You’ll still get to enjoy TV quality video and well audible sounds at all times. Cards remain visible even if you’re not fortunate enough to have 20/20 vision. Conveniently placed Menu button provides links to Lobby, Cashier, Live Chat, limits & payouts, settings and rules.
Live Free Bet Blackjack
We though Infinite Blackjack couldn’t be topped but Evolution Gaming clearly had other cards up its sleeve. Free Bet Blackjack can do everything the original one-to-many game can and more. In addition to Six Card Charlie rule and two unique optional bets, it also treats players to free Double and Split. Each of these actions would normally require that one invests an additional amount equal to the original wager, but in Free Bet Blackjack that’s not necessarily the case.
You’ll get a free Double offer if you’re holding a hard total of 9, 10 or 11. Having accepted, a free bet will be added to your original bet. If you win the round, you’ll be paid on both but only get your original wager back, and if you lose the game, you’ll only lose the initial investment. A free Split is offered with any pair except for cards with the value of 10. The original bet is placed on the first hand and free bet on the second one.
Everything else is pretty much the same as when playing any other Live Blackjack by Evolution Gaming. Free Bet Blackjack uses 8 decks and dealers stand on 17. The same rules apply to doubling and splitting, with Insurance available when the dealer’s up card is an Ace. Oh yeah, there is one more difference: your bet is returned not only in case of a tie but also when the dealer busts with a score of 22. Well, there has to be a bit of give-and-take. Free Bet Blackjack has an RTP of 98.45%.
Playtech Live Blackjack
Playtech’s massive team can do everything and do it well, as demonstrated by hundreds of top-notch RNG casino games and a pretty wide range of high-quality live dealer products. Most Live Blackjack tables play standard 7-seat variant but there’s also a common draw alternative called Unlimited Blackjack.
Similarly to Evolution, Playtech has named its tables to reflect the size of minimum and maximum bets. High-rollers will likely opt for Royale Blackjack broadcasting from studios painted in gold or Soiree and Soiree Elite Blackjack playing in an elegant dark environment. If you wish to bet lower amounts, choose flashy Soho Blackjack or demure Lounge Blackjack.
Standard tables allow a single player to occupy multiple seats and make separate bets on each position. If the table is full, one can use Bet Behind option on one or more positions. The game uses 8 decks, dealers have to draw on 16 and stand on 17. Players can Split cards of the same value and draw additional cards to each hand (only one for each Ace), Double Down (even after splitting), and take Insurance against the dealer’s Ace. If you draw 10 cards without going bust, the 10 Card Charlie rule will make you an automatic winner – except when your opponent has Blackjack. You’ll find the usual optional bets with Player Pair/Dealer Pair paying up to 25:1 and 21+3 side wager with a max win potential of 100:1. RTP is 99.46% on the main game.
Broadcasting quality is high and the menu so discreet it may take you a few seconds to find it (hint: look to the far left). The top button opens access to Lobby, Cashier, History, Help, audio and video settings, and those below can be used to view table limits and payouts. Dealers are quite energetic, welcoming and charming. They will greet new players by name as soon as they open the game and seem happy enough to start a conversation without waiting for questions or comments. Chat is available but only to seated players.
Unlimited Blackjack has 5 betting positions and offers an unlimited number of players to place bets on any of them. Game rules are pretty much the same as above except that certain hands are automatically Split according to Optimal Strategy. RTP is also a bit higher; this particular game is willing to return 99.54% of your wagers.
NetEnt Live Blackjack
Not being a live gaming specialist, NetEnt smartly decided to focus on only two live dealer games – Roulette and Blackjack. Consequently, they were able to provide high quality products quite a few online casinos are happy to feature. Small and simple lobby usually offers a choice of several 7-seat tables and common draw games, each with clearly displayed betting limits.
NetEnt’s 7-seat blackjack uses 8 decks, dealer stands on 17, and Players can Double even after Split. There’s the usual Insurance but also an option to take Even Money if you have Blackjack and dealer’s card is an Ace (their Blackjack would otherwise result in a push). The game supports two optional side wagers, 21+3 and Perfect Pairs, the first paying up to 100:1 and the other a maximum of 30:1. Limits and paytable can be viewed using button in the upper left corner while a discreet set of those on the right leads to Lobby, promotions, game rules, video and audio settings.
Common Draw Blackjack has a single betting position used by everybody, though you’re still free to make your own decisions – Hit, Stand, Double or Split, take Insurance or Even Money. The game supports the same side wagers as NetEnt’s 7-seat game and both variants have a theoretical return of 99.50%. Streaming quality is just as good as Evolution’s on both desktops and mobile devices. Dealers are clearly properly trained and always behave as true professionals; we’d only like to see them smile now and then.
If you stumble upon NetEnt’s Live Beyond Live, check out a virtual casino floor designed to look like a typical land-based casino. Instead of strolling between tables to find a seat, you only need to click on the one of your choice. Though it’s nearly impossible to compete with the creative powers of Evolution Gaming team, one has to acknowledge NetEnt’s innovation efforts aimed at increasing authenticity of the experience.