Live Blackjack In New Zealand

Learn all there is to know about a player's favourite live blackjack game at Jackpot City live dealer line-up of games – from terms and strategies to odds and payouts.

Popular Live Blackjack Games

Live Blackjack Variations

Before choosing which live blackjack games to play, it’s important to note that there are a number of variations available at Jackpot City:

  • Speed Blackjack: Experience lightning-fast action with this live blackjack variant, where cards are dealt quickly, and players get to make their decisions simultaneously. The fastest decision-maker will have the next card dealt to them first.
  • ONE Blackjack: This unique live blackjack offering has one seat only, allowing for an unlimited number of players to play the same blackjack hand. However, how they decide to play the hand, would determine the outcome for each.
  • Eclipse Blackjack™: What sets this live blackjack variant apart is its game-changing ‘Place all side bets’ feature, which with just one touch of a button lets you maximise your bet potential.  
  • Pragmatic Play Live Blackjack: Enjoy classic live blackjack packed with popular features, including bet behind functionality and extra side bets along with multi-player and multi-seat options.
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How To Play Live Blackjack For Beginners

  1. Get Started: Once you’ve registered a Jackpot City account, log in to play and navigate to Live Casino > Blackjack, and select a live dealer blackjack title to play.
  2. Load Your Live Blackjack Game: Click/tap on the ‘Play’ button and enter your screen name when prompted to get your game underway.
  3. Place Your Bets: Select your desired chip denomination and clicking on the betting area. After all bets are placed, you’ll be dealt two face-up cards, and the dealer one face-up and one face-down (hole) card.
  4. Choose Your Action: Based on your hand value, you can Hit (get one more card), Stand (keep your hand as is), Double Down (double your bet and get one more card), or Split (if you have a pair).
  5. The Reveal: Once all players have completed their hands, the dealer will reveal their hole card and draw additional cards according to the rules. If your hand beats the dealer's hand without busting, you win!

Live Blackjack Glossary

  • Anchorman: Player seated at the far right-hand side of the table.
  • Blackjack: A winning hand with an Ace and a 10-value card totalling 21.
  • Dealer: The casino representative who deals cards and manages the game.
  • First Baseman: Player seated at the far left-hand side of the live blackjack table.
  • Hard Hand: A hand without an Ace or with an Ace counted as 1 to avoid busting.
  • Head-to-Head: Direct competition between the player and the dealer.
  • Hole Card: The live dealer in blackjack’s facedown card.
  • Push: A tie between the player and the dealer resulting in a returned bet.
  • Soft Hand: A hand including an Ace that can be counted as 1 or 11 without busting.
  • Up-card: The live blackjack dealer's first visible card dealt face up.
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Top 3 Live Blackjack Strategies

  1. Insurance: A side bet in live blackjack offered when the dealer's upcard is an Ace, allowing you to hedge against the dealer having a natural blackjack.
  2. Double on 11: When playing live blackjack in New Zealand, this strategy lets you double down on your initial bet when your hand totals 11, aiming to take advantage of the statistically favourable position.
  3. Low Stands: A conservative strategy in live dealer blackjack where you stand on low hand totals, typically 12-16, to avoid busting and let the dealer take the risk of exceeding 21.


Online Blackjack Games Vs Live Blackjack Games

To complement its top selection of online blackjack games, Jackpot City Casino has hand-picked some blackjack games in New Zealand that you can play alternatively to live blackjack games:

Classic Blackjack with Noble Diamonds™
Classic Blackjack with Noble Diamonds™ lets you play a traditional 21 blackjack game, but you also have the option to place a side bet that pays when you get more royals, especially ones of the same suit. The goal of Classic Blackjack with Noble Diamonds™ is to reach a higher score than the dealer without going over 21.
Classic Blackjack with Noble Diamonds™ Game Guide
Classic Blackjack with Sweetheart 16™
Classic Blackjack with Sweetheart 16™ is a six-deck blackjack game where you can place a side bet on the Sweetheart 16™ wager. You can receive a payout if your first two cards total 16, and the payout can vary over how those cards appear.
Classic Blackjack with Sweetheart 16™ Game Guide
Premier Blackjack with Lucky Lucky™
Premier Blackjack with Lucky Lucky™ is an eight-deck blackjack game where you can play with the Lucky Lucky bonus wager. This option pays when your first two cards and the dealer’s first card total 19, 20, or 21, with bonuses for when there are three 7s or a straight of 6, 7, and 8. You’ll also find different double down and split rules in this game.
Premier Blackjack with Lucky Lucky™ Game Guide

Potential Live Blackjack Payouts

If you’re ready to play live blackjack games for real money, ensure that you’ve funded your account via one of the many reputable payment methods at Jackpot City. Then acquaint yourself with the payout potential of different live blackjack hands. A standard winning hand, a hand total higher than the dealer's without exceeding 21, pays out even money, or 1:1 – so if you bet NZ$10, you’ll receive NZ$10 in winnings, plus your NZ$10 back = NZ$20. If you get blackjack, your first two cards being an Ace and a 10-point card (10, Jack, Queen, or King), you’ll get a bigger payout with a 3:2 ratio – so you’ll receive NZ$15 in winnings on a NZ$10 bet, plus your NZ$10 back = NZ$25. If you get a push/tie, with your hand total matching that of the dealer’s, you simply get your original bet back.

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Playing Live Blackjack On Your Mobile

Ther are several advantages for live blackjack New Zealand players who choose to play on their mobile devices. The first three go hand-in-hand: convenience, accessibility and flexibility. There are no confines on location or time – simply take your smartphone or tablet with you and enjoy your favourite live blackjack games, wherever you go and whenever you want.

Then there is choice. As a Jackpot City player, you can enjoy live blackjack mobile play via a casino app or your browser. Both options offer an optimised, user-friendly gaming experience, with zero compromise on navigation, streaming quality or features, irrespective of your device or its screen size. If you have an iOS device, you can download the Jackpot City app via the App store, while Android users can access the APK file from our casino app page on this website.

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Safety And Security

There are important factors to consider before signing up at an online casino that offers live blackjack games. Firstly, the establishment must be licensed by a reputable industry entity such as the Alderney Gaming Control Commission, a regulatory authority known for its strict standards and rigorous enforcement of gaming laws in New Zealand and beyond. To acquire such a licence, as Jackpot City has, the casino needs to meet the criteria for fairness, transparency, and player protection.

Secondly, you should have access to responsible gaming tools, the likes of which Jackpot City provides. These include self-exclusion options, deposit limits, and access to support services for anyone who thinks they might be experiencing gambling-related issues. Ultimately, the enforcement of responsible gaming practices promotes and fosters healthy gaming habits.  

Live Blackjack Software

Jackpot City Casino’s live blackjack games are backed by software from two of the most renowned names in the industry. Evolution, established in 2006, has earned a reputation as a pioneer for delivering high-quality HD-streamed live gaming experiences with multiple camera angles, and interactive features, as can be seen in Live Infinite Blackjack and Live Lightning Blackjack. Similarly, Pragmatic Play, founded in 2015, has quickly risen to prominence as a top-tier live casino provider with live blackjack offerings like Live Speed Blackjack and Live ONE Blackjack, that are characterised by sleek design, user-friendly interfaces, and smooth gameplay.

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Live Blackjack FAQs

Can I play live blackjack online?

Yes, if you have an internet connection you can play live blackjack online at reputable virtual casinos, like Jackpot City, via your desktop computer, laptop, or mobile device.

How do you win at live dealer blackjack?

Winning at live dealer blackjack involves making strategic decisions based on card values and the dealer's upcard – this involves knowing when to hit, stand, double down, or split pairs.

What are the advantages of playing live blackjack?

The advantages of playing live blackjack include authentic casino experience, real-time interaction with dealers, and a wide range of game variations.