Live blackjack at Smart Live Casino
Live dealer blackjack streamed from Smart Live's London broadcast studio and
available via web-cast, Freesat and SKY dedicated channels. Games are 'for
television' blackjack dealt from a 6-deck shoe re-shuffled at regular intervals,
or regular 7 seat blackjack.
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Smart Live blackjack's key point of differentiation from most
other blackjack offerings on this site is the fact that is a 'for television'
game, broadcast not only via the Smart Live Website, but also on a number of
cable channels for UK subscribers. It is more like a game show than a
casino gambling experience; the casino actually calls its croupiers 'presenters',
and may not be the ideal option for blackjack purists.
They now also have a traditional 7 seat game, which will
please the blackjack purists.
For UK players, the game is currently broadcast on SKY and
Freesat dedicated channels and will no doubt be rolled out to other cable and
potentially free-to-air channels in the future. While this fact presents an
attractive offering for those with access, it is not without its shortcomings.
The obvious one is that most players around the world do not
have a required subscription to enjoy this option. Further, game times
presently are not 24/7 and quite limited. At the time of writing,
blackjack was only available 6:00PM - 12:00AM (GMT) daily. These time
restrictions apply to the site webcast as well.
Many players but only 1 player deal ('one-to-many' game)
In most other live blackjack games, you are dealt a hand that
you play exclusively, as would happen in a casino. Most offer a
where you are allocated a seat at a virtual table (typically of 7) and each
player plays his hand in turn as dealt by the dealer.
At Smart Live, the dealer (sorry, presenter) is dealing a
single hand, but many players are playing this hand via the television broadcast
or web. How is this possible? An excerpt from Smart Live's house
rules reveals the answer...
"Our unique online interface allows you to play the hand your
way while others play the hand differently. This means that while everyone will
start with the same two cards, and the dealer will always start with the same
starting card, the rest of the cards are not dealt to a particular hand.
The cards are dealt into the middle of the table and are then assigned to
whichever hand is appropriate based on your decisions. You will see this
represented in your web browser. You will win or lose the hand based
solely on the decisions you have taken; the decisions other people take will
have no impact on your hand."
This is a little confusing at first, but if you just remember
the game is standard blackjack and your hand is clearly presented in the
interface graphic, reconciling the layout of the actual cards on the actual
table to yours and the dealers hand eventually makes sense after playing a few
Video stream time lag
One aspect of the Smart Live's blackjack that was
particularly annoying (as played/viewed via web browser), was the significant
lag between the video vision and the cards presented on the interface graphic.
In some cases the web-cast lag was so extreme that a hand had been completed
according to the interface graphic, before the actual cards appeared on the
table in the video stream.
Obviously this problem is internet connection related, but
using the same connection speed at other live blackjack games this problem was
not encountered (certainly not to this extent).
While this has no effect on your ability to play the game, it
certainly detracts from the live gaming experience.
A great feature of this platform is the FREE PLAY option. You
don't even need to register an account before playing for free here - guest
players can get a feel for the game in free-play mode.
- Free play option available;
- Browser play: play from your browser with no download required;
- TV play: view broadcast on television (UK SKY, Freesat, Free view subscribers
- Time between deals is fast: 15 seconds;
- Time afforded for player bet selection is fast: 15
- Bet range: see
Recorded demonstration video clip
7 Seat Blackjack
A very welcome addition to Smart Live's game range. They call it 7 seat blackjack. You will know it as blackjack how it is usually played.
This game is also available on a limited broadcast schedule.
This is the '1 to many' game described above.
What is annoying is the lag between the actual vision and the
interface graphic display.
Here the graphic shows 3 cards already dealt, while the vision is
still frozen on the dealer about to commence the deal!
Unlimited Blackjack deal
Note the unique presentation of the cards on the table.
The test hand played here for demonstration purposes was a sit on 12:
Dealer up card is
The other cards on the table are two cards hit by other players:
dealer's second card:
by other players do not display on my graphic as they were not hit by