One to Many Live Blackjack tables
We’re pretty familiar with the one-to-many live blackjack concept by now. It’s a a live blackjack table that can cater to a theoretically unlimited number of players. They are never full.
Baccarat and Roulette are 1-to-many tables by their very nature. Blackjack, requiring unique player decisions during the course of the deal is a different beast. Creating a one-to-many blackjack table presents a real challenge.
The Blackjack one-to-many challenge
How do you have a single physical card deal which can:
- be played by many players, and
- re-create a 7 seat table playing experience for each and every player, so the cards in front of them reflect their individual playing choices, while
- not having to change any game rules.
Playtech were the first to have a crack at the 1-to-many blackjack concept with Unlimited Blackjack, released over a decade ago! It still runs today. But this table required a couple of rules tweaks to get the job done.
It wasn’t until 2018 and the Evolution’s release of Infinite Blackjack that the challenge was cleverly met. Evolution’s then Chief Product Officer Todd Haushalter neatly summarised their solution as follows:
“With Infinite Blackjack we finally cracked the code on how to make a one-to-many Blackjack game fun and without having to make any rule changes. We did this using advanced game software, that combines the live dealing of physical cards and virtual cards directly to each individual player. This enables the dealing of individual hands for each player at the table, irrespective of how many players there are at any given time.”
Here’s how it works. The dealer is dealing physical cards out of the 8 deck shoe. Cards for the players’ hand are dealt to a box by the dealer. The physical card then disappears into the table, and seamlessly re-appears as a virtual card at your player hand, only if you have drawn a card based on your playing decision.
Every player will see the physical to virtual card transition for their initial 2 cards. Thereafter, it depends on whether they draw another card (hit, split, double down etc) or not.
In the example above, I hit on 12 so was dealt the 10. Any players who chose to stand would only have 93 in front of them.
This is a concept that is far easier to grasp watching a video.
It’s an elegant solution that has since been used over and over again by Evolution on different rule variations of blackjack. It’s also been used by other providers.
Long story short…there are now plenty of 1-to-many blackjack tables to choose from.
Low limits. No waiting
So why would you want to play one of these tables rather than a classic 7 seat table, which is more reminiscent of a traditional casino experience?
Here are a few reasons.
- Limits are always low
Because many players are on these tables, the casinos/providers can keep the limits very low. You’ll struggle to find a classic 7 seat table with seat minimums below $€£5. And the 5 minimum tables are invariably full.
Most 1-to-may tables have a $€£1 minimum bet.
- No waiting
No waiting to get a seat (on a low limit table). Once you have a seat, there is no waiting for six other players to make their decisions in turn. You are of course waiting for many players to make their decisions, but this is time limited and not in turn. Game rounds are much faster.
Currently available 1-to-many live blackjack tables
There are now plenty of 1-to-many live blackjack tables to choose from, across a bunch of providers.
The gallery below presents all of them, with links to full game details.
In addition to these tables, there are a bunch of blackjack based game shows that also utilise the 1-to-many deal. These include Power Blackjack, Lightning Blackjack, Quantum Blackjack, Mega Fire Blaze blackjack, Cash Back Blackjack, and Majority Rules Speed Blackjack,
But the main game on these tables departs substantially from ‘standard’ blackjack.
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