NetEnt offer a reasonably small, but growing range of blackjack tables all streamed from their dealer studio in Malta.
For some time they only offered a ‘1 to many’ table that they name Common Draw Blackjack, but thankfully they now also have a range of 7 seat tables.
A key point of difference of NetEnt’s live blackjack offering is the use of a shuffle machine for their deal (containing 6 decks). Most other providers deal from an 8 deck shoe and shuffle manually when the deal is around half way into the shoe.
Other key aspects of Netent’s live blackjack are set out below.
Visit our live blackjack page for a summary of tables from all providers.
Look & Feel
House rules & RTP
VIP tables and different backdrops aside, you essentially have 2 types of Net Entertainment blackjack table to play – classic 7 seat tables, and their ‘one to many’ deal variation they call Common Draw Blackjack.
Classic 7 seat blackjack tables
There are 2 key points of points of distinction between Netent’s 7 seat blackjack table and most other live blackjack tables you’ll find. The first is that cards are dealt from an auto-shuffling Shufflemaster rather than a manually shuffled shoe. The second is that they use 6 decks…not the customary 8.
Here are the key house rules…
- Dealt from a Shufflemaster containing 6 decks
- Blackjack pays 3:2
- Dealer stand all 17s
- You can double after split
- You can double any 2 cards
- You can’t hit split Aces (ie you will can only draw 1 card to split Aces)
- You can’t re-split (ie split a split hand)
- Insurance is offered
Theoretical return to player rate (assuming optimal play): 99.5%
Common Draw Blackjack
NetEnt’s Common Draw Blackjack table employs the same house rules (and use of 6 deck Shufflemaster) as their 7 seat tables. The key difference is that many players are able to play the same deal (referred to as a ‘one to many’ game).
Basically, cards are allocated to you specifically, based on your play decisions. NetEnt actually do the best job of explaining this concept in their house rules of any provider offering this type of blackjack…
“…all players at the table play the game from a common set of cards placed on the table. This common set of cards is called the card stream
If you decide to hit, double, or split, the next card or cards dealt into the stream are counted toward those decisions.
If you decide to stand, or your hand busts, cards may continue to be dealt into the card stream as other players at the table have not yet completed their hands.”
It’s worth noting that despite the different deal convention, the game theoretical RTP for optimum play is identical to the 7 seat table…99.5%.