For years, card games have formed the base of casino gaming with people across the world visiting casinos to play classics such as Blackjack and Baccarat. The atmosphere around the card tables can be electrifying as people put their skills to the test and often win vast sums of money.
Luckily, you no longer need to visit a top casino to enjoy a high quality card game experience. Our live dealer games bring the casino to you and give you the chance to play with professional dealers from the comfort of your home. The games are streamed in high definition video with audio straight from the casino floor and as you play, you can chat with the dealer and your fellow players just as you would in a land casino. Thanks to this, it is an incredibly realistic and immersive experience and one that all players of casino card games are sure to love.
Blackjack Tables for Beginners and VIPs
Blackjack has always been one of the most popular casino games. It is incredibly simple to learn, it can provide hours of fun, and of course, it offers the chance of big winnings. (If you don’t yet know how to play Blackjack then see below.) Here at mr.play we have a variety of live dealer Blackjack games to ensure that all players are catered for.
Whether you are new to the game or a long-term player, you are sure to have a great time at our standard Live Blackjack game. Each of the tables has seven seats, but thanks to an innovative Bet Behind system, the tables can actually accommodate an unlimited number of players. The game follows the standard rules and allows you to take out insurance, double down and split hands. Best of all, you will have the chance to win even more thanks to the Perfect Pairs and the 21+3 side bets.
Those who like a more personal experience when playing at a casino table will love our VIP Blackjack games. We have a huge range of them to ensure that you can try the VIP experience without needing to bet a fortune. When you look at our Live Blackjack games, you will see the choice of White Blackjack, Diamond VIP Blackjack, Platinum VIP Blackjack, Fortune VIP Blackjack, Grand VIP Blackjack and more. Each of these tables has a different minimum bet so that you can find the right one for you. If you are a real high roller and looking for the ultimate experience then pay a visit to our Salon Privé. This is the top VIP experience with the highest maximum bets and one-to-one, single-player private tables. You will be able to choose your dealer, control the shuffle, set the game speed, and more. It truly is an unrivalled experience.
The Blackjack Basics
Don’t worry if you have never played Blackjack before, it takes hardly any time to learn the basics and you can start playing in no time at all.
The basic aim of Blackjack is to build a hand of cards that is as close in value to 21 as possible but without exceeding it and going bust. As long as your hand is closer to 21 than the dealer’s is then you will win the round.
When playing Blackjack the numbered cards (2 to 10) are worth their face values, the face cards (Jack, Queen and King) are all worth 10, and the Aces are worth either 1 or 11. This means that it is possible to form 21 with just two cards, and Ace and a Ten card. This is called ‘Blackjack’ and it will beat all other hands.
At the start of a round you need to place your bet. Once all players have done so, then each player will receive two face-up cards and the dealer will receive one face-up card and one facedown. When it is your turn to play you will have three basic options for each hand, ‘Hit’, ‘Stand’ and ‘Double’. Choosing ‘Hit’ will draw another card to the hand, choosing ‘Stand’ leaves the hand as it is and if you choose ‘Double’ your bet will be doubled, you’ll receive one more card and then play moves on.
The dealer plays when all players have finished and then any winnings are paid out. All winning hands are paid at 2:1 except for Blackjack, which is paid out at 3:2.
However, in some scenarios there are more betting options. If the dealer’s face-up card is an Ace then you can take out ‘Insurance’ against the dealer having Blackjack. Insurance costs half of your initial bet and if the dealer does have Blackjack then you are paid out at 2:1. Thanks to this, you will not lose any money. If your two first cards have the same value then you can ‘Split’ them into two separate hands. You can then play them as individual hands giving you more opportunities to win.
As mentioned, Live Blackjack also offers two side bets the Perfect Pairs and the 21+3.
The Perfect Pairs side bet is on the player’s first two cards forming either a Perfect Pair, a Coloured Pair or a Mixed Pair. A Perfect Pair is two cards of the same suit and value, a Coloured Pair is two cards of the same value and colour, but from different suits, a Mixed Pair is two cards of the same value but different suits and colours.
The 21+3 side bet pays if your initial two cards and the dealer’s first card form a Flush, Straight, Three of a Kind, Straight Flush or Suited Three of a Kind combination.
Thanks to these side bets, you could win a huge amount from each hand.
Experience the Thrill of Live Baccarat
There was a time when only high rollers would play Baccarat in exclusive casinos. However, today everyone can enjoy this elegant casino game, no matter how much they are betting. Baccarat is perhaps best known as James Bond’s game of choice and it can certainly provide some action and drama. While the game is simple and easy to learn, it is full of tension and can also lead to some huge winnings.
The standard Live Baccarat brings you everything you need to enjoy the game. The games are played at the traditional Baccarat bean-shaped tables and staffed by professional dealers. Within the game, you will find numerous features that enhance the experience.
Those who like to use statistics while playing will find plenty of information and you will also have a choice of roads scorecards to help you form a strategy. The Bead Road and Big Road show the results of each past round while the Big Eye Road, the Small Road and the Cockroach Road can all be used to spot patterns.
Best of all, the game also offers a couple of side bets, Player Pair and Banker Pair. These allow you to bet on the player’s or the banker’s first two cards being a pair and if you win the bet it pays out at 11:1!
Many Baccarat players enjoy the ritual of the squeeze as it adds even more tension and excitement to the game. If you are one of those players then you will love our Live Baccarat Squeeze. The tables have more than fifteen cameras capturing every moment in crystal clear quality and with a number of close-up shots. You are sure to find yourself anticipating the squeeze with bated breath and hopefully it will reveal the cards that you want to see.
The Baccarat Basics
Baccarat has very simple rules and they will take you hardly any time to learn. The game is played with eight decks of cards shuffled together in a shoe. The aim of each round is to form a hand that is as close to 9 in value as possible.
There are only three bets in Baccarat, Player, Banker and Tie, and you begin a round by placing one of these. Once all players have placed their bets they are each dealt two cards and so is the dealer.
In Baccarat the number cards (2 to 10) are worth their face values, the face cards (Jack, Queen and King) are worth 10, and Aces are worth one. If a hand of two cards has a total value greater than 10 then 10 is simply subtracted from the total. For example, a hand of 17 is worth 7.
There are occasions when a player or the dealer will receive a third card. This depends on a number of conditions and full details can be found within the game. However, it is an automatic process so you do not need to memorise the circumstances in which a third card is dealt.
In short, a player receives a third card if their hand is worth between 0 and 5, but they will not if their hand is worth 6 or 7. The dealer receives a third card if their hand is worth 5 or less and the player has not received a third card. If the player did receive a third card then the dealer receives a third card if their hand is worth 7 or less. For example, if the banker is holding 3 and the player’s third card was 4, 5, 6 or 7 then the banker receives a third card. Whatever happens, the dealer and players will always stand on 8 or 9.
At the end of a round winning hands are paid out. The Player and Banker bets pay at 2:1 and a Tie pays at 8:1.