What is Blackjack? 

Live blackjack is a classic casino card game that’s popular with many high rollers and other players who are aiming to win real money. Also known as 21, the goal of this game is to have a hand that’s closest to 21 and potentially to get the dealer to bust. This card game involves strategy for players to win consistently and relying on luck will lead to more losses.

Live Blackjack

Many players who aim to win consistently in this game use certain strategies to get an edge over the dealer. In fact, some players even got banned from casinos due to how effective their strategies were. The rules of this game can get complicated but mastering them is necessary to be able to win in this game consistently.

How to Play Blackjack | Rules of Blackjack

The goal of the game is to get a hand that’s closest to 21. The dealer will first deal cards to all players and give themselves an upcard. Any player that gets a 21 automatically wins but other players will have to decide whether to hit, stand, split, or double down to try and get 21.

Rules of Blackjack

The different moves in blackjack are the following:

  • Hit: Take another card to try and get a higher hand
  • Stand: Stop taking cards
  • Double Down: Double the original stake and get an additional card
  • Split:  Split the player’s hand with two cards of the same value into two hands and place an additional bet for that additional hand

Some blackjack tables don’t allow players to split or double down, so keep the individual games’ rules in mind before placing bets.

In addition to these moves, blackjack has more rules to keep in mind to be even more familiar with the game.

Blackjack Card Values

Blackjack cards are always read as the following:

  • Ace = 1 or 11
  • King, Queen, and Jack = 10
  • Number cards = Face value from 2 to 10

Aces can either be 1 or 11, depending on the player’s hand. If the player gets two Aces, then their total is a soft 12 since one Ace is counted as 1 and the other is 11. Getting an Ace and a 10 results in the player getting a Natural Blackjack.

Some blackjack tables remove certain cards from the deck, but the card values don’t change and remain a constant.

Most Common Rules in BK8 Blackjack

As BK8 is powered by multiple gaming providers, each one will have varying rules to make the game unique. However, the most common rules for most blackjack games are the following:

  • House edge is 0.5%
  • Blackjack pays 3:2
  • Insurance pays 2:1
  • Dealer stands on 17
  • Dealer deals second card after the players
  • Late surrender allowed
  • Double down allowed
  • Double down after split  allowed

Other tables will have some small differences, so keep these in mind before playing to ensure you can double down after splitting hands.

Dealer Rules

Blackjack is complicated on the player’s part, but dealers have simpler rules they follow. These rules are the following:

  • Dealer plays last
  • Dealer hits until 16
  • Dealer stands on 17
  • Dealer can’t double down 
  • Dealer can’t split hands
  • Dealer can’t surrender
  • Dealer can’t take insurance

Six Card Charlie Rule

Some blackjack tables feature the Six Card Charlie rule where players automatically win when their hand reaches six cards without busting. This is a more complicated way of winning and shouldn’t be aimed for when playing as it’s easier to win with a good hand instead of relying on this rule.

Different Live Blackjack Side Bets

Many live blackjack tables feature several side bets that allow players to potentially increase their winnings depending on the bet’s winning conditions. Some of the best side bets in BK8 blackjack tables are the following:

21+3 Side Bet

21+3 is a side bet where players predict that their first two cards and the dealer’s upcard will make up a three-card poker hand. The name is a combination of 21 or blackjack and 3 which is about three-card poker. The different hands to bet on are the following:

Side BetsWinning ConditionPayoutsOdds to Win
Suited Three of a KindSame suit, mixed values100:11.00%
Straight FlushDifferent suits, running values40:12.49%
Three of a KindThree same-value cards30:13.32%
StraightSame suit, running values10:19.90%
FlushSame suit, three same-value cards5:119.61%

Any Pair Side Bet

Any Pair is a side bet where players guess that their hand will consist of two cards that make a pair. This can be a quite common occurrence since basic strategy dictates players to split when they get two cards of the same value, which is usually a mixed pair.

The different pairs are the following;

Side BetsWinning ConditionPayoutsOdds to Win
Mixed PairSame card value6:116.39%
Colored PairSame color, same card value12:18.26%
Perfect PairSame color, same suit, same card value25:13.98%

Hot 3 Side Bet

Hot 3 is a side bet where the player guesses that the player’s initial two cards and the dealer’s upcard will total 19, 20, or 21. The different conditions and payouts are the following:

Total Card ValuePayouts
Three 7s or 7-7-7100:1
Suited 2120:1
Unsuited 214:1

The highest payout is the Three 7s which requires two 7s for the player and a 7 for the dealer’s upcard. The lowest payout is 19’s which only pay out easy money and isn’t worth it.

Bust It Side Bet

Bust It is a side bet where players bet that they’ll bust when drawing a certain third card. The different conditions for Bust It are the following:

Dealer OutcomePayouts
Bust with 615:1
Bust with 79:1
Bust with 87:1
Bust with 95:1
Bust with 1010:1
Bust with colored 88850:1
Bust with suited 888200:1

Bet Behind

Most BK8 blackjack tables have limited seating and when the table is filled, gamblers can still play by betting on what a certain player will do. This essentially means “betting behind what the other player bets on.”

BK8 Blackjack Variations 

BK8 Blackjack Variations

BK8 is powered by multiple live gaming providers, allowing the platform to offer many different variations of blackjack. Evolution Gaming is the gaming provider that provides the most number of blackjack tables at BK8.

Classic Live Blackjack

Most of Evolution Gaming’s tables are classic blackjack tables with a mix of American and European Blackjack rules. This game also features several side bets that are pretty common among Evolution Gaming tables. These side bets are the following:

  • 21+3
  • Any Pairs
  • Bet Behind

These classic tables come with different minimum bet amounts to make certain tables feel exclusive. Some tables are specifically meant for VIPs.

Speed Blackjack

Speed Blackjack works similarly to that of the classic game, except that players are free to hit, stand, double down, and split at their own pace without waiting for the other players to make a decision. This allows players to get good cards to get a 21 before other players can get one themselves.

Infinite Blackjack

Infinite Blackjack is a live blackjack game from Evolution Gaming that has some similarities with ONE Blackjack from Pragmatic Play. In this variation, all players are only dealt one hand to share and each player can decide how they’ll play accordingly. Evolution Gaming’s variation features the following side bets and rules that make it unique from other tables with similar rules:

  • 21+3
  • Any Pairs
  • Hot 3
  • Bust It
  • Six Card Charlie

One complaint from some players is that a casino plants at least one player to make dumb decisions that can help get a dealer to have a 21 or at least a better hand than the player.

Lightning Blackjack

Lightning Blackjack is a blackjack variation that follows the same format as Infinite Blackjack while also focusing on multipliers. Because this game features multipliers, players are charged a 100% lightning fee for every bet to have a chance to win with a multiplier on their next hand. When the players win according to one of the following winning conditions, they can get a chance to win with the assigned multiplier on the next round.

  • 4-17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • Blackjack


The basic rules of blackjack is that players must get a hand closest to 21 without busting by hitting, doubling down, splitting, and standing.

The only things to remember is that an Ace counts as either 1 or 11, depending on the player’s current hand, and that King, Queen, and Jack are all worth 10. Other cards are worth their face value.

A good blackjack variation is Infinite Blackjack since players will be able to use the same hand as other players without worrying about other players messing up the cards drawn. Speed Blackjack is perfect for competitive players who want to snipe certain cards from the deck.


Blackjack is an excellent live casino game to play to make money, especially since players can use actual strategy to increase how much they stake. Players can even take advantage of certain variations to win big, including Lightning Blackjack with its multipliers.

Try out BK8 Casino’s live blackjack tables today.

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