Live Blackjack Guide | Marathonbet Live Casino

You’ll find a whole host of Live Blackjack games to enjoy in the Live Casino. Wondering how to get started? Read our Live Blackjack Guide...

Live Blackjack Guide

You’ll find a whole host of Live Blackjack games to enjoy in the Live Casino, including Lightning Blackjack and Blackjack Party.

Wondering how to get started before you take to the table for the first time?

Here are our top tips on what to expect when you play Live Blackjack….

How to Play Live Blackjack

Players take their virtual seat and try to achieve a hand that’s closer to 21 than the dealer’s hand, without going over 21.

You only compete against the dealer, not against any other players.

Card Values

  • Cards from 2 to 10 are worth their face value.
  • Face cards (Jacks, Queens and Kings) are each worth 10.
  • Aces are worth 1 or 11, whichever is most favourable to the hand.


The dealer deals one card face up to each player, starting with the player to the dealer’s left and moving clockwise to end with the dealer.

Then a second card is dealt face up to each player, in the same order, but the dealer’s second card is dealt face down.

If the value of your initial two-cards is exactly 21, you have a Blackjack!


If the dealer’s upcard is an Ace, a player can choose to place an additional insurance bet that pays out if the dealer goes on to win with Blackjack.

A player clicks/taps ‘Yes’ to purchase this ‘Insurance’ then places an additional bet equal to half their initial main bet.

The dealer then takes a peek at their face-down card to check for Blackjack.

Should the dealer have Blackjack (i.e. an Ace + 10, Jack, Queen or King), the player wins twice the insurance bet.

If the dealer does not have Blackjack, the player loses their insurance bet and the game continues.

Hit or Stand

The dealer must ‘Hit’ (take an additional card) when their hand is 16 or less.

The dealer must ‘Stand’ on all hands of 17 or more (including a soft 17, which is a total of 17 made up of an Ace counted as 11 + another card).

The dealer loses the game with a hand that exceeds 21. If a player’s final hand is closer to 21 than the dealer’s hand, the player wins even money on their initial bet.

When the dealer does not have Blackjack, if the players’ initial hand is not 21 they can Hit to be dealt an additional card, which is then added to the value of their existing cards.

They can do this more than once until they are satisfied with the value of their hand, at which point they Stand and their total card value is kept (providing they have not ‘Bust’, i.e. exceeded 21).

Doubling Down

If a player’s first two cards do not result in Blackjack, and a third card is likely to result in a hand that won’t go bust but will beat the dealer’s hand, the player may elect to ‘Double Down’.

This allows the player to double their main bet and receive just one additional card.

The value of the players hand will be the total of the three cards and they will Stand with that value.

Splitting Pairs

When a player’s first two cards are of equal value, the player can choose to ‘Split’ them into two separate hands.

They will then be played as two separate hands, with the original bet on one hand and a second equal bet on the additional hand.

You play the hand to your right first, and once you Stand or are Bust, the other hand will then be played.

If the player splits two Aces, they will receive just one additional card on each hand.

No doubling is allowed.


If you Bust your hand, i.e. the total card value is over 21, you lose your bet.

You win when the value of your hand is closer to 21 than the dealer’s hand, or when the dealer Busts.

If the value of your hand is the same as the dealers, the result is a Push and your bet is returned.

A Blackjack is only possible when counting the two cards in the initial deal.

A hand of 21 resulting from a split pair is not considered a Blackjack and will not beat a Blackjack.

Bet Behind

If all the seats are taken, rather than waiting for a seat to become available you can Bet Behind.

You can choose one of the players whom you wish to follow, and you will Bet Behind their hand.

Essentially, you are placing a bet on their hand but are reliant of the actions of the player, who makes all the decisions as the hand develops.

However, you can control whether to place an insurance bet, or to Double Down or Split, when the player you are betting behind decides to make one of those actions.

Live Casino Blackjack Games

50+ Live Blackjack tables are available in the Live Casino, including:

  • Marathonbet Blackjack
  • Lightning Blackjack
  • Blackjack Party
  • Blackjack Silver
  • Blackjack VIP
  • Blackjack Platinum VIP
  • Speed Blackjack
  • Salon Privé

Live Blackjack games accurate as of 23/11/2021; please note, games libraries and providers can be subject to change.



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