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What is Basic Strategy Blackjack with Early Payout V2.0?

Celtic Casino's variation of blackjack is called Live Blackjack with Early Payout V2.0. This version of blackjack is based on the basic strategy odds where the blackjack player has the option to receive a payout after each deal for the theoretical payout based on the widely known basic strategy odds. This means that the player has the option to play the best theoretical hand thereby enjoying a 99.4% payout. Celtic Casino is one of the few live online casinos that offers this exclusive variation of blackjack with live dealers. The newest version of Live Blackjack with Early Payout is V2.0, which boasts more player options at each hand.

Early Payout is an opportunity to payout on your hand based on the cards dealt to you and the croupier's "up" hand. Meaning, you will not follow through with the hand dealt. The casino software will automatically calculate how much your payout will be based on the average estimated outcome of your hand versus the dealer's "up" hand. If you choose to payout, then your hand ends there and we will credit the payout to your gaming account. (Note that all player hands will be dealt to conclusion, even though you have chosen to payout.)

How to play live Blackjack with Early Payout V2.0

At the beginning of each hand you will need to place your initial bet.

When you place your bets you will see the choice of chips on the lower end of the card table. In order to place a bet, move your mouse over any chip of your choice. Click the left mouse button. The chip will then have a yellow ring around it. Move the mouse to the player hand position you wish to bet on and left click the mouse again to release the chip. You can continue to place more chips on the same player hand or on different player hands as long as you do not exceed the maximum bet. If you made a mistake and you wish to clear your bet then you move your mouse over the chips on the card table. Right click the area you wish to remove your chips and the chips starting with the lowest amount will be deducted.

You may choose to bet on one hand or more than one hand of live Blackjack at once. This is one of the advantages of playing Blackjack with Early Payout. Our live croupier will continue by giving you an initial hand of two cards (per bet). The objective is to get a higher card total than the live dealer, without going over 21. The croupier will follow the Basic Strategy rules. Your two initial cards are turned over and the live dealer has one "up" card. This is when we are given the choice to apply the Early Payout. Celtic Casino gives you a specific amount of time to make your decision.

If you choose to follow through with your hand and not take the Early Payout, then the Basic Strategy rules are applied. There are three outcomes of the game: Win, Draw or Lose. As the game moves forward the sum of the player cards appear in a small box above the cards. The sum is continually updated. This facilitates your game, especially if you are playing more than one hand at once. All play hands will be dealt to completion based on the Basic Strategy rules; until the hand Stands or Busts (goes over 21). The live Dealer draws on 16 and stands on 17.

How to win at Blackjack with Early Payout

The game of Blackjack is made easier for you playing online. The card game is not only following the basic strategy rules, but our gaming software will make the player hand decisions automatically. The player's decisions are the following:

  • Hit: Take another card.
  • Stand: Take no more cards.
  • Double: The player may "double" his bet on his first two cards, and receive an additional card face "down." A second bet equal to the initial bet is made.
  • Split a pair: If the first two cards are of the same value, the player can "split the pair." A second bet equal to the initial bet is made. Our software splits the cards to create two hands, placing one bet with each hand. The player proceeds to plays with two separate hands.

If the live dealer's "up" card is an ace, then the player is presented the option of taking Insurance before the dealer checks their "down" card or "hole" card. This option is a side bet of up to half the player's initial bet. Insurance pays 2 to 1. The player loses the insurance if the dealer does not have blackjack, and you can still win or lose on the original bet.

Once the winners have been decided, the winning hands are paid. Blackjack pays 3 to 2. All winnings are credited immediately to your gaming account.