Live Genie Blackjack tables usually have seven seats but can be played by fewer players. The main difference between Live Genie Blackjack and other variants is the theme, which features the genie lamps. The genie lamps stimulate the live game, though they are entirely cosmetic and do not influence the gameplay.
Besides the theme and cosmetic lamp effect, Genie Blackjack's gameplay is similar to the standard blackjack game. The live dealer game starts with punters placing their bets on the table. The dealer then deals two cards to each punter, rubbing the players' lumps while giving out cards. All cards are dealt from eight regular cards decks shuffled together before the game starts.
The punters' primary objective is to score a total card value closer to 21 than the live dealer. After receiving the first two cards, the punters can opt to get one additional card at a time until they feel comfortable with their total card value, provided the value does not exceed 21. A player loses automatically when the total card value exceeds 21. If the card value is less than 21, it is compared to the dealer's to determine the winner.
Live Genie Blackjack Rules
All the number cards in Live Genie Blackjack have the actual number value, irrespective of the suit. For example, a two has a value of two, and a seven has a value of seven. Face cards, also known as picture cards, have a value of ten. Those are the Jack, queen, and king cards. The ace can have a value of either one or eleven, depending on the player's hand. For instance, if eleven makes the total value exceed 21, the ace will be counted as one.
The dealer's hand must have one card revealed and the other card hidden. If the dealer opts to get additional cards, the added cards will also be dealt face down. The single face-up card helps punters make informed decisions about whether to get extra cards.
Live Genie Blackjack offers three side bets: Bet Behind, Pairs, and 21+3. The side bets, especially the bet behind, are beneficial for punters waiting for their chance of getting a seat at the Live Genie Blackjack table. This bet allows punters to bet on any player winning the next hand.