Launched in early 2019, Lucky Blackjack from Yggdrasil Gaming is the Swedish operator’s take on the world’s most widely enjoyed casino banking game, which has been played in the UK since the eighteenth century.
It’s a comparing card game, in which players compete against the dealer in turn, rather than against each other. You play it with at least one 52-card deck.
Yggdrasil’s Irish-themed, 3D version gives you the feel of a big night out in Dublin, with live-dealer simulation. Expect to see a leprechaun safeguarding pots of gold in the background behind the gaming table!
Lucky Blackjack offers all the traditional moves of this game, along with some interesting bonus bets.
How to play
Lucky Blackjack is optimised for mobile, and, crucially, you’re given 15 seconds to make each betting decision, so that you have a little time to make your choices.
This version follows standard rules of blackjack pretty faithfully, including Stand, Hit, Bust and Push.
You get an interactive dealer plus a fairly and electronically RNG-shuffled shoe of cards.
Choose your wager, draw your initial hand and choose Stand or Hit. As ever, 21 is the number you mustn’t go over or you’ll have lost the round.
There’s a nice wide betting range here of 1 to 500 coins, meaning everyone from casual players to more serious blackjack strategists who want to place higher bets.
And your dealer is a young Irishwoman appropriately named Lucky, designed to look remarkably realistic and move in the style of Toy Story animations.
With six decks of cards in play here and up to three live players per table, the dealer stands on soft 17.
Lucky Blackjack Special Features
Bonus and Side Bets
Bet Behind option
You have this when there are other players at the table. Effectively you choose this rather than playing your own game and bet that that player will beat the dealer on their hand.
LUCKY LADIES™ Side Bet
This isn’t found typically in live-dealer blackjack, but it’s a cracker! Place it on the first two-card deal as a round kicks off, or form lucky combos of your first pair of cards together with the dealer’s one that faces up.
There may not be a progressive jackpot here in the same way that some slots have, but maximum win in Lucky Blackjack is 2.5x stake, and this is awarded when you hit a blackjack. Basic payouts are in keeping with most similar games.
Return to Player (RTP)
Return to Player or RTP is as high as you’d expect from a table game like this, at 99.54%. However, if you play having taken out an insurance bet against the dealer, this drops down to 92.60%.
This game shows a continuation of the Swedish operator’s efforts to create table offerings.
You should find Lucky Blackjack a classy, elegant choice whether you’re just playing for fun or more seriously and strategically. And it has a very authentic casino-style feel. So it’s a worthy addition to Yggdrasil’s growing blackjack lobby, and with some glossy graphics.
It’s definitely one to try out in free demo mode before you part with any real cash. Let us know how you got on!