Live Blackjack Vivo Gaming
Vivo Gaming is one of the fastest-growing software companies that specializes in live dealer games, including live blackjack, roulette and baccarat, as well as white label solutions and even in-store terminals that broadcast a video stream from live casinos. Vivo Gaming operates multiple studios located in Costa Rica, Laos and, since recently, Manila, the capital of the Philippines. This live blackjack looks simplistic and a little plain as compared with equivalent offerings from other developers but its simplicity makes the game very easy to understand and play, especially in poor connection environment.
The game is offered in a $25–$250 bet limit per round. An array of seven casino chips at the bottom is customized by clicking a small circular arrow near the chip set and updating the currently displayed chips with the denominations you are comfortable to bet with. The betting time between rounds is 15 seconds. The game provides room for seven players, so you have to wait for an open seat if all betting spots are occupied.
Video, options and user interface
There is the option to enlarge/reduce the video screen and activate a full screen mode. Whichever the case, the table is always shown by one camera that gives an overall picture of the game and the studio. Video streaming is of good quality but players cannot switch between video quality options. In fact, the game has no user-customizable video settings, except for switching between data transmission channels (CH1 and CH2) for a steadier picture. Audio options include muting/unmuting and volume control.
All settings are arranged into a single bar positioned near the top of the window, which makes the gaming space tidy and perfectly uncluttered. By clicking the menu bar buttons, you can view game info (Table number, dealer’s name and other service information), show/hide a chat window, see table limits and view your personal betting history. Clicking a flag icon opens the drop-down list of over 20 available languages that you can select from to change the interface language. Pay attention at the button depicting a crossed wrench and screwdriver; this is the Report Issue feature designed to let players inform the casino about any gameplay issues and attach screenshots.
Live blackjack rules are shown on clicking the Rules button at the top menu bar. Unfortunately, the developer provides a general description of blackjack without getting into details of this specific live game. However, players, especially novices, are recommended to read them anyway. The following are the basic rules for the Vivo Gaming’s live blackjack:
- dealer draws to 16 and stands on all 17’s
- blackjack and insurance pay traditionally at 3 to 2 and 2 to 1 respectively
- splitting of a pair or any two 10-value cards is allowed.
The rules provide no details on doubling after splitting. As for other rules, they follow the classic blackjack practice with no rare variations.