Ezugi Live Blackjack
Ezugi was founded quite recently, in 2013 – making it one of the newer big names in the live casino arena. They now provide live casino games to nearly 100 online casinos. Among their selection of live blackjack games is an unlimited blackjack option, as well as Turkish and Spanish speaking live dealer tables.
Ezugi is one of the few live dealer developers right now that are happy to work with US-facing casinos. You can find their games on some New Jersey based casinos such as Betfair NJ. However, in trade-off for this – Ezugi does not currently have a UK licence, so their games are unavailable for UK players. For the rest of Europe however things should be fine.
Live Blackjack Features
Ezugi offers standard blackjack tables, as well as an unlimited version. All Ezugi blackjack games use an eight-deck shoe. The user interface here is designed to a high standard and was intuitive to use. They have a (slightly annoying) but also useful beeping sound that ensure players do not accidentally tab out or lose concentration forget to take their action.
Ezugi’s Unlimited Blackjack allows, as the name suggests, unlimited players to play at the same table. All players play on the same hand but can make independent decisions that will only affect their version of the hand. The usual blackjack rules apply, except player pairs of twos, threes, sixes, sevens, eights and aces will automatically split.
We found the table info to be a little misleading for Ezugi games at some sites. The table limits specified before entering the games were not always the same once you actually load the tables up. For example, one table told us the limit was £1, but when we went to sit at the table you needed £20 to take a seat. The side bets could be played with a £1 minimum, but the usual bet was set at £10. This felt a little disingenuous to us but wasn’t a huge problem. One other negative was that Ezugi tables are very quick to disconnect you if you don’t take any actions – definitely less than two minutes on some occasions. This shouldn’t be a big problem for most players, but again just a minor annoyance that adds up.
The studio carpet could also use an update in our opinion – at the moment it is a very jazzy 1970s style. However, it does make Ezugi tables quite recognisable! Although the studio may look a little dated in places, in general the vibe when playing at Ezugi blackjack tables is great. The studio feels busy and vibrant, with music and the sounds of people talking always floating about in the background. This gives a real casino floor feel, which some live casino studios do miss out on.
The general rules at Ezugi blackjack tables were as follows:
- Dealer stands on a soft 17
- Players can double after split
- Players can split only once
- Players can split aces
- Players only get one hit per split ace
- No surrender
Our Favourite Ezugi Casinos
Only two side bets are available at Ezugi blackjack tables. These are your usual perfect pairs and 21+3 side bets. Perfect pairs pay out a cool 25:1, coloured pairs 12:1 and mixed pairs 6:1. 21+3 bets allow you to bet on the possibility of your hand and the dealers forming a poker hand.
They pay out as follows:
- Suited Trips: 100-1
- Straight Flush: 40-1
- Three of a Kind: 25-1
- Straight: 10 -1
- Flush: 5 – 1
Suited trips is not a 21+3 side bet pay-out that you will see at many places other than at Ezugi blackjack tables, and this is one that can obviously lead to massive wins.
However, in general, top-tier blackjack players will avoid side bets as they are far less likely to come through than just bets made sticking to a perfect blackjack strategy. Ezugi also offers insurance should the dealer first pull an ace, on all their blackjack tables.
Accessing Ezugi games on mobile was not as intuitive and graphically impressive as on desktop – but in general they worked fine. The user interface moved over nicely, with big and bright icons that make tapping your desired option simple and easy. However, the stream quality definitely suffered a little on mobile. Even with a strong connection, the video lacked the sharpness of their desktop blackjack offerings.
How you access Ezugi games on mobile mostly depends on the casino at which you find them, but there are Ezugi powered live casinos out there that offer apps for both Android and iOS devices. The games we tried in our mobile browsers worked fine, even on an older device, although like we said the stream video quality can dip a little at times.
Native & Private Tables
Ezugi does not offer private, custom table technology just yet (although we have spotted some interesting 1XBet branded tables, so maybe they do?).
So whichever online casino you fire up an Ezugi blackjack table from – it will always be the same. Especially that carpet! They do however, offer tables with live dealers speaking different languages. As far as we know, they are the only live casino developer to have hired Turkish speaking live dealers for their blackjack tables. One for Turkish blackjack fans to keep an eye out for then! They also have Spanish speaking dealers on their books, as well as the usual English.
Whilst Ezugi might not be able to keep up with Evolution in sheer quality, they do offer some interesting options. Their unlimited blackjack table is well designed and has a top-tier interface that translates nicely to mobile. They’re also available to US customers (in New Jersey only at the moment), which is definitely a draw that many other live casino developers can’t match.
However, their live studio could do with a makeover in some cases and they don’t have a licence for UK players as of yet. Altogether, a decent offering from Ezugi – but don’t expect them to be blazing to the top of the online blackjack pile just yet!