Playtech has partnered with Greek operator Betano/Stoiximan to launch an exclusive new scalable live blackjack variant lauded as an “industry first”.
Previously available as an RNG game, the new Live Cashback Blackjack is an eight-deck game open to an unlimited number of players, produced by both parties to add a new collaborative dimension to “an already successful relationship”.
Christos Mavridis, live casino manager at Stoiximan/Betano, commented: “Product innovation, wide game offer and an optimum customer experience have always been among our priorities at Stoiximan/Betano.
“We’ve already seen a fantastic response to Cashback Blackjack as an RNG game, so are very much looking forward to delivering a new experience for our players with the first live version. Having worked closely with Playtech for some time now, we were well aware of their track record in producing innovative new content and game variants.
“As such we felt they were the ideal partner for the development of Cashback Blackjack Live, and we’re sure our players will be just as impressed with the finished product as we are”.
Players begin by placing their main bet, plus any additional side bets. Six different side bets are on offer, such as 21+3, buster blackjack, dealer pair, lucky lucky, player pair and top 3. Buster Blackjack (dealer’s hand) has the biggest win potential, a result of 8+ cards and player’s Blackjack pays out at 2000:1.
In the action rounds, players have five choices of cashback, hit, stand, double or split. If a player chooses the latter during an action round, cashback is offered for both hands. If a player chooses to double, cashback is not offered. The cashback amount is calculated based on the cards on the table and may change for each action round. Cashback only applies to the main bet, with side bets resolved and paid out separately.
Edo Haitin, CEO of Playtech Live, commented: “The development of Cashback Blackjack Live has been a truly collaborative effort, and takes our partnership with Stoiximan/Betano to a new level. Stoiximan/Betano is already one of the leading operators in the Greek market, and we’re committed to working closely with them to not only build on this position, but also extend that success into further territories.
“Thanks to a fantastic initiative from our friends at Stoiximan/Betano group and a great effort from the development teams on both sides, we’ve been able to deliver a dynamic new experience for players in record time, which emphasises our strategy of equipping our partners with scalable dedicated solutions while still providing players with a fun and personal game experience.
“The cashback concept is of course well-established in sports betting, so we’re very interested to see how players will respond to it in a live casino setting, where there’s interaction with a dealer and other players. We’re confident players will find Cashback Blackjack Live a highly engaging experience”.