All posts by Michael Dalton

Michael Dalton is the editor and publisher of the Blackjack Review Network and former editor of the quarterly newsletter Blackjack Review. As an authority on the game of twenty-one and a professional level card counter, he has appeared in public on very few occasions. "It is ironic", Dalton remarks, "that to be successful with one's book and writings you have to publicize yourself, which is contradictory to everything that a player must do to be allowed to win at this game." Michael Dalton is retired from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) after 30 years working in Space Shuttle launch activites, avionics, software development and project management. He is a graduate of Florida Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Space Science and a Master of Science degree in Space Technology. Besides the space program, blackjack, and poker, his other interests include the martial arts, playing the Scottish bagpipes and managing the BlackjackReview.com web site. He can currently be found enjoying his semi-retirement... You can follow Michael Dalton on Twitter at http://twitter.com/bjrnet.

The Top Casino Card Games That You Can Play Online

Ace of Hearts - King of HeartsBy Leslie Alexander

Every industry has its origin story. And if we would look for the game that started what we know today as modern-day casinos it would be any card game. Card games have always been interesting to players since they include factors like quick thinking, the powers of perception, as well as socializing.

Card games have evolved over time. As technology slowly integrated itself with the gambling industry, players worldwide got the opportunity to play their favorite card games wherever and whenever. In the past decade, online casinos proved that even though technology changed the way we play casino games, it certainly couldn’t change which games we choose to play. For this reason, card games still remain players’ favorite and in this article, we’ll take a look at the best ones that you can find online.

Poker

When talking about casino card games, the first thing that pops into anyone’s mind is poker. There are different variations to this classic casino card game like Texas Hold’em, Draw Poker, Omaha, Stud and others. One of the main reasons why poker is so popular among players is because it requires skills like patience, observance and quick thinking. It’s said that playing poker can improve your skills in other areas of life. The main goal of the game is to have the best hand possible or, at least, make other players think that you do. Nowadays, you can play video poker or play poker against other people in virtual poker rooms. What is more, there are several online poker tournaments that you can play at if you think that your skills are unmatched.

Blackjack

Blackjack has been appealing to players worldwide simply because it’s very easy to play. All brand new online casinos in the UK that have an optimal gambling environment and amazing welcome bonuses include blackjack as part of their offer. Therefore, it’s the players’ task to find the best online casino that has the ultimate blackjack version and benefit from playing with the most trustworthy and reliable operators. Playing on top-notch gambling platforms will improve your gaming experience, and that can be of crucial importance for all blackjack fans who want to win.

The object of the game of blackjack is to beat the dealer with a better hand (21 or less) or allow the dealer to bust.  Winning at blackjack involves playing all hands optimally with a basic strategy.  In blackjack, it’s important you don’t go over 21 or you lose immediately.

The payouts can be particularly high when playing blackjack, especially if you opt to play progressive blackjack. With the right strategy, you can improve your chances of winning and this is why many players visit online casinos, so they can practice before playing for more serious sums of money. As with poker, there are several variations of this game and they include Spanish 21, Vegas Style, Pontoon, Single Deck and others.

Card GamesBaccarat

Online casinos and online card games have been gaining in popularity recently, simply because they are extremely accessible and easy to play. People don’t have to waste any more of their precious time to reach land-based gambling venues to play a game of cards or to organize private gatherings. Everything they need is right there, in the palm of their hands. This is how another card game that can seem a bit more complicated to play managed to survive the passing of time and remain popular with the new generation of gamblers. Baccarat is actually very easy to play since all the player needs is a total of nine or the closest to nine. In the game of baccarat, after the dealer deals the “coup”, the players have two options – they can either bet on themselves or on the dealer.1)In baccarat the “coup” is simply the round of play where there are three possible outcomes: “player” has the higher score, “banker” has the higher score or “tie”.  There are a few variations of this game to explore.

Conclusion

Card games have and always will be popular among casino fans worldwide. No matter which game you like to play, the entire experience will be thrilling, fun, and gripping. The possibility to win the prize is sometimes a less important aspect for card fans since they always come back to the table (or virtual table) for the unique feeling that each of these games has to offer.

Bio: Leslie Alexander is the Content Lead at the Gamblizard team as well as a dedicated writer of all topics related to the online casino industry. Leslie enjoys writing informative articles that provide guidance to all online players and fans of online casino titles. In her free time, Leslie loves playing different card games like poker and blackjack.

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1In baccarat the “coup” is simply the round of play where there are three possible outcomes: “player” has the higher score, “banker” has the higher score or “tie”.  There are a few variations of this game to explore.

How to Win At Blackjack: The 6 Best Ways

Blackjack Basic StrategyBy Regina Muratov

Every gambler, whether a beginner or veteran, desires to break a big bankroll. However, beginners usually have a challenge as they don’t have enough experience to win as consistently as they would like. It is critical to note that each casino game, whether online or on land, has its own rules and unique ways to win.  In the game of poker, for example, the first step would be to identify the best poker sites, which you can do on theedgepoker.com, which also provides online poker guides. In this guide, you will learn how to play blackjack and win. Read the tips, record, and practice!

Play All Hands Correctly

Online blackjack is similar to playing blackjack in a land-based casino. Your target is to get an optimal combination of cards that will beat the dealer’s hand without leading to busting. However, it would help if you played all hands correctly to succeed. 

You should also bear in mind that the number of hands in blackjack is strictly limited. Therefore, you ought to work out each hand as though it was the last. Also, don’t disregard the weak cards because you can easily win a round with them.  For instance, if you receive cards 7 and 5, you have a hard 12. But, that generally does not differ from other combinations like 8 and 4 or 9 and 3. You should also note that there are very many winning options in a game of blackjack.  How you play a hand such as a 12 is what comes next.

Use a Strategy Card

Throughout the game session, use of a simple blackjack basic strategy card (such as in the image above) will enable you to optimize the best hands with your initial cards. These cards are readily available and casino legal. You can refer to the strategy card to make sure you make the right decision on every hand dealt to you. This will help you avoid costly mistakes.  As you improve your skills you will want a more accurate basic strategy to optimize your play.  Continue reading.

Play Games with Liberal Rules Only

Search for blackjack tables that have the most open-minded playing rules. It is advisable to go for tables that pay 3-2 on a blackjack. On the other hand, avoid games with a 6 to 5 payoff

Other good blackjack rules are dealers stand on soft 17, players are allowed to double down on any two cards, doubling after splitting is allowed and surrender is available.  Moreover, the fewer decks the better.   Of course, none of these rules are useful unless you know how to optimally take advantage of them.

Learn the Exact Basic Playing Strategy

Blackjack is not a guessing game. Outstanding mathematicians have been researching the game of blackjack for over 60 years. Their research has established that there is an optimal way to play every hand dealt to you. 

The optimal blackjack strategy, also known as the basic playing strategy, allows you to minimize the house edge to less than 1%. This will happen when you use the strategy on every hand you play and avoid guessing.  An excellent set of these advanced ultimate basic strategy cards is available by Don Schlesinger.  These cards are designed for each rule and game type.

Avoid Making the Insurance Wager

Avoid making the insurance wager no matter the amount of money you wagered on your hand. Insurance is a sucker bet where you bet that the dealer will have a ten-value down-card to go with her Ace up-card. A winning insurance wager will pay 2-1 while the probability of winning is worse than 2-1. 

Essentially, the insurance wager is only a side-bet in this game.  The house advantage for this bet in an eight-deck game is over 7%.  Compare that to most blackjack games where the house advantage is generally under 1% for players who use basic strategy.

Ignore Your Fellow Players

The playing decisions of other players on the table you are playing with have no impact in the long run on your winning chances. Blackjack is not a team sport.1)Well, I guess blackjack could be a team sport but that is a topic for another time.  Of course there is another way to improve your odds at blackjack.  It is called card counting and involves keeping track of the cards as they are dealt and using simple math to calculate your bet and to make strategy adjustments. The best card counters can hope for in this game is a long run advantage of about 1%. Keep using the basic playing strategy regardless of how the other players play their hand, the amount you bet, and whether you won or lost the previous sessions.

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1Well, I guess blackjack could be a team sport but that is a topic for another time.  Of course there is another way to improve your odds at blackjack.  It is called card counting and involves keeping track of the cards as they are dealt and using simple math to calculate your bet and to make strategy adjustments. The best card counters can hope for in this game is a long run advantage of about 1%.

Five Fantastic Films Featuring Blackjack

Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman in the movie Rainman (1988)By Regina Muratov

Blackjack is arguably one of the most popular and well-known casino games globally. It is no wonder the game has been featured in numerous top films over the years. In the meantime, if you are a punter1)For those who are unfamiliar with the term “punter”, the Cambridge Dictionary defines it as “a person who gambles or risks money guessing the result of something“. in Pennsylvania, you can take advantage of the PA Lottery Bonus Code for a chance to grab bonuses. In this piece, you will read about five of the best movies featuring blackjack.

The Hangover

The Hangover is undoubtedly one of the most hilarious films of the 2010s. In the film, four friends head to Las Vegas for a stag night. After a night of hitting the town, three of the friends wake up the next morning without memory of what ensued the previous night. To make matters worse, the groom is missing.

The three retrace their steps to try and find out what happened and find their friend in time for his wedding. In the process, the three are tricked into believing that their friend is being held hostage, and the ransom money is $80,000 USD.

Alan, played by Zack Galifianakis, decides that he will raise the ransom money by playing blackjack using the card counting techniques he discovered in a book titled The World’s Greatest Blackjack Book. Unbelievably, he wins.  

Casino

This is a Martin Scorsese classic gangster film of 1995. There are many games being played in the movie. However, one of the best scenes in the movie involved blackjack. Robert De Niro featuring as Sam Rothstein, takes over operations at the unreal Tangiers Casino in Las Vegas for the mafia. He is accompanied by his buddy Nicky Santoro a role played by Joe Pesci.

Santoro catches gamblers cheating at blackjack and grabs the player. He gives the cheating player two choices: forfeit the game or keep his winnings and face the consequences of cheating.

Rain Man

Rain Man is a 1988 multiple Oscar winner. Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman star in this movie centered in the game of blackjack. Cruise features as Charlie Babbit. After his father dies, he discovers that he has an older brother that is an autistic savant. His brother, Raymond Babbit, played by Hoffman, inherits $3 million USD from his father.

The two brothers meet and Charlie convinces Raymond to go to Las Vegas on a card-counting tour. Raymond’s autism allows him to count cards to a very accurate degree. It even looks like the duo cannot lose. If you care to know, things did not go as planned!2)Most of the movies listed above do not depict blackjack card counting correctly or realistically.  Even the movie 21 is embellished to a great degree. If you want to learn how to count cards correctly to gain an advantage over the casino be sure to check out the Blackjack FAQ page first on this web site.

21

This is a 2008 movie based on the true story of the MIT Blackjack Team. It is about a professor coming up with a team of six students who become experts in counting cards. The gang heads to Las Vegas now that they are armed with a way of increasing their winning chances at the Strip’s casinos. If you are looking for a film that is all about blackjack, then this is your film.  In real life, The MIT teams operated successfully around the world between 1979 and the late 1990s.

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

The Austin Powers comedy movies don’t center around gambling, but there is an epic scene in the first movie. In a game that features Number Two and the old-fashioned Austin Powers, Number Two disregards advice to stick on 17 and insists on hitting.

Unbeknown to Powers and the other players, Number Two’s x-ray vision enables him to see the next card to be dealt will be 4, and would enable him to reach 21.


Mike Myers is Austin Powers – International Man of Mystery
 

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1For those who are unfamiliar with the term “punter”, the Cambridge Dictionary defines it as “a person who gambles or risks money guessing the result of something“.
2Most of the movies listed above do not depict blackjack card counting correctly or realistically.  Even the movie 21 is embellished to a great degree. If you want to learn how to count cards correctly to gain an advantage over the casino be sure to check out the Blackjack FAQ page first on this web site.

The Best Video Games That Offer Casino Gambling

Gambling in Video Games - Grand Theft Auto

By Aina Kebler

Gambling and video games have been synonymous with one another for a long time now, none made more popular than in Grand Theft Auto. A fully functioning casino proved such a huge hit with players that their new online game has added a casino break-in. They weren’t the first and they certainly won’t be the last.

If you’re on the hunt for new Canadian online casinos, we can help with that too, right here. But if you’re looking for a wee break from your online escapades, without going offline, here are some awesome video games that will still allow you that casino experience.

SimCasino

If you’ve always wanted to build and run your own casino, now you’ve got it. Just like the original Sim City way back in the early 90’s, you get to construct the whole building of the casino of your dreams to entice your people, make some money and live the good life. Furnish it in your chosen style, decide how many blackjack tables you want (a lot), right down to the tiles in the toilets.

Then you can really be the Don and start playing around with the odds. But be careful, too much in your favor and you’ll find the punters investing their coin elsewhere. SimCasino lets you be as meticulous or easy going as you like, which makes it great for everyone.

Oh, and like any good casino owner, you’ll need a good security system in place; not everyone is out to play by the rules. Cheats and thieves are all for easy money, so how are you going to deter them in the future? A great game that combines the construction aspects of the original with the human experience of the latter. Check it out here.

Red Dead Redemption 2

We must not be the only ones who has imagined a little old school, saloon brawling whilst playing cards. And if you are like us then Red Dead Redemption has some great card playing distractions for those that are inclined.

Not only can you play a sneaky round of Hold’em, but in the spirit of the game you can decide how you want to play, with honor or like a scoundrel. But if you’re going to cheat, just remember there are always repercussions.

From the makers of GTA, this game offers the same flexibility of the free roam with a wild west backdrop, and the gameplay is first class. Just remember there’s a lot more to the game than cards.

Playing Blackjack in Red Dead RedemptionPlaying Blackjack in Red Dead Redemption 2

Super Mario 64

One of the greatest franchises of all time, taking a break from all that driving for a spot of blackjack sounds like a great idea. Mini-games built into common stories have been around since Final Fantasy VII and Mario has jumped on the bandwagon with Luigi’s Casino.

Take your pick from a five-card stud knock off, picture poker, or a little Luigi-jack to get your funds up. Mushroom Roulette and even some slots can be found. It’s all for fun really but it’s a great distraction from the overall game and just may hone those card shark skills without you even knowing it.

Fall Out New Vegas

This epic RPG1)RPG stands for Role Playing Game. takes place in post-apocalyptic Las Vegas, so you’ve just got to add some gambling in there, right? As a courier running missions for various people, you need money to survive and casinos are the place to get it. From blackjack to slots and roulette, you gamble your money to be able to invest in everything from weapons and armor to mere health.

Try sitting down on the slots in the casino lobby. The waiters will even bring you food and drinks that will help replenish your health. There are loads of different casinos you can enter, just keep an eye on your “luck” meter or you’ll find yourself wishing the house didn’t always win.

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1RPG stands for Role Playing Game.

Blackjack Facts – Surprising Facts You Didn’t Already Know about the game

Two guys playing blackjackBy Tali Haim

Every year, the gambling industry continues growing to accommodate more players and new games worldwide. Despite this growth, blackjack and poker are remaining among the most popular games on the betting market. However, while most players are accustomed to playing these games, there are several interesting facts that many players don’t know.

For poker enthusiasts, be sure to check out Party Poker, where you will find a guide to playing legal online poker.  For blackjack players, here are some interesting blackjack facts that most players don’t know about despite playing thousands of hands in casinos and/or online.

The Slots Club Card Works At the Blackjack Table

Most gamblers do not realize that they can use their slots club card at the blackjack table. The player’s club card can generally be used at any table in the casino. The dealer approximates the amount you are placing your wager on and multiplies that by how many hands per hour you are playing on average to determine the rewards you are entitled to.

If you wish to obtain all the information for combining skilled blackjack play with casino comps to get an edge over the casino, just go through Max Rubin’s book Comp City. The book details how the casino figures out your average bet to calculate rewards and provides other excellent advice on how the casino comp system works.  The book also gives the perfect strategies to minimize your losses.

Of course, not all casinos accept their slot club card at the blackjack tables.  Some casinos will use a separate player card scheme to keep track of your play.  In any case, when you sit at the table just ask if your slot club card can be used to be rated.

Blackjack is More Than Just One Game

From game to game or from table to table, blackjack rules might be similar. The game’s main aim is to obtain a score of 21 or a number close to 21 without going over.1)Of course, the real aim of the game is to beat the dealer.  Standing on a stiff hand (such as 16) when the dealer shows a small card (such as a 5) is a good example of a basic strategy move that is correct and that will save you money. The cards have the same values from game to game, however, rules can add up to make some versions of blackjack an entirely different game.

For example, Spanish 21 uses a slightly different deck of cards where all the Tens have been removed.  In Spanish 21 , a natural blackjack always pays 3 to 2 even if the dealer has a blackjack too. For the gamblers who have played blackjack for a long time, they understand the significant difference that one rule change is. A push happens more often in blackjack than most people think.2)For a typical shoe game, the basic strategy player will push about 8.7% of the time, however, the odds of both player and dealer having blackjack in a 6-deck game is about 1 in 461 or about 0.2%.

The House Edge in Blackjack, if you play with the Correct Strategy, is usually less than 1%

The house edge means the amount (a percentage) of each bet that the casino expects to keep in the long run over an infinite number of hands. Though the percentage may vary, all casinos aim to have a positive house edge or advantage. The only casino game to even come close to a possible negative house edge is video poker. If you are placing a wager of 100 dollars per hand, the casino expects to bag around one dollar in a game with a 1% house edge. The rule variations in place at the casino and at the table where you’re playing affect the house edge.  Of course, if you don’t adhere to blackjack basic strategy you are giving the house a bigger house edge.

There is a Blackjack Hall of Fame

Like other games and sports, this game also has its own Blackjack Hall of Fame which honors the greatest blackjack experts, authors, and professional players in history. The idea originated in 2002, when a group of top professional players nominated 21 candidates for consideration.  The final vote (after including input from the public on the Internet) took place at Max Rubin’s Blackjack Ball in January 2003.  

Bottom Line

Blackjack is an engaging, player-friendly casino game that is easy to win with the right strategy, whether you’re playing online or with friends. Unfortunately, you can’t count cards online like in a physical game, although you can reduce the house edge using other strategies.  One of those strategies is, of course, correct basic strategy and the other is taking advantage of promotional offers.

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1Of course, the real aim of the game is to beat the dealer.  Standing on a stiff hand (such as 16) when the dealer shows a small card (such as a 5) is a good example of a basic strategy move that is correct and that will save you money.
2For a typical shoe game, the basic strategy player will push about 8.7% of the time, however, the odds of both player and dealer having blackjack in a 6-deck game is about 1 in 461 or about 0.2%.

The Four Most Popular Versions of Blackjack

BlackjackBy Tali Haim

Here are the four most popular blackjack variations that you’ll love playing online or in a land-based casino.  However, beginners are advised to start with the most popular blackjack variations and understand how they vary from each other.1) Blackjack is a common reference to the game of twenty-one – a card game played between a dealer and one to seven players.  A blackjack is defined as an Ace and a Ten valued card when dealt as the first two cards.   Historically, a blackjack is also called a natural or a snapper.  The odds of getting a blackjack is about 4.75 percent or, surprisingly, once out of every 21 hands.

American Blackjack 

Whether you fancy playing blackjack with friends or through the us-online-casino.us which offers a detailed comparison between the best online casino sites, you can find various variations to accommodate your style of play and wagering limit.

American blackjack, commonly referred to as the classic blackjack, is one of the world’s most played games. One of the most notable differences is in how the dealer takes his hole card. Before the player decides about their hand in American blackjack, the dealer gets their hole card. Apart from that one difference, there are several other differences between the two depending on the game’s central facets, such as splitting and double down.

European Blackjack

In this blackjack version, the dealer receives the hole card only after the players have played out their hands. Compared with the American blackjack, there are also more restrictions in terms of game play.  If the dealer discovers that they have a blackjack, the insurance bet is paid out and all other player bets are lost.  Since the dealer keeps all double down and split hands bets when the dealer has a blackjack, you may want to change your basic strategy.

The other difference between the European and American versions is that there are fewer opportunities to double down in the European version, enabling players to only double on hands with a value of nine, ten, or eleven. In the US blackjack, there are no limitations in terms of the value of your hand you can double down on.

One other thing to keep in mind when playing in real casinos in Europe is the custom of being able to make a rider bet on someone else’s hand.  In most casinos, the player who has the original bet controls the play of the hand.

Las VegasVegas Strip Blackjack 

Las Vegas has been called the entertainment capital of the world for it’s wide selection of hotels, casinos, nightlife, shows, etc.  Vegas Strip blackjack is one of the most commonly played variations on the Strip. It comes with no surprise that Vegas Strip blackjack is played worldwide, given that Las Vegas is the home of some of the world’s best casinos. The game’s main objective remains to unify all blackjack games to obtain a blackjack score of 21 or get a score close to 21 but not over.

Vegas Strip blackjack has many similarities. The main difference between the two is that the dealer might peek if their card is 10, face, or an Ace card in the American version. In the Vegas Strip blackjack, the only peek is on an Ace.  The other difference in many casinos is the change to only pay 6 to 5 on player blackjacks which is a bad rule change for players.

Blackjack Switch

In this version of blackjack, the player places identical bets on two hands and then gets a chance to switch the second card dealt with each hand with one another.  Another important aspect to be aware of in Blackjack Switch is that a dealer hand of 22 doesn’t count as a bust. Instead, it is counted as a draw unless a player has a blackjack that was not created via switch or split.  In this version, player blackjacks pay even money and dealer hands of 22 will push all player hands that are still alive. 

Rule Variations

All blackjack games are not created equal and you should always seek to find the best games.  Some games have great rules such as unlimited doubling and splitting, blackjacks pay 3 to 2, dealer stands on soft-17, double after splitting allowed, surrender available, etc. 

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1 Blackjack is a common reference to the game of twenty-one – a card game played between a dealer and one to seven players.  A blackjack is defined as an Ace and a Ten valued card when dealt as the first two cards.   Historically, a blackjack is also called a natural or a snapper.  The odds of getting a blackjack is about 4.75 percent or, surprisingly, once out of every 21 hands.

Sports Betting Tips for Beginners

Sports Betting - Soccer / FootballBy Ahmed Sadulaev

Newbies are wondering if there are secrets to sports betting that lead to success and profits. But it is much more important at the initial stage to avoid common annoying mistakes. With Telecomasia.net, let’s learn how to bet on sports so that your first steps in betting don’t fail.

What you need to know about the bookmaker

One of the mistakes beginner bettors make is rushing to sign up to start playing. Before playing at a bookmaker’s office, do the following:

  • Visit the site without registering on it;
  • Study what kinds of sports are represented in the line, list of events, action line;
  • Read the information section and the rules of the bookmaker;
  • Find out the methods and conditions for replenishing your gaming account, withdrawing winnings;
  • Try to fill in a betting coupon, check how bets are made in live;
  • Calculate the bookmaker’s margin (commission included in the odds) in those sports and championships that interest you;

Before registering, be sure to check the bonus offers for new customers. Often, to receive such prizes, you need to give your consent or enter a promotional code in the registration form. Missing a moment like this will leave you without a welcome gift.

Do not forget about financial management

Often, a game in a bookmaker’s office begins with disappointment, with a quick loss of money. Unsurprisingly, the top secrets of sports betting professionals lie in choosing a financial management system for a gambling bank.

For example, the famous capper1)A “capper” is a person or company that provides (sells?) its bets (forecasts, analytics, etc).  Cappers specialize in the analysis of sports events and forecast results.  It is very important that the integrity and reputation of a capper be checked. J.R. Miller, who made millions from betting, argues that managing your finances correctly is much more important than choosing the outcomes of events.

He advocates an extremely conservative approach to the use of the game bank. It is advised to bet no more than 1% of the total amount of the deposit. You don’t have to stick to such a cautious style.

Learn the financial secrets of sports betting professionals, choose one of the bankroll management systems and stick to it strictly.

The key financial principle in betting is to play only with “free” money. In no case do not deposit funds in the bookmaker office that may be needed for personal or family needs, business.

Secrets of Sports Betting

No matter how well you know about a particular sport, this does not mean that you can make money on it. For beginners, the secret of the success of the game in the bookmaker office largely depends on the full use of auxiliary, training, expert information:

  • Read analytical reviews, information and statistical summaries of championships, tournaments, competitions on which you bet;
  • Visit the social network profiles of athletes, where you can also find out useful information, for example, in what condition and with what motivation a tennis player is approaching the next tournament;
  • Choose a strategy of the game and stick to it strictly; chaotic and random betting is the main mistake many beginners make;
  • Do not trust scammers who promise to sell you the results of match-fixing, win-win strategies, real ways of making money, etc.

There are many resources on the Internet offering strategies, sports betting secrets and betting earning schemes. Such advisors need to be treated with great caution. If you still want to turn to cappers for help, choose only those who have profiles on verifier sites with detailed prediction statistics.

How to avoid gambling addiction

In order not to face such a widespread problem as gambling addiction, follow these recommendations:

  • Do not consider gambling in a bookmaker’s office as the main way to make money;
  • When choosing a sports betting strategy, set a strict limit on the number of bets or funds spent per day, week, month;
  • Do not strive to win back by any means, if several bets turned out to be unsuccessful;
  • At the first symptoms of addiction, do not hesitate to seek help from relatives or specialists.

Any expert in betting was once a beginner player. The main task at the initial stage is not to suffer critical financial losses and not get sick with gambling addiction. With experience, you will be able to develop your style, choose the most profitable strategy, learn to place bets with a cool head.

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1A “capper” is a person or company that provides (sells?) its bets (forecasts, analytics, etc).  Cappers specialize in the analysis of sports events and forecast results.  It is very important that the integrity and reputation of a capper be checked.

How to prevent your kids from online gambling

Children Gambling OnlineBy Hector Brown

Most of today’s world is happening online, including those things that are illegal or can cause serious problems. Problem gambling is definitely one of them, considering that the offer of online games is huge. Like in any other aspect of life, kids are the most vulnerable here. Even though online gambling is officially illegal for minors, they often find a way to practice this activity by using other’s identities, money cards, accounts etc. Therefore, it’s critical to explain to them how problematic online gambling can be and prevent any of the numerous possible issues.

While there are all kinds of methods to stop kids from gambling, prevention is still the key. Therefore, one of the first things that you should start practice is to talking with your kids. This doesn’t refer to potential online gambling issues only, but all other things as well. The first goal is to gain full trust, which means that kids won’t hesitate to share everything with their parents.

The second step would be to talk about negative aspects of gambling, not just once but on a regular basis. The first thing to do would be to explain how online gambling works. Kids are vulnerable to all those promotion methods that online websites practice, such as welcome bonuses, free spins, trial periods etc. Your task is to break the child’s misconception that online gambling is an easy way to earn money and to explain all the troubles that usually come with online gambling.

All in all, it’s easy to conclude
that the most important thing
is to talk with your kids and
make them aware of all the
negative consequences
of gambling.

Of course, another obvious thing to do is explain to your child that online gambling is illegal for minors. The online casino industry is regulated by laws and they should be aware of the fact that breaking the law means serious consequences, even in online gambling.

If you like to play online casinos, you will have to change your habits as well. It’s no secret that kids see their parents as major role models and that they tend to imitate them. So, it’s definitely not a good thing to gamble online in front of your kids.

As we’ve already mentioned, gambling is illegal for kids, which means they have to figure out different ways to get access to a casino website. The most common way is to use credit cards of their parents, so you know what you should do. Make sure that your kid isn’t using your credit cards without your knowledge. Of course, tell him about financial issues that come with gambling and talk about how they can lose everything on a gamble and put others in financial trouble as well. Talk about other negative aspects of gambling as well, including addiction, mental and physical health etc.

All in all, it’s easy to conclude that the most important thing is to talk with your kids and make them aware of all the negative consequences of gambling. Teenage gambling addiction happens much more often than you would probably imagine, so it’s vastly important to track your kid’s behavior all the time. Don’t neglect if something strange is happening, it can lead you and your family to a real disaster. There’s no formula to becoming a perfect parent but one thing is certain – the more you communicate with your kid, the better.

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How to play Blackjack on your Mobile Device

Playing blackjack on your mobile deviceBy Frank Monkhouse

The way we play blackjack has changed in recent years and the signs are there’s no going back. The rules may be the same and the competitive edge remains but there’s no longer the need to meet up and play face-to-face.

This is due to the recent spike in popularity of playing blackjack online at the top casino and sports gambling apps. As an example, you will find a list of some of the best betting sites at www.canadasportsbetting.ca.

Online casino betting sites allow you to enjoy the thrill of blackjack anywhere. You can play at home using your desktop computer or gamble on the go via one of the many modern, user-friendly betting apps.1)Most online gambling sites do not accept depositors from players in the United States. It is solely your responsibility to ensure that online gambling is legal in your jurisdiction. We cannot determine the legality of online gambling in every jurisdiction, and cannot provide any legal advice. Online gambling and gaming is illegal in many jurisdictions and users should consult legal counsel regarding the legal status of online gambling and gaming in their jurisdictions. Use of this information in violation of any international, federal, state or local laws is prohibited.

Bring the Casino to You

The apps are user-friendly, regardless of your experience with online betting, and they allow you to turn everyday situations into a chance to enjoy a blackjack win. Play on your commute home from work, on a lunch break, whilst out shopping or even sitting on the sofa at home.

The games are sleek, with no frustrating loading or buffering. The competition is fierce, played against real players and dealers across the world, and the winnings are most certainly real. A range of blackjack betting rooms exists which allow you to go up against players on a similar level to you.

Build your experience of playing blackjack online for small stakes and small winnings or shoot for the stars, taking on the best around for high stakes and high rewards. This can all be down at the click of a button, depositing funds to your online betting account, choosing your blackjack betting room and withdrawing the winnings back to your bank.

How to Create an Account

Do your research and find the betting app that’s legal in your area and offers the best casino gambling experience. You should then register for an account by following the steps listed below. This will ensure you create an account and receive the welcome bonus quickly…

  • Visit the website or mobile site of your chosen Blackjack provider
  • Click the Register button at the top of the homepage
  • Fill in the registration form, providing name, age and address
  • Create a username and password
  • Make your first deposit and bet
  • The welcome bonus due will be added to your account balance

How to Download the App

The next step is to download the app to your mobile device and this can be done by following the steps below…

IOS IOS Download

  • Open the App Store
  • Type the name of your chosen Blackjack site into the search bar
  • Click Get
  • The app will download and install automatically

Android Android Download

  • Type the name of the Blackjack site into your device’s web browser
  • Click the homepage link to download the Android app
  • Open Settings > Security
  • Click the box to allow downloads from unknown sources
  • Open your downloads folder
  • Tap the app file
  • The app will download and install

How to Login

You need only register for an account and download the app once. In the future it will be a simple case of logging in to your account and playing blackjack. The login process takes seconds. Here’s how…

  • Click the login button at the top of the homepage
  • Enter your username and password
  • If you see your username displayed in the corner of the homepage you are logged in
  • You can now access all sections of your account

How to Deposit Funds

Depositing funds to your betting account to use for staking on blackjack is simple, fast and, above all else, completely safe. The top apps are protected by the latest online security measures which allow you to play blackjack online with complete peace of mind.

Here’s how to add funds to your account…

  • Click the members tab
  • Select deposit and choose your method – debit/credit card or e-Wallet2)A digital wallet also known as “e-Wallet” is an electronic device, online service, or software program that allows one party to make electronic transactions with another party bartering digital currency units for goods and services. See Wikipedia for more information.
  • Enter your card details and the amount you wish to deposit
  • Click to confirm and the cash will be moved from your bank to betting account
  • You can now bet on blackjack using your app

How to collect winnings

If you have made a profit from your blackjack play, then well done. It takes just a few clicks to withdraw monies back to your bank account. Here’s how…

  • Click the members tab
  • Select withdraw and choose where you want the money sent to
  • Input the amount you’d like – all or some of what’s available
  • The cash will then be sent to your bank or e-Wallet

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Footnotes

Footnotes
1Most online gambling sites do not accept depositors from players in the United States. It is solely your responsibility to ensure that online gambling is legal in your jurisdiction. We cannot determine the legality of online gambling in every jurisdiction, and cannot provide any legal advice. Online gambling and gaming is illegal in many jurisdictions and users should consult legal counsel regarding the legal status of online gambling and gaming in their jurisdictions. Use of this information in violation of any international, federal, state or local laws is prohibited.
2A digital wallet also known as “e-Wallet” is an electronic device, online service, or software program that allows one party to make electronic transactions with another party bartering digital currency units for goods and services. See Wikipedia for more information.

Is Blackjack Evolving Without People Realizing?

By Greta Jackson

BlackjackIf you take all the casino games that have been digitized since the online casino boom, blackjack is one game that has remained relatively similar to how it was in the pre-Internet days. Roulette games feature virtual wheels and animations, and slots are worlds apart from the machines that came before them. It seems that, while other offerings have evolved, blackjack has continued in the same way it always has. Or has it? 

The General Rules Remain The Same

A lot has changed in the way people play some modern casino games, such as slots. For example, the games found online today have multiple win lines, whereas the original models only paid out when three symbols matched on the middle row. There are also side games and bonus features in abundance in online slot game offerings. Hardly anything has changed about blackjack, though. Indeed, the simple and easy-to-learn rules that led to it becoming the most popular card game in the world are still there. Developers are, perhaps, worried to alter the game too much because of its success to this
date. It could also be argued that messing around with the rules of the game could change it entirely and it would lose its essence.

One Major Thing Has Changed

While the rules of blackjack may have remained fairly standard over the years, there was a major change that many people may not be aware of. Although the card game that requires players to get as close to 21 as possible and beat the dealer has existed for centuries, it hasn’t been known as blackjack for this long. That name first came about after the game had moved across the Atlantic and was gaining traction in the USA.

According to the legend, some of the gambling houses that adopted the game early started offering enhanced odds on a certain hand. Indeed, one of the bonuses that were said to be on offer initially was a ten-to-one payout to hands that consisted of the ace of spades and either of the blackjacks. This offering was designed as a way to entice people to play the game, and it quickly became known as blackjack.

Obviously, returns like this are not in the casino’s interest at all and there have been other ways to give the house an edge. The proprietors who were dishing out these jackpots quickly realized that it wasn’t sustainable, and reverted to playing the original odds. Although the hand was no longer any more valuable than a hand of 21 made through other means, the name stuck and is still used to this day. A more recent event is the development of 6:5 blackjack, which reduced payouts for players. While this is arguably only a smaller decrease for players in isolation, it would prove to be quite a saving for the casinos in Las Vegas. Naturally, players have more choice today and do not necessarily have to go to Las Vegas to play blackjack.

BlackjackNew Offerings Have Cropped Up

Despite the rules of the game remaining the same as they always have, there have been some modernized editions of blackjack that have crept up in recent times. Having a wide selection has been key to the popularity of online casinos, so it hasn’t been enough for sites to only offer one or two blackjack games.

The need for variety is highlighted by the range of games on show at major online casino sites like Royal Panda. There are 18 different games for players to choose to play here, with variations between each. These include regular blackjack, Atlantic City Blackjack, European Blackjack, and Blackjack Live. There are also some twists on the traditional game which include Blackjack Party and Speed Blackjack. There is something to suit every player’s needs here, but the general spirit of the game remains the same. These variations on the classic game walk a line between familiarity and innovation.

How Could Blackjack Evolve?

Perhaps the main reason why blackjack has evolved so little over the years is down to the fact that many people believe that any major changes would cause it to lose its original appeal. But would that really be the case? If you look at poker, there are numerous variants that all have similar rules at heart. For example, Texas Hold’em and 5-card stud are played in diverse ways, but they both value the hands in the same order.

There are other ways that blackjack could evolve without changing any of the rules, though. For example, developers may choose to take the same route that has proved to be so popular for slots. This would be to create themed versions of the game. In long lists of slots, themes have been an excellent way to get the attention of players. Considering the variations mentioned above, these subtle changes are already underway without players even realizing it. One other aspect to consider is streams and live dealers. This may potentially impact the game, but it’s hard to speculate due to how new this trend is.

Slot games tend to be based on films, television shows, and other recognizable things. Research has found that people are drawn to familiarity, and are more inclined to play a game with a theme they know about. If blackjack developers decided to follow suit, there could be themed blackjack games that involved popular characters from television as dealers, for example.

Blackjack hasn’t needed to evolve much to this point. But as technology develops, there may need to be some more advancements for the card game in the future if it is to remain relevant.

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