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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.

5 Tips You Need To Know On Winning In Blackjack

By Ruchi Patil.

Like any card game, blackjack definitely requires some luck as well being in the right place at the right time.  But blackjack is a lot more simpler to learn and excel at than more complex games like poker. The latter requires plenty of training, experience and strategizing. It can take years of practice to become a high-level player in poker, but it’s not the case with blackjack.1)Unless, of course, you take winning at blackjack more seriously and learn how to count cards and use other advantage play techniques.

Playing Blackjack

In poker, you’re trying to beat numerous opponents in any given game. In blackjack, it’s simply you versus the dealer. The goal is to get as close to the number of 21 without going over, however, in reality it is simply to beat the dealer. The dealer will give each blackjack player two cards face up.2)In some single and double deck games the player’s cards are dealt face down.  The dealer’s first card is face up and their second one is face down.

In standard games, blackjack uses a 52-card deck and the face cards are worth 10 points. For each turn, you can decide if you want to be “hit” (the dealer gives you another card), or “stand” (you don’t take an extra card).  Of course, there are other options you can take advantage of depending on the cards you have.

Online and mobile sports betting have launched in several U.S. states since 2018. The game of blackjack is extremely popular across the U.S., including in the Michigan online casinos industry.

Let’s now take a dive into five tips that will help you maximize your chances of winning.

  1. Splitting Aces and Eights

Ask just about any experienced blackjack player and they’ll suggest that you almost always split the aces and eights.

If you have a pair of cards that carry the same number (7s, 10s, etc.), you’re allowed to “split” them into separate hands. So if you are to get a pair of Aces (a value of two) or a pair of eights (value of 16), the smart bet is to always split.

The reason you should split aces is simple: You already have two points guaranteed and your odds of gaining a card with a value of 10 is high, meaning you could get as close to 21 as possible.

Splitting eights is widely encouraged because a hand of 16 is simply too high. If you keep the 16 and don’t split the eights, the odds are very likely that you’re going to end up with a number of over 16. You would need an ace, two, three, four or five just to win.

  1. Staying Laser-Focused

Casinos in many places all over the world will offer you free alcoholic beverages throughout the night. While this may come across as luxurious, casinos often do this because they know free beverages will likely keep you around longer, hence they have higher odds of taking in more of your money.

When it comes to blackjack, it’s important to keep a strong focus. If you’ve had a few drinks and if you’re fatigued and/or distracted you’re obviously less likely to stay concentrated in blackjack.

That means you’re more likely to commit more mistakes at the table, thus greatly decreasing your chances of winning. Staying alert, energized and focused will always help your chances of winning.  How do you know if you are making mistakes?  Anytime you don’t follow the basic strategy of the game you are making a mistake and giving the house an additional edge over you.

  1. Sit At Third Base

The “first base” spot in blackjack is the term for the player who sits at the far left side of the table, from the dealer’s perspective. The player at first base will draw their cards and play their hand first.

“Third base” is the position for the player at the far right side of the table and they’ll act on their hand last.  Do you have a small advantage to sitting at third as opposed to first?  Well, if you are counting cards, you will have a chance to see more cards and give yourself extra time to strategize.

  1. Don’t Split Tens Or Fives

If you draw two cards with values of 10 apiece, you’re already at 20. In this instance, you’ve got to play by the percentages. Just stand pat!

A pair of fives will leave you with 10. That’s a nice starting point, and again, you need to like your chances of drawing a card with a high value. Even if your third card is a small value (let’s say four or lower), the odds are decent enough that you’d draw a seven or less to get close to 21.

Your greatest advantages in this game are knowing when to split and double.

  1. Don’t Push Your Luck

Again, every card game and casino-related game will involve some luck. Even if you’re on a winning streak, it’s important to remember to quit while you’re ahead.

For instance, you might be on a roll where you’ve won eight out of ten games. And maybe in several of those games, you were fortunate to have received one of the two or three cards you needed most.

Keep in mind that luck is always bound to balance out. Just because you got lucky far more often than not in the early rounds, it doesn’t mean it’s going to stay that way throughout the night.

It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and feel like you need to keep maximizing your win totals. But at some point, you need to play the odds and accept that your momentum isn’t going to last all night.

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Footnotes

Footnotes
1Unless, of course, you take winning at blackjack more seriously and learn how to count cards and use other advantage play techniques.
2In some single and double deck games the player’s cards are dealt face down.

11 Surprising Facts About Blackjack That You Didn’t Know

By Jeremy Smith.

Interesting Blackjack Facts

Blackjack is one of the oldest and most popular card and casino games on the planet. It is straightforward to learn and understand but incredibly tricky to master. It is also one of the few card games where your decisions are almost as important as luck.

If you love blackjack or want to know more about all the blackjack variations, here are 11 facts about one of the most famous card games of all time.

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Origins

There are two theories surrounding the origins of the game. Some believe the Romans played a version of blackjack. However, they used wooden blocks with numbers painted on them instead of cards.

The more likely theory is that it began in the 1700s in France, with a game known as Vingt-et-Un, or 21. This game was also a variation on a more popular game at the time, Chermin de Fer.  For more information on the history of blackjack check out BlackjackHistory.com.

You Can Make a Living

Blackjack is one of the few card games where you can make an actual living. This is due to multiple reasons, such as solid betting and playing strategies, the house edge, and the odds of winning hands.

While it isn’t recommended unless you can afford to lose money, blackjack is one of the best games to play if you want to give yourself the best chance of winning money.

House Edge

The house edge, or the default advantage a casino will have in a game, is less than 1% in blackjack. Considering some games can have a house edge of up to 15%, it is no wonder why blackjack is so popular.

Card Counting

You can “count cards” in blackjack, a strategy that helps you figure out what cards are left in a deck and which card is most likely to be dealt next. Card counting is also reasonably easy to learn, and there have even been several movies about it.

Lot of Cards

The Point of the Game

Many believe the point of blackjack is to get 21 or as close to it as you can every single hand. While this is obviously part of it, you are playing against the dealer and therefore trying to beat them. While you want to get 21, your real goal should be beating the dealer.

Popularity

In almost every gambling country, blackjack is the most popular table game. It has better odds than roulette, it is easier to play and understand than Craps or Poker, and you don’t need much, if any, experience to be successful at it.

Best Blackjack Strategy

Considering how simple the game is, having a winning strategy is actually a bit harder than you might think. However, back in 1953, four soldiers sat down to play a few hands of poker and decided instead to play blackjack.

What set these soldiers apart was the fact they all held Master’s degrees in mathematics and set out to find out the optimal strategy for playing blackjack. They published their paper, “The Optimum Strategy for Blackjack,” two years later.

Chances of Dealer Bust

Surprisingly, there is a very high chance of the dealer going bust every single hand. Unlike most other games where the dealer will always have an advantage, the dealer loses (by going over 21) almost a third of the time in blackjack.

Cards in Hand

The Worst Hand

There is a “death hand” of sorts in blackjack. Much like how you don’t want to be dealt 7 and 2 in poker, you don’t want 16 in blackjack. This is because 16 is too high to “hit,” as the majority of the deck will bust your hand, but 16 is also often too low.

The Worst Play in Blackjack

Ignoring abnormal plays such as hitting a 19 or 20 or standing on Ace-Ace, the worst play is standing on 8,8 versus 7, rather than splitting them! You will lose about 70 cents on the dollar each time you make this play. If you stick to basic strategy you won’t have to worry about questions like this!

The Best Hands

The best hands are 21, 20, or 19 of course. However, there are a few hands that don’t look great on the surface but are some of the best to play. One hand to look out for is 11 because it puts you in quite a powerful position.

An 11 is a perfect hand to double down on because, best-case scenario, you get 21.   Other good hands include pairs, such as 9s, against a small dealer up-card.  Splitting hands is a relatively advanced strategy, but it is a very useful one if you want to improve your chances of winning.  The basic strategy of the game covers all these scenarios.

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Improving Your Odds When Playing Blackjack – Five Tips for Success

BlackjackBy Joe Bakerz.

There are those largely uneducated individuals who feel that playing any type of casino or table game means effectively trusting your bets entirely to luck. They are wrong. While it’s true that luck plays a massive part in most activities you may encounter in a casino (online or offline), there are also some elements that are entirely in your own control.

When you are looking for the best casinos to play blackjack for real money, there are a number of factors to choosing one that works for your needs and, above all else, is secure and trustworthy. Once you’ve found a relevant provider that gives you this assurance and has a desktop and app service that is forward-thinking, progressive, and great fun to visit, you’ll then need to help improve your chances on the blackjack table.

Here are five simple tips that will help put the odds back in your favor.

Double Down When Appropriate

This should be a golden rule of any blackjack strategy. Put in simple terms, the idea here is to make hay while the sun is shining. In other words, when the odds are in your favor you should double down.  Generally, doubling down is appropriate when you have a 9 versus a small dealer card or 10 or 11 against most dealer cards.  For example, if you have 11 (a strong starting player hand) you should be ready to place more money on the table.  In cases like this, the chances are very much in your favor and these are occasions when you can’t afford to play it safe.

Split When You Get a Pair

This is another no-brainer.  Although not all pairs should be split, when basic strategy advises you to, splitting will improve your chances of a session win.  If the casino rules allow it, double down after splitting can also be highly profitable.

Quit When You Are Ahead

Do not push it. If you have done well and you start to see your pot dwindling, don’t keep pushing, be sensible. Set yourself financial boundaries both in terms of winnings and losses so that if you reach a point of no return in either direction, then you’ll know when to call it a day.

Remember, overall, you are playing for fun, and if you are losing far too much money, then chasing your losses is a fool’s game.  This is the case in all forms of gambling. 

Follow an Easy to Follow Blackjack Basic Strategy

Base your bets on what the dealer is presenting to you and adjust according to the dealer’s up-card. If your dealer has a ten, then you know you’ll probably need a strong hand to beat him.  Similarly, if the dealer has a poor up-card, such as a five or six, then you should push your advantage but also clearly pay attention to what you have. 

For example, you will often be standing with a poor hand when you see the dealer with a small card.  The hope here is to allow the dealer to bust (go over 21).  These type of decisions are called blackjack basic strategy.

Don’t Worry About Your Fellow Players

Remember, the object of the game is to beat the dealer.  What other players have isn’t really your concern.  The actions of other players at the table won’t affect the odds one bit.  Clearly, it may have an impact on what cards are available but remember you should be concerned about your hand and that of the dealer. You have no control over what other players do; only your own game matters.

Good luck!

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The Psychology of Blackjack: Can Students Develop Strategic Thinking When Playing Blackjack?

Blackjack on the brainBy Colleen Ross.

Strategic thinking is a valuable skill that allows people to evaluate particular events using solid facts. Those who excel in strategic consideration always pay attention to specific evidence and personal observations for judgment. It is a vital skill for students because it helps them assess the information they receive and form their standpoints. 

It’s a well-known fact that students who succeed in table games excel in strategic thinking. They can quickly tackle complicated math tasks and craft interesting academic papers. Blackjack is a popular card game that many people play. It can help students evolve their skills in different areas like any other game. Let’s dive deeper and discover if this card game helps undergraduates develop strategic consideration.

Ability To Be Suspicious

The approach of not believing everything that you’re told is one of the most effective ones. It helps win in card games too. To win, players need to rely on themselves only. They need to trust nobody because all counterparts may cheat to overcome their rivals. 

When playing blackjack, students learn to trust no one. It’s a very valuable skill that helps build strategic thinking. When undergraduates are suspicious of any facts, they discover they can compose papers of outstanding quality. The ability not to trust any information stimulates them to double-check all the findings they gather when researching. It helps them sort out facts from fake or untrusted / unreliable sources. 

Discovering Opposite Ideas

Skilled players have vast experience in analyzing people’s behavior. They observe behavior patterns and signs that help understand the ideas and intentions of their opponents. The ability to discover opposite ideas is one of the top skills students can develop when playing blackjack. Meanwhile, it can help build strategic consideration. 

For instance, when learners can analyze people’s behavior and predict their potential actions. It can help undergraduates to understand how to communicate with particular people. If they know that a tutor won’t accept an extension request, they may decide to pay for essays. It is a smart step when they can hardly deliver all the assignments on time. When reaching professional writers, undergraduates manage to delegate their burdening tasks and get their homework completed by skilled writers on time. They receive ready-to-submit papers even if they have a tight schedule. 

Detailed Plans Building

Detailed planning is a key characteristic of strategic thinking. Knowing how to build plans to win when playing blackjack is required. To win, players need to set goals and understand how to achieve them. Also, detailed planning skills need players to understand the possible consequences of every move. Therefore, students who like playing blackjack can develop strategic consideration that can be advantageous. When learners can build thorough plans and follow them, they can achieve outstanding academic results.

If you’re a student who can hardly create detailed plans and update them upon demand, you might have problems composing academic tasks on time. Those students frequently order essay online to get their homework completed by professional writers. The best assignments writing platform helps learners complete their academic papers quickly and without any stress.

Fast Thinking

Every move of a hand changes the situation on a game board. Players have only several seconds to analyze changes in situations and come up with new decisions. They need to adjust their plans constantly to come up with the best ideas to win. Analyzing situations that are frequently affected by many factors is a very useful skill that helps learners update their plans fast. Unfortunately, it’s almost impossible to build a roadmap that will imply any possible changes. Therefore, those who can think fast and develop new plans, having only several seconds have better strategic thinking skills. Blackjack is one of the most popular games that can help develop it. 

Sometimes, details and small changes play a vital role in every plan. People also need to be attentive to details to succeed when playing blackjack. Players need to pay attention to all odds and consider them. The adherence to small details is one of the top skills that help develop strategic reasoning. For instance, card counting is one of the actions that can help boost strategic thinking. 

Meticulous Learning and Memorizing

Indeed, it’s impossible to become a great blackjack player without knowing all the rules. It’s vital to know all the detailed rules to be ahead of the game. Therefore, blackjack lovers frequently spend many hours reading rules and learning them hard. They help understand how other players may act and the possible outcomes of every step. 

Learning is key to strategic thinking development because it helps understand the possible strategies of other players. Therefore, it’s vital to become a meticulous learner to succeed in blackjack. It would be best if you were ready to spend many hours learning all of them. Also, it’s vital to review your knowledge regularly. 

To play blackjack successfully, you also have to study, analyze and memorize different strategies and methods.   But, unlike games like poker, other player’s actions usually don’t have an effect on your play. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Colleen Ross is an experienced traveler who is addicted to traveling, bird watching, and aircraft model constructing.

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Can You Trust Casino Reviews?

By Kristen Bosshart.

Almost every person has been cheated online. Unfortunately, we are all prone to impulsive purchases, and in this case, we do not think about the consequences. We confirm the payment and are waiting in euphoria for so much desired product or service. However, later, we start hesitating and thinking if everything is okay. Having read reviews, you might find out that you have recently sent money to scammers.

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Unfortunately, such impulses are typical of many people. And having once faced such a negative experience, people become more careful. The next time they decide to buy something, they will look for testimonials from clients. When they decide to play in a casino, they are looking for a Yukon Gold Casino review to understand if this platform can be trusted.

Reviews as a Cheating Tools

Of course, the fact that contemporary users check reviews and testimonials before entrusting their money to any company is known to those who are making a profit dishonestly. Any industry has those people who receive money for writing fake reviews. Some of them are of low quality, while others can be so persuasive that even an experienced user will not hesitate in their credibility.

Therefore, users face another problem – determining if reviews they come across can be trusted. Here, we are going to provide you with several useful recommendations that will help you protect yourself from disappointment:

  • Analyze a platform where you read reviews. Check if it is well-designed and convenient. Decent reviewers appreciate their reputation, they invest a lot of resources and finances in making their website appealing and convenient. More so, check the position of this site in the SERP. Search engines are smart enough and can determine if users trust a particular site.
     
  • Check the profile of a review author. For how long has this user been registered? Is this person an active reviewer? Is there anything suspicious about this user? For instance, a user posting dozens of reviews per month might be writing them for money. Just think if you have enough time to play on so many casino sites and write reviews for every platform. It is either an unemployed person with a good passive income or a liar.
     
  • Read a review carefully. It is crucial to pay attention to details. For instance, an author mentions the name of the representative of the support team. Does this sound realistic? Do you ever remember the name of a support specialist? Hardly!
     
  • Make sure it is not too good to be true. Even though writing an absolutely positive review seems not smart enough, some ordered writers are in a hurry and do not think about their writing. If everything is so perfect in a casino, you should be suspicious. However, checking this on your own (without risking too much money) might be a good idea.

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Final Words

Reviews are a great source of useful information about casinos where you plan to play. Reading a least 10-15 reviews, you will already be able to trace the signs of fake reviews and comments. Be careful and you will definitely find a casino that will bring you satisfaction!

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Blackjack Strategies: The Advantages And Risks Of Card Counting

Blackjack FanduelBy Heather Vargas.

Winning and earning what you wagered for is the best goal you can have when participating in blackjack games. Although it may look like a game of chance, at first sight, this popular casino game is a complicated and perplexing one that reels its players in. Blackjack incorporates numerous strategies to put the players on the edge of their seats, one of which is card counting.

What Is Card Counting?

In any game, a good strategy can put players at a greater advantage. To play blackjack is no different. Card counting is a blackjack technique that gives a significant upper hand to the players with a statistical advantage. The players that count cards can determine if they have the advantage on the next hand or the dealer.

Players that determine their advantage is positive will bet higher amounts. If card counting is executed correctly, they can improve their odds in the game. Moreover, there are different card counting systems, but the most popular is the Hi-Lo or High-Low strategy. It is a simple strategy that you can undertake mentally by tallying the three groups of cards.

Method

To explain, card counting “tags” the cards. For Hi-Lo, cards 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 are tagged as a plus one. So, every time you see those numbers, you would add one to your count. On the other hand, a ten or ace are tagged as minus 1. So, you reduce the amount to your running count. Meanwhile, cards 7, 8, and 9 are considered neutral and thus tagged as zero.

After the cards are dealt, you will then start the running count. The running card works by adding or subtracting one to all the cards face up. In other words, you tag every card that comes out of the shoe until the cards are shuffled.

If the running count starts to decrease and goes negative, the odds of the dealers are increasing. In contrast, if the running count has risen sufficiently, then the advantage can shift to the player.1)Of course, there are many fine points to card counting such as converting what is known as the running count to a true count,  play variations and bankroll requirements.

Keep in mind that the essence of blackjack is the bet. Now that you are aware of the possible odds, you must then move your bets in relation to them. You need to make use of the advantage that is presented to you. Bet big if the odds are in your favor and hold back if not.

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Card Counting Advantages

First of all, card counting is not illegal. You can enjoy and have a good time in blackjack casino games with this strategy without the risk of being kicked out or thrown into jail. It is convenient and greatly advantageous once you master its art.

Aside from that, card counting is an excellent way to push retaliation to the casino house without intimidation or other unnecessary devices. It is a pure game of wits and tricks that you must deliberately proceed with. To further increase your efficiency, you must increase your bet.

If you are good at doing mental counting, the house will unknowingly proceed with the game, and the odds can be in your favor. Concerning this, the average house advantage is at 0.5 percent, so you will only most likely lose at least 50 cents for every hundred dollars you bet. Now, if you use card counting, you could strategically shift the odds more in your favor and lower the amounts lost.

Risk Factors of Card Counting

Card counting may not be illegal, but there are still things at stake. As long as the players do not use any devices that aid them in counting, they are clear. However, casinos have the right to deny services to people that count cards and ban players that violate them. Keep in mind that every gambling house has a different set of rules. 

This now makes card counting and strategy charts risky strategies that can kick you out and, sometimes, get you listed in their database. The establishment will be warned about your presence and reduce your chance to sit at any table to play.

Moreover, although card counting can give you a long run advantage, on some days, it will seem like winning is impossible.  This is due to the variance in the game and you can expect large swings whether you are counting or not. 

On the other hand, the casino is where most people socialize and have fun. If you are playing this casino game for entertainment, learning card counting might eventually decrease your excitement. You might also get lost in your counting strategy and forget to interact with other players. In the end, if your reason to play is entertainment, you lose your reason to play.

Final Thoughts

Ultimately, the best blackjack strategy is the technique that works best for you. Card counting is suitable for serious blackjack players who are looking to gain an advantage over the casino.  Regardless of the strategy, it would be best to stick to strategies that are simple to master and implement.  If your reason to play is entertainment, your best strategy is often to simply memorize blackjack basic strategy.

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Footnotes

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1Of course, there are many fine points to card counting such as converting what is known as the running count to a true count,  play variations and bankroll requirements.

Other Casino Games That Blackjack Players Would Love

Dragon Dance SlotsBy Steve Conway.

Blackjack is one of the most popular online games of all time. Every day, millions of people fire up their web browsers and search for blackjack games to play, whether they’re riding the subway to work or are simply relaxing at home with a drink. Plus, blackjack has also become popular across the iOS and Google Play app stores, where you can now download tons of different blackjack games and compete against other players.

However, as any blackjack player will admit, the game can become a little repetitive after a while. This is natural, as it’s very limited in terms of gameplay and rules.

As a result, many blackjack players are turning to other online casino games – and this article is going to tell you all about a few of them.

So, if you want to discover some exciting online casino games, make sure to read the suggestions below.

Slots

Let’s start with a fun one: slots!

Slots have been a crowd favorite across the US for decades. From land-based casinos to bar corners, slot machines have been easy to access in social places.

Now, thankfully, you can play online slots Canada online at places like Spin Palace. This is great for players who want to experience short, action-packed games whenever they’re feeling bored.

For example, if you’re taking a break at work, you could grab your smartphone and play a couple of games of slots to re-energize yourself.

Poker

Blackjack is so popular because it’s a very simple card game – pretty much anyone can learn the rules to it.

Poker, on the other hand, isn’t.

Poker is a tough game to learn due to the complexity of the hands and the number of other players that can be involved. However, it’s one of the most rewarding casino games that you can ever play when you get the hang of it.

As a starting point, make sure to memorize the different poker hands. Also, try subscribing to poker channels on YouTube that provide players with different in-game advice and tactics to try.

Roulette

Roulette is an all-time casino classic.

The concept is simple: you bet on either red or black. Or alternatively, you can play a riskier style and bet on individual numbers that you think the ball will land on.

Roulette is one of the most searched for games online, so make sure to give it a try if you want a different kind of experience.

Scratch Cards

Have you ever been to your local convenience store and purchased a scratch card? If yes, did you know that you can now play scratch cards online? It’s a lot of fun.

For example, if you’re a fan of Monopoly, you can now play Monopoly-themed scratch cards by searching for them on Google. Remember to play with a budget, though, as it can be tempting to buy lots of different scratch cards due to how fun it is.

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Conclusion

In conclusion, make sure to try the above-mentioned casino games if you’re a blackjack player that wants a different kind of experience. All of these games are easy to access online – plus, if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to find some nice bonuses.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Steve Conway is a passionate traveler who explores the globe in pursuit of adventure, sun-soaked beaches, and azure waters.

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The Blackjack Table: What is the design of a traditional table?

Splitting Aces and Eights BlackjackBy Catalin Constantin.

Blackjack is one of the most popular casino games around, with millions of gambling enthusiasts regularly continuing to play the classic title.  You can play blackjack sessions virtually or physically.

One of the reasons this game has enjoyed the kind of interest it has from punters all around the world is due to the simplicity of the game. This can be in regard to the rules of the game, however, it could also be due to the fact that the blackjack table is also very simple to understand and use when playing, too.

Indeed, it is wise and perhaps very important to understand everything about the blackjack table before playing the game.  This can help to increase the chance of having a positive experience when sitting at the table.

With that in mind, this article will take a look at the design and layout of a traditional blackjack table. Whether you play online blackjack in NJ or you decide to head to a traditional Las Vegas-style casino, you will immediately know what to expect and how to utilize the table after reading this post!

Blackjack Table
Blackjack tables can often come in different colors and arrangements.

What does the blackjack table look like?

The first thing that many will notice when they sit at a table specifically designed for the game of blackjack is the shape. It is typically designed to be in the shape of an oval, as this will help to sit as many players in one seating, whilst also allowing the dealer to be as accessible to everyone too.

Furthermore, at the end of the table which is flat and where the dealer will typically stand, the shoe from which the cards are dealt is placed here. The shoe is rectangular, unless it is an automatic shuffler, and has the capability of holding up to eight decks.  Of course, depending on the game of blackjack being played, there may only be one or two decks being used, in which case are typically dealt by hand.

Most tables will be covered in a felt material, which will typically either be green or red, although it should not come as a surprise if the former of the two colors were spotted more often than not. Additionally, there are spaces available on the table that are designated for each player where they are able to place their bet and show the hand that they have.

Moreover, many blackjack tables will either have a card that will highlight the rules of the game, whilst some will have it printed on the table, including payouts and whether insurance bets are possible to place.  Of course, one the most important rules to look for is whether blackjack’s pay the full 3 to 2 payoff.

Blackjack Rules of the Game
Main blackjack rules are often imprinted on the felt.

Where do the players and the dealer stand and sit?

We mentioned it briefly above, however it is important to understand where players and the dealer are positioned around the table.  This can enhance the overall experience and potentially make it more positive from the beginning as it will install a sense of calmness to those who have perhaps never played before, especially when they set foot in a traditional brick-and-mortar casino.

Firstly, the players will be seated or standing alongside the curved edge of the oval-shaped table, with it is possible to have up to seven players (typically) playing at any one time. Some tables will only allow five players at one time, although this is something that is different everywhere.

The dealer will then be standing on the opposite side of the table and will be facing each bettor from the flat edge. This allows them to see each player and be able to deal effectively with the shoe that has been placed next to them.

It should be noted that the player to the left of the croupier1)A croupier is just another name for the dealer and is more widely used in Europe. is known as third base, whilst the player to the right is known as the first base; perhaps an easy way to remember this is to think of the layout as being similar to a baseball field and its four bases?

Is there a right blackjack table?

You might be wondering whether there is a right blackjack table to choose from, however it is perhaps more of a question about the type of game you want to play rather than making sure the right type of table has been chosen.  In addition to any rules imprinted on the felt you will often see a sign at the edge of the table that reveals the minimum and maximum bets allowed and any other specific rules allowed such as when you can double and split, etc.

Different variants of the game will also have different options available, however a traditional blackjack table will generally have the same type of layout that we described above. 

Classic Blackjack Table Design
A classic blackjack layout with green felt.

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1A croupier is just another name for the dealer and is more widely used in Europe.

Best Casino Games: Most Popular Casino Game Types

Casino GamblingBy Mark Holden.

Gambling is a fun way to try your luck at hitting a jackpot, whether it’s online or in person. Since gambling is such a popular pastime, there’s bound to be some variation in the types of games that you can enjoy. This article explores some of the most popular casino games available today, so you can get an idea of what you like best.

If you’re hoping to play on a desktop computer or laptop, there are loads of free casino games available online. These let you play with virtual chips or “play money” as opposed to real cash, so they aren’t quite as exciting as real gambling. However, if all you want is to have some fun, then free games are the way to go.

The best casino sites offer a wide variety of games, with slots, blackjack, roulette, and video poker among the most popular.

Here are the top casino games you can play online:

 Blackjack

Blackjack is the most popular casino card game in the world. The aim is to beat the dealer by getting as close to 21 as possible without going over. It combines luck and skill in a game where you can beat the dealer with a hand worth 21 points. It’s a game that has been around for hundreds of years, but it’s still going strong today. That’s because it’s an easy game to learn and play. You can hit, stand, double or split your hand and then hope the dealer busts.

 Slots

Online slots are another popular casino game type. They come in lots of different formats, from classic 3-reel slots to immersive video slots with multiple ways to win. The best part about these games is that they’re simple to learn and play. Just make sure you pick a game with a reasonable RTP1)RTP is a casino term for Return To Player percentage.  These are the rewards a player can expect to win from online slots. to boost your chances of winning. The greatest thing about slots is that anyone can play them. You don’t need to know any complicated rules or have played them before.

All you need is an understanding of how the pay lines work, which is easy to learn. Slots are fun and exciting, and there are so many different ones available online. You can choose from hundreds of different Betway casino themes, including pirate adventures, spies, sports, music, movies, and more. We recommend trying out the following slots:

  • Starburst (NetEnt)
  • Cleopatra (IGT)
  • Book of Ra Deluxe (Novomatic)

 Roulette

Roulette is another Betway classic casino game. It comes in many different variations, including American Roulette, French Roulette, European Roulette and more. There are two betting types in roulette: inside bets and outside bets. It is one of the original casino games that remains hugely popular today. You can choose from American Roulette or European Roulette.

 Baccarat

Baccarat is one of the easiest and oldest casino games in the world. It’s also a great choice if you’re looking to get rich quickly and can be played at many online casinos. The aim of Baccarat is simple: bet on who you think will win, either the player or the banker (dealer). 

 Craps

Craps is a fast-paced, action-packed game utilizing a pair of dice. Craps offers great odds of winning if you stick to a few fundamental plays. Online craps games are not quite as exciting as the real thing, but they offer the advantage of never having to wait for a table in a crowded casino.

 Video Poker games

Video Games Video Poker combines the skill of traditional poker with the excitement of playing slots. Each machine features multiple “hands” that can be played simultaneously (usually up to 25). The better your hand, the more you win. Video Poker machines at Betway are based on five-card draw poker but played against a computer instead of other players. Plus, you can win real money on Video Poker machines!

 Conclusion

In conclusion, you can play any casino game online for real money. Each type of casino game has its advantages and disadvantages. Therefore, you should try out different casino games to find the best one for real money. Also, check out the best casino games with a low house edge. Best of luck!

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1RTP is a casino term for Return To Player percentage.  These are the rewards a player can expect to win from online slots.

The Best Alternative Table Games to Try

By Dan Cormac.

When it comes to gaming online, there is no doubt that you will have a lot of amazing choices to choose from. After all, when you even look at all the different casino gaming options at your disposal, there is really an endless amount of entertainment out there for you. However, you don’t even need to spend money on games or consoles in the modern day to play. You can play the likes of top-quality casino games through your web browser, with no download required.

Playing online casino games is truly something that a lot of people can enjoy massively. After all, the best sites will have large amounts of variety and quality spread throughout. This means that no matter your playing preference, you will be sorted in terms of entertainment. It also provides a window of opportunity for you to try out new things as well. For example, if you are a big fan of playing blackjack online, then you might want to try out something new. Other table games can be just as interesting as blackjack, and trying new things is always good. If you are interested in broadening your taste, then here are some of the best alternative table games for you to try.

Poker

Poker is perhaps the most iconic casino game of all time. The table game has been played for decades and is truly a staple in gaming. From being depicted in movies to being enjoyed all around the world, there is nothing quite like a game of poker. If you haven’t played poker before, it can often be a little bit tough to get into. However, the best way to learn is by playing. Try and learn the basic rules of poker, and then you will learn more as you go.  Be aware, however, that there are many variations of poker, of which Hold’em is currently the most popular.

Traditional Poker

Roulette

When it comes to games of chance, there are few better than roulette. You will stake your wager on either a color group, single number, or number group. Then, the roulette wheel will spin, and you will hope that your ball can land in the right place. The game is truly iconic when it comes to the world of casinos. If you haven’t had the joy of playing some great rounds of roulette, then that is something you might want to change. You can play online table games at the likes of Lottomart. Here, you can really make the most of your online gaming experience. However, remember that gambling is 18+ so please gamble responsibly.

Traditional Single Zero Roulette Table

Baccarat

Baccarat is one of the more sophisticated table games you can play at a casino. However, it is relatively simple to play. You are going to bet on either player, banker, or tie box. Once you have done this, the dealer will distribute the cards to the player. Numbered cards and the ace card will hold their regular value. However, face cards are worth zero. The aim of the game is to get as close to 9 as possible. When you go over the value of 9, 10 is reduced from your hand’s value.  In the photo below, for example, the 10 counts as 0 giving you the best possible hand, a 9.

Baccarat

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