The Psychology of Blackjack: How to Beat Yourself

Blackjack can be stressfulBy Tom Roberts

Blackjack is an exciting game played by millions of people worldwide. Many fans have come up with different strategies of how to win at this game. These tend to vary widely, but the ones that have received the biggest audience are card counting and perfect basic blackjack strategy. There are blackjack professionals who swear by these tactics, and for good reason. Evidence is available which agrees with the efficacy of these methods. But there is an element of the game of blackjack that is often overlooked.

Beating the dealer

Too much emphasis has been placed on the rules of blackjack. These state, to win you must beat the dealer. You can do this by getting a natural blackjack or if the dealer busts. You can also win the game if you get closer to 21 than the dealer without going over. So what players usually do is memorize the basic blackjack strategy. This is a probability-based system of telling if you will win depending on the card values. Professional blackjack players take it a step further and learn card counting. Research has shown this to drastically reduce the house edge. It effectively gives you better chances of winning. 

Many think the game of blackjack is based on skill. The skills you need to learn usually leave out the most important one. This is learning how to not beat yourself.

Beating yourself 

There are a lot of ups and downs when you are playing a game like blackjack. It’s like a soccer final where a team equalizes in the 90th minute, only to concede in the 91st. These roller-coaster highs and lows can affect how you play. There are two stages in a game in which you need to take extra care. One of these is when you are enjoying a good run and it seems everything you are doing is working out. You need to be careful of that euphoria. It can lead you to make poor decisions.  

Beating yourself also includes when the chips are down, you are enduring loss after loss, and nothing seems to be working. The way you handle yourself in these circumstances can decide if you go home with earnings or not. But how do you do it and can it be done at all? The short answer is yes, it is possible. 

Keep a cool head 

A wise man once said you must treat attaining vast sums of money with the same contempt as you would lack. The lesson here is not to hate getting wealthy, but to recognize that it is a fleeting stage and will pass with time. The same is true when you are mastering blackjack. You need to be indifferent to the wins and losses. That is the only way you can succeed. No loss is the end of the world and you are not the first person to win a hand in blackjack. So keeping a cool head is one key to playing like a pro. 

If you feel you are not ready, a great place to master self-discipline is through free play games. These are available at online casinos such as www.gamble.xyz. Take your time on these and don’t shy away from familiarizing yourself with the live table options. 

Assess your games

You also need to develop a habit of assessing your plays. If you take the time to do this, you will recognize massive benefits in the long run. Mastering yourself is a skill just like card counting. How do you learn card counting? Over time with patience, that’s how. So the same soberness and dedication to the task are required if you are to master yourself. You cannot play blackjack effectively until you do this.

Learn to walk away

Many people take walking away as a sign of giving up, of defeat even. This couldn’t be further from the truth, in life and in blackjack. Some of your greatest battles will be won the day you learn to walk away. Accept that it is not your day and move on. In war, they call it living to fight another day. The game will always be there, but your bankroll might not. So walk away, reassess and come back next time bright-eyed and ready to play. 

Learning how to master yourself is just as important as learning to count cards.  There is no difference. In any case, all the fancy tactics will not do you any good if you don’t have discipline.

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What’s it like to play poker in an online casino in Japan

Poker in JapanBy Tarun Reddy

After many years of struggle, Japan’s government finally gave up and chose to lift the casino ban, and the country will get many integrated casino resorts shortly, especially after the end of this pandemic.

Those who would like to play live poker have to turn to private games or even illegal gambling that are usually run by the mafia. And that’s not something you call a player-friendly setup. Players that are caught in these illegal situations face serious problems. These range from heave fines to even prison, if they’re repeat offenders.

So, for those who are learning how to play poker, it’s not easy. And dealing with everything that comes along such as variance or even bad beats is hard enough even at safe and totally regulated online casinos. When there’s the pressure of risks that come with illegal gambling then there are some serious consequences.

Online poker in Japan: It’s doable

The live poker situation in Japan isn’t an ideal environment for anyone. That’s why many people like visiting the website casinotop5.jp and decide to take it up seriously before turning online.

Technically, online poker is illegal in Japan as well because there aren’t any operators that can get a valid license in order to offer poker to the country’s players. However, the Japanese still have access to a wide range of offshore poker rooms.

The biggest problem that is faced by online players is depositing monies or making a withdrawal. There are a lot of banks in this country that deny gambling-related transactions, which makes things complicated, especially for players who need to move large amounts of money.

But nowadays, there are ways to get around these restrictions.

When it comes to constitutional implications, there are still issues. As far as we know, not a single person in Japan has been prosecuted for having fun playing online poker. The government, it seems for now, is willing to turn its head to the other side regarding this issue, which is natural.

However, you should consider that if you do play illegally there are always risks associated. So, make sure you know what you’re doing.

Tournaments are allowed but there are no cash prizes

Japan has nothing against poker. Their law prohibits gambling, which means staking real money to win real money in a game of chance. So, basically, there’s the possibility to organize a tournament, but winners can’t win cash from the tournament or from the organization itself or those who participate.

PokerStars found a very smart workaround for this issue with a Japan Tournament. It’s a series of tournaments that take place every year in Japan and everyone will have to pay real money to buy-in. But those who win are not given any money. Instead, players receive incredible full-packages (with buy-in, travel and also accommodation) for other tournaments that happen outside of Japan.

This is the reason why there’s a good number of Japanese poker players that play presently at other tournaments in Asia, such as the ACOP, APPT or the others. Tournaments like these that are offered during the Japan tournament give an opportunity to those who are seeking to start their gambling careers. In a lot of ways, there are some advantages regarding receiving these packages over receiving money because they make people keep playing.

What will happen in the future regarding poker in Japan

The new bill changed a lot in Japan. Although new casinos are still a few years away from opening doors, this is truly a breakthrough for this country. It gives Japanese citizens an opportunity to play their favorite casino games in a legal and also safe environment. However, it’s not certain of what this means for poker and poker players.

Having some poker rooms in highly populated regions of the country should create a big interest in this game, even for those who never played it before. If integrated resorts offer poker, this could lead to a huge increase in popularity.

It’s obvious that there’s no way to know if the casinos will actually invest in poker or not, so it’s something we all have to wait for. Since this game isn’t very popular in the country, there’s a chance that the focus will be on other games.

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PRESS RELEASE: Bookmakers.eu launches its European comparison website!

BOOKMAKERS.EU – COMPARE THE BEST EUROPEAN BOOKMAKERS FOR ONLINE BETTING!

Bookmakers.eu is a brand new comparison website specially designed for the European online betting market. The new website launched in the summer of 2020. Players who are looking for a safe betting company can compare reliable bookmakers on the website, which mainly focus on Europe for placing online bets. The main goal of the website is to display safe online bookmakers on its comparison correctly and in a clear overview. Bookmakers.eu is founded by a team of enthusiastic gambling enthusiasts who have been betting themselves for more than +15 years.  This has gained them an incredible amount of experience over these years in online betting with bookmakers. It has all the ingredients to provide a fair and decent offer.

Only safe bookmakers with EU licenses

Noteworthy is that all betting offices shown on the website have an official license for the European market. The license offers protection for players, where various authorities in the EU guarantee a safe gambling offer with strict rules and conditions. Of course, things like user-friendliness also discussed, and betting options and customer-friendliness of the shown bookmakers play a heavy factor in the assessment of the various betting sites shown. The website is entirely independent and is founded FOR and BY enthusiasts of gambling and placing bets. Therefore they know exactly what a gambler is looking for when looking for a profitable bet with a bookmaker.

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From land-based to an entirely European bookmaker comparison

Initially, the people behind “Bookmakers” focused entirely on the Belgian gambling market, which was regulated in 2011 by the Belgian Gaming Commission. Via the comparison overview, the Belgian player could at a glance choose from the available legal Belgian range of betting offices for sports betting. This way, you knew for sure as a Belgian gambler that you always play with a licensed party and are protected as a consumer. A few years later, preparations made with “Bookmakers Nederland” for the upcoming regulated market for online gambling in the Netherlands, which will officially enter into force in the summer 2021 next year. The next logical step was an international Bookmakers comparison site and was therefore not delayed and further expanded with a reliable offer for Europe itself. With more land-based websites coming up soon, like the Spanish Bookmakers.es and Bookmakers.de focusing entirely on Germany, highly targeted comparisons can be made, with a full country focus for online betting and available bookmakers. It gives you as a player a clear and complete picture of the possibilities that bookmakers can give you in the specific country.

“Together we beat the bookmaker!”

As mentioned, Bookmakers Europe is a website that is run FOR and BY enthusiasts of predicting and placing sports bets. The ultimate goal is to beat the bookmakers together and to make it as difficult as possible for the bookmakers. We bet and strive to win! We share our tips on the website by useful tips, numerous information and sophisticated betting strategies in the Betting Guide. You will also find the latest news and essential updates in the daily updates under the news section. This way, you get off to a good start, and you never miss the latest developments in the online gambling world.

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Successful start with the Bookmakers.eu advertising campaign

To get off to a good start, Bookmakers.eu launched an advertising campaign during the opening of the website. With a catchy and cheerful introduction video, it explains all the benefits of comparing bookies at Bookmakers.eu in less than a minute. The advertising campaign was immediately a great success and within a few weeks, received thousands of views via various channels – such as YouTube. It was immediately a successful start and an excellent introduction to the new European adventure!

Let us recommend you the best available options

As a gambler, you know that you can never control everything when placing an online bet. For example, you prepare as well as possible for the bet to increase your chances of winning. But only you do not influence what happens during the course of your placed bet. Fortunately, there is one element over which you have complete control. And that is the choice for a bookmaker. You simply have to go to a bookmaker to be able to play online at sports and major events such as Eurovision Song Contest or political elections. There are significant differences, so you must make the right choice. Bookmakers.eu help you to find the perfect betting platform. We do this by posting honest and reliable reviews. We take all elements that may be important to you. The discussions, therefore, describe the most diverse matters, from bonuses and the betting offer to payment methods, limits, the user-friendliness of the (mobile) platform and of course the accessibility of customer service. Every bookmaker in the comparison overview has been tested by us, where we took several or many bets with actual real money. Of course, as mentioned before, you will only find online bookmakers with an official license. This way, you can be sure that you can bet safely and that the bookmaker has sufficient financial resources to pay out the winnings. Reliable bookmakers that meet high standards: that’s what Bookmakers.eu is all about!

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Online Blackjack Strategies For Players In 2021

By Jacek Michałski

Blackjack is one of the most popular games available in online casinos in the modern world. The game has a rich history, but gone are the days when it was mostly available in American casinos as it is now available worldwide. It is also one of the best online strategy games.

Some of the questions that run through the minds of newbies are: Can one make money playing online blackjack? Are there strategies for blackjack online that will increase the chances of winning? The answer to both questions is yes.

When Casino Games expert, Jacek Michałski, is not playing blackjack online, then you will find him gathering information on how to win in an online casino. Let’s have a look at this handy guide the author has compiled for players in search of the various blackjack strategies.

Online Blackjack Strategies

The different variants on online blackjack

Someone who has never played in a casino online PL might tend to think that all blackjack games are the same, which is not true. There are different variants that you have to familiarize yourself with and increase your chances of winning.

We recommend you get acquainted with the rules before you start gambling. Learning mobile play strategies and understanding the variants of online blackjack also makes it easy to understand what to expect when you land in a casino.

Classic Live Blackjack

It can be described as the basis of this popular game. Classic live blackjack is played on a classic table and comes with a deck of 52 cards. A player will win when he or she has more points than the dealer at the end of the round of play. However, the points should not exceed 21 points and if the player goes over 21 he or she will automatically lose. If the dealer goes over 21 and the player remains with a non-busted hand, then the player will automatically win.

Pre-Decision Blackjack

This online version can be described as a game of speed. It follows similar rules to other versions but players do not have to wait until their turn to make a move.

Atlantic City Live Blackjack

The player can exit the round (surrender) directly after receiving two cards from the live dealer. This option is the main difference between the Atlantic City version of the game and classic blackjack. Surrender is a desirable player rule.

Party Blackjack

This version can have two or three live dealers. However, the player will only deal with one dealer.

Blackjack Side Bets

These blackjack games have additional options to make side wagers. Of course, most blackjack games offer insurance, which is also a side bet. But we are referring to side bets such as Royal Match, Super Sevens, Bonus Blackjack, Perfect Pairs, etc. Be careful though: Most side bets have a high percentage edge against you but a larger payoff if you win.

Spanish 21 and Other Variants

These blackjack games vary and have unique rules and conditions. For example, in Spanish 21, all of the tens have been removed but some of the rules will have been improved to make the game playable.

Stack of Chips and a Pair of Aces

Understand it is a simple game but strategy wins

Most people who visit an online casino rely on luck when they are playing blackjack. The fact that the casino’s advantage over the player is lower than in other online games seems attractive to players. However, you need more than luck to increase your chances of winning.  Keep on reading to learn the basics of winning blackjack play!

Multideck Basic StrategyOnline blackjack basics

  • A player competes against the house and the aim here is to beat the dealer by scoring closer to 21 points (without busting) than the dealer or allowing the dealer to bust.
  • The game is played between one and eight decks of 52 cards.
  • Kings, Queens, and Jacks are worth 10 points.
  • Cards from 2 to 10 are played at their face value.
  • Aces are worth 1 or 11 (depending on how you want to play your hand)
  • A blackjack (an Ace + Ten valued card) can pay either 3 to 2 or 6 to 5. Obviously, it is better to play in games where blackjacks pay 3 to 2.

Player options

  • Ask for one or more cards if you think it is appropriate and will improve your hand.
  • You can stand with any 2 cards, however, it is often advisable to stand when the dealer has a small card (2-6) and you have a 12-16, thus hoping the dealer will bust (go over 21).
  • When you have a soft hand (Ace + any other card), it is often advisable to double when the dealer has a small card.
  • You can split any two identical cards and then play with two hands, at the same time, in the normal way.
  • Splitting can be very advantageous in the right circumstances, especially if the dealer has a small card showing.
  • You can double your bet when you have advantageous hands like 9, 10 and 11 and especially so if the dealer is showing a small card.
  • Always stand on your hand once you have a hard total of 17.

Conclusion

For better information on specific player strategies, refer to the blackjack basic strategies in the Encyclopedia of Blackjack on this web site. Also, a more detailed description of blackjack rules and options is available. Following these strategies for online blackjack or even counting cards is not a win guarantee. However, if you use the strategies listed here you may increase your odds of winning and enjoy the game more.  Also, don’t forget to take advantage of any online casino promotions and/or bonuses that may be offered when you first sign up!

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Bill Zender’s Newsletter and the Buster Blackjack Side bet

The Bill Zender Newsletter

Bill Zender and Associates

October 29, 2020

Dear Friends and Business Associates,

As the pandemic continues, I have had to change my way of conducting business.  In the last few months, I have gravitated towards conducting more business online.  This includes providing short training session presentations through Internet medias such as Microsoft Teams and Zoom, and a high limit winning player analyses over WebEx.  This process works effectively, but I believe that offering my services in person is the best method for providing project quality.  With that said, following are some of the “virtual” services that I am currently providing to my clients and casino operators seeking my help and knowledge:

Sessions on basic table game mathematics; understanding mathematical house advantage of the different table games and side bets, as well as understanding the mechanics behind game hold percentage.  I have taught this topic as a one-hour session. I have found that split sessions of one-hour each with a 15-minute break in between is more productive (total time 2-hours and 15 minutes).

A series of sessions on card counting in blackjack.  These sessions include (1) Basics of card counting, (2) Understanding Basic and common strategy, (3) Detecting card counting from the casino floor, and (4) Confirming card counting from surveillance.  Each session is one-hour and would be accompanied by handouts and informative charts and spreadsheets.

Conducting Winning Player reviews and evaluations.  All I require is the ability to review portions of the player’s video and a PDF of the player’s gaming hand tracking sheet records.  I have found that conducting player reviews over the Internet is quite efficient if I have access to view video and review hand tracking information.  If you have a customer who is continually beating your game, I can provide you with an expert’s “second” opinion.

In addition, I have accurate information on COVID-19 and procedures for the casino.  If handled correctly and consistently, procedures can be established to make the casino a very safe environment for both the customers and employees.   I can provide your organization with a virtual presentation or assist in compiling safe and adequate COVID procedures.

BTW, on November 17th from 1100am to noon EST, I will be giving a one-hour presentations at this year’s BNP Media’s Table Game Cutting Edge (Virtual) Conference (please see the information below).  The topic presented will include the effect rules changes have on the game, procedures, and side bets and how these changes effluence table game hold percentage.  I feel this presentation is a must for any casino executive involved in table games.  This session is more advanced than my standard table game courses.  At this time, I will only have this presentation available through BNP Media. 

If anyone is interested in any of these presentations and/or winning player reviews, please feel free in contacting me at [email protected] or 702-423-5734.  My prices are extremely reasonable at this time.

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Interesting Emails

Over the past month I only received one interesting question regarding table games that I wish to pass along to my readers.  The question has to do with protecting the Buster side bet from card counting attack.  A lot of game protection professional try and apply a blackjack count system to all aspects of the game including side bets.  In some situations, the object of the side bet is parallel to the primary game which dictates that higher value cards (specifically ten-value cards) are important to the players successful wager outcome.  However, many of the side bets are NOT designed to follow the object of the main game, and to successfully attack those side bet, a totally different count system needs to be employed.  This is the case with the Buster sidebet.  The following email outlines this exact situation:

Executive’s Email

In the past month or so we’ve experienced a rash of card counters at our property. What makes this all the more intriguing is that three out of the last four have wagered on the Buster Bet side wager upon the count hitting -4 or below. Is this anything you’ve come across recently? The last two using this strategy I asked if they had any information for me, realizing that they didn’t owe me a thing, one of which let me know that it was -5 but he had no mathematical evidence to back this. Only that he had been told to do so.  I read Eliot Jacobson’s two articles in AP HEAT, but this was far more advanced and was hoping to discover something easier to train, if it existed. Any insight would be welcome, as usual. 

My Reply

First off, counting the Buster side bet requires a different count system than the main game of BJ.  If you count using a hi/lo system, you will notice that side bet counters of Buster would bet in a negative hi/lo true count.  The Buster count system usually has the 7,8,9,T labeled as +1 when removed, and cards like A,2,3 labeled as -2 (or greater).  The system used depends on your pay schedule, but the count labels will vary only slightly.  In addition, pay schedules that pay 3:1 for busts with four cards are more likely to get attacked.  With that said, the return for the player counting the Buster is not as good compared to counting the main game.  I would assume the maximum bet limit on the Buster would have to be greater than $25 if it is the primary area of attack.  If the players are professional level counters then they could be attacking the main game using a hi/lo (or similar) count system, and have another person on the table or standing behind, counting the Buster using the Buster count system as mentioned above (signaling to the others).  My two cents on the situation.  I hope that helps.

My reply to this casino executive is based mostly on supposition, since I am not observing the play directly but analyzing it though the executive’s narrative.  As mentioned in the reply, the Buster is only vulnerable when the maximum bet limit exceeds $25, and when the pay schedule indicates a four-card bust pays at least 3:1.  Also, it goes without saying that a double deck Buster game is more attractive than a six or eight deck game under the same limits and pay schedule.  Any comments regarding attacking the Buster side bet are welcomed. Email me at: [email protected]

Scheduled Seminars and Workshop

Bill Zender SpeakingTable Games Cutting Edge Conference (Virtual) November 17th

How rules, procedures, and side bets effect table game hold percentage

Tuesday November 17th online from 11AM – Noon EST
At this year’s BNP Media’s Cutting Edge Table Games Virtual Conference I will be seated comfortably (and safely) in my own home.

Hold percentage is the primary measurement used by upper management to gauge table game performance. Do you know the factors that influence whether your hold percentage is respectable or terrible? In this 60-minute session you will learn how the number of hand decisions and wagering spots influences hold percentage (and win). How changing game rules alters the hold percentage range, and why adding side bets is so important. You will also come away with an understanding of “buy-in churn” (number of times the player’s buy-in is placed in action), and how it has a substantial effect on your hold percentage. This session is a “must” for anyone involved in table game management.  Here are the topics I will be discussing during the 1-hour presentation:

  1. The basics: How hold percentage is calculated based on table win and drop.
  2. Effect of gaining more decisions per hour: More revenue (win) same drop.
  3. Effect of offering “less” betting spots: Hold% goes up, but revenue goes down.
  4. Effect of rule changes: Do minor rule changes effect hold%; what about major rule changes?
  5. Effect of utilizing side bets: Side bets reduce decisions but increase revenue potential.
  6. Effect of buy-in churn: What effect does time on table have on hold% (and revenue).

For more information please go to the website https://www.casinojournal.com/table-games-conference/agenda

On the MoveOn the Move

Since I’m sheltering in place right now, I’m not on the move.  No one’s on the move.  I plan to get back on track sometime after the first of the year (and a successful vaccine!).  Call or email me! 702-423-5734and [email protected].
 
Questions???
 
I am always available to answer your questions. If you have any questions on gaming; do not hesitate to contact me through email.  I answer emails about gaming every day[email protected]I really am here to help.
 
Cheers, good luck, and stay safe!
 
Bill Zender
Bill Zender and Associates
[email protected]
702-423-5734

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SlotsJudge.com – Your trusted advisor in the world of slots and gambling

PRESS RELEASE: Slotsjudge.com is all set to re-launch!

Slotsjudge.com was a project initially touted to launch in 2018 but it went on hold, that is, until now. During 2020, Scanteam.pro decided to relaunch this project on a global scale. Why? Because Slotsjudge.com has the potential to be hugely beneficial within the iGaming world providing a platform where players can share their game experiences. On top of this, it enables players to offer their unbiased views about the plethora of slot games that are out there. This is innovation at its best as the site will help bring together professionals and those playing the games for fun. All this is to create a portal where both worlds collide. 

During the new update, the site setup has been upgraded utilizing to provide a user-friendly interface and colour scheme. Moreover, the platform will be fully adaptable to mobile devices so users can access it’s comprehensive information bank whenever and wherever they choose. With SlotsJudge’s arrival on the horizon, discover how this expansive project can help take gaming to the next level.

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Innovation from Slotsjudge.com

The project relaunch of SlotsJudge by Scanteam is an exciting one. The idea behind the site is an innovative one allowing not only professionals to write and create reviews on slots, but also those of you who actually play them. Players from all backgrounds are encouraged to join up and write about the slots and their experiences with them. 

Better still, players will be rewarded for doing so as well as for any comments they write. The more active players on Slotsjudge.com are, the more rewards and bonuses they receive – and this is all through the exciting SJ points system. The points then are exchanged for cash and other goods in the SJ shop

The site will also remain one of the most up-to-date out there with reviews of new slots arriving instantly on the SlotsJudge platform so that you can test out the game right away for yourself. The back catalogue is also comprehensive so players can check out reviews of games gone before. Sharing opinions and comments on the latest slots is highly encouraged. In short, everyone gets to be a slots judge when using this exciting and unique platform.

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Youtube channel launch

Taking an additional step into the online world, SlotsJudge is also offering a Youtube channel for players to get involved with. On this channel, players will find the SlotsJudge team of experts discussing anything and everything you can think of when it comes to the world of gambling. There will be the latest news so you never have to miss a slot release again. Plus, you will have honest reviews from some of the very best in the business. 

The team will also be discussing the best casinos at that moment, helping players find the perfect place to settle down and get playing. In short, there’s a ton of things going on, and all of it is designed to bring players together in one large community. With the continuous interactivity taking place on this platform, you will also be able to suggest topics for upcoming Youtube videos, bring up some burning questions, or even request reviews for a wide variety of gaming aspects – it doesn’t just stop at slots but will cover software providers, casinos, and more.

What does SlotsJudge entail?

The team behind SlotsJudge consists of professional gamblers who have years of experience. They’re also raring to share their knowledge with the world. The site provides completely reliable information too – there’s no paying for a rating here. Instead, any ratings for games or software are created completely through the reviews, comments, and voting that you and other players provide. In this way, players access unbiased information. 

As mentioned before, players will also earn points to be spent in the SJ Shop with a higher points store earning players bigger rewards. There’s a referral system too along with welcome SJ points for newcomers signing up and so much more. With the highest number of slots featured on its site, more than any other, a full social media network in place, and continuous plans to expand, SlotsJudge promises to be the first and last stop you will need when venturing into the world of slot games. This relaunch is a much-needed breath of fresh air in the iGaming world.

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The Best Online Pokies Recommended in Australia

A 2020 Comprehensive Review by Henry Williams / Pokieslab

 

Best Online Pokies Australia Review

Australia is ranked among the countries with the highest gambling participation rates in the world. In the year 2018, for instance, 9.3 million adults took part in gambling. It represents 47.3% participation rates among individuals aged 18+.

Among the factors fueling the increased appetite for gambling is the advent of online gambling. Nowadays, Australians, just like the rest of the international online gamblers, do not need to travel into physical land-based casinos to play their best games. Online casinos accessible via mobile devices and PCs have made it possible for players to spin their favorite pokies while on the move.

While the embrace for online pokies has been progressive in Australia, related professional entities and sites have been established to offer you all the news, updates, and trends in the world of pokies gaming. To this end, pokieslab.com has come out as the best online pokies Australia review site. It is resourceful in highlighting legal casinos where players enjoy free spins, no deposit bonus offers, and exclusive free bonus rewards once you register. Equally, it takes you through the necessary steps to win real money as you perfect the best ways to gamble. With games playable on a downloadable app, you can enjoy demo versions with no download no registration is required.

Review of the Best Online Pokies for Real Money in Australia

The best online pokies for the Aussie market are ranked based on their inherent reward features, mobile compatibility, and simplicity, among other player-friendly features. Here are some of them.

  • Where’s the Gold

Where's The GOLD

Aristocrat’s top Australian pokie comes with a mining theme and a user-friendly interface that features an autoplay key. Playable across iOS, Windows, and Android mobile devices, this game is among Australia’s best real money pokies. The jackpot is 1000×, while a round of 10 free spins is activated by the appearance of at least 3 Dynamite scatter symbols on reels.

  • 5 Dragons

5 Dragons

Served hot with an oriental theme, this is one of Australia’s most played real money pokies. As part of the wider Aristocrat’s free online pokies with no download required, this game is easily accessible on Android and iOS devices. Gold coins are the special symbols that trigger a dynamic free spins round of up to 15 bonus spins. Among the features that continue to attract players to the game is the non-progressive jackpot prize of 800 coins won once you land 5 wild dragons on an activated payline.

  • Queen of the Nile

This Egyptian-Themed game is also appearing in the list of the best real money pokies in Australia. This is a hugely great game given its Cleopatra Wild symbol can substitute all other symbols except the pyramid scatter to help you win big. Its betting range is quite accommodated as the minimum stake is 25 pence while the maximum bet is £50 per spin. With a low to medium volatile, winnings are likely to come your way frequently, albeit small in size. You do not need to download the game’s set up to your PC or mobile device since it is among the free pokies no download, no registration to play.

  • Wild Life

The Wild Life

This is a top game created by IGT that you can leverage online casino real money with no deposit bonus and stand a chance of winning big. As one of the best Australian online pokies, Wild Life has a dynamic RTP value of between 92.16% and 96.16%. It has a top prize of 2500×, while juicy bunches of free spins await your courtesy of the game scatters symbol represented by the African Map symbol.

  • More Chilli

More Chilli

This is another top game that competes with the best Australian online pokies for real money. It is served among the free online pokies with no download required and as a real cash game. With excellent multi-device compatibility, More Chili boasts of the Chili pepper free spins round. Players stand a chance of winning up to 10 free should at least 3 Chilli pepper symbols appear on a payline. With a progressive jackpot feature that can win you up to 4,000 times the initial stake, the average return to 95% player is bigger enough to keep you coming back for more.

  • Lightning Link

Lightning

This is extremely fun to play the game from Aristocrat. It has a multi-bonus feature that is spread across all its four themes. As one of the best Australian pokies for real money, its demo mode is free online pokies with no download required. Players can either activate 25 bet lines or 50 bet lines with a betting range of up to 250 or 500 credits, respectively. As you enjoy the free Lightning Link pokies, no download, no registration to play, you will have a ‘hold and spin’ feature in which 6 special symbols activate a retriggerable round of 3 free spins. The game is served hot with four jackpot features. In-game moves trigger the Mini and minor jackpots while the major jackpot is progressive, meaning that players’ max bet stakes are pooled together until the lucky winner strikes 5 wilds on a single payline.

  • Indian Dreaming

The list of free online pokies with no download required Indian Dreaming comes with a structure of 5 reels and 243 winning ways. Its exclusive features include the Tee Pee wild feature in which a player stands a chance of winning a 2× multiplier in case the wild is part of the winning combo. While you can play Indian Dreaming free pokies, no download, no registration to play, the real money game is available with the Chiefs symbol. It is the highest paying symbol that brings up to 2,500 times your initial stakes when 5 of them appear on a single pay line.

  • Mega Moolah

Mega Moolah

Designed with incredible 3D graphics and a befitting theme, this is a hugely popular casino game owing to its progressive jackpot worth 10,000 times your initial stakes. Players can play Mega Moolah pokies in Australia or opt for the online casino real money rounds available courtesy of the sweet no deposit offers that come along the game across legit casinos. Among the friendliest in-game features is an RTP of 97.00%, implying that casinos have only a 3% advantage over you in the long run. Besides, this game is highly volatile, indicating that winnings are comparably infrequent but are big enough to cover for the short term losses whenever a winning combo is struck.

  • Starburst

Starburst

This game by NetEnt has become a major hit among online casinos. It is heavily featured among the best Australian online pokies for real money. You can enjoy this game with an exclusive no deposit offer as casinos are in a rush to leverage the ever-rising Starburst popularity with a renewed jackpot system. The game’s top prize of 5,000× is activated by the appearance of 5 wilds on a payline. Its autoplay features are impressive as it gives the chance to customize the number of spins and the ideal budget for your spinning rounds.

  • Big Red

With an Australian outback theme, Big Red is featured in the best Australian pokies for real money. Theme-fitting symbols include dingo, crocodiles, and a Big Red kangaroo, which is the wild that can earn you up to 5 free spins on reels 3, 4, and 5. Playable on a layout of 5 reels and 5 paylines, Big Red pokies in Australia have a huge RTP of 97.04%, meaning that the house edge is significantly reduced to only 2.96% if you spin for longer periods.

Types of Online Pokies for Aussies

Online pokies is a broad term that encompasses various types of games. Classified on distinctive characteristics are the types of Aussie online casinos.

  • 3 Reel Pokies– These are relatively simpler and less complicated games that were popular in the early days of land-based casinos and at the advent of modern online gaming casinos. They have a few lines and reels. Mostly they have three reels and a single payline. A perfect example here is Mega Joker pokie.
  • 5 Reels Pokie– This type constitutes a majority in modern online casinos in Australia. Featuring an outline of 5 reels and diverse paylines, these games have a comparably large number of features and more varied gameplay. Gladiator by Playtech, Starburst by NetEnt, and the Queen of the Nile by Aristocrat are a few examples under this category.
  • 7 Reel Pokies– These are the rarest of popular pokies in Australia. They are perceived more of a gimmick than the usual casino offerings. The extra reels mean that players have the wildest options to win while the machines themselves are superbly generous if you are lucky to land at least seven similar symbols on a single payline. An excellent example of the 7-reel pokie is Realtime Gaming’s I.R.I.S. 3000. With only one payline, players have the option to play between 1 and 3 coins, each of which always costs $0.50 to play.
  • 3D Pokies– These represent the most advanced video games for Aussie gamers. Created by the likes of Betsoft, Aristocrat, IGT, or Playtech, to mention just a few, 3D games have exciting graphical illustrations and immersive storylines, and highly engaging characters that liken the game to movies. Examples under this category include the Slotfather, which is based on the Italian Gangster movie, and Mr. Vegas video pokie.
  • Fruit Machines – These are classic or traditional video pokies that have been fairly improved to appeal to modern gamers. Like 3 reel pokies, they are less complex and mostly feature cherries, berries, Oranges, and a range of other fruits as their main symbols. Examples.

Protected Aussie Real Money Online Casinos

With recent trends, it has become necessary that players place their bets at safe online casinos. For a casino to be safe, the casino must meet up with several requirements. The requirements include

  • Ownership: A casino’s owner should be known. In cases of fraud, the ownership of the casino is usually unclear. Even in start-ups, there should be someone who can be held accountable.
  • One of the most important things to look out for in any online pokies for real money is the license. For a casino to be legal, they must obtain a permit from organizations vetted by the Government. These organizations are responsible for regulating activities of casinos that fall within their jurisdiction under the law. Casinos without such licensing certificates would not have control, so players are not guaranteed fair play.
  • Technical security: These describe the measures put in place by the casino to ensure that their customers and their data are safe. That is particularly important because online pokies for real money collect sensitive information from their customers. Such data include credit card details, name, address, etc. which can lead to potential problems for their clients if in the hands of fraudsters. To mitigate this risk, reputable casinos engage the security experts’ services to protect their clients’ data.
  • Regular Audits: obtaining a license is not all for a casino. Even after meeting the requirements needed to get licensed, reputable casinos must undergo audits regularly. Audits, like technical security, have to be done by another company outside of the casino. Audits aim to show the management of funds in the company. Audits would also show how the company has been fair to its clients.

Regular Audits

  • Fairness of Games: for the games of a casino to be considered safe, it must be fair to all players. All players must have the same chances of winning at the pokies. To achieve fairness, three things must be in place. First, the online pokies’ software for real money must be from a reputable source. Secondly, the gameplay must use Random Number Generators (RNGs). RNGs like the name are responsible for the random outcomes of the slots. They generate randomized results for gameplay sessions. RNGs work alongside an SHA-3 as an algorithm. That way, the RNGs stay safe and untampered with. All of the best online casinos in Australia are tested for fairness periodically by organizations like eCOGRA.
  • Safety of Deposits and Withdrawals: In a safe casino, deposits and withdrawals must be safe. Clients’ data have to be encrypted using the highest possible level of SSL encryption technology to ensure this. That would make the information inaccessible to hackers and other fraudulent third-party agents.

Selecting the Best Real Money Casinos

Selecting the best Australian online pokies for real money where you can place safe bets is very easy. Casino review sites are becoming very popular in this regard. Amongst other things, these websites help give players direction on where to place their bets safely without getting scammed. People also visit them to have an idea about bonuses and other freebies offered by real money pokies in Australia. For people seeking to play for free, these websites point players in the direction where they can find free online pokies with no download required. The players can access free pokies, no download, and no registration to play them. Some of the best examples of these review websites include gamblingsites.com, pokieslab.com, casino.org, and casino.guru.

To give their recommendation, the websites consider the following:

License

Casinos without authorization are frauds

The websites also observe the jurisdiction of the online casino license. That gives the website an idea of how protected players are.

Software

 

 

A casino that would rank among the best Australian online pokies for real money should have their games play at random and nothing more.

The software used should be open to all.

Real money pokies in Australia should have their pokies tested frequently for fairness by other people.

 

Financial Policy

Here they observe the kind of payment options allowed by the casino. Usually, higher numbers here point in the right direction.

The payment limit of the casino is also considered at this point. That is the amount of money the casino pays out per week at the maximum. The standard for most casinos should be at least $2,500.

Payments shouldn’t take too long. A maximum period of 2 months looks suitable for real money pokies in Australia.

An excellent online casino should have a good history of paying its clients their wins.

Terms

Terms and agreements should be easy to access and, more importantly, straightforward to understand.

Company information

The information about the company should be available for all to see.

Casino review websites also take a step further by checking to see if the details are accurate. For instance, is the phone number on the website valid? Is the address given correct?

Trusted Online Casinos in Australia

For a casino to retain its status as a “trusted casino,” it must be monitored continually. Monitoring usually is done in two phases. The first phase is through the Casino regulators that ensure that the casinos comply strictly with the laid down rules; else, they lose their license. The other stage is that of the auditors who check the games looking for threats for the players and loopholes that hackers might use against the casino. Here are a few real online casinos and the best online casinos that payout and why review websites trust them.

Play AmoPlayAmo: Direx N.V. owns PlayAmo, and it began operations in 2016. Detailed information on the owners of the company is obvious. All the details available are real. Also, the casino allows a wide array of payment options, including bitcoin payment. At the moment, the casino offers a $2,000 registration bonus for its new clients. Softswiss N.V licenses the casino.

Play AmoKing Billy: Direx N.V. also owns King Billy casino, and it supports up to 26 types of payment methods, including bitcoins. They have an excellent withdrawal limit set at $40,000 at a maximum and $20,000 minimum. Their contact information is very active, and they have a responsive customer care service. The casino has a good reputation in the industry, and they give up to $500 bonus and 200 free spins. The casino’s license is by Curaçao licensing authority.

Play AmoMelbet: Melbet casino belongs to Tuktia limited. The casino supports up to 44 types of payment methods, including bitcoins. The exciting part is they do not have withdrawal limits. Players have access to unlimited withdrawals, depending on their payment option used. The same customer care service is very responsive. Their reputation in the industry is good, and they give up to $500 bonus and 200 free spins. The casino is licensed by Curaçao licensing authority.

Play AmoPokiez Casino: Pokiez Casino is a relatively new casino in the market. They are owned by Tuktia limited. The casino allows players to make deposits using many platforms, and their withdrawal methods are also numerous. The casino has a withdrawal limit of $5,000. Their payout is usually between 1-2 days, and they have a 97% payout. Their customer care service is very responsive. Their reputation is right in the industry, and they offer players up to $10,000 bonus and 25 free spins for new players.

Play AmoRed Stag: Red Stag Casino started in 2015. The casino has diverse deposit options from which players are allowed to choose freely. They got their license from the Curaçao licensing authority. Their customer care service is very responsive. Their reputation in the industry is good, and they offer players up to $550 a welcome bonus.

 

Win real money online casino for free

Winning real cash while spinning the best pokies is the best experience that any player craves for. Here are some of the ways to ensure you rip big even without risking any of your pence.

You can leverage the free online casino sign up bonuses offered across casinos. Ranging from free spins to no deposit cash rewards, they give you the chance to use the no deposit free chip and start spinning the real games across free online casino platforms without staking your cash. Nonetheless, before getting into the gaming mood, you ought to fulfill the wagering terms.

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Players can also participate in legit slot tournaments – These are gaming competitions in which gamers compete for real cash prizes as they enjoy free play slots. To start, the site hosting the tournament offers you tournament credits or buy-ins, and then the number of rounds or spins is set across other competitors. Respective winning rounds will determine whether you qualify for a real money prize or not. Rounds won are usually converted into points that are then used as the basis to rank players. The highest-ranked player carries home the top tournament prize. Features under these competitions are best free online slots with bonuses like Starburst or Gonzo’s Quest.

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Five Ways That Casinos Trick You Into Losing At Blackjack

Casimba Casino BlackjackBy Joseph Johnson

When you visit a casino to play blackjack, you must understand that the dealer is not the only one you are up against. The combat measures for your loss begins even before you take a seat at the casino. It has been revealed that there is a game behind the blackjack game and it involves getting you to the table and ensuring you stay put. The fact is that your commitment to the idea of winning is increased while your chances of winning are reduced.

The dealers are just pawns and the casinos are the real foes you’re up against in your bid to win. The casinos are the ones who hire the dealers, train them, and monitor them. They just do the jobs for which they are paid, and must do it perfectly to avoid being fired although the dealers are always on the lookout for some fun and good tips in the process. Here are some measures put in place by casinos to ensure you’re disadvantaged once you’re at a table.

1. They Pretend To Be Your Friend

It’s a no-brainer that you’ll receive warm welcoming at a casino with your tips being received in a gracious manner. If you observe carefully, this treatment goes out of the window when it becomes obvious that you won’t be tipping. For the ones who decide to tip at a table, once you’re down and out, the friends vanish immediately. Dealers only become your acquaintances when you’re at the table, once you’re away from the table, you are on your own.  Tip:  Only tip if you are winning and at the end of a session.

2. The Fake Optimism Method

Dealers must create the impression that the casino has been designed to ensure that you win when you’re at a table. They give the impression that you have arrived at a happy place where your chance of leaving with some cool cash is realizable. 

Well, this is eventually not the case most times. Some online casinos offer more winnable options and are the go-to in recent times for casino gamers. As an example, try your hands at casimba.com for realistic winnable options that will be on offer. Regardless, the dealer at a land-based casino has been hired to welcome you, offer some small talk and give you hope that all things are possible with regards to winning.  You would do well not to fall for this on your next visit to a casino to play blackjack.

3. They’ll Keep the Drinks Coming

Do you take alcohol in the midst of a serious business conversation or when you’re involved in a major productive activity that involves your mental capacity? I guess your answer is No, and rightfully so. The liquid only serves to reduce the validity of your thoughts.

That is what the casino aims for when they keep offering you free drink after free drink to affect your judgment and decisions. This will increase the possibility of bad decisions from your end and sees you ending up on the losing side frequently. They really don’t need your money at the bar but at the table.  Tip: Don’t drink and gamble.

4. The Tip Whoring Method

Casinos want players, as your loss is their reward which helps them to keep running and cater to their staff. You unknowingly help them out in catering for their staff in the form of tips. You may ask how? Well, when you smash them with wins, they expect a share of the spoil, but when you end up losing, they suggest that you’ve not been a good tipper. Regardless, it’s all a ploy to reduce your chances of a successful night. Do the dealers tip you when they win big?

5. Hiding Bad Blackjack Rules

In recent years, casinos have been changing blackjack rules to the detriment of players.  The biggest change in rules has been the payoff for a natural – a ten valued card and an Ace on your first 2 cards.  This should be paid at 3 to 2, however, to increase casino profits many casinos have changed this payoff to 6 to 5.  To make matters worse, some casinos don’t even inform the customer of the change or they have the rules written in very small letters on the table.  Tip:  Don’t play at casinos that only pay 6 to 5 at blackjack.

Well, these aforementioned tips shouldn’t surprise you as both dealers and casinos are looking to make money. Therefore, it’s advisable for players to be on the lookout, know when to deal, and protect their money.

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Blackjack Versus Poker (Part 2)

AcesBy Yancy Howard 

In the last article we talked about choosing the right games at which to put your money at risk, discipline, good and bad players and how they affect your game, and thought processes that knowledgeable players use to maximize their expectation.

Game selection was the key factor discussed concerning your long term profits.  In the BJ example we talked about choosing a game that had the best rules, the deepest cut, the ability to get away with a large bet spread, and a fast robot, (that’s the dealer for those of you that didn’t read the last article) that hopefully makes a lot of mistakes. 

Now, say you find this game and start exploiting it.  Once you start taking a fair amount of checks from the dealers chip tray, what happens?  All of a sudden you seem to have taken on a burst of popularity.  The floorman comes over to your table.  First, he may introduce himself and ask you a few questions.  This usually depends on the size of your bets, but you can be sure that he will be particularly interested in your bet spread, and your reaction to his being there. 

In our poker example, if you remember, we were looking to get in a game with lots of technically weak, loose players that call a lot.  For the time being though, we are going to leave out the maniac who is constantly raising, sometimes with the “nuts” and sometimes with nothing.  We’ll deal with him later.

Again, you start amassing a lot of checks.  Do you think for a minute that the casino is going to send someone over to monitor your play?  Not unless they have a reason to believe you are cheating.  Because you are not in a position to hurt their bottom line, they have no reason to feel threatened.

“There aren’t many situations where
you are going to gain anything
by toking the poker Robot.”

Now back to the Robot situation.  There are different types of Robots.  Good ones, bad ones, fast ones, slow ones, honest ones, dishonest ones, careless ones, and some that can be manipulated through tokes to cut off less cards, raising your overall expectation, as long as you don’t toke excessively. 

There aren’t many situations where you are going to gain anything by toking the poker Robot.  I don’t mean that you shouldn’t toke after winning a pot, because that’s expected. 

Having a good act is a very important part of your BJ playing technique.  If you are betting big money, you have to make them think that you are anything but a knowledgeable player.  This is of the utmost importance if you are playing in a single deck game.  The count goes up and down so quickly that your method of disguise, and how good it is, will determine your longevity. 

The act in the game of poker is not important as far as the casino is concerned, because again, you are no threat to them.  Any of your Oscar award winning performances are directed toward your opponents rather than the house.  If you are new to the poker scene, one bit of advice would be to always act in the same manner in each and every situation.  If you have to take a second or two to figure the odds of a drawing hand, do the same thing when you already have the NUTS.  Just don’t hold up the game.  Don’t reach for your chips until the person to your right has concluded his transaction.  If you are a smoker, you’d do well to light up when you are out of the pot, rather than when involved.  We’ll get into this later when we talk about TELLS.

“Don’t reach for your chips until
the person to your right
has concluded his transaction.”

In the first article I stated that you had to play BJ like a machine making all of the correct strategy decisions straight from memory.  After you have mastered the counting system that you have chosen, it is then time for you to add the refinements that will buy you playing time.  Remember, you can only win big money by betting big money.  Betting big money is going to draw attention.  How you act while your play is being scrutinized by the Floorman or the Pit Boss determines whether the welcome mat is withdrawn or not.

Here is a crazy act1)Editor note: The point of this example is that “acting” is a very desirable skill at blackjack and not quite as important in poker. that will buy you a lot of playing time at the BJ tables.  Buy yourself a pair of dark glasses and a cane.  Get your girlfriend or wife to accompany you to the casino as your guide.  Take hold of her arm and have her lead you to the shoe game of your choice where all the cards are dealt up.  Don’t be looking around.  Stare straight ahead.  After all, you’re BLIND!  Have her seat you at the center of an empty table so you can get some heads-up play.  Greet the Robot cordially and explain that you are blind and that your wife is going to help you play by telling you what your cards are.  Tell the Robot that you want all the same color chips, cause you won’t know the difference.  Now this is something that you have to practice at home, and put a lot of thought into.  You can’t be making mistakes like taking the cut card from the dealer when he offers it to cut the pack cause you can’t see him offering it.  You’re BLIND!  You must stare straight ahead at all times.

Blackjack Eye ChartAfter the hand is dealt, your wife tells you what your two card total is.  You of course can see everything that is going on, while keeping the count, making the proper strategy decisions, and sizing your bets.  Remember, don’t move your head when looking down to pick-up your chips for the next bet.  Feel for them a little.  Maybe knock a stack or two over,  It won’t matter, their all the same color, remember? 

What really makes this whole thing work is, your wife tells you what your cards are, the total only, but never tells you what the Robot’s UP card is!  You can, and should, from time to time ask what the UP card is.  If you get a snapper or take insurance requiring odd color chips, ask the Robot or your wife to put the odd colors in a separate stack to the side of the rest of your chips.  It works best if you ask the Robot for help rather than your wife.  Act like you are having a good time.  Be a sport and put out a small toke for the dealer if you’ve just won a big bet.  Remember, you can move your eyes all you want.  Just don’t move your head!  Let your wife take your winnings from the betting circle, but you make the bet.  Here is a good way to really jump your bet.  Say you just won a hand and the count is high, just slide another stack toward the betting circle.  Put it near the circle, not quite inside.  The Robot will move it inside for you and place it on top of your original bet plus what you’ve just won.  Remember, you’re BLIND! 

“Being blind or not, any good size
action is going to draw attention.”

Being blind or not, any good size action is going to draw attention.  Someone from the pit may come over to introduce themselves.  Welcome them!  Act happy.  Move your head in the direction toward where the voice is coming from.  They’ll tell you that they will be glad to assist you in any way.  Just say that your wife is your constant companion since you lost your sight from complications of diabetes.  If they compliment your game, tell them that you used to love to play BJ before you lost your sight and you are sorry for being a little slow.  Be humble, but very nice.  Tell them you appreciate how helpful the dealer is. 

Needless to say this won’t work in the poker room, but it will at the BJ tables.  After all, how many blind blackjack players do you know that can count?

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[ This article was originally published in the Summer 1994 issue of Blackjack Review magazine. ]

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Footnotes

1Editor note: The point of this example is that “acting” is a very desirable skill at blackjack and not quite as important in poker.

When do Online Casino Dealers Check for Blackjack?

By John Crawford

You might think that checking for blackjack is a largely universal process but, as a matter of fact, there are two ways that blackjack dealers can check for blackjack and offer insurance to their players. These rules aren’t just exclusive to land-based casinos either, they can be adopted by live dealer casinos too.

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Checking for blackjack is something that happens via high-definition (HD) live streams at slotscalendar.com blackjack casinos which also offer a string of live-streamed blackjack game variants, including Blackjack Surrender. These two scenarios for checking blackjacks are ingrained in the gameplay of all kinds of live blackjack, but all too often players are unaware with how their dealers are required to handle their own hole cards.

To offer some clarity on the rules for checking blackjack with live casinos, we’ve gone into more detail on the two possible scenarios you could be faced with:

The “no peek” blackjack rule

The “no peek” blackjack ruling is synonymous with most European land-based and online casinos. If the dealer pulls an ace from the deck as their up card, they will immediately ask players at the table whether they would like to take insurance. However, they will continue to deal cards to all active players at the table, allowing them to make decisions on their hands such as splitting or doubling down before a dealer’s blackjack can be revealed. Lasvegasadvisor.com discussed this and revealed that the “no peek” rule results in the house having a greater edge over players worth 0.62%.1)Editor note: See comments.  The ENHC rule is worth 0.11% to the house. A rule that is still bad for the player.  The 0.62% is for the entire casino (house) edge over the player for this example. That’s because the house can take the player’s additional chips for splitting and doubling down, on top of their original bet, before a dealer’s blackjack is announced.

The US-style blackjack rule

Wherever possible, players should try to find live blackjack tables that abide by the US-style “peek” rule of checking blackjack. In most US online and land-based casinos, the dealer will peek at their face-down card before players are given any cards. If the dealer does have blackjack, they will display it to the table and immediately take all the original bets from the players. This can save you money and prevent you from committing to doubling down or splitting a hand in the no-win scenario of the dealer having blackjack.

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It’s a similar case in live blackjack with surrender too. Some live casinos will allow players to surrender their hand if the dealer’s up card is an ace and their other card is drawn face down. In other cases, live casino dealers may only draw one card face down for themselves, with the other remaining in the deck until all players have decided how to play their hands. In this instance, players will be offered what is known as “late surrender”, crucially offered after the dealer has checked for a possible blackjack. The issue of surrender is a hot topic on quora.com among players, reinforcing the challenge of rules not being the same in one casino as the next.

Ultimately, the rules on live casino dealers checking for blackjack and offering insurance will depend on whether your chosen live casino adopts the European or US blackjack format. It’s a good idea to be mindful of this before you sit down at a live dealer table, so that you can plan for both eventualities.

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Footnotes

1Editor note: See comments.  The ENHC rule is worth 0.11% to the house. A rule that is still bad for the player.  The 0.62% is for the entire casino (house) edge over the player for this example.

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