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No Download Blackjack

No Account CasinosBy James Smith

The rules of blackjack are simple. Almost every casino player knows them. At the start of a game, you receive two cards facing up. Your opponent, a casino’s dealer, receives one card facing up and another card facing down.

The moves you make are based on the values on your card and the dealer’s up card. You can stand or hit for more cards to get close to a total value of 21. If you go overboard, you lose. If your hand is better than the dealer’s, you win.

For a long time, playing blackjack online meant downloading software. It also meant playing the game against RNG1)RNG stands for Random Number Generator. software. Not anymore.

What is No Download Blackjack?

No download blackjack is a form of the game available online in an instant-play mode. There’s no need to install an app or download a program. Adobe Flash isn’t necessary, either. You access the game, hit ‘Play’ and get into action.

How do no download blackjack casinos work? Before Adobe Flash was ended on January 12, this year (2021), it was the main way casinos operated online. You had to install it or use a browser with Adobe Flash installed by default.

Post Adobe Flash, instant-play blackjack games run on HTML5. It’s a programming language that supports faster, high-quality streaming. And unlike Flash, players don’t need to install it to play games.

What are the Benefits of No Download Blackjack Games?

No download blackjack casinos are the future of the industry. Here’s why:

  • No need to download software to play blackjack
  • Supports all major blackjack variants
  • Supports high-quality, real-time live blackjack gaming
  • Available on all major devices and browsers
  • Makes mobile casinos more accessible
  • Available at all leading online casinos

With No download blackjack casinos soaring in popularity, blackjack will continue to be more accessible. Everyone can play the game on their favorite device, whether it’s an iPhone, Samsung phone or Windows computer.

And as mentioned, streaming blackjack in instant-play is faster, smoother and more efficient. It’s particularly exciting when playing the game against a human dealer and not RNG software.

Can you Play No Download Blackjack for Real Money?

Yes, you can play no download blackjack games for real money.2)Online gambling and gaming is illegal in many jurisdictions and users should consult legal counsel regarding the legal status of online gambling and gaming in their jurisdictions. It doesn’t matter what your favorite variant of the game is—Classic Blackjack, Spanish 21, Blackjack Switch, Vegas Strip, Pontoon or Perfect Pairs. Most real money online casinos support instant-play blackjack for real money.

You can also relish free to play no download blackjack. In fact, one of the biggest advantages of the no download gaming technology is that it makes it possible to create free to play online games.

No Registration Blackjack Games: What are they?

No registration blackjack casinos are exactly what they sound like. They are websites through which you can play blackjack without creating an account, also called Pay n Play. No need to reveal your email address, no need to give out your credit card number.

When you visit a no registration casino, you’re linked to a payment method, usually Trustly – where a registration happens in the “background”. A full guide can be found here. Goes, without saying that the Pay n play casinos do not require any downloads.

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Footnotes

Footnotes
1RNG stands for Random Number Generator.
2Online gambling and gaming is illegal in many jurisdictions and users should consult legal counsel regarding the legal status of online gambling and gaming in their jurisdictions.

How Do Blackjack Rules in Finland Differ from Elsewhere?

Blackjack in FinlandBy Lucas Wilson

Blackjack remains one of the most popular card games in the world, with the same general rules followed in most countries where it is played. Yet, the example of Finland shows us that there are still some unique ways of playing the game.

Live Blackjack Rules in Finland

Playing in a land casino or other physical location in Finland or Sweden for the first time can bring a surprise or two, as the live blackjack rules here are set by the authorities. While the general aim of the game is still to try and get a better hand than the dealer without going over 21, the unique rules make it more difficult to do this.

The game is played with six decks of cards and the dealer doesn’t give themselves their second card until the players have concluded the actions on their hands. Players can double down on 9, 10, or 11 and can split hands but can’t surrender.

In this version of blackjack, the dealer has to stand on all 17s. You can’t double down following a split in Finland, although reports confirm that you can do this in the version of the game played in Sweden, where the rules are similar but vary slightly.

Online Blackjack in Finland

Thankfully there is an alternative, as the type of online casino in Finland offers now don’t have to stick to those live blackjack rules and uses more typical rules. If you prefer to stick with the live card game experience, you can try live dealer blackjack, with baccarat and roulette among the other games where a human dealer appears on the screen.

This means that Finnish players can choose from a wide range of blackjack variants that use the more traditional rules and lower house edge that we are used to seeing in other countries. Each game has its own rules listed on the site for you to read through and understand before placing your first bet.

BlackjackThe Main Issue with Playing Blackjack in a Live Setting

The rules we have looked at so far are all fairly standard and there is nothing to cause too much surprise to anyone who has played blackjack before. However, there is one significant rule that affects your chances of winning money in a land-based game.

This is because you lose if you get the same total on your cards as the dealer and they add up to 17, 18, or 19. Normally, this sort of tie would result in a push and you would get your money back, but in Finland, you lose outright. If you tie on 20 or 21, it results in a push. 

Some sources suggest that this rule change increases the house edge of blackjack to something close to 9%. Since this is usually one of the casino games with the lowest house edge, there is no doubt that the Finnish rules could be off-putting for anyone who is used to playing with other rules.

It is easy to get started as the game-play is very similar to the Finnish style, but the fact that you don’t lose on certain tied hands helps to improve your chances of winning. This means that the house edge drops back down to the sort of level players from other countries are used to seeing.

The way that online casinos now offer different versions of blackjack with rules that are more helpful to the player should ensure that this timeless card game becomes even more popular in Finland.

Photo Credit: Blackjack by Aidan Howe
Photo Credit: Blackjack by Erik Hersman

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Blackjack Variant Round-Up

Blackjack by Michael GodardBy Shaun Smith

Although the primary objective of getting a 21 or as close to it as possible remains the same, the casino game of blackjack has many variations. Some of these have strikingly different rules from the standard blackjack, too.

Let’s look into the top variants in detail here and check which one(s) may be more suitable for your style. Make sure you understand the rules and changes each variation has in order to adapt your own strategy.  Percentages shown are approximate and assume blackjacks pay 3 to 2 unless otherwise noted.  Percentages will also vary depending on the number of decks used.

European Blackjack

Undoubtedly, one of the most widely played blackjack variants in the UK, European Blackjack is a popular blackjack variant. The main difference of this variant is in the rule that the dealer does not receive his hole card till the players have made the playing decisions. European Blackjack poses more restrictions on the players too. An example is the prohibition of dealer peek or surrender. The house edge is slightly higher at 0.66% compared to the 0.4% of the standard blackjack with Soft-17 rules. Doubling is allowed on 9, 10 and 11 only. Doubling after split is allowed but re-splitting is not allowed.

Las Vegas Strip Blackjack

Las Vegas Strip Blackjack is one of the most popular blackjack variants in Las Vegas casinos. With a lower house edge of 0.35% to 0.36%, Vegas Strip blackjack is very similar to the American blackjack rules. It stands out by virtue of its dealer peek rules as dealer peek is allowed only on ace. Additionally, doubling is allowed on any 2 cards and the dealer stands on Soft 17, like in American Blackjack. The game derives its name from where it is played, The Vegas Strip, which is basically a 4.2 mile (6.8 km) stretch of South Las Vegas Boulevard, outside the city limits.

Spanish 21

The Spanish 21 variant of blackjack is more popular in Australia and Malaysia. It was first introduced as Pontoon in 1995. The primary difference of this variant is that it is played with 6 decks of cards and the 10s are removed from each deck. Players, after being dealt the initial two cards, continue to receive cards till they decide to Stand. Spanish 21 is a popular variant because it offers a wide range of side bets including insurance. The house edge of Spanish 21 is between 0.42% to 0.85%, depending on the number of decks and whether the dealer hits Soft-17. The variant is flexible in terms of rules and playing actions. Doubling, doubling after split and surrendering are all allowed. Re-splitting is allowed up to 4 hands including Aces.

Super Fun 21

Invented by Howard Grossman, Super Fun, as the name suggests, is a fun variant of the blackjack game. Popularized around 1999, it is widely played in live casinos or in online live dealer blackjack. The house edge of Super Fun 21 is slightly higher at 1.2% to 1.5%. However, the game variant is quite flexible in terms of rules. Doubling, doubling after split and surrendering are all allowed. Re-splitting, on the other hand, is allowed up to 4 hands including Aces. Super Fun 21 is played with 1, 2 or 6 decks of cards and dealer peek is allowed on Aces and the Face Cards.

Double Attack Blackjack

The Double Attack Blackjack is an interesting variant of the blackjack, played in land-based casinos but not available in online casinos. The main difference of this particular blackjack variation is that it is played with 6-8 decks containing 48 cards each as the 10s are removed from the deck before the game begins. Double Attack Blackjack offers some other favorable rules for the players. For instance, there is a side bet called Bustit. Then, the insurance payout is higher than it is in standard blackjack and most importantly, the players can double the bet while seeing the dealer’s door card. The house edge of Double Attack Blackjack is about 0.62%.

Double Exposure Blackjack

Double Exposure Blackjack is a variant in which the dealer’s cards are all exposed. There is no hole card and that’s why the name, Double Exposure. Double Exposure Blackjack differs from the standard blackjack in terms of the payout also, which is 1:1 as opposed to the 3:2 payouts. This particular blackjack variant does not allow insurance and forbids the players to push if the dealer has a tie. The dealer wins on every push till the dealer and the player have a natural blackjack. The house edge of Double Exposure Blackjack is at least 0.67% and the dealer has the option to Hit or Stand on Soft 17.

Progressive Blackjack

Progressive Blackjack is a blackjack variant combining classic blackjack with progressive side bet options. This variant is played with 6 decks of cards, reshuffled after each round. As the side bets have a significant role to play in progressive blackjack, the game starts with a house edge of 37.94% and decreases as additional bets are placed. The rules are a bit stringent when compared to the standard blackjack. As such, in Progressive Blackjack, dealer peek, surrendering, doubling after splits are not allowed. Doubling, however, is allowed on hand totals of 9, 10 and 11. The dealer stands on Soft 17.

Blackjack Switch

Blackjack Switch is a more distinctive variant with different rules and game play. This variant was created by the renowned casino games inventor, Geoff Hall. In Blackjack Switch, each individual player places a side bet, apart from two identical wagers. First, he is allowed to bet on two hands and then he can switch the second cards with one another, which is optional. Another interesting feature of this variant is that the dealer’s 22 is not a bust but a draw or push. This, however, is only when the player does not have a natural blackjack. The house edge of Blackjack Switch with an optimal strategy is about .6%. The game variant is relaxed in the sense that re-splitting is allowed up to three times for players.

Free Bet Blackjack

Another blackjack variant invented by Geoff Hall, Free Bet Blackjack stands out with some distinctive features, very different from the everyday blackjack we all know and love. The most notable feature among these is that while splitting and doubling, the player does not need to risk his own money most of the time. Another distinct feature of the game variant is that the dealer’s 22 is considered a push instead of a bust. This rule is the same as that of Blackjack Switch. Free doubles are allowed on hard totals of two cards of 9, 10 or 11 alongside the regular ones just as free splits are allowed on pairs except 10s. The house edge of Free Bet Blackjack is between 0.6% to 1% and it is generally played with 6 decks of cards.

Face Up Blackjack

Face Up Blackjack, as a variant, is different from the standard blackjack in terms of the dealer’s cards. So, in Face Up Blackjack, which is also known as the Double Exposure Blackjack, both the dealer’s original cards are dealt face up. The game play and the player’s decisions obviously change based on this rule. However, most of the other rules of the variant remain the same. Doubling, splitting and surrendering are all allowed. The house edge is about 0.67%.

So, this sums up the prominent blackjack variations and their striking rules as played in different parts of the world. Some variants are more on the fun sides whilst others are very much played in high-end luxury casinos alongside standard blackjack tables.

PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Godard

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Five Key Lessons from Card Counting Masters

Do Your ResearchBy Alicia Davis

Those with a passing interest in blackjack have likely looked into card counting legends like Edward Thorp and Al Francesco. Most gaming enthusiasts know that blackjack offers the best odds to win against the house—but card counting is a surefire way to beat the dealer.

Even better, it’s not illegal. Though most casinos will track suspected counters and the skill doesn’t exactly translate to online play, that doesn’t stop pros and newcomers alike from checking out the ropes. But first, players have to learn the basics, like knowing when to split, when to double down, or when to take a break. 

But when it comes to card counting, knowing when to stay at a table is even more important—and it’s not always dependent on when the count is in or out of their favor. Similar to how sports bettors will cross-reference odds from a variety of sportsbooks, blackjack pros may also choose to remain loyal to one company in search of exclusive offers. 

For example, one FanDuel sportsbook review highlights the group’s same game parlay capabilities. Punters who bet with FanDuel will have more competitive offers on the table for their loyalty, which could lead to competitive bonuses on parlays or other bets, leading to much higher payouts.

Similarly, a card counter may choose to stick around at a table with a cold deck, looking for a larger payout in the future—or, in some cases, to avoid raising suspicion. In other words, the standard advice may not always apply to those diving into card counting.

Let’s take a look at five key lessons from history’s most successful card counters.

Al Francesco: Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

There’s plenty for the average blackjack player to admire in pro Al Francesco. First of all, he wasn’t a natural-born mathematician. Instead, he spent hours and hours learning to count cards and battling headaches. 

Eventually, Francesco turned his hobby into a money-making endeavor in Reno and Tahoe using the Ten Count strategy. However, his biggest contribution to blackjack was forming card counting teams to alleviate the demands on a single counter. Francesco and his ever-shifting team brought home hundreds of thousands throughout the late 1960s and early 70s.

Edward Thorp: Stats > Emotion

So who did Al Francesco learn to count cards from? The original strategy came from Edward Thorp, regarded as the father of card counting, and his debut work Beat the Dealer (1962). Thorp was a mathematician who drew on his probability skills and applied them to blackjack.

Many consider Thorp to be the first true master of blackjack. Similar to his work in the financial sector, Thorp’s message for card counters is this: hard stats will yield reliable probabilities. The most successful players don’t rely on emotion or even experience but stick strictly to the numbers.

Build a team that’s skilled and trustworthy
Build a team that’s skilled and trustworthy!


Tommy Hyland: It Pays to Know the Rules

As mentioned above, card counting isn’t illegal—but that doesn’t mean casinos like or tolerate the practice. And it certainly doesn’t mean large companies losing hundreds of thousands to experienced card counters won’t attempt to hold them accountable.

Back in 1979, blackjack enthusiast Tommy Hyland formed his own card counting team. Over the years, over two hundred different players moonlighted as part of his team, and more than one attempt has been made at taking Hyland to court. However, no charges have ever stuck, as Hyland knows the rules related to card counting, signaling and more—and has never officially broken them.

Ken Uston: Know Who to Trust

As one of the most high-profile card counters in the world, Ken Uston is regarded for his high IQ and card counting precision. His skills landed him on Al Francesco’s card counting team but exposed the team’s secrets in a 1977 tell-all book, The Big Player

What’s the lesson to be learned from Uston? Don’t be overly trusting with team members and make sure everyone is incentivized to toe the line.

Peter A. Griffin: Keep it Basic

Similar to Uston, Peter A. Griffin is hailed for his intellect. But rather than card count himself, Griffin preferred to observe other counting teams and take notes. In fact, he never opted into blackjack but preferred to construct theories from the sidelines.

Griffin’s lesson is to keep it basic—both for the purpose of enjoying what you’re doing and to keep complex strategies as simple as possible. In the end, blackjack has only one goal: to beat the dealer!

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21 Blackjack tips to increase your enjoyment of play and chances of winning

Dealing BlackjackBy Damien Sabaca

Blackjack is one of the most played games in the casino both offline and online. Here are 21 helpful blackjack tips to get the most fun out of your casino visit.

1. Know what you are getting into

It’s obvious, but it’s important to be familiar with the rules of blackjack – also known as blackjack. In addition, it’s more than helpful to be aware of terms like splitting and doubling (“double down”). So it’s a great place to start by reading a blackjack game guide.

2. Play at an online casino with a tasty bonus

New players often receive a pleasant welcome bonus at online casinos. Therefore, look for a reliable gambling site, which not only offers blackjack, but also has a nice welcome bonus on offer.

3. Know your limit and play accordingly

This is actually a general tip that should be followed in any casino game: never play with money you can’t afford to lose. After all, gambling should remain fun. We therefore recommend that you set yourself a limit before you start playing. Find out how much money you can afford to lose and use it to play cards in the casino for real. Set aside, for example, fifty dollars to play with and stop when you’ve lost or won this amount.

If you find that you have trouble setting a limit for yourself and/or frequently go over it: seek help in time. Many licensed casinos have assistance programs where you can go with a gambling problem. They will refer you to the authorities that can offer the necessary help. More information on responsible gambling can also be found here.

4. Choose the right table

With all this in mind, it is also important to sit at the right table in the casino. There are blackjack tables with different stakes: ranging from ten cents (online only) to thousands of dollars. So if you’ve set yourself a fifty dollar limit and you’re playing at a table where you have to bet at least 25 dollars, then – in the worst case scenario – you’ll only be able to participate in two rounds.

5. Always follow basic blackjack strategy

Blackjack can be played in a variety of ways, with different strategies: ranging from the extremely simple to the rather complex. By using good tactics, you not only minimize the house advantage of the casino, but also significantly increase your own chances of winning. The most efficient strategy in blackjack is called basic  strategy

6. Practice makes perfect

We recommend you practice a lot, if only because as a player you have quite some influence on the outcome of the game. At least, more so than with some pure luck games, such as keno and slots. It pays, therefore, to do a lot of training and to put the aforementioned basic strategy into practice. Many online casinos give you the chance to play for free with fake money via free games: so take advantage of this. Practice makes perfect, after all!

7. Never pass at eleven or below

With a point total of 11 or lower in your hand, you can never play yourself to death: going above 21 (also known as ‘busting’). Passing at such a value is extremely awkward and minimizes your chances of winning. So let the dealer give you at least one new card.  With a nice hand of 11, you will most likely want to double down!

8. Never take out insurance

If you want to play the game smartly, it is wise to never take out an insurance policy. Insurance gives you the possibility to arm yourself against a blackjack from the bank. It sounds tempting to do, but it’s anything but: you have the odds completely against you. In short, a real loser bet.

9. Does the dealer have a seven or more: keep asking for cards

If the house on duty’s first card is a 7 or higher, you increase your chances of winning by playing until you have a “hard” total of at least 17 in your hands or a “soft” total of 18 or more. A hard hand is defined as a hand without aces or with an ace counting as 1, while a soft hand is a hand with an ace counting for 11.

10. Apply under no circumstances to a “soft 17”

If you receive two or more cards from the dealer at the beginning or later in the game that add up to a “soft 17,” it is not smart to pass. A soft 17 consists of an ace that counts for 11 and another card or cards. For example: A-6 or A-2-4.

But why shouldn’t I just pass with such a combination, I hear you think. Well, why do you think dealers should always hit on a soft 17? It has to do with the fact that the house advantage is then increased. So if such a thing applies to the bank, it certainly applies to you as well.

So what do you need to do? The following:

  • Double down: if the dealer has a 3, 4, 5 or 6 (2-6 in a single-deck game);
  • Ask for an extra card: if the dealer has a 2, 7, 8, 9, 10 or Ace.

11. Skip, at seventeen or more

Apart from the “soft 17”, it is best to pass as soon as you have a hard value of 17 or more in your hand. Statistically, this is when you have the best chance of beating the bank.

12. Take your loss!

When we lose, it is in our nature to go on full attack. Our reflex is often to go even more in, hoping to wash away the defeat more quickly. Wrong! Just take your losses. Playing in a casino is gambling and gambling unfortunately also means that you can fall flat on your face from time to time. Often, putting in extra money will only make the situation worse. A useful blackjack tip, which, by the way, applies to several games. 

13. Don’t get too emotional

As an extension of the previous blackjack tip, keep your emotions under control. Keep your cool, regardless of the outcome of the game and concentrate fully on the strategy to be followed. If not, you will irrevocably make stupid mistakes, which will be detrimental to your chances of winning. In short: switch off your emotions and stay on top of things.

14. Never separate two tens and fives

It is not really strong to split two tens. In fact, two tens brings the total points to twenty. This leaves only one better hand, which is 21. But the chances of getting this hand are minuscule. Beating two tens is therefore very difficult for the bank. So if you have a set of tens: skip a turn.  If you have two fives, treat it as a 10 and either hit it or double down.

15. Always split two aces and two eights

Splitting two aces or two eights, mathematically gives you the best chances to win. So if you have one of these hands, just split them.

16. Get rid of the superstition

Many blackjack players believe in the so-called hot and cold myth. This means that they prefer a table where they have already made a big pot (a hot table) to one where they have previously lost (a cold table). Not to mention other rituals of superstition.

If you are one of them: stop doing that. Although some people firmly believe that fate determines our lives (‘everything happens for a reason’), it is really pure coincidence that guides our existence. Something that also plays an important role in many casino games. Superstition is therefore quatsch: better concentrate on things you can control!  By taking these handy blackjack tips to heart, for example. 

17. Play short sessions

It is never good to play blackjack for too long. It can get boring or affect your focus, causing you to deviate from basic strategy and make unnecessary mistakes. We suggest you play short sessions and take a break: stretch your legs, change your mind or doze off for a while. Then, as soon as you start playing cards again, you’ll be fresh enough to beat the bank.

18. Delve into the literature

Blackjack is a game where besides chance, knowledge plays a crucial role. As a result, there are books full of tips and strategies to outsmart the casino. It is therefore worthwhile, as an enthusiast, to browse through a book on blackjack regularly: to gain new insights, or just to learn from the stupidities of others.

19. Surprise yourself with blackjack variants

Tired of the standard version of blackjack? Then consider one of the many variants of this card game on the market. The only thing that differs is the rules of the game. Once you’ve tried a variant, you’ll relive classic blackjack as a newbie. But a newbie with experience!

20. Opt for a live casino as well

Would you like to experience the atmosphere of a real blackjack table, but don’t feel like getting up from your couch to do it? Or do you just want to play blackjack in a different way than through a computerized program? Then it’s an idea to visit the live casino. Through your internet connection, you’ll be in live contact with a lovely female (or male) croupier, who will deal the cards at a real blackjack table.

21. Have fun!

After all these handy blackjack tips and tricks, you’re all set for a nice game of 21’ing. So, what are you waiting for? Have a great time! 

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Top 10 Biggest Blackjack Jackpots

Ace King of HeartsBy Helli Lakola

Blackjack is one of the world’s most popular casino games and with good reason. Whether it’s online or at a brick and mortar casino, blackjack can be a hugely exciting casino game that anyone can play.

On occasion, some crazy plays and jackpots transpire that leave players and on-lookers shocked. The following article will look at ten memorable blackjack plays and jackpots. If you’re interested in possibly winning your own huge blackjack jackpot, have a look at Nettikasino247.com where you can find the top online platforms for just that.

Kerry Packer Risks $5,000,000

Back in 1995, pro gambler and Australian media tycoon, Kerry Packer, placed 20 separate bets of one quarter of a million dollars each. Miraculously each paid off handsomely with one of the biggest recorded wins ever in Las Vegas history. Packer is well known for large stakes and has also lost plenty of times over the course of his long gambling career. However, on this occasion, Lady Luck was certainly smiling on him.  Some reports say he won a huge $40 million in this session.  Kerry Packer died in 2005.

The Breakfast Winner

Michael Geismar had an incredible blackjack jackpot win at the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas. The investment banker was having breakfast at the time when he decided to place a $300 stake on a game of blackjack. Incredibly, Geismar walked away with just shy of half a million when he pocketed $470,000 in a six-hour stretch at the blackjack tables.

MIT Blackjack Team

A group of MIT students and ex-students profited immensely from card counting in the 1980s and 90s. They allegedly won over half a million dollars in a single night using the strategy as a team. There was even a film made in honor of this daring group of students and aptly named 21.  In today’s modern casinos this strategy is much more difficult and it is certainly not possible in an online casino but at the time it was a winning strategy for these MIT graduates.

Shoeless Joe

An unidentified man who walked into a casino without shoes hit the big time when he decided to play blackjack. The man used a $300 social security check and chanced his arm with a series of unusual plays. His luck was in and the man reached $1.5 million before losing most of his winnings by not quitting whilst ahead. A disappointing ending but a crazy story, nonetheless.  This story can’t be completely confirmed but was compiled from several 1995 newspapers.

Math’s Genius

Ken Uston used his highly skilled math ability and card counting skill to calculate probabilities and make excellent judgments when he played blackjack. His careful analysis led to him and his team wins exceeding $4.5 million in Las Vegas and Atlantic City in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Uston published several books on the game of blackjack as well.  Unfortunately, Uston died in 1987.

Hollywood Wins

Famous Hollywood actor, Ben Affleck isn’t impartial to a game of blackjack and has won approximately $800,000 playing the game. The celebrity tipped staff $145,000 but has recently been banned for allegedly counting cards.  As a result, Affleck appears to have turned his attention to sports betting instead.

Don Johnson

Business tycoon, Don Johnson, claimed over $15 million in winnings during a five month period at the start of 2011. The Heritage Development CEO employed smart tactics when playing blackjack, taking advantage of house rules and loss rebates offered by the casino. Once again, his tactics landed him with a ban, preventing him from continuing his onslaught on casino jackpots.

UFC Jackpot

The President of the Ultimate fighting Championship, Dana White, loves a game of blackjack. White has won millions playing blackjack in Las Vegas but has also encountered several bans. Nevertheless, White has not left empty handed, showing off a mock UFC belt after “dominating” in Palm Springs.

Celebratory Meal

CEO of Vice Media, Shane Smith, won a jackpot of $100,000 whilst at a consumer electronics show in Las Vegas. Upon winning, Smith decided to celebrate with an unbelievably expensive $300,000 meal at Prime Steakhouse. Although the win itself isn’t ridiculously big, the celebration certainly was. It’s very unlikely many other blackjack jackpot winners went quite so big on their next meal!

Lucky Taxi Driver

This last jackpot winner made the inspired choice to switch up from his usual game of roulette. Fifty-three year-old taxi driver Goksel Selay made the call one night and won $132,000 as a result of his change of heart.  Later, the driver mentioned a dream he had had in which he did just that as the inspiration behind his decision. He spent the winnings renovating his house and buying a car for his wife. The taxi driver claims he didn’t use any particular tactic, he just went with his gut and luck happened to be on his night on that fateful night where his life would change forever.  Don’t you wish all dreams like this would come true.

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Full-Time Gambling — Viable Profession or a Fool’s Trap?

Professional GamblingBy Trent Sissoko

If you’ve ever had a couple of successful gambling rounds, you’ve probably wondered whether the thought of becoming a full-time gambler is plausible. Even if it is, is that a practical career choice? Some of the most prosperous full-time gamblers would say that this career choice is definitely an option.

Take, for example, Dan Bilzerian and Matthew Benham. Aside from being an actor and a businessman, Bilzerian is a full-time gambler, while Benham is also the owner of Midtjylland FC and Brentford FC1)Midtjylland FC and Brentford FC are professional football (soccer) clubs.. So, why shouldn’t this career be an option for you.

However, even before you set your sights on expanding your gambling career, you should consider both the pros and cons of that venture. Keep reading to find out both the negatives and the positives of full-time gambling, as well as how to make it in this line of work.

Disadvantages of a Full-Time Gambling Career

Although there are plenty of benefits of being a professional high-roller, take a look at a few cons first.

  • High chances of failure — Before anything, there is a higher chance of failure than success with professional gambling. Compared to other occupations, full-time gambling is the one that could bring the largest financial crisis. Many failed gamblers have never recovered after a futile endeavor.
  • Vices — Because of the nature of the business, being exposed to vices is inevitable. If you fail to discipline yourself as a career gambler, you might wind up surrounded with bad choices.
  • Social stigma — The social stigma of being a professional gambler is still present. You might find yourself in a bit of a problem if you’re at a business or social event and you need to introduce yourself as a full-time gambler. Although people will find your career choice interesting, they’ll also probably give you side-eye.
  • Internal conflict — If you come from a religious background, you might find yourself in disagreement with your new way of life. Even if your gambling career turns out to be a success, the chances you’ll be struggling with internal issues are high.
  • Dependence — If this turns out to be your profession, you will be dependent on the whims of many gambling institutions. Whether you’re an offline or online gambler, you will need to keep up with the constant changes that could hinder your success.

Advantages of a Full-Time Gambling Career

Now that you’ve gained insight into the negatives of a professional gambling career, let’s look at the positives.

  • More time — With a career such as this one, you’ll have more time on your hands to spend traveling, with family and friends, exploring other options, etc. Professional gamblers don’t have 9-to-5 jobs, so their schedules are much more flexible.
  • Mental strength — Your mental capabilities will improve without a doubt. This line of work forces you to develop and practice your mental resilience that can help you in many other spheres of life.
  • New connections — Due to the nature of the business, you will be able to meet many new people and make new connections. This could pay off if you ever decide to venture out outside of gambling.
  • Celebrity lifestyle — If this is something you’re interested in, you could definitely become a celebrity. Thanks to social media, you will be able to live a celebrity lifestyle if you expose yourself enough. You probably won’t be an A-lister, but you will be more famous than you are now.
  • Travel — If you get good enough, you will be able to travel the world to play in first-class tournaments. That’s a win-win combination as you will be able to travel and earn money doing the thing you love.
  • Financial security — Although financial failure is an option, lifetime financial security is an option as well. If you manage to develop top-of-the-line playing skills, you’ll be able to secure your family’s financial security for many years to come.

Is It Worth It?

Ultimately, it’s all about finding the right balance between risk and reward. One of the most crucial things is to keep your head clear and make good and conscious decisions. Make sure you understand the odds of becoming a professional gambler, practice your discipline, and be clear about the advantages and disadvantages of this full-time position. Additionally, there are other things you should be aware of, so keep on reading.

Not All About Luck

People watching from the sidelines might think that professional gambling is all about luck. On the contrary — full-time gambling is anything but pure luck. Some of the best career gamblers are among the top strategists, which significantly increases their chances of succeeding.

That’s one of the reasons why you’ll see so many professional gamblers with the so-called poker faces. They know they will be able to make their way back to the top even if they have a bad hand. By simply sticking to a strategy, believing in yourself, and managing your bankroll, you will be able to achieve a lot and stay in control.

Embrace High-Skilled Games

Undoubtedly, playing online casino games or bingo is a great way to get you started. However, such games are not enough if you want to make a career out of gambling. With that in mind, sports betting and poker are two of your best bets to make it big. For that reason, the majority of players that want to become professional gamblers focus on poker.

There are plenty of advantages to playing poker once you upgrade your skills. First of all, you’re playing against other players as compared to the casino. That’s a positive thing as your chances of winning depend on your opponents’ skills, and the casino doesn’t have a say.

Secondly, once you get into it, you’ll be able to choose who you’ll play against. You will have a better understanding of the game and you’ll get to know the people you’re playing with. So, if the table you want to join has potentially strong players, you can move on to the next and keep your edge.

Bear this advice in mind as it will definitely help you if you decide to try out this profession and a great place to try get it started is at a €10 bonus casino.

Professional Gambling Is Hard Work

Contrary to popular belief, professional gambling is not a piece of cake. Although making large sums of money is probable, it takes a lot of hard work to get there. Before anything, you will need to be better than your opponents, and many of them have been doing this for much longer than you have.

Next, you will need to learn how to minimize your losses and maximize your gains when playing against those same players. To do that, you will need plenty of practice. Practice will help you build the right level of skill needed to venture into professional gambling.

So, before you decide to quit your day job, spend months practicing and bettering your skills. Once you see that you’re making continued success with your gambling, think about going full-time.

Have a Plan

Just like you would have a plan for any other business venture, you need to have a plan if you decide on a gambling career. This goes for every gambling session, not only the career in general. So, before you start your poker or blackjack tournament, make sure to have a plan. Think about when it’s the right time to give up, when you should stop reinvesting and take your earnings home, and similar. Ask yourself these questions every time you decide to gamble.

Revenge Gambling Equals Loss

Even though you might be disappointed or angry, revenge gambling is not the solution. There are countless stories of revenge gambling leading to tremendous losses and disastrous results. If you decide on revenge gambling, that means you’ll be leaving all of your strategy and hard work behind. Similarly, becoming a millionaire overnight does not happen if you lead your gambling career with revenge in mind.

Stick to Your Comfort Zone

Even before you start your gambling career, you will notice that you excel at certain areas more than others. If that’s the case, the best option is to stick with what you know. If you are good at poker, avoid the roulette table. If sports betting on cricket is your thing, do not waste your hard-earned money on basketball wagering.

If you have two or three areas that best showcase your gambling knowledge, don’t get greedy and spread out to numerous other areas. The point is that your success will be much more evident if you stay within your comfort zone.

On the other hand, if you decide to try other gambling activities, you should do so without investing real money. Start with free online games and practice your strategy. If you see that you’re doing well and that there might be a future for you in a particular area, widen your horizons. You can always update your portfolio with new skills; you just need to be patient and take things slowly.

Stay Grounded

One of the most crucial things in professional gambling is the ability to stay grounded. Winning thousands of dollars will easily get you over excited and ready for a new adventure, but you should lead with your head and not your heart. Having a lot of money at once might lead to making some bad decisions, like putting a down payment for a new house.

This also applies to your state of mind during the game. Try to keep your head cool and stay grounded at all times so as not to make any rash decisions that might lead to your downfall. Try not to put any pressure on yourself during the game as it can affect your success.

Final Thoughts

Now that you have a list of pros and cons of professional gambling, as well as some advice on how to make it in the business, you should decide whether it’s worth it. Although it is not a stable career, it can lead to opportunities and financial gain. If you’re serious about making gambling your career, try to be sensible, practice every day, and come up with strategies that will give you an edge. Good luck!

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1Midtjylland FC and Brentford FC are professional football (soccer) clubs.

Understanding the Different Forms of Blackjack

Blackjack TableBy Gareth McGray

Humans have been enjoying casino games for a while now. The advent of online casinos have made casino games more accessible hence increasing their popularity. Blackjack remains one of the most popular casino games. The game is different from slots and video poker games because you play with a casino representative called a dealer. You can play the game on land-based casinos as well as online casinos. For instance, if you have the BetMGM bonus, you can use it to enjoy a game of Blackjack on the online casino.

Your objective in this game is to beat the dealer by producing a hand that is more than the dealer but less than or equal to 21.  If your hand is more than 21, you automatically lose!  The term “Blackjack” in the game also simply means a Ten valued card and an Ace on your first two cards.

The game sounds straightforward, right? There is only one challenge: there are several Blackjack variants, each having its unique rules.1)All blackjack games are not created equal and it is always advisable to find a game with the best rules for the player. In particular, avoid games that only pay 6 to 5 on a blackjack which increases the house advantage by about 1.36%. The traditional payoff for a blackjack is 3 to 2. In this piece, you will read about some of the most common Blackjack variants. Read on to find out more.

Classic Blackjack

Classic Blackjack (or Classic 21) is the original Blackjack variant. It is also the most played version of the game. It is suitable for beginners who don’t want to try the other variants yet. The game’s rules2)For complete rules to the game check out the Rules of the Game in The Encyclopedia of Blackjack on this site. are simple, as mentioned earlier. It also comes with an alluring house edge of under 1%.

If you are new to casino games, the house edge is the money a casino makes from a game (in the long run), assuming the player plays an optimum basic strategy.  Of course, not all players play optimally so the house usually has a higher edge over most players.  You can implement specific strategies to lower the house advantage when playing classic Blackjack or any variant of the game.  Blackjack can be played with one to eight decks of cards.  The two-deck game is popularly referred to as Double Deck Blackjack.

Single Deck Blackjack

Single Deck Blackjack is regarded as one of the most popular variants of Blackjack. The game comes with a house edge of 0.15% assuming the dealer stands of Soft-17 and blackjacks pay 3 to 2.  Today, you will see many Single Deck Blackjack games offered but, unfortunately, with bad rules.  Typically, Blackjacks will be paid at 6 to 5 and dealers hit Soft-17.  This would give the house an advantage of over 1.5%.  It gets its name because it depends on a single deck of cards that is reshuffled after every hand or after a set number of rounds.  If you apply the appropriate strategies, you will enjoy Single Deck Blackjack.

European Blackjack

European Blackjack is a variant of Classic 21. It also comes with other unique rules such as no splitting 4s, 5s or 10s, the dealer stands on Soft-17 and you are not allowed to surrender to lose half your bet. Dealers do not check for Blackjack when they’re showing an Ace or 10 valued card.  Most importantly, players will lose their total bet if the dealer has Blackjack.

Spanish 21

Spanish 21 is similar to Classic Blackjack, but it is slightly different – it comes without 10-value cards. This means that your chances of landing a hand of 21 are reduced in this game. As a result, the game has a bigger house edge than Classic Blackjack.  On the positive, the game has very liberal rules for the player such as a player blackjack always beats a dealer’s blackjack.   Versions of this game are also available under the names Spanish Blackjack and Pontoon.

Blackjack Switch

Many gamblers consider Blackjack Switch as one of the most exciting variants of the game. First, players must play two hands with equal bets.  Moreover, the game allows you to switch the top card (second card dealt) to create stronger hands and enhance your winning odds. All these goodies come with a catch. In this game, a dealer’s hand of 22 is a tie except when you form a perfect Blackjack – ace and a 10.  Unfortunately, a winning player Blackjack only pays even money.

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1All blackjack games are not created equal and it is always advisable to find a game with the best rules for the player. In particular, avoid games that only pay 6 to 5 on a blackjack which increases the house advantage by about 1.36%. The traditional payoff for a blackjack is 3 to 2.
2For complete rules to the game check out the Rules of the Game in The Encyclopedia of Blackjack on this site.

The Growth of Online Blackjack in Finland

Casino Helsinki PitBy Markus Niemenen

Blackjack has long been one of the most popular and enduring casino games out there. The card game is well-known even with non-gamblers and has continued to attract players through its simplicity.

It’s perhaps no surprise that Blackjack has translated to online gaming incredibly well. The popular card game has steadily grown to become one of the most widely played online casino games.

The following article will dive into what exactly blackjack is, what makes it so popular and where you can play it.

What is Blackjack?

Sometimes referred to as twenty-one, blackjack has a simple set of rules that makes it an easy casino game for anyone to pick up and play. The game can be as straightforward or complex as you want it to be with little to no strategy or complex strategy.

Everyone knows how casino games are always weighted towards the house but blackjack isn’t quite as unbalanced as some other games. This makes it a very attractive prospect for anyone who wants more balanced odds.

Blackjack has been popular for over a century and often has different variations depending on where you are playing the game. American casinos will often have a permanent bank with a dealer shuffling and dealing cards. The player bets against the house. In the home version, the dealer often changes.

The aim of the game is simple. Aim to get a score as close to 21 as you can without going over the cards dealt to you.

How Has Blackjack Grown?

Blackjack has few competitors when it comes to the most popular casino game. It is right up there with poker and roulette and will be found in any good casinos around the world. This also applies to online casinos that have many versions of blackjack as a staple.

Learning blackjack is a breeze and there are tonnes of resources to help players pick up the rules and learn strategies for the game. Online gambling and online casino websites have only helped increase the popularity of the game by bringing it to a wider and more diverse audience.

Online blackjack is convenient and easy for everyone. You can play wherever you are as long as you have a stable internet connection. There are thousands of platforms offering many different versions of the game so you really are spoiled for choice. In addition, the game can be played with just a couple of minutes to spare due to its short length and can be a great way to kill time whilst also potentially making a quick buck.

As mentioned above, online casino websites are the place to go if you want variety. There are loads of different types of blackjack that you can get your teeth into. If you’re looking for something a bit different instead of the most basic forms of the game, there is something out there for you.

For those who love the experience of brick and mortar casinos like in Las Vegas, Macau, or Helisinki, live dealers are a great way to bring that to your home. Live dealers bring the excitement and buzz of a physical casino to give you that authentic engaging experience.

Online casinos also have the advantage of providing anonymity for their users. This means you can escape the pressure of making a big decision by playing along at home instead of in front of a crowd or a dealer. This will put many blackjack players at ease, especially if they are new to the game and still getting to grips with how everything works.

All of these above reasons combine to make an online casino game with plenty to offer and lots of room to grow. Online casinos in general are growing with more and more people turning to online gambling instead of just brick and mortar casinos. With that, the games provided by these websites will naturally become more popular and the household name of blackjack is one of the first new players to gravitate towards.

Where Can I Play Blackjack?

As mentioned above there are loads of players you can play blackjack with virtually every online casino offering several versions of blackjack. One such platform is Kasinonetti, one of the top gambling portals in Finland.

This online gambling platform has a great selection of blackjack games and has a user-friendly and clean layout that makes the website easy to navigate, especially for new players. If you haven’t tried Kasinonetti before, they are well worth checking out.

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The Top Casino Card Games That You Can Play Online

Ace of Hearts - King of HeartsBy Leslie Alexander

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

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

Poker

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

Blackjack

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

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

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

Card GamesBaccarat

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

Conclusion

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

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

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