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Playing the Casino and Chances of Winning

Finding a game to play in a casinoBy Adam Walker

While online casinos have evolved quickly over the years to deliver an experience better focused on the customer experience, the truth in the background still remains that the odds are always somewhat tilted in favor of the house. After all, it is how the casinos make money. Players looking to win will always follow some general rules and strategy too.   Whether it be sticking to certain game providers such as Pragmatic Play or to certain games that provide the best winning chances it is always a challenge for the player. If you’re looking to play the odds at the casino, however, there are many games that are better than others.

Blackjack tops out the list

Blackjack is the undisputed top game if you’re looking to improve your chances of a win. Often tipped to be anywhere around 50% with a percentage either side, it’s understandable why it has remained a player favorite. You’re not competing against other players to increase your chances of losing, and in some instances what other players get can even help you, and with rules that are easy to understand it’s a game that’s accessible to a huge number of players too. If you’re looking for the best odds, blackjack will be the game for you. In general, the house has about a 1 per cent chance (or less) in advantage at most casinos. Depending on the rules of the house, the overall probability of winning a hand in blackjack is about 42.43%, with a tie at 8.48% and the chance of losing at 49.09%. You can see why it remains so popular.

Slots are at the other end of the scales

While the odds are never publicly stated, it’s well known that slot machines typically sit on the lower end of the winning percentage. While some consider online casinos to be more fair than their offline counterparts, these games still round out in the lower percentages for winning and have even been touted as the lowest winning percentage game per time played of all casino titles. Some countries are issuing change that could lead these to be more player favored, but the lack of control and randomness certainly don’t help, and for many are a game that should only be played for enjoyment, and not in the hopes of securing a big win. The return to player is known as the RTP and it is calculated from 1 to 100. Most slots are between 92-97% and you should always look to play at slots that are offering 96% or above but this can be difficult, considering many do not advertise this. Despite the odds being out of favor for players, it still remains one of the longest standing and most popular casino based games and this is not set to change anytime soon.

A mix of games in the middle

Games of chance often float around the middle for most, with some that move more toward the blackjack odds than the slots odds and others not so much.   Many of these games like craps and roulette offer very much the same where they’re easy to understand and easy to play, making them much more accessible to new players with odds that aren’t terrible either. Some of these games often lend themselves to different wagering strategies too, so if you’re looking to try what has worked for others than these may be a great testing ground especially with low limit options too. The chances of winning at roulette obviously changes based on how you are playing but if you are simply going for red or black then it is 46.37% through American roulette and 48.60% on European roulette.1)In general, there are two forms of roulette – American (38 numbers with two zeros) and European (37 numbers with a single-zero).  The house advantage in American roulette is about 5.26% while European roulette is about 2.7%.  It is obviously better to play this game with European rules.  Players will also occasionally find some variations to these rules.  Casinos have even offered triple-zero roulette which increases the house advantage above 7%… ouch!!!!  If you are interested in the possibility of advantage play in roulette check out Arnold Snyder’s article published in 2012. The odds will of course change drastically if just going for certain numbers. Then for craps the odds of winning are around 50 per cent and the house is believed to have an edge of around 1.4 per cent (pass and don’t pass line), putting it in line with the other games on offer across the casino floor.  Odds wise, craps is by far the best casino game for the players besides blackjack.

Ultimately playing at a casino is always a gamble, but doing whatever you can to increase your odds of winning can certainly make your playing experience much better too. This is why you should always do your research before playing and then play the game that best suits you!

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1In general, there are two forms of roulette – American (38 numbers with two zeros) and European (37 numbers with a single-zero).  The house advantage in American roulette is about 5.26% while European roulette is about 2.7%.  It is obviously better to play this game with European rules.  Players will also occasionally find some variations to these rules.  Casinos have even offered triple-zero roulette which increases the house advantage above 7%… ouch!!!!  If you are interested in the possibility of advantage play in roulette check out Arnold Snyder’s article published in 2012.

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.

How to play Blackjack on your Mobile Device

Playing blackjack on your mobile deviceBy Frank Monkhouse

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

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

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

Bring the Casino to You

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

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

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

How to Create an Account

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

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

How to Download the App

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

IOS IOS Download

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

Android Android Download

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

How to Login

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

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

How to Deposit Funds

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

Here’s how to add funds to your account…

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

How to collect winnings

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

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

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

Is Blackjack Evolving Without People Realizing?

By Greta Jackson

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

The General Rules Remain The Same

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

One Major Thing Has Changed

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

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

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

BlackjackNew Offerings Have Cropped Up

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

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

How Could Blackjack Evolve?

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

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

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

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

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How the Popularity of Online Casinos in Japan Continues to Grow

JapanBy Okumura Yuuki

If you happen to be in Japan and you’re hoping to find your way into a friendly casino where you can have some fun and play the tables, then I am sorry to say, hard luck. Japan, like many countries, has stringent laws that prohibit playing for money.

In fact, you will not find any traditional casinos in Japan and the closest thing you will find resembling a gambling venue is a Pachinko parlor.1)Pachinko (パチンコ) is a mixture of a slot machine and pinball. The player controls the speed of the many small steel balls that are thrown into the machine. Pachinko machines can be found in Pachinko parlors across the country of Japan.

Citizens are also legally permitted to bet on only four “public sports”, including horse riding, bicycle racing, motorbiking, and boat racing. The lottery is also popular in Japan, where only one Japanese online gambling portal, called “Toto”, is legally licensed.

The Rise of Online Casinos

With those restrictions in place and with the Japanese people’s known passion for gambling, offshore online casinos detected the enormous untapped market that has a massive revenue-generating potential. Needless to say, they seized the opportunity, and a vast industry was born.

The industry is booming so much that there are now more than 50 online casinos catering to the Japanese public’s needs. They provide numerous activities, such as Blackjack, Baccarat, Roulette, Video Poker, Stud Poker, and many more.

Is That All Though?

Well, there are several other factors that pertain to the growth and sustenance of the industry:

  • Gambling and online casinos are receiving massive support from important stakeholders in the gaming ecosystem.
  • Legislators and policymakers in Japan are interested in using online gambling activities to promote travel and tourism and boost the entertainment industry.
  • There is growing offshore and onshore interest in investing in this booming industry.
  • Venus Point (An online payment processing system): This system definitely has a significant role in boosting Online casinos in Japan. It allows its clients to make their transactions using the point system. Players can make fast and easy deposits and withdrawals without the need for a credit card. There is no doubt that it is making it swift and effortless for prospective gamblers to get into the game and current ones to stay and play more.
  • Online Mobile casinos: Most of the Online casinos can be accessed via smartphones. The player can choose to play on the phone’s browser or download iOS or Android apps. The apps tend to be very user-friendly and fun to use. That, paired with the convenience of playing on-the-go, seems to fuel the already addictive tendencies of gambling. Online casinos are almost devilishly creative in attracting prospective gamblers, alluring them with many possibilities and perks, and getting them hooked.

The Pull of Online Casinos

With years of experience under their belt, it seems that online casinos have mastered the game of gaining and retaining clients. Their attraction for new players is quite unmatched in the Japanese market. Here’s what you can expect them to offer:

  • The widest variety of game choices.
  • 24/7 customer service that is easy to access and very attentive!
  • Loyalty and VIP programs that retain existing players.
  • Registration bonus
  • Other hefty promotional rewards and attractive bonuses

Different Online casinos offer different bonuses and perks. Some match the first deposit up to 100 %, and others match it up to $2,000. Free spin bonuses are also very common for slot games.

And of course, every casino wants to make their offer more attractive than the competition. For example, Vera and John casino offers a $35 sign-up bonus that doesn’t require any deposit from the player. It also offers a $1,000 deposit bonus on the first three deposits. These numbers just show how far casinos are willing to go to get new players on their virtual tables.

Final Words

We can’t talk about this without mentioning that Japan is looking into implementing a less restrictive gambling environment with plans for Osaka to emerge as a casino hub. The plans will make Osaka home to three resorts with integrated casino facilities.

And while the Osaka authorities have extended the date of the proposal submission, one can not help but wonder if these plans will create a threat to the growing Online casino market if they materialize. Will on-land casinos halt the growth of online ones or even shrink the industry?

Well, we will have to wait and see, but for now, all we can say is that the popularity of online casinos in Japan continues to grow at lightning speed.

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1Pachinko (パチンコ) is a mixture of a slot machine and pinball. The player controls the speed of the many small steel balls that are thrown into the machine. Pachinko machines can be found in Pachinko parlors across the country of Japan.

Innovative Online Betting Games For Gamblers

ImageBy Isabella Goode

Online betting is now a multi-billion dollar strand of the gaming industry, having exploded in popularity over the past couple of years and established itself as the go-to preference for gamblers of all types and styles. The accessibility of taking the thrills and spills of wagering with you where you go is arguably the biggest fuel to the success of online betting, but there are also a whole host of innovative technologies and features that have been allowed to blossom on the digital stage and help the community develop its own identity.

The competition in the online betting industry is only growing more and more fiercer as it grows, and every single house or operator is looking for the latest innovations to help them stand out from the crowd. The likes of NetEnt, Playtech and Microgaming are amongst the leading lights for game operators in the industry.  Here are some of the most innovative games and features they have brought to the scene in recent times. 

3D Games

As technology continues to improve, the capabilities of what mobile and desktop games can present in terms of themes and visuals sky rockets. One of the great developments over the previous decade or so in the gaming industry is the greater refinement of 3D graphics being used primarily in the video slot community of games. 

3D visuals and the improved capabilities of games being able to host the likes of 720p and 1080p graphics has led to a whole new landscape in what makes a successful casino title. Examples such as the Age of Gods series are examples of how stunning and striking these games have the potential to be and, for many users, these types of games now offer the feeling of being engrossed in a story or an adventure just as much as they revolve around trying to line their pockets. 

Avalanche Reels 

A trend that first began with the innovative technologies over at NetEnt HQ through series such as Gonzo Quest’s Avalanche Reels are fast becoming one of the most innovative game designs to have shaped the modern generation of slot gaming. Much like the old retro Tetris games of old, games that are centered around their Avalanche Reels see items dropping down rather than being spun out of the game like in most traditional slot games, be they virtual or real world based. 

Winning lines cause explosions that drop more items into place, and this avalanche effect can often lead to some thrilling bursts of action as winning lines chain each other, lining players’ pockets more than most other games out there. 

The Impact Of Crypto Gaming

For those unaware, cryptocurrencies are open-source digital currencies that have emerged as one of the most hotly discussed versions in the new age of banking. Bitcoin is perhaps the most well known of these, having emerged onto the scene in 2009. Bitcoin is unique for transcending over the boundaries of nations’ borders and the regulations and fees imposed by banks.  Sites such as Esports betting experts Unikrn.com have really helped lead the way in introducing more crypto currency options into their casino games through flexible depositing options. 

With most of these cryptocurrencies worth an absolute fortune to most casual players, wagering on/with them can be a tantalizing and innovative way of living the life of a true high roller. 

Licensed Games

Whilst the world of gambling is undoubtedly an already popular industry, bringing a new game to market with an audience of millions around the world already built in is always going to be helpful in taking the success of said game to the next level up. And that certainly seems to be the thinking in how much the rise of licensed games have begun to dominate the gambling industry in recent times.

The world of superheroes seems to have been the most tapped up market throughout this, with both Marvel and DC’s biggest mascots finding themselves ported into the casino world. The likes of Iron-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Batman and Superman have all had video slots themed around them, and helped bridge the gap between the gambling and entertainment worlds. 

As well as superhero and big blockbuster flicks being the center of themes, casinos have also begun to embrace other bits of media from the entertainment industry. From hugely successful series such as Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, to long running game shows such as Catchphrase, Deal or No Deal and Jeopardy have all been introduced by operators to casinos and are always amongst the most popular picks with players that visit them. 

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Playing Blackjack From Home Guide

BlackjackBy Gareth McGray

While Blackjack is a classic card game and hobby it is also an excellent option for anyone who enjoys casino games. Blackjack is easy to understand and you can play the game at the new flashy casino around the corner or join millions of enthusiasts online.  Here is a quick blackjack guide to help you transition from a rookie to an experienced online player. 

In the United States for example, online casino sites such as Bet-Colorado.com are beginning to provide access to sports betting opportunities.  If online sports betting goes without incident, Colorado lawmakers may consider adding legal online casinos. Currently, you can’t play blackjack online in Colorado, but there are a large number of retail locations for bettors to visit. 

Introduction to Blackjack

Blackjack is a common online casino game also known as 21, thanks to its nature. It promises thrilling game-play and the rules are quite simple, giving you a chance for strategic play. In fact, adept players who have mastered the art of playing a mathematically perfect game can count cards and sometimes put the odds in their favor.

Even for casual players, Blackjack’s casino odds are great for anyone who can play a relatively good game.  But playing a relatively good game means mastering a basic strategy at a minimum.  This makes Blackjack among the most attractive casino games since the 1700s. Today, the game is available in every American casino, with the house as the dealer and bank. That’s why you need to beat the dealer to win the game.

How Blackjack Works

Blackjack uses a traditional deck of 52 cards, although most casinos shuffle several decks together to improve competitiveness. For this reason, players need a solid understanding of Blackjack’s basic rules and the best strategy to increase their winning odds. 

How to Beat the Dealer

  • Get a hand with a higher value than the dealer.
  • Draw a hand with a value of 21 with your first two cards before the dealer1)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 Blackjack which increases the house advantage by about 1.36%.  The traditional payoff for a Blackjack is 3 to 2.
  • Double your bet on hands that favor the player and basic strategy advises it.
  • Split your pairs on favorable hands and when basic strategy advises it.
  • Surrender your hand to reduce your loss when basic strategy advises it.
  • Never take the insurance bet unless you are counting cards.
  • Have the dealer get a hand that exceeds 21, i.e., “let the dealer bust”.

How to Lose to the Dealer

  • Drawing cards to your hand that go over 21, i.e., “bust your hand”.
  • Get a hand lower than what the dealer has at the end of each round.

Please note that other player’s hands don’t affect whether you win a Blackjack game or not, unlike in games like poker. Only the dealer’s hand can affect your chances of winning, but that doesn’t make it a team sport.  So ignore how other players play and focus on your own play.

Finding a Hand’s Total Value

While Blackjack uses a traditional deck of cards, the suits don’t matter in determining your hand’s value. Numbers 2-10 are taken by their face value, while face cards J, K, and Q count as 10. The Ace counts as either 1 or 11, depending on the value that’s most useful to your hand.

How to Play Blackjack Online

Blackjack is available in many variations with a different number of decks, although the most common use six or eight decks. Fortunately, you can enjoy the game online in a few steps:

  • Investigate and find a reputable online casino that offers a good blackjack game.
  • Create an online casino account and deposit your stake.
  • Buy chips to bet.
  • Place your wager.
  • Wait for the dealer to give out the cards to the players.
  • Decide how to play your hand. You can decide to stand with your first two cards, hit for more cards, double down, split if you have a pair of identical cards or surrender your hand.
  • Please wait for the dealer to play his hand.
  • Enjoy the payouts if the dealer busts or your hand has a better value than his.

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Footnotes

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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 Blackjack which increases the house advantage by about 1.36%.  The traditional payoff for a Blackjack is 3 to 2.

10 Things You Can Learn from Blackjack Players in Movies

From the movie By Isabella Goode

Blackjack is a simple, yet dramatic game. The combined elements of a game of chance and strategic betting make it a captivating game to play and watch – whether in a brick and mortar casino or on the big screen.

Blackjack has enjoyed a healthy level of popularity in cinema. While the casino game that first comes to mind for many of us may be poker, the element of chance and inherent drama that we see in blackjack often lends itself to the cinema screen.

  1. Learn the odds

The 1996 film Swingers follows a group of friends on a trip to Las Vegas where they’re shown in a casino playing blackjack.

Two of the friends debate between themselves whether to double down on 11 whenever they get the opportunity. While the scene is undeniably funny it also highlights the importance of knowing the odds when playing blackjack.

One of the best ways to increase your chances of winning is to always go into a game with a plan. Doing some work beforehand and learning odds and strategy can be the difference between winning big and going home empty handed.

  1. Keep calm

James Bond is the ultimate cool, collected player. In 1989’s Licence to Kill we see Bond sit down for a game of blackjack. Take your cue from Bond when playing blackjack and make sure to keep a cool head. Don’t rush your decision making and make sure you look at your next move from all angles.

The casino elements of James Bond are perhaps the most well known casino scenes in cinema. It’s hard not to want to try your hand at blackjack once you’ve seen the suave James Bond playing with a beautiful woman by his side. If blackjack appeals to you then you can check out this blog post to find out more about how to find the best places to play online. Online play is the best way to play the game at your own pace, making keeping a cool head all the more achievable.

  1. Don’t always listen to the dealer’s advice

This may seem counter intuitive, however, remember that the dealer in blackjack is always playing for the house – they are not on your side. It is in the dealer’s interest to keep you playing trying to keep you from too big of a win.

A great example of this can be found in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery as Number Two, played by Robert Wagner, ignores the dealer’s advice and ends up winning big. It is important to note though that the average player won’t have an x-ray eye to see the next card!

  1. Not Everyone In A Casino Is As Successful As They Claim

In the 1988 comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, we see that not everyone in a casino is as successful at gambling as they claim to be, so you should take advice only from those you trust.

Someone might look like a wealthy high-roller, but it could turn out that they simply got lucky once and wear a nice suit.

So, if someone comes over and offers you gaming tips, take their advice with a pinch of salt. If you know for a fact that they regularly win at blackjack, or that they have played a lot of games, then you might consider taking their advice. However, if you’re unsure, then test out their advice before you commit a large bet to it. 

  1. High Risk, High Reward

As with many games, you get out of blackjack what you put in. This can be a double edged sword with the ability to win big but also the risk of losing entirely. While Number Two wins big at the blackjack table in Austin Powers, Austin Powers himself is not so lucky. Though, of course, Austin Powers also didn’t have the advantage of an x-ray eye.

  1. Keep To A Budget

Make sure you always keep a budget of what you can afford to gamble. One running theme in any film involving blackjack or any other kind of gambling is that there is a line to walk between the thrill of the wager and falling into the trap of investing too much too quickly.

  1. Practice Theory

Just as with learning odds and strategy, if you’re particularly mathematically minded you can delve even deeper into the theory behind card counting. The movie 21 is a 2008 film based on the real life team of Massachusetts Institute of Technology students who used math and card counting to attempt to beat the casino at its own game.

This kind of game play comes with its own risks and ethical questions. Many casinos will ban players known to count cards so be aware that it is a practice the industry and some other players frown upon. If you do want to level up your game, reading up on the theory can be enough to give you an edge while not crossing the ethical line.1)Editor note:  Card counting simply involves using your brain while playing.  Unethical?  Hardly!!!! Cheating, however, is a line you won’t want to cross.

  1. Enjoy Yourself

Blackjack is about having a fun time and enjoying the thrill of the game. The message of the movie 21 shows that while blackjack can be lucrative it can also have some serious negative impacts on your life if you take it too far.

Casino games are meant to be an enjoyable way to relax after a long week – they are not supposed to take over your life. Make sure that you stop when the fun stops.

  1. Confidence Is Key

Almost all of the successful gamblers you will see in film, from James Bond to Rain Man, show that being confident is key to success.

Second guessing yourself can be a fatal flaw while playing blackjack. Instead relax and trust in your game plan.

  1. Gamble responsibly

While James Bond and Rain Man may highlight the huge rewards of blackjack it is always important to remember that there are big risks involved at the same time.

Never let competition with other players and an imperfect understanding of the rules of the game be your downfall.

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Footnotes

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1Editor note:  Card counting simply involves using your brain while playing.  Unethical?  Hardly!!!! Cheating, however, is a line you won’t want to cross.

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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