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The Rise of Online Gambling in New Jersey and Michigan

By Arsenii Anderson.

The history of gambling in New Jersey and Michigan is pretty interesting. In the case of New Jersey, the state government has gone a long way in bringing online gaming to New Jersey residents. From the 1970s, when the state’s first casinos were allowed, to the last decade, when internet betting became a reality in New Jersey. As for Michigan, the battle to legalize gambling took over 30 years. From the first officially recognized tribally-owned casino in Brimley to fully-fledged online action available in every corner of the state, the gambling industry of Michigan came a long way.

Michigan Capital Building

Online gambling timeline of New Jersey

Residents of Atlantic City decided in 1976 to legalize casino gambling in order to strengthen the local economy. The New Jersey Casino Control Act was approved a year later, in 1977, enabling casino gaming in Atlantic City.

The Taj Mahal, owned by former US President Donald Trump, was the most controversial casino project of the 1980s. The Taj Mahal opened its doors on April 2, 1990, as the world’s largest land-based casino at the time, with 120,000 square feet of gaming space.

New Jersey passed the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act in 2006, paving the path for regulated internet gambling (UIGEA).

In 2013, NJ governor Chris Christie signed Bill A2578 which fully legalized online gambling in the Garden State. Later on, the first online casino players made their bets.

In 2019, PASPA was abolished, which allowed players to bet on sports. Later in the year, Bill 4111 was signed, and it allowed racetracks and casinos to accept bets. And now, the industry is bustling, both the online and offline components. Blackjack tables, the games with one of the highest RTPs1)RTP is an acronym for Return To Player, a term casinos use to describe the percentage of all the wagered money that is paid back to players over time., never have empty seats on them. You can find more at iGaming NJ, learn how to win more, and find the best blackjack sites in New Jersey.

Online gambling timeline of Michigan

Governor William Milliken signed Public Act 239 into law in 1972, establishing the state lottery and naming Gus Harrison as the state’s first Lottery Commissioner. In 1973 we got our first millionaire, Hermus Millsaps became the first when he won $1 million in a state lottery. If you are looking for more stories like that and everything about the timeline of online gaming in Michigan – visit iGaming MI, a great source or information about the gambling industry in the Great Lakes State.

In 1984, Fred Dakota of the native Indian tribe called Keweenaw Bay, challenged the state of Michigan when it came to the regulation of Indian gaming by opening a blackjack table in his garage.

In 1996, voters in Michigan adopted Proposal E, allowing the building of three privately operated casinos in the state capital, which was a watershed moment for would-be gamblers in Detroit.

MGCRA is an act which controls gaming and its revenue in Michigan, and it became law after being signed by the governor in 1999. The MGM Grand Detroit, MotorCity Casino, and Greektown Casino-Hotel all opened their doors in late 2000.

The Michigan iLottery was established in 2014, allowing citizens of New Jersey to purchase lottery tickets as well as games like Mega Millions, Lotto 47, and Powerball online.

In 2019, despite the attempts of ex-gov Rick Snyder, Gretchen Whitmer legalized gambling in the state of Michigan. A year later, a number of casinos opened their online sportsbooks, like Greektown Casino-Hotel, MGM Grand Detroit, etc., and then they were followed up by proper legal online casino platforms.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Arsenii Anderson, Head of Content at Intress Media

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1RTP is an acronym for Return To Player, a term casinos use to describe the percentage of all the wagered money that is paid back to players over time.

11 Surprising Facts About Blackjack That You Didn’t Know

By Jeremy Smith.

Interesting Blackjack Facts

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

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

Shuffling Cards

Origins

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

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

You Can Make a Living

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

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

House Edge

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

Card Counting

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

Lot of Cards

The Point of the Game

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

Popularity

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

Best Blackjack Strategy

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

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

Chances of Dealer Bust

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

Cards in Hand

The Worst Hand

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

The Worst Play in Blackjack

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

The Best Hands

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

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

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Improving Your Odds When Playing Blackjack – Five Tips for Success

BlackjackBy Joe Bakerz.

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

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

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

Double Down When Appropriate

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

Split When You Get a Pair

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

Quit When You Are Ahead

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

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

Follow an Easy to Follow Blackjack Basic Strategy

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

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

Don’t Worry About Your Fellow Players

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

Good luck!

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Blackjack Strategies: The Advantages And Risks Of Card Counting

Blackjack FanduelBy Heather Vargas.

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

What Is Card Counting?

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

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

Method

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

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

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

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

Blackjack

Card Counting Advantages

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

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

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

Risk Factors of Card Counting

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

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

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

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

Final Thoughts

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

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

Best Casino Games: Most Popular Casino Game Types

Casino GamblingBy Mark Holden.

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

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

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

Here are the top casino games you can play online:

 Blackjack

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

 Slots

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

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

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

 Roulette

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

 Baccarat

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

 Craps

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

 Video Poker games

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

 Conclusion

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

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

The history of gambling: From horse racing to card games

Playing BlackjackBy We DigitizeWe Digitize.

Today, the most popular form of betting is sports betting. But how did betting begin, and what other betting games can you play?

Betting has always been a popular form of entertainment, and it has changed and evolved over the years. Learn how the most popular forms of betting originated and evolved.

Horse racing: The oldest sport in the world

Horse racing is arguably the oldest sport in the world. Horse racing dates back to the Olympic Games of ancient Greece in the period 700-40 BCE. Since then, the sport grew in popularity and spread to Medieval England, where horses were ridden by professional riders to showcase the animals to potential buyers.

Horse race betting started in the 17th century, and by the mid 18th century, horse racing had become such a popular sport, that it had turned into a proper sporting event, open to the public with larger fields of runners. Horse racing continued to grow in popularity up through the 1800s, and so did horse race betting. Today, however, the sport of horse racing has fallen in popularity, giving way to more popular sports.

Sports betting: A modern entertainment

Today, the most popular form of entertainment in sports, sports betting, has grown in popularity as well.  Although betting on sports has been illegal in most states for many years, the attitude towards sports betting seems to have changed drastically. With the legalization of sports betting the industry has grown, attracting millions of fans to participate in the old activity of sports betting. Now that people are becoming more and more interested in placing bets at their favorite sporting events, there is plenty of information to help you decide on a bet. Get your sports betting information here and start betting yourself.

Horse Racing

Blackjack: Luck or skill?

The game of blackjack is also very old. Some speculate, that the game dates back to the Romans. This theory, however, is not confirmed. Blackjack probably originated in France around the year 1700. In France, blackjack was called Ving-et-un, which means twenty-one. It wasn’t until the 20th century that the name of the game was changed from twenty-one to blackjack. The change occurred because casinos were promoting the game by offering bonus payouts, one of which was given if a jack of spades or clubs was dealt alongside an ace of spades. Eventually, the bonus payouts ceased, but the name of blackjack stuck. Today, blackjack is still being played in casinos. It is a game of both luck and skill.  For more information on the history of blackjack visit BlackjackHistory.com and click here to learn the rules of Blackjack.  

Roulette: A game of chance

Roulette was not a game, to begin with. It was invented by a French physicist and mathematician called Blaise Pascal in 1655. He intended to create a perpetual motion machine and not a casino game. In 1842, Francois and Lois Blanc added a zero to the wheel. This changed the game, giving the house a bigger house edge. The wheel was designed specifically for the king of Monaco, Charles III, whose kingdom was facing financial difficulties. By introducing the game of roulette with the added zero, the casinos of Monaco quickly generated income and made Monte Carlo a symbol of upscale gambling. Later, another zero was added, giving the house an even bigger edge.

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How to Have a Better Experience When Playing Blackjack

Have a party and play blackjackBy James Daniels.

Blackjack is one of the rare casino games that is both based on chance and skill, and this is the reason that it has become one of the world’s most popular card games. This article will provide you with some top tips for improving your blackjack playing experience. From the outset, it must be noted that it is about the fun and enjoyment of the game rather than the betting component.

Learn the rules and know the game

Reading up on the game and practicing as much as possible before you actually start betting on the cards is a fantastic way to have more fun. The better you understand the game, the more chance there is that you will be able to strategize to some extent, rather than simply relying on the luck of the draw. The rules are simple, yet there are slight discrepancies based on where you play and sometimes even the specific casino. There are some great YouTube videos that are a terrific way to learn, and several casinos have dealers’ classes or learner tables where the aim is to teach the game.

Play with others

A wonderful way to improve your blackjack playing experience is to play with others. Have an evening where you invite friends or family to play. You can do this either online through Zoom or Skype or face to face if it’s appropriate. Furthermore, you can meet up in casino rooms online with friends and play at the live tables together. As long as you have the appropriate tech, then playing with others can be one of the most enjoyable blackjack experiences, and until you get this tech, simply set up an online meeting room, find an appropriate shared gaming App, and take it from there.

Play the game digitally

There are a vast number of casino sites where you can play blackjack online and on mobile devices or apps. The trick will thus be to find one that suits you and is appropriately licensed and registered where you are. Make sure you are able to ‘try before you buy’ and know how the specific site works and how to play before you make any bets. Sites such as www.jackpotcitycasino.com allow you to play for free to get the hang of the game and are thus a great starting point.

Make cocktails

Whether you play at home or online with others, to make a real evening of it and enjoy the experience to the max, dress up and make fancy cocktails and mocktails to mirror the actual casino experience. If you’re unable to be together, simply send out a list of cocktails and ingredients or have everyone make their favorite one. The main idea is to relax and have fun.

Beating the Game      

There is nothing more enjoyable and exciting than playing in a game with skills that can turn the odds in your favor.  Of course, skills take time and effort to learn.  If you are interested, be sure to visit the other areas of this site for details.  Your first lesson, after learning the rules of the game, should always be a mastery of the blackjack basic strategy.

Blackjack is indeed a grand game and one that has stood the test of time. The tips that have been provided herein will allow you to heighten and improve your playing experience wherever you are.

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Blackjack Types Around the World

BlackjackBy R. G.

Blackjack is usually considered the easiest online casino game to grasp. Be that as it may, the game has multiple variations, which you must be aware of. Before you play online blackjack for real money, you need to understand how each variation works. This will help you decide which one gives you the best value for your money. 

Popular Blackjack Variations

As mentioned earlier, there are several forms of blackjack. This piece will focus on five of the most popular game variations. They are also the ones that are primarily played on online casinos globally.  A bit of caution:  Don’t play games that only pay 6 to 5 on a blackjack.  The correct payoff should always be 3 to 2.

American Blackjack

American Blackjack, also referred to as Classic Blackjack, is the most widely played game variation. Here, the dealer gets both the cards right away, with one face up and the other face down. The card with the face down is usually referred to as the hole card. 

The objective of this game is to beat the dealer and/or get as close to 21 as you can. In American Blackjack, peeking is permitted for the dealer if their up-card is a face card, a ten, or an ace. Unlike European Blackjack, you will be allowed to avoid increasing your wager in situations where the dealer has a natural blackjack. The game lowers the house edge by 0.05% in such a case. Besides that, the game is based on the standard blackjack rules and strategies. 

European Blackjack

European Blackjack is another popular blackjack variation, especially in the United Kingdom. This variation of the game puts more restrictions and limitations on the players. It also promises players a house edge of around 0.39%. It usually uses six decks, allows splitting aces, but does not let you split 4s, 5s, or ten valued cards.

The fundamental difference of this blackjack variant is that the dealer does not get his hole card until the player has made a playing decision as per the cards he is dealt with. European Blackjack does not allow dealer peek or surrendering. 

Vegas Strip Blackjack

The Vegas Strip is also a popular blackjack variation among many online casino players. It gets its name from where it was originally played. The Vegas strip is a four-mile stretch of South Las Vegas Boulevard where you will find many hotels and casinos. 

This blackjack variation is very similar to Classic American Blackjack where the game’s main objective and rules are identical.  Vegas Strip Blackjack’s main difference is that the dealer will stand on soft-17, you can double after splitting a pair, surrender is not allowed and the number of decks used is usually 4 decks.

Blackjack Switch

This blackjack variation is unique because it allows players to place two identical wagers plus a side bet. The player bets on two hands first, then the game allows them to switch the second cards with one another if they want to. 

Geoff Hall, a respected casino games architect, created Blackjack Switch. The variant is prevalent in many top-rated online casinos. Besides the opportunity to switch, the game has one other prominent feature. That is, Blackjack Switch does not consider a dealer’s hand of 22 a bust. Instead, the game counts it as a push or draw, except when a player already has a natural blackjack, not prompted by a switch or split.  However, a player blackjack pays even money in this game.

Blackjack Perfect Pairs

Blackjack Perfect Pairs is an excellent example of a side bet growing as popular as a variant itself. In this Blackjack variation, the first two cards a player gets form a pair. The game has three types of pairs having different payout odds. 

So, what’s a pair? A pair consists of two cards having the same numerical value between 2 and 10 and the same face value for the face cards and aces. As a player, you have to decide whether you want to place the Perfect Pairs side bet before the cards are dealt. After that, it will be settled before the main game is played out as per the casino rules.   

How Do Blackjack Games Differ?

Dealer’s Move on Soft 17

A soft 17 is a 17 that comprises an ace. Some blackjack variations compel the dealer to hit on soft 17, while others require that the dealer stands on soft 17.  It is better by 0.2% for the player if the dealer stands on soft 17. 

Doubling Down Limitations

Several variations restrict the cards players can double down on. For example, European Blackjack only allows players to double down on totals of 9, 10, or 11. 

In other variations, players can increase their wager by 100%, while others allow more flexibility regarding how much you can up your bet by. Additionally, other Blackjack variations restrict doubling down on post-split hands.  

It is obviously better for the player if you can double on any two cards and have the ability to double after splitting a pair.

How Many Times You Can Split

You will encounter differences in the number of times you can split when you try different blackjack variations. For example, American Blackjack lets you split up to three times in the game. This means that you have up to four hands to play. On the other hand, European Blackjack limits splitting to only once per player per hand. 

The best games a player can play are those that have the fewest restrictions and the best rules. 

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Free Online Pokies Australia: Guide in Aussie Pokies No Download

Aristocrat SlotsBy Martin Robinson.

Australia has free pokies that are playable in online casinos by both beginners and experienced punters. Unlike real money slots, these pokies are available for free with no download and no registration required. Games have features like layouts, RTPs, symbols, and paytable. Like real money games, AUS free online pokies can be played on iPad, iPhones, and Android devices.

Best Australia Online Pokies No Download

There are many popular pokies1)The term “pokies” originally comes from the “pok” in “poker machine”.  However, in Australia / New Zealand, the term simply means “slot machine”. that gamers can choose to play. Players can play without spending a dime and they are meant to lure them into playing at casinos. Additionally, punters2)For those who are unfamiliar with the term “punter”, the Cambridge Dictionary defines it as “a person who gambles or risks money guessing the result of something“. can access these free games via demo mode only. Some casinos require players to register as members and make deposits to play for actual money. Everyone can choose for themselves the option of online slots real money Australia according to their preferences and desires.

Top 10 Free Pokies Aristocrat

Gamers can play numerous popular free online pokies Australia Aristocrat. Some of these slots include Big Red, Dragon Link, Queen of the Nile Slot, More Chilli, Where’s the Gold, Lucky 88, 50 Lions, 5 Dragons, Dolphin Treasure, and Indian Dreaming. Real online casino Australia real money offer free modes to attract many clients / punters. Punters can try these free titles to gain the experience needed in real money mode. As a top-rated slot provider, Aristocrat offers various slot machines, top-end customer support, attractive business and promotions, and many more. Next, we will consider the most popular no deposit pokies australia that require your attention.

.Big Red is a free online slots Australia that runs on a 5-reel layout with 5 paylines. It has an RTP value of 97.04% and medium volatility. The high payout percentage means two things: huge payout returns or striping off players their cash. Wager between 3-300 coins per spin. Free online pokies Big Red symbols are trees, eagles, bears, crocodiles, kangaroos, and dingoes.

.Dragon Link is a real Australian online pokie from Aristocrat with a 5×3 reel and 25-50 paylines. With a minimum wager amount of $0.01 coins and a maximum of $125.00 coins per spin, punters can wing big while playing this slot. The game has an RTP value of 95.2%. It has the following Asian themes Panda Magic, Happy & Prosperous, Autumn Moon, Peace & Long Life, Spring Festival, and Gengis Khan.

.Queen of the Nile is one of the top Australian online pokies that is themed on ancient Egypt featuring Cleopatra. Queen of the Nile comes with symbols like letter symbols, golden rings, Pharaoh Masks. Special features include wild queens, pyramids, free spins, gamble features, and scattered pyramids. You can try your luck with free australian online casinos with bonuses and free spins.

.More Chilli is best Australian online pokies launched in 2015 that has a 5 reel configuration alongside 25 paylines. The betting range is between 0.01-60 per line. Its RTP is 97% and has medium volatility. More Chilli’s theme is inspired by Mexican culture. The graphics and design are amazing, as represented by the Mexican sun and the background. Its symbols include the sun, money bag, Chihuahuas, chicken, chilli stand, Mexican man, tequila, and roosters. Each free online casinos Australia has its own characteristics and advantages.

.Free Where’s the Gold slot features the Gold Rush moment where there is a cartoon prosecutor and a mine with treasures. There are two categories of symbols here, i.e., low-paying symbols (card symbols) and high-paying symbols (pickax, a mine, cartoon prosecutor, & wagon). The betting size of 0.01 – 100 coins per line. Also, there are fantastic bonus features free spins, multipliers, scatters, wild symbols, medium volatility, and a little low RTP (94.7 Lastly, Where’s the Gold operates on 5 reels alongside 25 paylines.

.Lucky 88. Produced by Aristocrat, free Lucky 88 pokie is inspired by the Chinese lucky number (8). It comes with five reels, 96.6% RTP, a betting size of 0.01-125 coins per spin, and free spin bonuses. Its features include multipliers, Wilds, Scatters, and bonus games. The game’s symbols comprise golden lion, traditional Chinese lamps, cranes, Chinese drum, pagoda, card values (A, K, Q, J, 10, and 9).

.50 Lions is a real online pokies Australia that offers free spins to players. It comes with 5×3 reels, 50 paylines, 94.71% RTP, and a whopping jackpot worth $12241.60. Notable special features are scatter symbols, wilds, bonus games, and low volatility. The minimum wagering amount is 0.01 coins per spin, whereas your maximum amount is 200 coins. 50 Lion pokies online Australia real money is set on an African safari; its features comprise lions, diamond (Wild), and red flower (Scatter icon).

.5 Dragons is a non-progressive video slot by Aristocrat that has 5 reels and 25 paylines. It offers Australian gamblers numerous features like free spins, jackpot bonuses, bonus games, and Wild and Scatter symbols. This free pokie has an RTP value of 95.17% and high volatility. Claim a jackpot size of $16482.70 with a betting range of 0.30-120 coins per spin. 5 Dragons consist of Asian-styled symbols like fish, statues of gods, turtles, dragons, and playing card denominations.

.Dolphin Treasure is an free pokies Australia Aristocrat about an abandoned gold chest on the ocean floor. It has a five-reel layout, 20 paylines, 94.88% RTP, low volatility, and a maximum win of 9000x stake. Dolphin Treasure’s special features are multipliers, Autoplay option, bonus games, and Wild & Scatter symbols. Symbols are sea horse, sea turtle, starfish, octopus, Angelfish, and playing cards (A, K, J, Q, 9, & 10).

.Indian Dreaming is a best paying online pokies Australia free spins that requires no download no registration and has 5 reels and has 243 different paylines. It has 98.99% RTP plus medium volatility and a betting size of 1.00-50. The main features of Indian Dreaming are gamble feature, scatter symbol, wild symbol, free spins, and bonus games. Its symbols comprise tomahawks, teepees, squawks, and poker cards like aces, kings, and queens.

Free Online Pokies Australia Real Money No Deposit: Are They Worth It?

Different Australia pokie machines have different bonuses, themes, gameplay, and design. Some casinos provide free pokies online games, no download, or mobile casino Australia apps with free pokie download. To discover how a certain Australian pokie wins machine functions, it is better to try free pokie in the demo version.

Advantages of Best Pokies Online Australia

  • Free online pokies Australia real money allow punters to test their skills. Punters can play demo versions of many games and gain skill and experience, which are vital when playing real money slots.
  • Users don’t need to sign up. Punters can play table games and slot machines without having to register first.
  • Once deposited, money can be used to play numerous games; hence, there is no need for re-depositing repeatedly.
  • Playing free slots relieve pressure from losing your money. It prepares players for real money games.

Disadvantages of Real Money Pokies Australia

  • Users can’t win real money while playing online.
  • There are some features and options that are off the limit, unlike in real money pokies.

Themes of The Best Online Pokies Australia Real Money

Australia best online pokies have themes that make them more prominent. These themes can be characters or behind-the-scene stories that make them outstanding in the crowd. Additionally, themes set slots apart from other games hence easy to play. Gamers play pokies online real money Australia because they are inspired by certain TV shows/films/music bands represented in a particular slot.

#1. Animal pokies AU cover animal stories from the wild plains of Africa, the European landscape, and the rainforests of South America. These best online slots Australia have symbols portraying animals like gorillas, foxes, rhino, wildebeests, elephants, pandas, jaguars, and tigers. Top-rated animal pokies are as follows: Big Red, Dolphin Treasure, and Bonus Bears.

#2. Ancient pokies incorporate great medieval stories into the gaming experience via online slots. They make gamers feel like heroic explorers, which is why most Australia online casino players adore them. The themes focus on the rich history of the Egyptian kingdom, ancient Greece, Aztec culture, and Vikings. Examples of such games are Queen of the Nile, Pompeii, and Leonidas: King of the Spartans.

#3. Dragons have been part of our mythology for a long time since ancient Mesopotamia. Free Dragon-themed slot machines are a perfect fit for most slots due to their storylines. Dragons feature in slots either as the antagonist or complete the classic tales. In some slots, they are the focal point and come in various shapes/sizes. Examples of dragon pokies are 5 Dragons, Dragon Emperor, Dragon Spin, and Dragon Link.

#4. Celebrities inspire a lot of people in society. Their life and how they live are admired by many around the world. Celebrity slots have symbols that are related to the celebrity. Michael Jackson has symbols like hats and special gloves. Other examples include Bruce Lee, Mariah Carey, and Elvis Lives.

#5. Comics. Heroes from comic books have been entertaining people for a long time. And because of their impact on many people, they have incorporated into online pokies thus can be played for fun and real money. Each comic hero, like the hulk, superman, and iron man, has symbols related to them. Comic-themed slots are Wonder Women, Superman, Super Heroes, etc.

#6. Fantasy pokies take players to an imaginary world with mythologies, histories, fairy tales, and aquatic adventures. Heroes in fantasy pokies are either real or invented. Examples are Merlin’s Millions, Jack & the Beanstalk, and Mystic Moon Big Hit Bonanza.

#7. Music pokies online free are some of the most popular online games available in Australian casinos. Some of the famous music bands have been adopted as themes. These slots include symbols like guitars, drums, and pianos. Heroes of music pokies include Kiss, Gun N’ Roses, and Elvis. Examples of music-based slots are Michael Jackson, Jimmi Hendrix, and Gun N’ Roses are.

#8. Movies. Some of the successful movies King Kong, Ghostbusters, and Star Trek, have made it to the gambling world. Movie-based slots use symbols that are related to this theme. They also include animations and real video footage from original movies to improve the gaming experience.

#9. TV Shows have also been captured by game developers.TV shows pokies use animations and graphics that are related to the TV shows thus are appealing to fans of each particular show. The developers have created various TV-themed slots like Baywatch and the Big Bang Theory.

#10. Magical pokies are about mystery and magic. Best online Australian pokies take away the boredom from fans as they are colourful and come with a lot of fun and excitement. Symbols portray things like magicians, heaven, demigods, and mythical creatures. Examples of magical pokies include Magic Reward and Book of Magic.

#11. Mystery pokies involve a detective solving some complicated mysteries and getting rewarded for the good work. The theme is mystery and suspense. Symbols are related to particular slot games. These symbols portray the following people or activities: secret agents, secret society, detective, spy, and investigation.

#12. Historical. Developers have also created historical slots that feature historical eras in Egypt, Rome, and Greece. As a result, several games have captured the interest of many punters, and they are Red Baron and Spartacus.

Free Slots Australia: Online Pokies Free Spins No Deposit Australia

There are many free slots that Aussie punters can play. These slots come as video slots with bonus features or 3D slot games. 3D slots have some of the best graphics, animations, video clips, and exciting bonus rounds. Punters can play these slots for free in demo versions only.

  1. Classic slots use mechanical reels and have a direct paytable. These paytables do not have bonuses and extra. RNG determines reels and symbols to appear on the screen in classic slots. Classic slots are available at online casinos around the world. Despite many modern video slots, classic ones are still popular since they are easy to play.
  2. For gamers who are fans of nostalgic fruit symbols, fruit slots are here for you. These slots are attractive and have a user-friendly interface which makes them fans’ favourite in online casinos. Additionally, fruit slots are generous and are suitable for beginners who want to test their skills. Features of these slots include simple profit calculation, simplified functionality, and little complementing elements.
  3. Videoslots are the most popular top online casino Australia games. They have reels with symbols evenly placed along with them. To win, players must match a specific number of symbols on a spinning reel with a payline. Different video slots have varying numbers of paylines.
  4. 3D slots are modified versions of video slots and have graphics looking like the screen in 3D. Through 3D technology, gamblers can visualize the on-screen action as reality. Gamers must play 3 different levels to advance to the next round.
  5. VRslots are played in virtual reality casinos. They offer gamblers an experience that is not available in other slots. For instance, gamblers can access 360 degrees of field of vision when playing through virtual reality technology.
  6. Penny free slots Australiaare games where you can play with 1 cent per line. These pokies offer relatively cheap options to gamblers as they can play with any amount below a dollar. There is a minimum number of lines that casino players must play per spin.
  7. High Stake punterscan stake a high amount which could be more than the ordinary games. They can wager as high as a $300 bet and there is no limit on big winning. Most gamblers play high stake slots because they can become eligible for VIP rewards and have a chance of winning larger prizes.

Free Pokie Machines: Types by Paylines

Paylines are lines that cross a single symbol on each reel of a slot machine. Different free pokie machines have different paylines. These paylines are either fixed or variable. Fixed paylines restrict gamblers from playing all the lines in the game while viable paylines do not.

– 243 Ways, there is a 5-reel screen having three symbols on each reel. Gamblers are supposed to make bets before the beginning of every spin. As a result, 243 possible lines will emerge that players can win on. Gamblers are assured of many ways of winning and can get more value from their bet.

– 1024 Ways is simple and it only requires players to follow procedures and rules set by the slot machines. All 1024 ways slot has a 5×4 reel. Playing 1042 ways slot involves matching symbols consecutively on the reels beginning from left to right. 1024 offers gamblers a chance to access all possible combos from left to right.

– 3125 Ways slots are not as popular as the other types of paylines. These slots come with five symbols and five reels denoted totalling 3125. They operate the same way as 243 and 1024 slots, only that they have more chances of winning. 3125 has five reels plus scatters and wilds.

Free Pokie Games to Play: Reels

Reels are the horizontal columns in video slots that contain all the symbols. They are triggered into spinning by pulling or clicking on the spin button.

  • 3 Reels. Casinos with three reels were the first to appear in the gambling world, and they have since remained exciting. 3-reel pokie machines are simple thuseasy to understand for new Australian online casino gamblers. They have a single payline and payouts are not determined by the amount wagered or the length of time played.
  • 5 Reelsare also known as video slots. In 5 reels, two more reels are added to the 3 reels slots. There are additional rows, hence making players hit more available paylines. It’s worth noting that 5-reel slots come with huge bonuses and mini-games and are exciting and engaging.
  • 7 Reels slots have only 7 paylines is basedon the belief in the luck behind the number. Unlike 5-reel slots, this type of reel does not have complex graphics, animations, and videos. Casino players who play the slots with 7 reels do so because there are ways to win a game with fewer reels.
  • 10 Reelsslots offer a lot of information to punters as they are large. Punters may interact with many numbers of paylines plus winning combinations. It is difficult to master all the symbols, thus not easy to strategize and win in pokies with 10 reels.
  • Cascading Reels, symbols that are matched in the reels are taken off the board, creating a new one to drop. The slots with such reels are played for fun as they have avalanche reels. Gonzo’s Quest is an example of slots with cascading reels.

Software of Free Pokie Games

There are many pokie providers in Australia. The most popular ones are Ainsworth Game Technology, Aristocratic, Bally, and Playtech. These slot developers are either big or small. Big pokie developers have a wide collection of games:

Aristocrat 

is one of the biggest pokie developers established in 1953. They not only operate in Australia but also in other 90 countries globally. In their library, there are numerous free Aristocrat pokies for android like 50 Lions, Sons of Anarchy, and The Walking Dead.

WMS

formerly known as Williams Gaming offers Aussies with pokie machines and video lotteries plus popular online games online. They have a large list of games in their collections. These include Elton John, Game of Life, and Bruce Lee.

Novomatic 

was established in 1980 and has been one of the top providers in the gaming industry. They are known for providing brick-and-mortar casino games and online casino games. Novomatic’s games library consists of Buffalo Thunder and Book of Ra.

Microgaming 

is a UK-based online pokie provider. They are characterized by progressive jackpot, and that’s why it is popular among Aussies. Microgaming provides software for casinos and boasts of games like Game of Thrones and Cash Splash.

IGT 

is regarded as one of the largest pokie developers and suppliers worldwide. They also design and develop software for real money casino Australia. In the list of their pokies, there are Lobstermania, Double Diamond, Wheel of Fortune, etc.

NetEnt 

is a Swedish company founded in 1996. Currently, they have expanded their operation to other European countries and North America. They offer high quality table games, video poker, and live dealer games that every punter from Australia wants to play. Some of the games they have in their collection include Gonzo’s Gold, Dead or Alive 2, and Street Fighter II.

NextGen Gaming

is an Australian-based gaming company. It was initiated in 1999. Unusual and innovative features characterize their games, and they include Dragon Drop, King Tiger, and Dragon Story.

Bally 

is one of the first gaming companies to be founded. It came into existence in 1968, and since then, they have been providing many games globally. Their games are popular in online casinos across the world. They include Titanic, Ducky Dynasty, and Dragon.

Playtech 

is also the best pokie provider in the world. It powers a lot of games. These games come with progressive jackpots and other bonuses. Playtech is licensed to operate in many jurisdictions and countries. They develop comic-themed pokies like The Avengers, Iron Man, etc.

Features of the Best Free Pokies No Download

Features in pokies are the key elements that make up slot games. They make the game more interesting and increase punters’ wins. Various pokies have certain features associated with them.

  1. Free Spins. No deposit casinoAustralia offer players free spins as promotional activities and as sign-up bonuses for new players. Some pokies reward players with free spins when they spin 3 scatters and meet certain wagering requirements.
  2. Re-Spins n is a pokie feature that allows gamblers to spin the reel again without placing their wager. It offers gamblers a second chance to spin to form a winning combination when playing a slot. Pokie spins australia come as a result of landing special symbols and do not guarantee wins.
  3. Bonus Gamesare also known as bonus rounds. They consist of mini-games inside pokies triggered when players hit certain symbols like scatters.
  4. Scattersunlock bonus features within pokie machines. When they appear on the reels, they unlock mini-games and free spins. Scatter symbols pay highly in pokies, hence the name player’s best friend.
  5. Wilds symbols replace all other icons on reels. They are key when a player wants to complete a winning paylines. They can’t substitute scatters and other bonus symbols in real money slot games.
  6. Stacked Wildsis a wild symbol that covers the whole reels when it drops on the reel. Not all pokies have stacked wild on all their reels. They appear on specific reels in some of the pokies. The pokies’ variance determines all these.
  7. Sticky Wilds is the standard wild. It is a substitute for any symbol that can create a winning combo. They remain on reels for the following spins.
  8. Expanding Wildsare common in video slot games and pokie machines. They normally expand to cover the whole reel depending on the software designer. A wild symbol on the reels triggers expanding wilds.
  9. Multipliers can multiply a player’s winnings by a certain predetermined figure. They are used to double or triple winnings. Although multipliers are popular, not all pokies have them.
  10. Progressive Jackpots have the edge over others that do not. Gamblers are offered massive jackpot when playing such slots and can win millions with one spin. These jackpots attract a lot of players.
  11. Instant Play. Pokies that have an instant play feature allow gamers to play immediately once they have pressed the play button. This feature ensures the play continues smoothly without delay. Again, players no longer have to wait for the software to download and install to play.
  12. Autoplaymakes the gameplay engaging and enjoyable since it lessens work. Everything is automated. Upon its activation, reels play through spins without stopping.
  13. Cluster Pays is a payment system used by pokies during deposits and payouts. Inside pokie with this feature, punters can create payouts when they match payline with symbols. The value of each symbol determines payouts.
  14. Hold and Spin is also known as Spin and Win. This feature deals with collecting symbols during a set number of spins. Players are rewarded in accordance with the number of symbols collected. Hold and Spin has emerged as one of the hottest features in slots currently.
  15. Bonus Wheelis a feature not common in most slots. It is a special feature that offers players little bonuses to win a few extra credits. This feature is the focal point in pokies like Grand Wheel.

How to Play Free Pokies No Download No Registration

Playing free pokies no download no registration is not difficult. Below is a guide on how to play them on game sites and best online casino Australia real money free spins:

  • Search for Australian casino sites that provide free pokies no download no registration.
  • In the search section, select your preferred slot with desirable reels, paylines, and paytable.
  • Set your betting specifications like max bet and min bet and decide the amount you want to play with.
  • Press the autoplay option and click ‘spin’ to spin reels. Look for the wilds and scatters to get payouts.
  • If the game is won, the winnings are displayed on the screen. Check your account balance to confirm.

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Footnotes

Footnotes
1The term “pokies” originally comes from the “pok” in “poker machine”.  However, in Australia / New Zealand, the term simply means “slot machine”.
2For those who are unfamiliar with the term “punter”, the Cambridge Dictionary defines it as “a person who gambles or risks money guessing the result of something“.

Is Blackjack Available at PA Online Casinos?

Online BlackjackBy Lars Holmström.

Online blackjack is available in most Pennsylvania (PA) online casinos. In fact, it is one of the most popular casino games in the state.  Being a game that balances skill and luck, it appeals to both new and loyal players.

Following the gambling expansion bill, both visitors and residents can now enjoy various blackjack games within the state lines. Other popular casino games in the state include craps, baccarat, and roulette. 

Is Online Blackjack Legal In PA?

If you are 21 or older, you can legally play online blackjack in Pennsylvania. In addition, you can get into any of the land-based casinos. The Pennsylvania Gambling Control Board overseas gambling activities in the state. It demands fairness and transparency from all operators. Whether you choose to play free games or for real money, you have plenty of options. 

PA Laws and Blackjack Games

In January 2010, during the expansion of the 2004 Gaming Act, tables were included in live casinos. The table games tax rate was set at 16 percent. Although the number isn’t as high as with slots, it is pretty impressive. Based on the PGCB rules, blackjack games need to have a low house edge. They should also be friendly and fair. 

After the opening of PA’S first online casinos, online blackjack wasn’t immediately legalized. In October 2017, Gov. Tom Wolf signed the Gambling Expansion bill. A licensing process for PA online casinos kicked off and the initial sites were live by mid-2019. Find some of the best PA online casinos rated here.

Free Online Blackjack in Pennsylvania

If you are new to the game, you’d be wise to check a few options out before risking your money. Luckily, PA has plenty of free online blackjack games. They are just as fun as money games. 

You will find a few blackjack games in almost all PA online casinos on demo mode. You may receive a no-deposit cash bonus when checking out new games. Usually, demo mode is available through software-based games. Although you can access live dealer games, you can’t place bets for free. Free games are perfect for the casino lover who wants to have fun without risking their money. 

Real Money Online Blackjack

You will find real money online blackjack in all Pennsylvania online casinos. They come with lucrative welcome bonuses and regular promotions. If you make the leap to real money games, you have the chance to have some fun and potentially make profits. The secret is to choose games with the lowest house edge. 

The best blackjack games have a smaller number of decks. The best bet is to play single-deck games. In addition, find games with splitting rules, liberal doubling, and a soft 17 dealer stand.

Do not go in without a basic strategy. It could improve your playing experience and increase your chances of winning. If you go in blindly, you will be handing your money to the casino every time. 

Take advantage of side bets as well. They add some excitement to the game, and you could win huge profits. Although the house edge can be high, it is worth the risk. 

Before making a deposit, check to ensure that you are using the safest payment options. The popular ones include PayPal, MasterCard, and Visa. Bank transfers are pretty popular as well. 

The best PA casinos for real money blackjack include: Unibet Casino, SugarHouse Casino, and Hollywood Casino. SugarHouse has partnered with Rush Street Interactive to bring you the best blackjack games. 

Unibet works with Meadowlands and Hollywood Casino teams with IGT to bring you blackjack and other popular casino games in PA. 

PA Live Blackjack

Thanks to the PGCB, PA live blackjack is governed by special rules. The games are generally immersive and player-friendly. The average RTP is 96.6 percent. You can enjoy side bets like; Royal Match, 21+3, Lucky Ladies and Kings Bounty, and Match the dealer. They are perfect when you hope to win huge profits.

Types of Blackjack in Pennsylvania

Since blackjack has been popular for such a long time, it is no surprise that there are so many variations. Even the most minor changes from the basic rules can alter the game significantly. For example, some variations allow you to surrender your hand, but others don’t. 

Most PA online casinos have the basic game. They may have a few variations as well. The most popular ones include Interlock blackjack and Spanish 21. All PA sites must follow the rules that apply to land-based casinos. The main difference is in European and US blackjack:

  • In European games, the dealer will get just one visible card. After every player has acted, the second card is dealt.
  • In US games, dealers can peek at their hidden cards when the up-card is an ace or 10. If they have a blackjack, the hand doesn’t continue.

Blackjack Odds

The best thing about blackjack is that your success isn’t entirely up to chance. It is also dependent on your skill. Even when the odds are against you, your skill could give you better winning opportunities. 

The odds in blackjack vary depending on the number of decks in the game. Every variation uses a different number of decks, and it is important to do your research before playing. Here is a look at the number of decks and how they may affect your odds:

  • Eight decks: 0.65 percent
  • Six decks: 0.64 percent
  • Four decks: 0.60 percent
  • Two decks: 0.46 percent 
  • One deck: 0.17 percent 

Online Blackjack Rewards and Bonuses

Since there is so much competition among PA online casinos, they are always coming up with new bonuses and rewards. The casinos give both new and loyal players incentive to keep playing, from free bet bonuses to generous welcome bonuses and reload bonus deals. 

Usually, the play-through requirement for blackjack bonuses is weighted. You may need to wager your bonus a few more times than in slots thanks to the low house edge. Most casinos have a points collection system to reward their loyal players. The longer you play, the bigger your bonuses become. 

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