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Five Fantastic Films Featuring Blackjack

Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman in the movie Rainman (1988)By Regina Muratov

Blackjack is arguably one of the most popular and well-known casino games globally. It is no wonder the game has been featured in numerous top films over the years. In the meantime, if you are a punter1)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“. in Pennsylvania, you can take advantage of the PA Lottery Bonus Code for a chance to grab bonuses. In this piece, you will read about five of the best movies featuring blackjack.

The Hangover

The Hangover is undoubtedly one of the most hilarious films of the 2010s. In the film, four friends head to Las Vegas for a stag night. After a night of hitting the town, three of the friends wake up the next morning without memory of what ensued the previous night. To make matters worse, the groom is missing.

The three retrace their steps to try and find out what happened and find their friend in time for his wedding. In the process, the three are tricked into believing that their friend is being held hostage, and the ransom money is $80,000 USD.

Alan, played by Zack Galifianakis, decides that he will raise the ransom money by playing blackjack using the card counting techniques he discovered in a book titled The World’s Greatest Blackjack Book. Unbelievably, he wins.  

Casino

This is a Martin Scorsese classic gangster film of 1995. There are many games being played in the movie. However, one of the best scenes in the movie involved blackjack. Robert De Niro featuring as Sam Rothstein, takes over operations at the unreal Tangiers Casino in Las Vegas for the mafia. He is accompanied by his buddy Nicky Santoro a role played by Joe Pesci.

Santoro catches gamblers cheating at blackjack and grabs the player. He gives the cheating player two choices: forfeit the game or keep his winnings and face the consequences of cheating.

Rain Man

Rain Man is a 1988 multiple Oscar winner. Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman star in this movie centered in the game of blackjack. Cruise features as Charlie Babbit. After his father dies, he discovers that he has an older brother that is an autistic savant. His brother, Raymond Babbit, played by Hoffman, inherits $3 million USD from his father.

The two brothers meet and Charlie convinces Raymond to go to Las Vegas on a card-counting tour. Raymond’s autism allows him to count cards to a very accurate degree. It even looks like the duo cannot lose. If you care to know, things did not go as planned!2)Most of the movies listed above do not depict blackjack card counting correctly or realistically.  Even the movie 21 is embellished to a great degree. If you want to learn how to count cards correctly to gain an advantage over the casino be sure to check out the Blackjack FAQ page first on this web site.

21

This is a 2008 movie based on the true story of the MIT Blackjack Team. It is about a professor coming up with a team of six students who become experts in counting cards. The gang heads to Las Vegas now that they are armed with a way of increasing their winning chances at the Strip’s casinos. If you are looking for a film that is all about blackjack, then this is your film.  In real life, The MIT teams operated successfully around the world between 1979 and the late 1990s.

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

The Austin Powers comedy movies don’t center around gambling, but there is an epic scene in the first movie. In a game that features Number Two and the old-fashioned Austin Powers, Number Two disregards advice to stick on 17 and insists on hitting.

Unbeknown to Powers and the other players, Number Two’s x-ray vision enables him to see the next card to be dealt will be 4, and would enable him to reach 21.


Mike Myers is Austin Powers – International Man of Mystery
 

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1For 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“.
2Most of the movies listed above do not depict blackjack card counting correctly or realistically.  Even the movie 21 is embellished to a great degree. If you want to learn how to count cards correctly to gain an advantage over the casino be sure to check out the Blackjack FAQ page first on this web site.

The Best Video Games That Offer Casino Gambling

Gambling in Video Games - Grand Theft Auto

By Aina Kebler

Gambling and video games have been synonymous with one another for a long time now, none made more popular than in Grand Theft Auto. A fully functioning casino proved such a huge hit with players that their new online game has added a casino break-in. They weren’t the first and they certainly won’t be the last.

If you’re on the hunt for new Canadian online casinos, we can help with that too, right here. But if you’re looking for a wee break from your online escapades, without going offline, here are some awesome video games that will still allow you that casino experience.

SimCasino

If you’ve always wanted to build and run your own casino, now you’ve got it. Just like the original Sim City way back in the early 90’s, you get to construct the whole building of the casino of your dreams to entice your people, make some money and live the good life. Furnish it in your chosen style, decide how many blackjack tables you want (a lot), right down to the tiles in the toilets.

Then you can really be the Don and start playing around with the odds. But be careful, too much in your favor and you’ll find the punters investing their coin elsewhere. SimCasino lets you be as meticulous or easy going as you like, which makes it great for everyone.

Oh, and like any good casino owner, you’ll need a good security system in place; not everyone is out to play by the rules. Cheats and thieves are all for easy money, so how are you going to deter them in the future? A great game that combines the construction aspects of the original with the human experience of the latter. Check it out here.

Red Dead Redemption 2

We must not be the only ones who has imagined a little old school, saloon brawling whilst playing cards. And if you are like us then Red Dead Redemption has some great card playing distractions for those that are inclined.

Not only can you play a sneaky round of Hold’em, but in the spirit of the game you can decide how you want to play, with honor or like a scoundrel. But if you’re going to cheat, just remember there are always repercussions.

From the makers of GTA, this game offers the same flexibility of the free roam with a wild west backdrop, and the gameplay is first class. Just remember there’s a lot more to the game than cards.

Playing Blackjack in Red Dead RedemptionPlaying Blackjack in Red Dead Redemption 2

Super Mario 64

One of the greatest franchises of all time, taking a break from all that driving for a spot of blackjack sounds like a great idea. Mini-games built into common stories have been around since Final Fantasy VII and Mario has jumped on the bandwagon with Luigi’s Casino.

Take your pick from a five-card stud knock off, picture poker, or a little Luigi-jack to get your funds up. Mushroom Roulette and even some slots can be found. It’s all for fun really but it’s a great distraction from the overall game and just may hone those card shark skills without you even knowing it.

Fall Out New Vegas

This epic RPG1)RPG stands for Role Playing Game. takes place in post-apocalyptic Las Vegas, so you’ve just got to add some gambling in there, right? As a courier running missions for various people, you need money to survive and casinos are the place to get it. From blackjack to slots and roulette, you gamble your money to be able to invest in everything from weapons and armor to mere health.

Try sitting down on the slots in the casino lobby. The waiters will even bring you food and drinks that will help replenish your health. There are loads of different casinos you can enter, just keep an eye on your “luck” meter or you’ll find yourself wishing the house didn’t always win.

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1RPG stands for Role Playing Game.

How to prevent your kids from online gambling

Children Gambling OnlineBy Hector Brown

Most of today’s world is happening online, including those things that are illegal or can cause serious problems. Problem gambling is definitely one of them, considering that the offer of online games is huge. Like in any other aspect of life, kids are the most vulnerable here. Even though online gambling is officially illegal for minors, they often find a way to practice this activity by using other’s identities, money cards, accounts etc. Therefore, it’s critical to explain to them how problematic online gambling can be and prevent any of the numerous possible issues.

While there are all kinds of methods to stop kids from gambling, prevention is still the key. Therefore, one of the first things that you should start practice is to talking with your kids. This doesn’t refer to potential online gambling issues only, but all other things as well. The first goal is to gain full trust, which means that kids won’t hesitate to share everything with their parents.

The second step would be to talk about negative aspects of gambling, not just once but on a regular basis. The first thing to do would be to explain how online gambling works. Kids are vulnerable to all those promotion methods that online websites practice, such as welcome bonuses, free spins, trial periods etc. Your task is to break the child’s misconception that online gambling is an easy way to earn money and to explain all the troubles that usually come with online gambling.

All in all, it’s easy to conclude
that the most important thing
is to talk with your kids and
make them aware of all the
negative consequences
of gambling.

Of course, another obvious thing to do is explain to your child that online gambling is illegal for minors. The online casino industry is regulated by laws and they should be aware of the fact that breaking the law means serious consequences, even in online gambling.

If you like to play online casinos, you will have to change your habits as well. It’s no secret that kids see their parents as major role models and that they tend to imitate them. So, it’s definitely not a good thing to gamble online in front of your kids.

As we’ve already mentioned, gambling is illegal for kids, which means they have to figure out different ways to get access to a casino website. The most common way is to use credit cards of their parents, so you know what you should do. Make sure that your kid isn’t using your credit cards without your knowledge. Of course, tell him about financial issues that come with gambling and talk about how they can lose everything on a gamble and put others in financial trouble as well. Talk about other negative aspects of gambling as well, including addiction, mental and physical health etc.

All in all, it’s easy to conclude that the most important thing is to talk with your kids and make them aware of all the negative consequences of gambling. Teenage gambling addiction happens much more often than you would probably imagine, so it’s vastly important to track your kid’s behavior all the time. Don’t neglect if something strange is happening, it can lead you and your family to a real disaster. There’s no formula to becoming a perfect parent but one thing is certain – the more you communicate with your kid, the better.

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

Why Slots and Blackjack Make Best Tandem Play Buddies

Online GamblingBy Thomas Smith

There are many games available in the casino. You will find a range of slots, table games, and instant games, to mention a few. Which games you want to play depends on you, but the choices are very different.

Online casino games differ widely in terms of looks, rewards, RTP1)Return to Player (RTP) is a term used by online casino operators to describe the percentage of the total money wagered on a specific type of slot or game that will be paid back to players over time.  It is in this area that advantage players have attempted to exploit., volatility, house edge, and a lot more. No two games are the same. That’s why it does not make sense for you to narrow down on one option. The pro way to enjoy your online gaming experience is to dabble in two different games. In this article, we will show you why you need to play slots and blackjack in tandem.

Features of blackjack

Blackjack is entirely different from slot machine games. This is a card game that you play against the dealer. There are many variations of blackjack which you can play. These have generally the same rules but vary in the number of decks used. 

Another apparent difference between blackjack and slots is that the former is not one hundred per cent a pure chance game. There are skills you can learn that will give you a better outcome in this game. Mastering basic blackjack strategy has been widely accepted as a way to better your odds. Professional players also take things a little further. Skills like counting cards will elevate your winning chances even more. 

Features of slot machine games

Slots are designed with online casino players in mind. Many can’t help but admire the variety of themes in which you will find slots. There is a slot theme for every aspect that has defined popular culture. Songs, bands, movies, TV shows, sports, you name it. These have all been adapted to the small screen.

You need not be a slot geek to understand this game. In fact, there is no strategy involved when you play. Slots are like throwing a coin in the air. There is no way you can train yourself to get heads only, it’s impossible. This is what makes this game so appealing. You will not find it difficult to grasp and master how it’s played. 

Many features make it easy to play slots without too much exertion. Many titles that you will find in slots not registered with GamStop sites have an autoplay feature. This allows you to set the number of spins you want to take in advance. You can also set a stop loss when playing slots. These two features allow you to punch in your settings and let it rip.2)GamStop is a free independent self-exclusion scheme in the United Kingdom for people with online gambling problems. Gamblers register their details and choose how long they want to be banned for.  Then, they should not be able to logon to gambling websites.

Why slots and blackjack go together 

If you look at it, it’s the perfect marriage of opposites. The differences of these games make them the best fit for tandem play. If they were too similar, there was no way one could achieve this. Let’s show you what we mean. 

Playing slots does not require much. All you need to do is press play, and the RNG3)A RNG is a Random Number Generator.  The generation of pseudo-random numbers is an important and common task in computer programming. does the rest. You can go through a dozen spins in seconds. Blackjack on the other hand takes some effort. The length of each round depends on how many players are at the table. So it makes sense for a 21 player to enjoy a few spins in between hands.

If you are going to play blackjack successfully, you need to make sure you are focused. You are playing the perfect basic strategy and maybe keeping an eye on the count. All this can have a toll of the mind. The best way to release that stress is to play a “no-brainer.” This is what you have in slot machine games. You need not make too much of an effort here. You even have a catchy soundtrack to help you loosen up. 

Playing just slot machine games can quickly become monotonous and tedious. You are repeating the same action over and over again. Try doing that for two hours nonstop and you will understand what we mean. Blackjack is an excellent way to break the monotony. Here you have a game where you need to think and no hand is the same. 

Casino games are a great way to enjoy your free time. Too many times players feel the need to pick between games like slots and blackjack. The best way, however, is to take a crack at both of them.

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1Return to Player (RTP) is a term used by online casino operators to describe the percentage of the total money wagered on a specific type of slot or game that will be paid back to players over time.  It is in this area that advantage players have attempted to exploit.
2GamStop is a free independent self-exclusion scheme in the United Kingdom for people with online gambling problems. Gamblers register their details and choose how long they want to be banned for.  Then, they should not be able to logon to gambling websites.
3A RNG is a Random Number Generator.  The generation of pseudo-random numbers is an important and common task in computer programming.

An Online Blackjack Strategy Guide

Online blackjack for real moneyBy Zachary Gleason

 INTRODUCTION

Blackjack is one of the most common games you can play for real-money at land-based and online casinos. The fact that online blackjack features a low house edge, and great odds, makes it a favorite attraction among players.

The objective is pretty straightforward. All you need to do is get a hand total of 21 or close to it without going bust. The more reason why Internet blackjack appeals to gamblers is that you play only against the dealer and not other players. This further reduces the house edge of the game.

However, even with the benefits the game offers, you need a good strategy to maximize your chances. This is because blackjack is a game of skill based on mathematical rules. The fastest way to increase your bankroll and reduce your loss while playing blackjack is by adopting the right blackjack strategy.

A perfect blackjack strategy guide helps players make their decision based on their hand total and the dealer’s up-card. Since it covers basic moves, a blackjack strategy guide is usually simple to learn and understand.

Let’s look at how to win online blackjack using several basic tactics and approaches.

A Basic Blackjack Strategy To Increase Your Odds

A basic blackjack strategy gives you an advantage over the house and more favorable odds while playing the game. It simply involves a set of rules that tells you when to carry out four main blackjack moves:

  • Hit- Request for an additional card
  • Stand- You are okay with your cards and do not want another.
  • Double Down- Double the amount of your initial bet and get an additional card.
  • Split- Split two cards of the same value on two hands, which will automatically double your bet.

Also:

  • Surrender- Some blackjack games also allow you to give up your hand and lose half of your bet.
  • Insurance- An optional side bet when the dealer shows an Ace up. You can wager up to half of your original bet.  If the dealer reveals a ten-valued card under their Ace you will win double your bet.

Here are some essential online blackjack tips to maximize your chances:

  • Always split Aces and Eights.
  • Play only games that support the dealer stands on soft 17 rule.
  • Take advantage of correct soft doubling when you have an ace against dealer’s low cards.
  • It is often correct to stand when your hand could bust and the dealer has a high card showing.
  • Never split 10s.
  • Do not take the insurance bet when offered. It is a sucker bet.
  • Memorize and use a valid blackjack strategy chart for the game you are playing.
  • Go for blackjack games that pay 3:2 rather than games that only pay 6:5.
  • Single deck blackjack games can be more rewarding, however, be aware that most, if not all, single deck games only pay 6:5 on a blackjack.

ARE THEY SAFE AND FAIR

Generally, online blackjack real money games are safe to play and are not rigged. However, much depends on the online casino you are playing at.

When you play at a trustworthy and reliable casino that upholds fair play, you can be sure that all the games available at the casino, including blackjack 24/7, are safe.

Below are some pointers that show that an online casino is safe to play blackjack for real money.

  • The casino is licensed and regulated by reputable authorities.
  • The casino makes use of top-notch software and offers several variations of blackjack.
  • The online casino has a stellar reputation online with a track record of positive reviews.
  • The casino upholds fair play through the use of RNGs.1)A RNG is a Random Number Generator.
  • There are security encryptions in place on the site that protects players’ funds and personal information.
  • The casino features a fast payout and offers several cash-out methods for easy withdrawal.
  • The online casino is registered with a third party gaming organization like eCOGRA. 2)eCOGRA is an internationally approved testing agency and player protection and standards organization. The company was established in 2003 in the United Kingdom and introduced the first formal self-regulation program to the online gambling industry in 2003.

DOES CARD COUNTING WORK ON GAMBLING SITES?

Card Counting is a casino card game strategy used to predict the next hand based on the remaining number of cards in the deck. The strategy is used primarily in blackjack, however, it is generally not applicable or usable online.

You can’t use card counting in online blackjack or other online casino games generally because of low deck penetration. Online casinos use a continuous card shuffling software algorithm that quickly and automatically reshuffles the shoe after each hand is played. This results in no deck penetration or low percentage of cards dealt, making it very difficult and almost impossible for you to count cards.

LIVE BLACKJACK GAMES

Live blackjack allows you to enjoy online gambling blackjack with a real dealer in real-time. Right on your device, you would be able to enjoy a physical casino experience through the exclusive features live blackjack games provide.

Some of them include a live blackjack dealer dealing and shuffling, an actual blackjack table, and real decks.

Live blackjack variations also feature live chat, enabling you to chat with the dealer and other player’s at the table while playing blackjack in real-time.

Live blackjack game-play is similar to traditional online blackjack; the only difference is that the dealer and some of the game’s props are real and in real-time.

You will find several live blackjack variations available at online casinos. Most popular variants include; Live Blackjack Party, VIP Live Blackjack, Infinite Blackjack, Free Bet Blackjack, and Perfect Blackjack.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

Online Blackjack is a fun and exciting game to play for real money. However, the game requires some skill if you are to have any chance. If you want to know how to beat online blackjack, it is necessary that, as a minimum, you learn a basic blackjack strategy.

A good blackjack strategy not only contains information on how to play blackjack online but also gives you tips to maximize your bankroll at the casino.  Even if you understand the basic blackjack strategy, you need to be sure that when you play and win, you would be able to withdraw your funds easily. That’s why it’s vital to play only at safe and legitimate casinos.

Safe online casinos also ensure that your private information is kept safe, and you have a secure and enjoyable online experience playing blackjack.

When playing online blackjack for real money, gamble responsibly and avoid chasing your losses. Fix a time and budget for your online play, and whether you are losing or winning, stick to your fixed budget.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Zachary Gleason is an online casino enthusiast and player that researches and writes about the market on his blog Legitimate Casino. He uses his casino knowledge to help players get the best possible experience with his insights and passion.

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1A RNG is a Random Number Generator.
2eCOGRA is an internationally approved testing agency and player protection and standards organization. The company was established in 2003 in the United Kingdom and introduced the first formal self-regulation program to the online gambling industry in 2003.