Tag Archives: online casinos

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.

Footnotes

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. 

The Best Poker Books of All Time

Man Reading a Poker Book on BenchBy Giovanna Freire 

Just about every online poker site running today boasts a section of guides designed to help beginners and experienced players improve their card-playing skills. Most of these guides are incredibly useful, covering everything from poker hand values to when you should and shouldn’t bluff. 

But with all the goodwill in the world, these online poker sites can only go so far in helping players develop their poker-playing skills. Watching other players compete through TV programs, live tournaments on social media, and poker channels on streaming sites like Twitch can be a great resource to help players learn from others. Even then, there’s only so much you can learn from watching others play. 

For those that want to go much further and examine individual elements of the game, like the psychology of poker or individual strategies, the only option is to read some poker books.   Thankfully, many legendary poker players and learned academics have penned hundreds of pages of in-depth analysis about just about every area of poker. Here are some of the best.

Winning Low Limit Holdem by Lee JonesWinning Low Limit Hold’em

Released in 1994, Winning Low Limit Hold’em by Lee Jones is one of the most straightforward books on poker that has ever been written. This simplicity doesn’t mean it lacks details or isn’t that useful. It’s just that Jones has done a fantastic job of breaking down all of the elements of the game into easy-to-understand chunks.

Winning Low Limit Hold’em is an excellent book for beginners who want to brush up on tactics they can use when playing free online poker with friends or taking part in free-rolls and other tournaments.  It’s also great for more seasoned players that want to give themselves a refresher and maybe even pick up a thing or two. 

Hold'em Poker For Advanced PlayersHold’em Poker for Advanced Players

Whereas Lee Jones’ book focused on the more basic poker elements, Hold’em Poker for Advanced Players sits at the opposite end of the spectrum.  One of the many books written by Mason Malmuth and first published in 1988, this book breaks down several different scenarios to help the reader better understand what strategies are best to deploy in those situations. 

Malmuth’s book is even credited with coining various poker terms, including the semi-bluff, where you don’t have a high-value hand but could get your opponent to fold. 

The Theory of Poker by David SklanskyThe Theory of Poker

David Sklansky has written more books about poker than almost any other author. His 1994 title, The Theory of Poker, looks at broad concepts that can be applied to just about every variant of the game, rather than focusing on Texas hold’em as most other books are. 

The opening chapters look at the object of poker, mathematical expectations, your hourly rate, and the fundamentals of poker theory. From here, Sklansky builds on these foundations with chapters that examine each element of the game in detail, including antes, pot odds, deception, implied odds, and defending against Malmuth’s semi-bluff. There’s even a whole chapter on applying game theory in poker and how you can use it to create the optimum bluffing strategy.  In 2019, Sklansky revised this book to include no-limit, as the first book only had limit poker in mind.

Super System by Doyle BrunsonSuper System

Doyle Brunson is a legendary name in poker.  His classic book Super System was probably one of the best selling poker books of all time and probably influenced the big increase in interest in the game.  He managed to get some of the leading experts in the field to write chapters in the book, including David Sklansky, Mike Caro, Chip Reese, Bobby Baldwin and of course Doyle Brunson himself. 

Chapters included every major no-limit game played at the time: seven-card stud, seven-card low stud (razz), and hold’em. At the time, this book was considered by many professionals as one of the best books on poker ever written.

Playing Blackjack From Home Guide

BlackjackBy Gareth McGray

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

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

Introduction to Blackjack

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

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

How Blackjack Works

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

How to Beat the Dealer

  • Get a hand with a higher value than the dealer.
  • Draw a hand with a value of 21 with your first two cards before the dealer1)All blackjack games are not created equal and it is advisable to find a game with the best rules for the player.  In particular, avoid games that only pay 6 to 5 on Blackjack.  The traditional payoff for a Blackjack is 3 to 2.
  • Double your bet on hands that favor the player and basic strategy advises it.
  • Split your pairs on favorable hands and when basic strategy advises it.
  • Surrender your hand to reduce your loss when basic strategy advises it.
  • Never take the insurance bet unless you are counting cards.
  • Have the dealer get a hand that exceeds 21, i.e., “let the dealer bust”.

How to Lose to the Dealer

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

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

Finding a Hand’s Total Value

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

How to Play Blackjack Online

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

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

BLOG MENU

  • 0 Your Entries
  • 417 Total Entries
  • Ended

BLACKJACK REVIEW GIVEAWAY #11

Ended

Rules

Visit our Giveaway Page for full details on prizes. To enter we only need your email address.  If you win we will need a USA address to ship your prize to.  Click below for full rules.

  1. If you win,  just contact us with a physical USA address and we will ship it there.  If the winner is outside the USA, the winner can always "gift" this to a resident in the USA. 
  2. There are NO costs to the winner.  We pay for shipping and handling.
  3. The winner is responsible for any tax implications for the prize, however, we collect NO taxes.
  4. If the winner fails to give a valid USA shipping address within 14 days, another winner will be selected at random.
  5. After submitting your email address, increase your chance of winning by "sharing" the link provided to you or by posting about the giveaway on social networks.
  6. You can also increase your chance of winning by completing one or more of the actions shown on the giveaway page.  After clicking on "DO IT", be sure to click on "COMPLETE" to get your additional entry.
  7. We DO NOT sell or share email addresses collected here.  Entering your email on the giveaway page does NOT subscribe you to the Blackjack Review NetworkClick here to subscribe normally.

Footnotes

1All blackjack games are not created equal and it is advisable to find a game with the best rules for the player.  In particular, avoid games that only pay 6 to 5 on Blackjack.  The traditional payoff for a Blackjack is 3 to 2.

Blackjack Variants From Around the World

By Bruna Freire

Queen of Spades

History

Blackjack is but the latest popular variant in a long line of games that are typically referred to as Twenty-One, due to this being the best hand total a player can get in the game. The earliest existing reference to a direct ancestor of blackjack comes from Spain during the late renaissance period. Referred to as Ventiuno, literally Twenty-One, the game was played on a Castilian deck of 48 cards that took influence from Arabic decks that were then arriving in Europe along the silk road trade route. The game made its way across Europe, appearing in France, then Britain, under the French name Vingt-Un. 

Development

It was this version that crossed the Atlantic and took root in the United States, where it became known as Blackjack among prospectors of the Klondike gold rush. Over time, Blackjack became the most popular form worldwide. It is said that 75% of all table games played in Las Vegas casinos are blackjack. Around the world, you’ll find countless variations in play style and rule-sets for this classic parlour game.1)Editor note:  According to the University of Las Vegas Center for Gaming Research:  In 1985, 77% of casino games were blackjack. In 2019, just under 50% were. In 1985, the game accounted for over half of all table game revenues: in 2019, it accounted for 11% of table win.

Below are just a couple for you to explore.

Pontoon

Pontoon is a British card game that shares the same ancestry as Blackjack. It is believed that its novel name is in fact a corruption or mis-translation of the French word Vingt-Un. The game was taken up through co-mingling on the continent and quickly became a favored pastime of the British, who brought it back to their shores.

One clear difference you’ll notice is that a hand of five cards that do not bust is the second most valuable hand in the game, unlike in Blackjack. This is referred to as the Five Card Trick, and it’ll catch you out if you’re coming to Pontoon cold. Another core difference to get used to is the concealment of the dealer’s cards, which remain face down throughout. This affects your ability to strategize, as you’ll be working with less information. 

Siebzehn und Vier

This is a German relative of Blackjack that first began to take shape as a distinct game in the lands of Prussia and the Austro-Hungarian empire by the 1850s. The name translates as Seventeen and Four, hinting at its Twenty-One heritage.

This variant is traditionally played on German spielkarten, which features smaller decks numbering between 32 and 36 cards. Additionally, while the suit of hearts remains, diamonds, clubs and spades give way to leaves, acorns and bells. Siebzehn and Vier, like its French ancestor, also does not allow splitting the hand. This makes more a slower rate of play with less dynamism when compared to the variants below.

Spanish 21

Fast forward to the modern day, and Blackjack’s popularity has led to many new variants and subtle rule changes that affect the pace and nature of play. Among the most popular of these is Spanish 21, a licensed game more broadly based on older Twenty-One variants that developed in the Spanish speaking world.

One of the key distinctions in this variant is a side bet commonly referred to as Match the Dealer. In order to win this side bet, the player is required to match the dealer’s up card with one or both of the cards in their initial hand. If the player succeeds, they are entitled to a larger payout on completion of the hand.

Super Fun 21

Another well loved modern variant for you to try, this one’s DNA is that of true Blackjack. Super Fun 21 was patented as a distinct rule-set in the latter years of the 20th century.

What distinguishes it from other play styles is that Super Fun 21 forgoes the traditional payout of 3-to-2 in favor of 6-to-5. The player may also split a hand up to a maximum of 4 times and automatically secures a winning hand if they have six or more cards with a total of 20. This makes for a more flexible and dynamic play style in comparison to traditional blackjack and is a popular variant in modern casinos.

BLOG MENU

  • 0 Your Entries
  • 417 Total Entries
  • Ended

BLACKJACK REVIEW GIVEAWAY #11

Ended

Rules

Visit our Giveaway Page for full details on prizes. To enter we only need your email address.  If you win we will need a USA address to ship your prize to.  Click below for full rules.

  1. If you win,  just contact us with a physical USA address and we will ship it there.  If the winner is outside the USA, the winner can always "gift" this to a resident in the USA. 
  2. There are NO costs to the winner.  We pay for shipping and handling.
  3. The winner is responsible for any tax implications for the prize, however, we collect NO taxes.
  4. If the winner fails to give a valid USA shipping address within 14 days, another winner will be selected at random.
  5. After submitting your email address, increase your chance of winning by "sharing" the link provided to you or by posting about the giveaway on social networks.
  6. You can also increase your chance of winning by completing one or more of the actions shown on the giveaway page.  After clicking on "DO IT", be sure to click on "COMPLETE" to get your additional entry.
  7. We DO NOT sell or share email addresses collected here.  Entering your email on the giveaway page does NOT subscribe you to the Blackjack Review NetworkClick here to subscribe normally.

Footnotes

1Editor note:  According to the University of Las Vegas Center for Gaming Research:  In 1985, 77% of casino games were blackjack. In 2019, just under 50% were. In 1985, the game accounted for over half of all table game revenues: in 2019, it accounted for 11% of table win.

How blackjack has changed throughout the years

Blackjack HistoryBy James Daniels

Blackjack is one of the most thrilling card games to play around the world. Many people love the simplicity of the game that still delivers a lot of tension as a card is flipped over. Here’s a look at how the much-loved game was first created and how it’s changed over the years.

What it looks like now

Before we look back at how it’s changed over the years, it’s important to look at how big a game blackjack has become. No longer do you need to gather around a group of friends to play at home. You merely need to load up the game on your laptop or phone and you can play against the computer. You don’t even have to visit a casino hall to be able to play for cash. Websites like SBOBET allow you to play a wide range of games, like blackjack, online for the same cash prizes as you’d expect to be winning in some of the biggest casino halls in the world.

The power of the internet has increased the popularity of this game massively. This is because you no longer have to seek out a game. Instead, even the most novice of players can enjoy a game thanks to the power of technology. There are many online games and software tools that will teach you step by step how to play and can advise you of all the possibilities of your next move, meaning you can learn how to become an expert gamer in no time. 

Where it started

Of course, when blackjack was first invented, things were a lot different to how they are today. Nobody is quite sure when the first game of blackjack was played. The first time it was widely recognized as a game was in France during the 1700s. It’s believed the game (which they called Vingt-et-Un) became so popular in France during this time that during the reign of King Louis XV many of the royal family enjoyed playing it as a way of unwinding from their duties. Other people believe that the first game of blackjack was actually played by the Romans. Instead of the traditional playing cards, it’s thought that the game was played with pieces of wood with different numbers painted on them. No matter which explanation you believe, it’s clear that the game we all know and love is probably over 300 years old.

How it developed

One of the surprising things about blackjack is that for many years it wasn’t actually called blackjack. Many people knew the game by a different name, 21, or a regional variation or translation of that same name. Instead the name was a result of a promotion that casino halls put on when the game came to America in the early 1900s.

Many halls would offer an extra prize if the player managed to make 21 by using either the jack of spades or the jack of clubs, i.e. the two black jacks in the pack. It’s believed that the nickname then stuck with the game until this present day.

Blackjacks pay 3 to 2

One of the biggest changes to today’s game is the unfortunate proliferation of games paying only 6 to 5.  Prior to 1999, all regular blackjack games paid a natural 21 (a ten valued card and an Ace) at 3 to 2 odds.  For more information on the history of blackjack be sure to check out BlackjackHistory.com.

About the author

James Daniels is a freelance writer, business enthusiast, a bit of a tech buff, and an overall geek. He is also an avid reader, who can while away hours reading and knowing about the latest gadgets and tech, whilst offering views and opinions on these topics.

BLOG MENU

  • 0 Your Entries
  • 417 Total Entries
  • Ended

BLACKJACK REVIEW GIVEAWAY #11

Ended

Rules

Visit our Giveaway Page for full details on prizes. To enter we only need your email address.  If you win we will need a USA address to ship your prize to.  Click below for full rules.

  1. If you win,  just contact us with a physical USA address and we will ship it there.  If the winner is outside the USA, the winner can always "gift" this to a resident in the USA. 
  2. There are NO costs to the winner.  We pay for shipping and handling.
  3. The winner is responsible for any tax implications for the prize, however, we collect NO taxes.
  4. If the winner fails to give a valid USA shipping address within 14 days, another winner will be selected at random.
  5. After submitting your email address, increase your chance of winning by "sharing" the link provided to you or by posting about the giveaway on social networks.
  6. You can also increase your chance of winning by completing one or more of the actions shown on the giveaway page.  After clicking on "DO IT", be sure to click on "COMPLETE" to get your additional entry.
  7. We DO NOT sell or share email addresses collected here.  Entering your email on the giveaway page does NOT subscribe you to the Blackjack Review NetworkClick here to subscribe normally.

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.

BLOG MENU

  • 0 Your Entries
  • 417 Total Entries
  • Ended

BLACKJACK REVIEW GIVEAWAY #11

Ended

Rules

Visit our Giveaway Page for full details on prizes. To enter we only need your email address.  If you win we will need a USA address to ship your prize to.  Click below for full rules.

  1. If you win,  just contact us with a physical USA address and we will ship it there.  If the winner is outside the USA, the winner can always "gift" this to a resident in the USA. 
  2. There are NO costs to the winner.  We pay for shipping and handling.
  3. The winner is responsible for any tax implications for the prize, however, we collect NO taxes.
  4. If the winner fails to give a valid USA shipping address within 14 days, another winner will be selected at random.
  5. After submitting your email address, increase your chance of winning by "sharing" the link provided to you or by posting about the giveaway on social networks.
  6. You can also increase your chance of winning by completing one or more of the actions shown on the giveaway page.  After clicking on "DO IT", be sure to click on "COMPLETE" to get your additional entry.
  7. We DO NOT sell or share email addresses collected here.  Entering your email on the giveaway page does NOT subscribe you to the Blackjack Review NetworkClick here to subscribe normally.

Footnotes

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.

BLOG MENU

Footnotes

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.

Footnotes

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.

12 Legendary Blackjack Players

12 Legendary Blackjack PlayersBy Jonathan Roob

Blackjack, formerly called Black Jack and Vingt-Un, is an American member of a global family of banking games known as Twenty-One. It involves comparing cards between a player and a dealer. The goal of the player is to beat the dealer by obtaining a hand of 21 or less or allowing the dealer to bust over 21. Blackjack is considered the most widely played casino banking game globally.

The experts stated here below have all made an impact on the world through the game.

  1. Bryce Carlson
Bryce Carlson had always wanted to beat the casinos and for that reason, he began playing the game. He got better by smartly playing with other players that he met and developing a strong relationship with other experts.

Carlson wrote one of the best books on blackjack and titled it, Blackjack for Blood. He also developed a sophisticated blackjack and card counting computer program called the Omega II Blackjack Machine.

  1. Lance Humble
Lance Humble, aka Igor Kusyszyn, started as a teacher at York University in Toronto. His course was supposed to be about horse racing, but the students seemed more interested in learning about the games at casinos. So he started to do some research of his own.

Soon he became well versed in the game of blackjack and he was able to make a profit with his new skills. So he decided this game was for him and decided to continue to hone his skills. He wrote a book with Kenneth Cooper titled The Worlds Greatest Blackjack Book. He is most well known for his development of the Hi-Opt I and Hi-Opt II card counting systems.

  1. Arnold Snyder
Arnold Snyder is one of the best blackjack players in the world and an expert teacher in the field. He wrote several outstanding books that relate to the game of blackjack and published Blackjack Forum magazine for over 20 years.

Arnold also developed software called PowerSim Blackjack Card Counting Simulation Software that helped players learn all the basics of the game. It is available to players who need to learn how to play the game free of charge. A 2003 member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame.

  1. Stanford Wong

Born in Georgia during World War II, Wong’s real name is John Ferguson. He always loved games and always tried to figure out a way to beat the games using different tactics. He was not interested in competing with other people until he had figured out the best way to win on his own first.

After turning 21, he went to Reno and kept making trips to other casinos playing blackjack professionally. Wong is best known for publishing the card counter’s resource Current Blackjack News and several excellent blackjack books. A 2003 member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame.

  1. Ken Uston

Ken stumbled into the game accidentally. He was never interested in playing cards until the day he decided to make changes in his life.

One night after work, Ken met Al Francesco, who got him introduced to blackjack. Soon he tried out his skills in small games until he became an expert in Las Vegas. When he saw the amount of money he could gain playing this game, he quit his job and played full time. Uston and his teams won millions in Las Vegas and Atlantic City casinos during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. A 2003 member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame.

  1. Keith Taft
Keith Taft is renowned for the first blackjack computer in 1972. He produced lots of electronic ways for players to beat the game. This included smaller calculating machines and cameras, used to see the dealer’s hole cards. At the time, these devices were used legally to beat the casinos through 1985.

Keith worked alongside Ken Uston in a team to test his devices. A 2004 member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame.

  1. Edward O. Thorp
Edward Thorp is the author of the book Beat the Dealer and several blackjack card counting systems. His book is considered a classic and revealed for the first time that the game could be beaten. Most professional players have read his book and used his card counting system at some point.

Thorp is considered by many as the “inventor” of card counting. A 2003 member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame.

  1. Lawrence Revere

Unlike most other players on the list, Revere began his run on the other side of the table. He started dealing cards at the age of 13 and he fell in love with gambling. Revere was a leading blackjack expert during the 1960’s and early 1970’s and wrote the classic book Playing Blackjack as a Business, which provided players with the first color blackjack basic strategy charts. For many years, this book has been the inspiration for many card counters to start a blackjack career.

He later began work at the casinos as a dealer before going on to be a pit boss and eventually owned a personal casino. A 2005 member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame.

  1. Al Francesco
Al Francesco went by several aliases. Some people knew him as Frank Fisano, others knew him as Frank Salerno or Frank Schipani. Francesco made his mark in the world of blackjack as the “Godfather of Blackjack”.

He established the first profitable blackjack teams, thus pioneering the concept of blackjack team play. Players were grouped into different teams and they would gather their bankrolls together to play, and in time, he had developed several techniques like the “Big player” concept and “The Drop”.

Blackjack players adopted Francesco’s techniques and won lots of money in casinos with them. The most prominent was a team of MIT students. Francesco also mentored several big names in blackjack like Ken Uston and many others. Francesco was inducted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame in 2003, to commemorate his incredible talent and daring moves.

  1. Ian Andersen
Ian Andersen is a blackjack star. The renowned author is known for his all-time classic books Turning the Tables on Las Vegas and Burning the Tables in Las Vegas. He has kept his real identity a secret from everyone and has remained anonymous to this day. Ian Andersen was an alias he adopted.

He wrote Turning the Tables on Las Vegas in 1976, and in the book he described several techniques to help card counters disguise their skills from casino bosses. In 1999, he published the sequel Burning the Tables in Las Vegas, in which he proposed a risky betting strategy called the The Ultimate Gambit, which helped card counters increase longevity at the tables. Andersen was a master at blackjack camouflage betting and behavior decisions. A 2012 member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame.

  1. Tommy Hyland
Tommy Hyland is a professional blackjack card counter and player. He once stated that he began playing blackjack in 1976, after reading Lawrence Revere’s book Playing Blackjack as a Business.

He began playing blackjack in 1979, and shortly after that, playing and managing blackjack teams was his full-time job. Hyland started his career with an initial team of three other players where each team member put $4,000 into the team’s bankroll; which multiplied to $50,000 in a couple of months.

Thanks to “Early Surrender,” the new rule introduced by the Atlantic City casinos, gave experienced players like Hyland a significant edge. Soon after Hyland’s first-team collapsed, he formed another team, recruiting and training new players for his team.

Hyland turned out to be an excellent team manager. Sometimes his team had up to 30 members and he managed them as well as he managed a team of four players. Hyland’s team is still active today. A 2003 member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame.

  1. Don Johnson

Some people see Don Johnson (not the actor) as a genius while others say he is a demi-god. Well, they could be right as he has a rich resume that speaks for itself. He is a corporate executive, a professional gambler, and a blackjack player who doesn’t count cards.

He won Atlantic City casinos for over $15 million without card counting. He exploited loss rebates to gain an advantage over the casino. For his bold tactics to beat the game, he was inducted into Blackjack Hall of Fame in 2017.

BLOG MENU