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Become an Online Blackjack Icon

Become an Online Blackjack Icon
There are a lot of fun games that you can play at an online casino. But since these sites have become all the rage, none have been more of a crowd pleaser than online blackjack.The fact of the matter is that this game has a lot to offer in the way of fun, challenge, and the earnings that can be had. Before you can start to dominate the online blackjack table, there are some skills that you will need to master. In other words, online blackjack is not one of those games that you will simply start to dominate from the word go.The best way to become comfortable with online blackjack is to play the game as much as possible. For most new players, it is a good idea to find an online casino that will allow them to play for free. Think about it this way: when you are playing for free you have the chance to hone your skills without having to risk any real money. This will give you the chance to make the most of your online blackjack skills while always keeping your money safe.You also need to learn each and every rule that is associated with online blackjack. Sure, you have to get closer to 21 than the dealer, but is this where everything begins and ends? The simple answer to this question is no. With so many rules to learn, it only makes sense that you take your time when getting started. This way you will be able to compete against the dealer on an even playing field. It is safe to say that if you do not know the rules that you are putting yourself at a distinct disadvantage from day one.Finally, you need to have a strategy that will help you with each hand. And in order to put a strategy together, you should know the odds of winning during certain situations. It can take a long time for you to become familiar with each possible hand, but when you do, you will find that your strategy is much more effective.Overall, you can become an online blackjack icon if you put in the time. This is not a game that is hard to start playing, but it can be difficult to master. The key to success with online blackjack is to play as many hands as possible; this will help you to become comfortable with the game. And when you start to settle in with what online blackjack has to offer, you will definitely find that you are winning on a more regular basis.  Sun Palace Casino is everything you’re looking for in an online casino! With over 90 games to choose from, up to $500 welcome bonus & the fastest payouts, they offer the most complete gaming experience, sign up today! © Copyright 2007 Online Blackjack News. It may not be published, broadcasted, rewritten, or redistributed.

Let your Blackjack Knowledge Takeover

Let your Blackjack Knowledge Takeover
When playing a hand of blackjack, your chances of winning increase if you know what you are doing. Some players only have minimal knowledge of the game whereas others are much more advanced.Where do you stand? You need to let your blackjack knowledge take over; no matter how much you know about the game.Many blackjack players get caught up in what they think they know instead of relying on the facts. This is not to say that your gut plays no part, but you definitely want to fall back on the cold hard facts when possible. For instance, it is a good idea to stay put if your cards total 20; this is a fact. While this may be an extreme example, it goes to show you that there are some cases when you need to stick with what you know.If you do not have a lot of knowledge you need to seek out more. There are many ways that you can learn about the game. First and foremost, the more that you play the more that you will learn. Sure, you may lose some money along the way but in the long run this will work out to your advantage because you will gain knowledge that will help you to succeed on a higher level in the future. There is no denying that the more you practice the more you will learn.Once you have a good supply of blackjack knowledge you can let it takeover with each hand that you play. Soon enough you will find yourself making moves without having to think twice or second guess yourself. When you get to this point you will also realize that you are winning more often and hopefully taking home more money.© Copyright 2007 Online Blackjack News. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

The Game of Blackjack

The Game of Blackjack
It was in 1440, in Germany, when gambling with cards was first introduced. Most of the games created had the objective of drawing game cards to have a certain value to win the game. Even though the relationship of the old games to current games remain unknown, it is obvious that blackjack emerged from some of these historical games. Baccarat, with the magic number of 9, appeared in Italy about 1490, followed by the game of seven and a half, which seems to be the first game where the player automatically lost if they went over the desired number. The game of one and thirty was first played sometime before 1570 in Spain, and the Duke of Wellington, the Marquis of Queensbury, and Prime Minister of Disraeli, all played quinze (15) in Crockford’s, the famous English casino, which flourished between 1827 and 1844. From France came trente et quarante (30 and 40), and finally vingt un, or vingt et un (21 or 20 and 1), which crossed the Atlantic ocean, and was listed in the American Hoyle of 1875. As first played in the United States, it was a private game, but by 1910, tables for twenty-one were being offered in the gambling parlors of Evansville, Indiana. Acceptance was slow, and to stimulate interest in 1912, operators offered to pay 3 to 2 for any count of 21 in the first two cards, and 10 to 1 if the 21 consisted of the ace of spades and either the jack of spades or the jack of clubs. This hand was called, of course, blackjack. The 10-to-1 payoff was soon eliminated, but the term remained, first as the name of any two-card 21 hand, and subsequently as the name of the game itself, although twenty-one would have been more appropriate. By 1919, tables covered with green material and emblazoned in gold letter announcing “Blackjack Pays Odds of 3 to 2” were being manufactured in Chicago and appeared in gambling halls throughout the country. The popularity of the game grew slowly until gambling was legalized in Nevada in 1931, and blackjack soon became the third-most-successful game, outstripping faro, but trailing both roulette and craps. Because of the prohibitive casino edge of 5.26% in roulette, discouraged players drifted away from the game, and by 1948 blackjack had become the second-biggest casino moneymaker. This continued until 1956, when a book was published by Baldwin, Cantey, Maisel, and McDermott, containing a nearly perfect basic strategy, followed in 1962 by Edward O. Thorp’s book, which refined the strategy and added a counting system. Now, for the first time, the sophisticated gambler could learn to play nearly even with the house, and perhaps with a slight edge in their favor. This scientifically developed information sparked a nationwide interest in blackjack that has made it the number one game in American casinos today. Because the table is less than half the size of those required for craps, roulette, or baccarat, with a corresponding reduction in both number of players and casino personnel, blackjack is far less intimidating to the beginning player. Couple this with the simplicity of the basic rules, both the player and the dealer draw cards, and whoever comes closest to 21, without going over, wins.

After you dealer

After you dealer
Three times I got to play my hand after the dealer’s hole card was exposed. First a dealer peeked under a 10 and flipped over a4! We all have experienced the “double dip” look at a 4 in the hole under a 10 and flipped over a4! Marvin French says:  We all have experienced the “double dip” look at a 4 in the hole under a 10, but this is the first time I have seen the 4 turned over. I was playing two hands. The first, with a toke, totaled nine. I could not double down, so I hit and caughtance. The second hand was fourteen, so I stood. Instead of me breaking, the dealer broke and I won. The second time was at the MGM. A super-fast dealer did not wait for me to double after splitting 7-7 against her 6, when I caught an ace on the second 7. She flipped up her hole card , a 10, before I could even blink. I screamed for the pit boss, who let me double down. When the dealer broke I won. The third time was at Sundowner. I wanted to double down on ten against an ace because of a high count. I stupidly laid my hand face down as I reached for my wallet. The dealer thought I was standing and turned over her hole card, a 4. The pit boss was understanding and said I could stand, hit, or double. I doubled, and this dealer also broke.   At SlotsPlus.com, there is an exciting and fun collection of Video Slots, Single-Line Slots, Multi-Line Slots, Progressive Slots and several Video Poker Slots. Join now!