Blackjack Gimmick to Beat Online Games to Watch Out For

Not every new player is savvy in finding help when they are first learning how to play blackjack and learning a blackjack strategy. There are plenty of gimmicks and scams out there aimed at duping new players out of their money in exchange for some supposed uber tip on how to beat the house.

Such is the case with a recent eBook that I heard of that does not have an author.

That right there, no named author, is the first indicator that there is something fishy about this eBook claiming to give players the secret to beating multiple online blackjack games. Never trust someone who is giving beat the house advice and who will not identify themselves.

By the way, my name is Lucy and I came by my blackjack knowledge the old fashioned way—meaning that I read a lot of professional blackjack players’ books, practiced a lot and have done a lot of research while following the writings of gambling experts. In other words I learned and now feel compelled to help other blackjack players—which is why I will tell you that there is no legal way to beat online blackjack.

Now back to this eBook I found. The author who refuses to name him or herself claims to have worked at several online casino game software developing companies in the last few years. The list included Microgaming, Cryptologic and six other names plus the requisite “and more,” thus claiming that the number of software developers he or she worked for outnumbers their total number of years working for all developers combined. In short, he or she has a high turnover rate in the industry, which is not something I trust as it shows to me that this person does have the endurance to keep a job—why should I trust him or her to have the patience to learn the intricacies of a game?

But not only does this mysterious author claim to be revealing the secret to beating online blackjack, he or she is claiming to be revealing the secret in regards to multiple online blackjack games—one for each of the developers he or she worked less than a year apiece at.

But on top of all of the fishy feelings coming from this illusive author’s claims, there is the underlying fact that online blackjack cannot be completely beat. Yes, with basic strategy players can bring down the house edge of online blackjack to less than half of a percent; combining that with opportune double downs and split pairs you can make a profit from online blackjack.

But without an idea of how the cards are flowing, you cannot anticipate how to bet and therefore cannot overcome that last half of a percent—which is what card counting is for, and I have already explained more than once why card counting is not possible in online blackjack.

The safest thing for you and your money is to not trust those who are selling secrets to beating the game. Your money—and your time—will be better spent on the words of professional blackjack players who put their names on their books and on the words and advice of gambling experts.

Luck or Unlucky Seventh Seat in Blackjack

Since we seem to be on a blackjack myth kick today, why not go for another one? After all it pays to know what really impacts your blackjack odds, and what is nonsense. Nonsense, while it does not impact your odds really, can impact the quality of your blackjack game.

And why would you want to negatively impact your blackjack game? Why take fun out of it?

There is no good reason to remove fun from a game you enjoy. And believing myths that are not real does exactly that. Take for example the myth that the seventh chair at a blackjack table can make or break the dealer’s hand.

The seventh chair at a blackjack table is the seat on the dealer’s right hand. It is the last seat to receive cards and the last player to play before the dealer plays out his hand. It is because the seventh seat is the last to play that it is believed that the seventh player can impact the dealer.

Unfortunately this myth has a negative feeling behind it. If the seventh seat player takes a card and the dealer wins, the other players say the seventh took the dealer’s bust card. Or if the seventh seat does not take a card and the dealer wins, other players will accuse the seventh seat of not sacrificing his hand by taking the dealer’s winning card and allowing the other players to win.

In other words, the seventh seat myth perpetuates a sort of ‘damned if you do, damned if you do not’ feeling. Such a feeling makes playing in the seventh seat a more stressful position. And stress kills everything.

But the truth is that the seventh seat does not have such a hold over the dealer. Do you really think the house would allow a player to have the ability to make or break their dealer? No.

And what if the blackjack table is not full and no one is sitting in the seventh seat? Then what? Or what if you are the only person playing at a blackjack table—will you say it is your own fault for making or breaking the dealer? I did not think so.

Now you can see the absurdity to this blackjack myth. There is no way to tell if a face down card will make or break the dealer. What you need to know is that you cannot make or break the dealer in case you do find yourself faced with either taking the seventh seat at a blackjack table or sitting out a bunch of rounds until someone else leaves. Just sit down and do not listen if anyone tries to tell you that you took or did not take the dealer’s card.

And if another blackjack player does try to tell you that, you tell them that they took your card so what were you supposed to do?

Bad Blackjack Players—Do They Exist?

I have heard tell of a creature, a creature so frightful in its ineptitude at playing blackjack that seasoned and skilled blackjack players quake at its very existence.

Okay, skilled blackjack players do not actually quake in their boots when they come into contact with an unskilled or novice blackjack player. And by ‘unskilled’ and ‘novice’ I mean a player who either is very new to blackjack or who refuses to play the game with any kind of strategy—even basic strategy.

It is one of the most perpetuated myths of blackjack, that an unskilled or novice player can have an impact on the odds of a skilled player. I am here to tell you that your odds of winning blackjack without a novice on hand are around 48%.

Now let’s say that you are playing at a blackjack table and a little upstart group of college boys on their first gambling trip to Vegas sits down. You are probably annoyed because they are probably noisy too. But you are more annoyed because you think ‘There go my odds.’ In such a scenario, or any other that features an unskilled, non-strategy using blackjack player your odds of winning are around 48%.

Wait a minute! Did I just say your odds of winning with a novice at the table are 48%, which are the same odds as if you were playing sans unskilled player?

Why, yes, I did say that your odds of winning a round of blackjack are around 48% with or without an unskilled player being present.

The truth is that it does not matter whether you are playing at a table full of skilled players or at a table full of unskilled players—it does not impact your blackjack odds. Blackjack is a one-on-one game between you and the dealer. This is why you could beat the dealer and the guy next you might lose to the dealer in the same round.

Your blackjack tip is that it only matters what you have and what the dealer has. Do not bother even worrying about the other players at the table, be they skilled or unskilled. They cannot hurt your blackjack odds. Do not fear the ineptitude of an unskilled blackjack player.

Getting Started Six Shooting with Blackjack

I do not know about you but the games and payout percentages and bonuses are not the only thing that I take into consideration when I am looking for an online casino to play online blackjack at. I want an online casino that is visually appealing too.

This should be a given. I mean, come on, if I am going to be looking at their interface for several hours a week I want to like what I see. And that is one of the things that I like about Silver Dollar casino.

They also have a Welcome Bonus that is just as fun as the appearance of their interface.

Silver Dollar brings players back to the Old West that gave playing in casinos that cool edge—only the tough and savvy played in casinos in the Old West. And that is the feeling that Silver Dollar imparts with its users.

Then there is their Six Shooter Welcome Bonus.

A six shooter by the way is Old West term for a really top notch gunman who is quick on the draw. Just saying.

Anyway. The Six Shooter bonus.

The bonus money is coming in right way. Players receive a free $5 chip just for opening a new player account at Silver Dollar.

The bonuses continue with a new player’s first deposit. That bonus is a 100% deposit match bonus worth up to $550. A new player’s second and third deposits also each have their own 100% deposit match bonus, each worth up to $400.

But Silver Dollar does not only offer bonus money; they also have a VIP plan for players. In the VIP plan players accumulate points, and those points can then be turned in for more cash at Silver Dollar. So speaking of those points, once a new player activates their place in the VIP they receive 10,000 points to their VIP account.

And then, to be the shot in the Six Shooter Welcome Bonus, depositing at least $20 will gain players a free place in Silver Dollar’s next major tournament event.

So you have six bullets to make up the arsenal of your online blackjack Six Shooter: 3 deposit match bonuses, 1 pack of 10,000 VIP points, 1 free $5 chip and 1 free entry into a tournament. And there I present to you the Silver Dollar Six Shooter Welcome Bonus.

Dreaming of a Green Christmas Online Blackjack Style

There are two things that any online blackjack player would have on their Christmas list this year. One is to have lawmakers up on Capitol Hill pass someone’s online gambling legislation, preferably Representative Barney Frank’s—not liking Senator Harry Reid’s heavy interest for Nevada brick and mortar online casino versions. And, two, to have some money.

The money part, that is the easier part of the two.

It is the first part, regulation of online gambling in the United States, that is the trickier.

For one thing there are a lot of lawmakers who feel that online gambling would open up a chasm into which the poor little lost US citizens would fall into.

I cannot get on board with that. Online gamblers are some pretty savvy people, especially online blackjack players. Not that I am biased or anything.

Online blackjack allows players to make real money without having to leave their homes. It is the one online casino game with the best odds for players. Players have a 48% chance of winning a round of blackjack. This comes about from a house edge of 0.5% when playing online blackjack according to basic strategy. There is no other house edge that is that low.

It is that low house edge combined with that 48% shot of winning a round that puts blackjack—not online poker—as the online casino game to play. Yes, online poker is more popular. It has its roots spread out more in popular culture. And, yes, you can make money from online poker. The odds are better when playing online blackjack is all I am saying.

And odds are very important for those who want to make some money from online gambling. In that case, online blackjack is the way to go.

This means that we need to be behind our representatives and senators, even Reid, that are trying to get online gambling regulation. If we want online gambling we need to make our voices heard. So tell your representatives and senators what you want for Christmas: online gambling regulation and the ability to win some real money from online blackjack.

What Makes Blackjack Simple

I know that poker is one the most popular casino games. It does not matter if we are talking about poker online or poker in a brick and mortar casino, it is still the most renowned of all casino games.

But that does not make it the simplest to play. In fact ‘simple’ was one of the reasons I chose blackjack as my casino game of choice. Blackjack has the simplest rules of play in any card game. Except maybe War, but really? War? Not much a game if you ask me.

Now poker, that is a hard card game. All of this remembering what amount of cards and which types of cards make up the various hands. Pairs—I can understand those. But blackjack has pairs and they are easier to play with.

In blackjack figuring out which hand is strongest is easy: which hand has the highest total that is not more than 21. Easy. My 19 beats your 16, that sort of thing.

And by ‘your’ I mean the dealer, as that is another simple aspect of blackjack: no having to worry about what any of the other players are doing. There is no trying to figure out if the guy sitting next to you has a stronger hand than you. It does not matter. Whatever hand total he is holding has no bearing on your hand.

Blackjack is only about what you are holding and what the dealer is holding—whose hand total is greater. It is like those simple grade school greater-than-or-equal-to math problems. You do not even have to add up your hand total if you do not want to—the dealer will do it for you.

It does not matter if we are talking about online blackjack or brick and mortar casino blackjack, between the game being determined by whose hand is greater and not having to worry about what the other players at the table are doing with their hands, blackjack clearly becomes the simplest card game in the casino. So much more simple than poker.

Online Poker Regulation and None for Blackjack?

I have to ask, what is this? I am pleased that Senator Harry Reid is finally coming over to our side—even if it is because this is his way of returning the back scratch the Nevada gaming industry gave him to keep him in office. But the man is only looking at regulation for online poker.

Online poker is not the only casino game out there in the online industry. Yes, it might have the most face presence, but it is does not offer the benefits that online blackjack offers.

For one thing, online blackjack offers better odds than online poker. Online blackjack can be played one on one with dealer rather than having your play bogged down with other players.

While I am pleased to see a push in the direction of online gambling regulation for the United States, why could there not be a push for overall online gambling? Or at least all the casino games except for the sports betting.

The Nevada and Atlantic City brick and mortar casinos that would be eligible to apply for an online gambling license in the US have other games on their casino floors other than poker. In fact, online slots are also right up there on the top end of the online gambling cash cows. So why would Reid exclude online slots and online blackjack—two of the biggest draws to online gambling aside from online poker?

The answer I think is simple—this really is Reid’s way of paying back the Nevada gaming industry for backing him to beat Sharron Angle in the mid-term elections, which he narrowly won. I do not think that Reid is really on board for any online gambling regulation—hence why he was opposed to it for so long.

Look at it—he is against online gambling, then he gets backing to keep his office and all of a sudden he whips out a bill of online poker regulation. I think the man is only giving the minimum in online gambling regulation, hoping that online gambling regulation will not go beyond poker.

Hopefully Reid’s bill will only serve to open the door a crack, and hopefully other online games like online blackjack will also be allowed for regulation.

Jump Starting Your Blackjack Strategy

Strategy often brings to mind super hard formulas and tricks and things that will make your brain hurt. Strategy, especially for casino games where money is involved, seems particularly hard. Perhaps this is because money is on the line—money always complicates things.

But blackjack strategy does not have to be all that hard. In fact, blackjack strategy is remarkably easy. Yes, there are strategies for blackjack, such as card counting, that can take a little more mental application to learn, bring together and execute. But there is strategy for blackjack that anyone can use.

And I do mean everyone, even someone who has never played blackjack, is just in Vegas for a vacation and actually may not ever gamble again—even they can use blackjack strategy.

The key to this kind of strategy is the basic strategy chart.

All basic strategy is made up of are rows for each hand that a player could be dealt, and columns for each of the dealer up cards. Where each row and column intersects there can be found the best statistical play for that player hand and dealer up card combination. Here is the step by step for using basic strategy:

First determine what your starting hand is—do you have an Ace or is your hand a pair? If so make sure to look in the section of the chart with starting hands that have Aces (soft hands) or that show the pairs.

Next check to see what the dealer’s up card.

After you have found the row with your starting hand and the column with the dealer’s up card look to see where the row and column intersect. The play that is featured where the two meet is the best play for you to make.

Basic strategy does not mean that you will win every single hand, but because you are playing the best statistical play that you can make, you will increase your chances of winning.

And that is the easiest way to make the most of blackjack strategy—using basic strategy. All of the math and formulas and calculating has been done for you. All you need to do is make the play that is recommended.

One More Reason the House has the Edge in Blackjack

There are several reasons why the house has the edge in blackjack. Mostly it comes from the rules and structure of the game, such as the dealer playing last. But there is one more teeny tiny principle that is often over looked when it comes to blackjack: the house’s money.

Yes, the house has money too. Where else do you think the money the dealer hands you when you win comes from? The dealer brings the house’s money to the blackjack table on behalf of the casino, and plays with the casino’s money.

The edge the house gains from its bankroll is the result of a couple of things involving said bankroll.

For one thing, the house has a lot more money to play with than you do. This enables it to keep playing and holding out longer than players can. It leads to a principle known as Gambler’s Ruin. It is the idea that a person will keep gambling until he or she has run out of money; and they will because the house can keep playing for a heck of a lot longer since there is more money in their back pocket.

There is also the matter of the wager. When playing blackjack you must place a wager at the beginning of a round in order to play. The dealer, ergo the house, does not have to place this wager. So when they lose they lose a round they are not losing a wager. When a player loses he must give up his wager. The house does not put forth any money to risk

So it is not just because of the structure of blackjack and its rules that gives it its edge. The house edge in blackjack can come about as a result of the casino’s bankroll and it is an idea that players typically do not think of. So remember that while your bankroll is limited, the casino’s is not and that they can hold that over your head, so to speak.

Truth About Online Blackjack, Legality and UIGEA

Whether the United States should legalize and regulate online gambling or not is a part of the lame duck session happening on Capitol Hill. Both Representative Barney Frank and Senator Harry Reid are putting forth bills that would repeal the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006. This could potentially see online blackjack open up and be completely legal to play.

But online blackjack was never illegal for US citizens in the first place. UIGEA was to be enforced on the level of financial institutions, such as banks and credit card companies, who were not to allow transactions between US players and online casinos.

UIGEA, over all, was put in place for two main reasons: 1. To save us from ourselves, and 2. To protect US citizens from foreign companies.

While I cannot get on board with the first reason, I can understand the second. And it is a good reason.

When we play online blackjack in online casinos we are not protected by our own government—and, no, I am not talking about the “I know what is for your own good” kind of protection. I am talking about protection of you and your money. If an online casino takes your money or refuses to pay you, there is nothing you can really do about it. Sure, you can turn them in to the gaming control of the country they are licensed in, but it does not mean for one second that you are guaranteed to have your money back.

US lawmakers did see and understand this. So it was not entirely “We know what is good for you” behind their creation of UIGEA.

But finally it looks like US lawmakers are beginning to get on board with licensing and regulating online gambling in and for the US. But I do not think it is because lawmakers are getting that they cannot tell us what is for our own good. I think it is because they see how poorly written UIGEA was, that US players are going to find a way to play anyway, and because they see just how much money they can put in their coffers from such things as online blackjack, slots and poker.

Now if Reid has his way there will be about 15 months in which we cannot play anywhere and only brick and mortar casinos that have been in operation for more than five years will be allowed to apply for licenses. Honestly, Frank’s bill is much more liberating for US online gambling interests.

For the remainder of the lame duck session I am going to keep my fingers crossed in hopes of being protected when playing online blackjack—and in less than 15 months too.