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Before you get all excited, this is not a sale. If you are in a blackjack game where you are wagering $20 per hand and an insurance wager costs you $10, this does not mean that for a limited time insurance will only cost $3. Sorry, if casinos are going to try to hang on to their house edge they are not about to put a sale on insurance.
When I say 70% off of insurance I am talking about the odds of a dealer
I am not sure how many blackjack players out there think about this, but have you ever thought about what happens when you bust as opposed to when the dealer busts? If you have not, you just did. I am willing to bet on it.
A blackjack player busting has a different effect than when the dealer busts. And that difference is one of the contributing factors of how the house gets its edge in blackjack over your blackjack odds.
When a blackjack player busts, that is it, you are done. You have lost and you are out of the round and out the money you wagered on the round.
But when a dealer busts he is not losing a wager because he never had to make a wager. But even more of a kick in the pants to your blackjack odds is that if you bust and then the dealer busts, you still lose. This is a result of the fact that the dealer plays last. Imagine that he played first for a moment; say he busted
Last year I brought to light a United States based gaming table company who specializes in poker. Well, poker tables that is. Automated ones. In November I discussed how PokerTek was expanding their product line with the introduction of automated blackjack tables called BlackjackPro. This would also change their specialization from poker to automated casino game tables in general.
This month with the installation of the first round of several BlackjackPro installations. Two things were revealed by CEO Mark Roberson with the first round of installation of BlackjackPro. 1. PokerTek was looking to expand its offering of automated table games, calling the forth coming tables ProCore, and BlackjackPro would be the first of the ProCore series; and 2. The expanded offerings were to generate more revenue.
At first the expansion openly detailed to increase expansion might raise eyebrows
One of the online casino groups that is powered by Vegas Technology will be running online blackjack tournaments this week. One is already in progress and the other will be beginning this weekend. The online casino group is the English Harbour Group, who owns the title online casino English Harbour, Millionaire Casino and Silver Dollar Casino.
The tournament that is in progress at the moment is the Head2Head. This is the weekly tournament that runs Monday through Thursday that will take players through the week. The Head2Head online blackjack tournament for this week will continue through tomorrow, February 24th, ending at 11:59 pm. Players can register for this tournament by paying the $5 entry fee when registering for the Head2Head. The $5 gives players a starting tournament balance of $100. There are $5 rebuys available which will give players another $100 if they cross the $10 low balance point. At the time of this writing the top prize is set at $176, but the Head2Head is a play for the pot kind of online blackjack tournament
Remember about a year ago when the subject of adding blackjack and other table games to existing Pennsylvania brick and mortar casinos was being discussed? Also on that topic was the opening of new Pennsylvania brick and mortar casinos. And like any legislation
Back in November I announced that a hitherto manufacturer of automated poker tables, PokerTek, was expanding their product range by creating a new gaming platform that they are calling ProCore. The first casino game in the ProCore lineup is BlackjackPro. And the first of several installations took place earlier this week. In other words, it has begun.
Prior to ProCore, PokerTek was an industry poker specialist. Apparently they were not content to stick with poker and decided to expand their reach within in the casino industry:
And what would be something about blackjack that does not ever change? Ever. One more ever just in case you missed it. And by never ever change I mean it is the same for blackjack in brick and mortar casinos, in online blackjack and in the mobile blackjack that is one the rise.
One such thing is insurance. Yes, insurance is the same. Not only does the rule not change, but a blackjack player