Where Blackjack Apps Come From

Back on Monday I began my discussion of mobile blackjack apps. Our mobile devices are a big part of our life; they go with us just about everywhere with us, although some people even take their mobile devices into the bathroom with them. And I was going to discuss the story of the mobile blackjack app, but then New Jersey did its thing and the Assembly voted ‘yes’ to regulating online gambling in their state, and I could not pass that up.

Anyway. With mobile devices advancing in technology to give us the smartphones, such as the iPhone and Blackberry, it is only natural that explosion of mobile apps would happen. And among those mobile apps are those made for blackjack. Mobile blackjack apps allow those who have to take their blackjack on the go in a new way that does not require them to be a part of an online casino.

The most basic in mobile blackjack apps was the beginning. Such apps simply allowed the user to play with play money. This kind of free play app allowed those who were new to the game to become familiar with it without risking money.

Such an app also allows fans of blackjack who are already in the know about the game to enjoy it wherever they—and their mobile device—may be. This can be good just for entertainment but also for trying out new blackjack strategies and practice old ones.

But this first generation of blackjack mobile apps only allowed for one-on-one play. Granted that is how blackjack is played, you versus the dealer and the other players at the table do not have an impact on your hand. But there just seemed like there was something so lonely about a blackjack app. Maybe it is the notion that mobile devices are supposed to connect us more, but regardless of the reason, the first round of blackjack apps were lonely. At least I thought so.

But then came the next round of mobile blackjack apps, and these tried to make these blackjack apps more like online blackjack and less lonely. Did they succeed? Find out my thoughts tomorrow on the next round of mobile blackjack apps.

Kinds of Mobile Blackjack Out There

It seems our lives center more and more around our mobile devices—particularly cell phones. These smartphones are more than phones, which is probably why they are called smart, they are also PDAs as well as mini computers of a sort.

Think for a moment about those iPhones—you can do the GPS thing, find the nearest location of whatever store you are looking for, download music and books, check your email. In short, they can handle many of the basic Internet functions. And this means that blackjack can go mobile with you.

There are several ways to play blackjack on the go now and all can be done on a mobile device. Granted not every single mobile device can handle blackjack on the go with every single option. Mobile devices, such as iPhones, that can go online and function like a mini computer are capable of handling mobile blackjack in a few different ways:

You can have blackjack on the go in the classic way, and simply go online with your phone to access an online casino of your choice. This would be similar to playing blackjack online on a laptop. It would be like playing in an online casino like normal but just in a very small format.

Another option, and this works if you the owner of a phone that has apps, is to download a blackjack app.

Blackjack apps, for the most part run in two varieties: the play alone and the comparing sort. Both types of blackjack apps come in a variety of qualities, and therefore in a variety of prices, ranging from free to several bucks.

The one thing that both types of apps have in common is their format. Both types will resemble the format of an online blackjack game. Visually at least. This is good because such a format is easy to understand for those who are new to online blackjack or mobile blackjack. And also because it makes the transition from online blackjack to mobile blackjack all the easier for those moving over to mobile blackjack.

Over the next couple of days we will look more at the different types of blackjack apps out there that allow us to make our blackjack mobile.

All I Want for Christmas is a Blackjack App!

Christmas is upon us, blackjack players! For us this does not really mean much in all honesty. Online casinos do gear up for the holidays with exciting promotions, but those promotions and tournaments are heavily weighted for online slots play. And since I prefer to play a casino game I can actually make money off of, I will stick with blackjack. Guess this means I will have to give up hope of an online casino Christmas.

Or perhaps not.

Studies have shown that there is a spike in time spent on casino game mobile apps in the month of December, with a particularly high amount of usage on Christmas Day. And what did the researchers conclude as possible reasons for this?

Bad TV for one thing. There is nothing on except reruns of regular shows and more reruns of the same Christmas movies that have been aired year after year. Rather than watch the same show again and again, year after year players are turning more and more to their mobile devices.

There is a definite increase overall—not just turning Christmas—in the use of mobile casino games such as blackjack apps. And what can I say—people are on the go more and more and their phones are going with them. Much easier to carry a cell phone and play a few rounds of blackjack while waiting for a plane than to haul out the trusty laptop, boot up, log on and then play.

So it is not surprising that people are using mobile casino and blackjack apps to keep themselves amused during the holidays, especially when taking into consideration researchers other reason for increased mobile game usage: taking a break from family.

The holidays bring family together. And while this is a good thing, it can also try people’s patience when they are not normally used to being around Auntie Muriel for extended periods of time. So if they need a break they can duck out of the room, play few rounds of blackjack, get their head on straight again and then return to the fireside with the rest of the family.

And you will be glad to know that of the mobile gaming apps blackjack apps are one of the most popular. I simply attribute this to blackjack being a game in which you can beat the dealer in, and if you are lucky enough to be able to play 32Red’s mobile casino app for real money, you can actually make a few bucks in escaping from Auntie Muriel. Lucky UK players!

Even though I am not a UK player, I will still take my mobile blackjack app over an online slots tournament any day—including Christmas!