iPad Blackjack Apps

Seems that so much is finding its way into being Apple applications for various i-whatevers. And blackjack is no exception. While the two blackjack apps that are out there now are not apps designed to make the game online blackjack, they certainly allow players to take blackjack on the road with them.

The two blackjack apps that are available to those with iPads do not allow for play with other players. These apps are similar to online blackjack games except that players are not online and the graphics are more on the simple side.

The two apps for the iPad are called Blackjack for iPad and Blackjack HD. Blackjack for iPad was created by Haolan Qin and Blackjack HD was created by MobilityWare.

There really is not too much of a difference between the two apps. Both have players starting out with $1,000 that they can add to by winning or lose by playing poorly. Thankfully both apps allow for learning, which means that they both have an Advice button.

So what makes them different from each other? Blackjack HD offers players another dimension of play. At a real blackjack table hand gestured are used to communicate to the dealer what play you would like to make. In the Blackjack HD app players can tape the screen twice to hit or swipe a finger horizontally to tell the game they wish to stand.

So what does Blackjack for iPad offer that Blackjack HD does not? Players can change the number of decks being used in Blackjack for iPad. Also to simulate differences in house rules, the insurance and surrender abilities can be turned off which allows players to practice playing with different house rules. Although I have yet to hear of a casino, online or otherwise, that does not allow for insurance considering that they make money on insurance. I suppose it is the thought that counts on the part of Blackjack for iPad.

While both of these iPad apps allow for taking blackjack on the go, I would still only recommend them for practice. They are able to simulate a game well enough to allow for practice but they still are not up to the standards of a game in a brick and mortar casino or online blackjack.

How to Practice Blackjack

Considering that blackjack is a game of skill—and it is by the way—it requires some practice.

Like any skill, you only get better with practice. This is why you need to take the time out to work on your game. This practice isn’t about getting more familiar with the game’s rules. Because honestly? The rules of blackjack aren’t that complicated: add up your two starting cards and decide to hit for another card or stand on the total you have; as long as you don’t go over 21 and beat the dealer you’re doing okay.

It is the finer points of blackjack that need practice. Such as your blackjack strategy.

Yes, basic strategy is easy to use—you make the play that the chart tells you to. But sometimes those plays are hard to make either because they require more money, like when you have to split a pair or double down; or you have to stand on a stiff hand and you just don’t feel like that is productive.

The thing is that you need to play over and over again with basic strategy. This allows you to become more comfortable with it and to memorize it. Having it memorized can improve your game quality because you aren’t having to constantly look up what play you should make.

On a slightly side note, studying the game of blackjack such as reading about it (like you’re doing right now) will help you to understand why basic strategy is recommending the plays it is. Like how the dealer has the highest chance of busting when he’s showing a 5, and that’s why you stand when he has a 5 and you have a stiff hand.

As for actually practicing, you can go to a local casino and spend money to practice. Or you can go pull up an online casino and play in their fun modes for free. Playing in the fun modes does not require any money on your part. You only pay money at an online casino when you choose to deposit money to your player account. Otherwise you can choose to play for fun when you log in.

The benefit here is that you are getting to practice your blackjack skills without putting any money at risk. This way you’re working on your game and saving your bankroll for real playing.