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.

New Blackjack App

And another blackjack app for the iPad is being launched. This one is from Viaden Mobile. Viaden is considered one of the most innovative developers of casino game applications for mobile devices. This time their app release is their Blackjack HD.

So far reviewers have said that is has the best graphic. But as well all know good graphics does not a good blackjack app make.

The Blackjack HD app actually contains three variations of the game. Players with this app can play standard multi-hand blackjack, Blackjack Switch or Blackjack Surrender.

To round out the Vegas feeling of this casino game app, Viaden has given the three variations contained in Blackjack HD casino music. They also try to give these games the feeling of playing with a live dealer through a voice that can announce hand totals and other sayings of blackjack dealers.

Viaden has given players interested in Blackjack HD another cookie. Since this app is not limited to only the iPad, it can be played on an iPhone or an iPod Touch, once a player purchases the app, they can install it on any of their devices that will support it without an extra fee.

Yuri Gurski, the head of Viaden Mobile, said of the app, “It is different from other apps because it is honest, both in the design and game play. Frankly speaking, I am proud of Blackjack HD because it is really one of a kind, a refreshing blackjack experience.”

While it is good for a company to be proud of its products, a part of me cannot help but think that this blackjack app is not going to differ in game play from other blackjack apps. After all, blackjack is blackjack.

Sure, the voiced dealer will add to the Vegas feeling, but that, to me, does not set a blackjack app above the rest. But the ability to install it on any supportable device does sound really nice. With the app only being $3.99 it is a nice alternative to some of the other apps that are not as well put together while still being a low price. And you are getting three games in fact.

Application to Help Teach Blackjack

Any novice blackjack players out there with an iPhone? You will be glad to know that recently an application was launched for the iPhone that helps teach blackjack to you on the go.

The application can also be used on an iPod or one of those new iPads. The only thing required of any of these Apple machines is that they have touch screen capabilities. For interested iPhone, iPod and iPad users the application can be found in the Apple Apps Store for $0.99.

With this new application users can be taught two different types of blackjack: Vegas Strip Blackjack and Atlantic City Blackjack, which is, for the most part, standard blackjack. The only difference in these two variations is that the dealer checks for blackjack before plays make their plays in Vegas Strip Blackjack.

In addition to having both blackjack variations to train with the application will also have blackjack strategy available—basic strategy I’m assuming since most training programs work with that blackjack strategy—as well as tables to help novice players learn the ins and outs of the game.

While working in the application, players utilize the touch screen feature of their iPhone, iPod or iPad to work within the application. Finger movements are said to resemble those used in a real game of blackjack. For example, if you were playing blackjack at a table in a casino and wished to stand, players would wave their palm over the table. In this blackjack training application, players simply slide their finger across the screen in a similar motion. They also push their chips around with their finger.

One of the good aspects of this training application is that, touch screen interface aside, it readies players for playing online. This is because players are taught in a single player versus electronic dealer rather than taught with other players around and a real dealer. This will allow those who train with application to make a smooth transition to playing blackjack online—which they are capable of doing with their Apple devices.

This makes it easy to learn how to play blackjack for those who are constantly on the go.