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Reviewing a classic: online Blackjack

We wax lyrical on why Blackjack is still the best, despite an uncertain future for gambling


The casino world has had a tumultuous year so far. In the past month alone, the Nevada Gaming Control Board reported a 6 percent drop in Nevada casino revenue, the Hollywood Casino in Perryville announced that it has decreased more than 32 percent in profits and casino revenue in Macau, the world’s biggest gambling market, grew a measly 1.5 percent - the slowest rate since the recession.

One facet of the business that seems to still be laughing all the way to the bank is online blackjack. Blackjack is the world’s oldest and most popular casino game, and in recent years the online game has usurped its real life equivalent in terms of fans for its convenience and can’t-get-enough fun factor.

The principles of Blackjack are easy to grasp for anyone who can do basic arithmetic: the aim of the game is for your cards to value at 21, playing in most cases against the dealer or ‘bank’. The closest to 21 wins, while going over 21 means you go bust and are automatically out of that round, winning nothing. The player is dealt two cards and chooses whether or not to ‘hit’ (get another card dealt) and risk either getting closer to 21 or going bust, or to ‘stay’ with the cards they have.

A simple enough concept, and yet the payouts from such an elementary-seeming game are huge. It is not uncommon for a seasoned online Blackjack player to win thousands in a single Blackjack game. These kinds of payouts and stakes means that online Blackjack routinely crackles with excitement, without the sometimes-negative tension often experienced in Blackjack games at casinos in real life.

A good online casino will have a realistic Blackjack ‘table’, usually either in the Monacan-inspired green or the Atlantic City red, and there will be a variety of Blackjack variations on offer. Some include Classic Blackjack, European Blackjack, Double Exposure Blackjack and Hi-Lo Blackjack. Choosing which one to play is a matter of preference, with each one speaking to different temperaments and skill levels. Some will be more complex, such as Hi-Lo, while others will be less risky, such as Double Exposure. All in all the sort of Blackjack is very much a matter of personal taste.

Another lucrative aspect of online Blackjack is the potential to get a blackjack bonus. These differ largely depending on the casino site and the form of Blackjack being played, but they are worth researching and cashing in on as they can double or treble a satisfactory win into a mega one.

The main point of Blackjack is that it has the perfect marriage of chance and strategy for a casino game. Players must be able to weight their options carefully in order to be a good Blackjack player, but at the same time there really is no knowing what the next card could hold. This gives a level of both thrill at the chance and a sense of accomplishment at their skill for the player, all in one game. It is certainly something to be tried at least once in a lifetime.


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