Playing Blackjack At An Online Casino — A Better Choice

November 22nd, 2017

Playing Blackjack At An Online Casino — A Better Choice

By: Jim Christian

Whether you call it blackjack or “21”, you’ll call it more fun when you play blackjack at an online casino. Online casinos offer all of the blackjack action of physical casinos but none of the distractions and additional expenses like food, beverages, hotel rooms and gasoline. You get real blackjack casino action and 100% of your bankroll can be dedicated to playing the game.

Blackjack rules can vary widely between online casinos so it’s a good idea to read the online blackjack help page before you begin playing.

Depending upon the rules of when a dealer can hit and when the dealer must stand, the house edge for online blackjack can vary between a low of 0.18% to an amazing high of 0.93%. Since you don’t want to be playing blackjack at an online casino where the house wins 93 out of every 100 hands, you really need to pay attention before you plunk your money down.

Although many people still play the “standard” version of Blackjack or “21”, there are several variations which are becoming popular at more and more online blackjack casinos these days.

One of the more popular online casino blackjack games is called “Blackjack Switch.”

Although it is very similar to standard blackjack there are some subtle differences and features that make the game more interesting. The most notable feature is the fact that a player can actually trade cards between two open hands which, in effect, giving him the ability to create his own winning hand.

The player is required to make to equal bets before the cards are dealt. The dealer then gives each player two cards face up. The players can then switch the second card that was dealt to each hand if it will result in a better hand for them.

Besides this obvious feature, there are some other differences between standard online casino blackjack and Blackjack Switch played online.

* Blackjack Switch is played with 6 decks in the shoe.

* The dealer is permitted to hit on a soft 17.

* A player is permitted to double-down on any two cards.

* Players are permitted to double after a split.

* Players are not permitted to split a split.

* Blackjack pays even money.

* All players lose their entire wager when the dealer has a blackjack.

* If the dealer’s cards total 22 it will be treated as a push against any player who is holding 21 or less. A player blackjack beats a dealer’s 22.

Other variations of online casino blackjack include “Pontoon”, a version of blackjack that’s popular among the British, and Caribbean 21 which has a set of rules that’s so different that many people don’t even think of it as Blackjack.

But no matter which online casino version of blackjack you choose, you’re sure to have a good time without ever having to leave your home. Online casino blackjack is your best bet. Good luck!

Jim Christian is an experienced gambler, and currently is a writer, and consultant for 10 Best Online Casinos. If you plan to reproduce this article, please include the above link.

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Play Poker for Free Online

November 22nd, 2017

Play Poker for Free Online

By: Tom Howze

To play poker for free online is one of the easiest and increasingly popular ways to learn the game, especially Texas No-Limit Hold’Em. Virtually all online poker rooms will let players come in at no cost because they would love to have you as a real money player in the future.

It is less intimidating and far cheaper than going to a land based poker room. And if you live in an area where you cannot drive to a poker room, playing over the Internet becomes even more attractive. Combining the purchase of a couple of good books on Texas Hold’Em with the 24/7 online availability of a place to practice and learn will allow anyone to increase their knowledge and ability on the game of poker.

When selecting somewhere to begin playing at no cost, it pays to look into what benefits are offered to the player by
the poker rooms. Some offer play money tournaments on top of regular table play which can help to learn and practice your tournament strategies. If you have never played before, make sure they have tutorials for the different types of poker, a “How to Play Poker Games” section in addition to a ranking of poker hands.

It’s also a good idea to go over the system requirements so that when you download their software it will work on your computer. Also look into sign up bonuses, real money account funding methods, player point programs and the variety of real money tournaments offered so that you are familiar with them when you are ready to begin playing for cash.

Some poker rooms will offer extra real money sign up incentives to their fun players just to make sure their customers remain playing with them. “Bad Beat Jackpots” are being offered more and more, (A bad beat takes place when a player has a great hand like four 8’s which was beaten by a even better hand like four Aces.

The loser has received a bad beat.), but there are differences so take time to become knowledgeable on these as well. They can range from a flat amount of money for the person receiving the bad beat to others which have a progressive jackpot that can run into the tens of thousands.

For those who join a poker room and come to the point to where they want to play for real money, there are additional opportunities to play without cash. And these can be profitable. They are “Freeroll Tournaments” and “Player Point Programs”.

Freeroll tournaments are free entires into poker tournaments that cost nothing to get into. These pay cash or other awards to the player depending on how well they did during the tournament. You can either enter a freeroll when they are made available or you could receive an invitation from the online poker room itself. Player point programs are points awarded from the poker room to you based on your time at the tables.

Depending on the program, these points can be redeemed for cash, merchandise or entry fees into satellite tournaments. You could potentially enter a satellite tournament with prize seats to the World Poker Tour or World Series of Poker events and win huge amounts of cash. In 2004 Greg Raymer entered a satellite tournament through an online poker room, won a WSOP seat and eventually went on the win the World Series of Poker title and $5,000,000 in cash.

There are still other ways that will allow a person to play for free. When playing for fun at an online poker room,
referring a real money player can result in actual cash for you to play with. And today charitable organizations,
businesses or corporations offer online poker tournaments for promotion purposes.

These are announced randomly, so keep your eyes and ears opened. Finally, consider signing up for free online surveys and focus groups that pay cash for participation. Just search the Internet for online surveys or focus groups to get started. A person won’t get rich or quit their job behind what they bring in, but the money can fund the entry fees for a number of low cost online poker tournaments.

Tom Howze is a webmaster for 9 sites that relate to the World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour events, updates and information to play poker for free online .

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