How to Play Blackjack at Online Casinos For First Time

May 19th, 2010 by admin No comments »

Blackjack games at online casinos make you believe that some of the gambling games are meant to win easy money. Popular, as one of the easiest games to play at a casino, Blackjack requires little understanding of some basic rules and betting ideas. The most important factor to play online casino Blackjack is the selection of the right table.

Blackjack, also popular with the name of Twenty-One’, is an exciting game to make big time profits out of gambling. For the first time casino-goers, Blackjack is an ideal game to play, considering the lower level of complexity it offers as compared to other games. The discussion below should inform you about basic rules of how to play blackjack.

Objective of Blackjack

The former name of the game should make more sense to understand the objective of playing Blackjack. To say it in a simple way, the objective of a Blackjack player is to obtain a hand higher than the dealer’s hand, without passing the value of 21, which is popularly referred to as busting. Once you cross 21 or bust, you lose the game.

Choosing the Right Table

Blackjack table should be selected on the basis of betting limits. One can find Blackjack tables with betting limits from as low as $1 to as high as $5,000. While selecting the betting limit, make sure that you are confident to play and have enough money to accommodate a beat. In order to learn the game, you can find casinos to play free Blackjack online.

Value of Different Cards

The cards from 2-10 have the value equal to their face value. Interestingly, the face cards also have the value of 10. One or eleven can be assigned to the value of an ace. It is important to mention here that suits of the card have no role to play in Blackjack.

How Does It Start?

The session of Blackjack at online casino begins when all the players place their individual bets using the chips. After this, the dealer distributes two cards to each player and keeps two cards with himself. While the cards with each player are hidden, one of the cards of the dealer is revealed to the players.

On the basis of cards possessed and one car displayed by the dealer, each player moves ahead in the game. Here are some of the important moves a player can make:

Stand: No more cards are demanded by the player.

Hit: The player can demand for another card from the dealer.

Split: The player can split the same value cards into two hands and then a second card is dealt onto each hand.

Double Down: This move allows the player to double his or her original bet.

While you have just read the basics of playing Blackjack, your strategies for the game starts building with practice.

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Blackjack Betting Strategy – How Not to Lose Your Shirt

May 18th, 2010 by admin No comments »

I’ve been hitting the casinos in Atlantic City since 1984, the year I got married. I chuckle at some of the gamblers down there who think that a bad streak just HAS to turn around or a lucky streak is going to go on forever. The casinos are littered with fools who think they can win in the long run…fools who usually go home broke and disgusted. My friend, you ain’t looking at one of those fools. In this article, I’m going to teach you a simple betting strategy for blackjack that should keep you from losing your shirt and maybe even have you going home with a nice little profit in your pocket. Or, you can just go on trying for that big score. It’s up to you.

First off, before I even get into betting strategy, do NOT go to the casinos to play blackjack unless you know your basic strategy like the back of your hand. Otherwise, you are looking to get taken…plain and simple. I won’t harp on the issue. Take it for what it’s worth to you.

Okay, here’s my simple betting system and the explanation of why it works as well as it does. Blackjack, when played with perfect basic strategy, only gives a slight advantage to the house. It isn’t quite an even game of chance but it’s close enough to it for our purposes.

Having said that, given two hands of blackjack, on an average, you will win one and lose one, or play the house relatively even. Over the long haul, you will lose because the house does have a slight advantage. That’s how they stay in business. So the key to beating them in the short term (you’ll never beat them long term) is to manage your bets in such a way that you CAN play the house even or even slightly worse than even and still come out ahead. How do you do this?

Let’s say we’re playing at a $10 minimum table. What you do is start out betting double the minimum. You’ll see why shortly. So you’re betting $20. If you win that bet, on your next bet you drop down to the $10 minimum. The reason is simple. According to the law of averages, you can’t expect to win two hands in a row. You might, but you can’t expect it. Therefore, by dropping down to $10 on the next bet, should you lose, take a look at what has just happened.

You won the first hand, lost the second hand, played the house even and YET, you walk away with a $10 profit. It’s basic math. If you do lose that second hand, you go right back to betting $20 and starting the progression all over again.

But what if you actually win the second hand? Then what? In that case, you will make your next bet $15.

Why $15?

The short explanation is that you don’t want to play the house three hands, win two of them and only have $10 to show for it. By betting $15, you will show a $15 profit for 2 wins, or $7.50 per win.

The complete regression betting system, as it is called, goes like this…

$20, $10, $15, $20, $25, $30, $35, etc.

You continue the betting pattern until you lose. Once you lose, you start all over again at $20.

If you lose 3 straight hands (I call it 3 strikes and you’re out) you walk away from the table.

This is the hardest thing for any gambler to do, but it is a MUST or you’re looking to get whacked at the tables. Losing streaks will occur.

Get used to them.

Aside from the above simple system, make sure that when you go to any table, you have at least 20 times the table minimum in your bankroll. So if you’re playing at a $10 table, bring $200 with you.

Do I have losing days? Yes. But in 25 years of gambling, I win more than I lose.

It is because of the way I bet and the discipline I have to walk away from the table when I start to lose.

You can join me, or join the ranks of the broke and disgusted.

It’s YOUR call.

To YOUR Gambling Success,

Steven Wagenheim

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Fun On A Cruise Ship – Onboard Activities For the Whole Family

May 18th, 2010 by admin No comments »

For the landlubbers among us the thought of staying on a ship for 7 days or more may seem a little boring. But folks let me tell you if you get bored on a cruise ship then you must be the sort who is only happy hanging off the edge of a 300′ cliff by your fingernails.

From the moment you step on board for the first time your senses tell you that you are in for a ride. The air is electrified with excitement as you enter the main atrium and are greeted by ship staff (one ship we stayed on announced each family over the ship PA system as you stepped off the gangway into the atrium – wow, talk about making you feel special).

Here are some of the activities you can experience on board as well as on shore and I think you will agree that boredom is not an option while cruising throughout the warm waters of the Caribbean.

Pool Deck

Poolside is always a boisterous place with people swimming, hanging out in the hot tubs, sitting at the bar enjoying a drink, or just sitting around a table with friends talking about what’s next. This is where the band is setup and it is common to see people being lead into some sort of dance by a crew member. Our days usually start and end around the pool deck.

Throughout the day there will be organized events on the stage by the pool. This could be a special dance, a hairy chest contest – usually for the men, a men against the women challenge which usually involves some silly activity that both parties attempt, or some other fun event. Mind you that these activities are always tasteful and can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Sports Deck

Up top there is usually a basketball court where you can shoot a few hoops or play a full game in an event arranged by the crew, play some volleyball or as on one ship get a chance to ride a Segway – a two wheeled upright people mover. On the sports deck you can usually find a few ping pong tables, mini golf, or even an inline skate track. On Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas, as well as other’s in their fleet, they have a 30′ Rock Climbing Wall. The ship provided all the safety gear including helmets and harnesses and trained crew members took care of belaying for each climber.

SPA and Gym

If you feel like working out you will find a well complimented gym containing various pieces of exercise equipment such as treadmills, exercise bikes, elliptical trainers, weight machines and free weights. They offer aerobic classes and for any who decide to start an exercise regime onboard you can have one of the personal fitness trainers guide you through a program designed for your fitness level.

For the ultimate in pampering – hey that’s what cruises do best – you can sign up for special spa treatment such as a facial, pedicure, neck massage, back massage, or even a full body wrap. They even offer the full cosmetic treatment so you can spend the day getting ready for the formal night.

Bars and Lounges

Need a break from the sun and heat then you can head indoors to one of the many bars and lounges that your ship will offer. Do you fancy sports then head to the sports bar and watch the latest game. On our last cruise we watched the Super Bowl game on a big screen set up on the pool deck.

Maybe you are in the mood for a stogey so why not head to the cigar club, or if music is your thing head off to the piano bar for some soothing sounds and if you feel like joining in, why not, the pianist always loves a little company as you get a chance to sing one of your favorite melodies.

Once night hits you can pull out your dancing shoes and head off to the disco and for a little boogeying.


With the exception of the Disney Magic every other ship we have been on had a casino. Now I am not much of a gambler but even I tried my hand at roulette – and won! Before stepping onto a cruise ship the only gambling I did was buying the friday night lottery ticket so needless to say I was a little intimidated to take part in anything other than the slots. Now I wanted to try one of the tables, blackjack, roulette, poker, whatever but didn’t know the rules so I hung around the tables and just watched people playing trying to pick up the rules. Well the dealers are more than willing to help with the rules so you can ask them questions and they will explain the rules as you go. They even offer training sessions throughout the cruise so that you can have a chance to try your hand at a game without having to pony up any cash. Just think about it for a moment why wouldn’t they want to help you afterall the odds are in their favor that they will end up with your cash anyway. Now me and my buddies are regular fun gamblers and will head to the casino for a night or two to have a bit of fun and try to win a few bucks at the same time. I have a limit so I put aside $100 to gamble with and once it’s gone I’m gone. But you know the three times I played roulette I came out a winner each time – it feels good to go home with the casino’s money.

Kids Club

The Kids Club is a fun filled place for the younger cruisers to hang out with friends of their own age. Qualified cruise staff are always in the club to supervise the children and lead them in various activities such as games, crafts, tours, and sports. There is a separate club for each age group so you don’t have to worry about your 6 year old hanging with the teens. At some point during the cruise they usually have one night classified as a late night where the kids get a chance to stay up late with their pals. This also works great for the parents as they get a chance to dine at one of the private dining rooms sans children.

You can give permission for the older kids to sign themselves in and out of the club but younger children must be signed in and out by a pre-approved parent or guardian.

So there is no need to worry about the younger set being bored lounging by the pool all day with mom and dad. Instead you may be wondering why they seem to be having more fun than you.


Did you forget to bring a book, no problem, head off to the ships library and take out novel to read or just take a break and sit in the quiet of the library and flip a few pages.

Internet Cafe

Just because you are cruising doesn’t mean that you have to be disconnected from the rest of the world, although for many, me included, that is the idea. You can head to the Internet Cafe and send an email to all your envious friends back home or just surf the net for a while and catch up on the latest happenings.


You will find a chapel on board that can accommodate a small group – did I hear someone say they wanted to get married! On our last cruise one of the members of our group got married on board just before the ship sailed on our first day. Now that’s a romantic wedding!


Food will probably be one of your most memorable experiences onboard. There is lots of it and the variety will suit even the pickiest of eaters. Most will agree that the quality and quantity of food alone pays for the cruise as you could not afford to eat on land like you do on a cruise ship and spend less money than the cost of the cruise. It’s great to be able to order off a menu that doesn’t have any prices.

While the food in the main dining rooms and buffets is nothing short of fantastic for those who might like to experience more romantic dining in a quieter atmosphere there is usually separate dining rooms that you can reserve for a small fee (usually around $20 per person). I have never found the food any better but the atmosphere is certainly more romantic.


There is no shortage of entertainment to be enjoyed onboard. You have the pool deck band, the piano bar, karaoke, but the best of all is the evening entertainment in the main theatre. After a great meal in the dining room you can head to the main theatre where every night you get to experience a broadway like show with singers dancers and a live band. What a way to end your day!


Did you forget something at home hey don’t worry because you can head to the shopping deck and browse around for a new shirt or dress, or buy a new sun hat. If you are in the mood to splurge you can head to the jewelry store and pick out a new diamond ring or the latest Tag Heuer watch. Most ships even offer price guarantees that protect you if you find the same item in one of the port of calls at a cheaper price.

Shore Excursions

Probably one the best parts of cruising is having the opportunity to explore some of the many islands scattered throughout the Caribbean. So not only do you get to experience great dining and entertainment on board but you also get a chance to get off the ship and head off to some exotic island for a day trip. Imagine yourself lounging on a beautiful sandy beach in St. Martin or zip lining through the jungles of Belize, my favorite. Maybe you just want to hop a cab and do some site seeing around the island.

Whatever your fancy you are bound to find it somewhere along your Caribbean cruise.

Caribbean Vacations for the whole family.
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Casino Games – How Professional Blackjack Started

May 17th, 2010 by admin No comments »

There are a lot of myths about gamblers who as if were playing professionally before publication of the basic strategy for one-pack game by Americans Cantey, McDermott, Maisel and Baldwin in1958. But all that was before them still remains a legend. The four statisticians performed their calculations just with the help of hand calculator. However it was their publication in the American Journal of the American Statistical Association causing much excitement among both gamblers and statisticians, and blackjack was considered a game a common player might probably win. Encouraged by popularity of the article in the magazine, copied and learnt by heart by many players, the originators published a book “Winning Blackjack“. Nowadays this book is a scarce edition and it enriches the home library of many professional gamblers.

In 1962 Edward Thorp this time using computer technologies calculate and published in his book Beat The Dealer not only the basic strategy of playing but also card counting. Thorp states that blackjack differs from roulette, craps and other games of luck, the result of every hand in blackjack depends on the previous dealing – it really matters which cards drew back form the game and which remained in the pack. Most of the stuff calculated by Thorp is still precise, but all the serious modern gamblers should read this book only for historical interest.

Thorp’s system called “10 count system” was meant for one pack game which enjoyed great success in all casinos of Nevada. It was extremely difficult for learning, so most of the gamblers gave it up. However, Nevada’s casinos restricted some rules, for example, doubling down only on 11 points. The media told the whole world about it, and Thorp with his book became known all over the world and the casinos that showed themselves to disadvantage had to return former rules. Realizing that under such circumstances crowds card counters would be trying to beat the house, operators of gambling houses introduced two procedures – shuffling after withdrawal of the trim card and multi-packed games.

Thorp’s systems was very difficult to use in practice. But for the computer conference in Las Vegas in 1963, the game would remain on the same level. On a whim, the conference organizers decided to include a Panel Session on “Using Computers in Games of Chance and Skill.” It was just a whim of the organizers to include a section “Using computers in games of chance and skill”. Thorp was designated as Chairman of the Panel and experts on the various casino games, including blackjack, roulette and baccarat. The room filled up and overflowed with computer gamblers. Hundreds of conference attendees were pushing and shoving to get into the room.

The crowd, of course, had been drawn by Thorp. They were expecting revelations on the game and anticipated using his imparted wisdom immediately following the session to make a killing at the blackjack tables.

After one or two more presentations that mainly corrected and modified Thorp’s system, Harvey Dubner was introduced. He described the approach. Dubner kept a count of remaining high cards (10,J,Q,K,A) and low cards (2,3,4,5,6) as the cards were played and divided its difference by total cards left to play. He called the result the High-Low Ratio. His presentation was enthusiastically received by the standing room only crowd and he was given a round of applause at its conclusion. Here at last, many were saying, is a system that is practical, that can actually be used in the real world of casino play. Thorp incorporated “high-low” system into the second edition of Beat the Dealer published in 1966 and since then over 100 professional books on blackjack, team games, hidden computers, shuffle tracking and sleepless nights for casino securities all over the world.

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Full Size Blackjack Table Review

May 17th, 2010 by admin No comments »

The Full Size Blackjack Table could be the best thing to use for your poker nights. This is because of the many features of the Full Size Blackjack Table such as the player positions, room for chips, cups, armrests, and much more.

Poker night is a lot of fun. You might invite everyone over for poker night and have it once a week or on a regular basis. Did you ever consider that your table was not the most comfortable place to play poker. Most tables are not comfortable and you all have to get up and take a rest, walk around, get something to drink and more. If you don’t have the most comfortable place to play for your poker nights you might consider a Full Size Blackjack Table.

The great thing about this is that it has built in positions for up to 7 players and even a dealer. You might find you can barely fit six of you around the table at home comfortably and you know some people can see others cards because they are too close together. Now you won’t’ have to worry about that. This table has plenty of space and there is not too much reaching to get to the dealer.

Another excellent feature about a Full Size Blackjack Table is that it has built in positions for the chips. Everyone will have a place for their own chips. They won’t be sitting too close to the other person or hard to tell whose chips are whose. This will also eliminate any problems associated with people thinking that someone took their chips. The dealer can now maintain the night of poker play and facilitate with all chips remaining in place.

Another cool thing about this is that it has built in drink holders for your cups, beer, or any other beverage. At home people cannot have drinks because the table is too small and it always seems that someone spills on the table to ruin the game in play. This forces the game to have to break and be interrupted so people can have a drink. Now they can drink at the table without worrying about ruining the game.

A Full Size Blackjack Table is the perfect solution for your poker night. These tables are foldable so you can put them in the garage until you are ready to play again. They won’t be in the way and the folding legs make them easy to put away for storage. The frame is wood and reinforced which makes it sturdy too.

There are many reasons you might consider a Full Size Blackjack Table. These reasons include being able to play with up to 7 players, not counting the dealer. Now you can invite everyone over without leaving someone out. There are built in cup holders, chip holders, armrests so the players are comfortable, and the table even folds up. Now you can make your poker night much more enjoyable when you have an excellent table to sit at.

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