There is a new game on the market for the Kindle e-reader and it can help you learn blackjack. If you’re like me, upon reading that sentence you thought the following: there are games for the Kindle?
Yes, apparently there are. I always thought of the Kindle simply as an e-reader, a device that lets you read electronic books. It seems that they also have games now, probably as a way of competing with Apple’s popular but practically useless iPad.
So there are games for the Kindle, and one of them is a blackjack game that allows you to not only play the game, but also learn while you play. The name of the game is very clever: Blackjack.
Yeah, that’s it. The game is offered for free on Amazon.com and it is offered by Amazon Digital Services. The Blackjack Kindle game allows you to play hands of blackjack against a computer dealer. The game is only for play; there is no real-money wagering here. The game has all of the standard rules, though, so you should split, double, hit and stand in the appropriate times.
One of the best features of the game is the hint feature. At any time, a player can ask the game for a hint and it will tell you, using blackjack basic strategy, what move you should make in that situation. The game also encourages you to learn basic strategy. There is a running counter that keeps track of how many consecutive times you make the correct decision without asking for a hint. By correct decision, they mean the decision suggested by basic strategy, rather than whether or not the decision works out for you.
For anyone who owns a Kindle, this is another good way to learn basic strategy. By using the hint feature, you can learn as you go and find out how following the correct strategy impacts your pretend bankroll. Plus, the game is free, and I will try most games that are free.