There are a lot of good ways to play the great game of blackjack. You can visit a brick and mortar casino, pick a table and start playing. You can log onto your computer, join an online casino and begin playing. You can play at a mobile casino using your cell phone. You can get out a deck of cards and play against your friends. Social networking sites like Facebook have apps that let you play. There is one way of playing that is entirely new to me, though: Bing.
Most people know of Bing as the search engine that is trying so hard to replace Google. Most of us want it to succeed, because Google is somewhat evil, but the problem with Bing is that, for the most part, it sucks. There is one cool new feature, though. Now you can play free online blackjack directly in the search engine.
To try it out, all you have to do is go to Bing.com and enter the term “blackjack” in the search box. You will find a couple paid ads and a lot of results for casinos and blackjack-related websites. One surprising result, though, is one that just says blackjack and has a picture of the card game. Next to it is a button that says “Play Now.”
Above the button is a brief introduction to the game: Beat the dealer! Make your bet, and you’re dealt two cards. If you think you can get closer to 21 without going over, have the dealer give you another. Do you feel lucky?
If you click the “Play Now” button, you are taken to a screen on Bing’s Online Games section. The search results are still available on the screen, but above that is a flash video that allows you to play free online blackjack. The game software is provided by a company called Arkadium.
The blackjack game is very basic, without a lot of bells or whistles. You see a blackjack table with five seats. You choose your bet and ask to be dealt cards. The cards magically fly out of the shoe and are given to you. The game automatically adds up the total for you and you have separate buttons for hit, stand, split and double. Interestingly, no cards are dealt to the other seats, not that it matters.
This game is certainly not the best blackjack simulation, but if you’re surfing Bing, it’s worth a try. I played it for a while and had some fun.