Posts Tagged ‘Apple blackjack app’

Casino releases blackjack fantasy iPhone app

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

If you have an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, there is a brand new way to play the game of blackjack, courtesy of Palms Casino. A new blackjack app developed by the Las Vegas casino allows players to play in a fantasy blackjack league. The app is the first of its kind.

The Palms Casino Resort has launched an app called Palms Casino Fantasy Blackjack. The blackjack app plays like a fantasy football league. Players can become a commissioner and create a league, inviting all of their friends to play. Players then play blackjack games on the app and a leader board keeps track of the players with the most points (there is no real money gambling in the game). A champion is crowned at the end of each season, which can be up to 90 days, at the discretion of the commissioner.

Players can use Facebook, email and the app itself to keep track of their league. At any time, a player can choose to be a dealer at a table. The dealer makes the rules for the table, just like in a real casino. Players in the league can then join any available table and play.

Jason Gastwirth, Chief Marketing Officer for Palms Casino, said that instead of creating another single-player blackjack app like everyone else, they wanted to create “something fresh.” “While most blackjack app games are one-dimensional and played alone, we broke that mold with Fantasy Blackjack and … created a socially-interactive and fun experience around a casino game that people already know and love.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself, which is probably why Gastwirth is the Chief Marketing Officer. The blackjack app combines the social and competitive aspect of fantasy sports with the fun game of blackjack. Palms Casino Fantasy Blackjack is available at the Apple App Store.

iPhone App Teaches Blackjack Card Counting

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Not long ago I wrote about a blackjack app for the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and all of those other mobile devices that teaches basic strategy. That is a great blackjack app because you need to know basic strategy to be successful at blackjack. Without following basic strategy, you might as well just throw your money down a drain. If you want to do that, instead of throwing it away, I’ll give you my address and you can send it to me.

For some players, though, basic strategy is only part of what they use when playing blackjack. Many players like to count cards so they know whether or not the deck is rich in tens. When it has a lot of high cards, the deck favors the player and they will increase the bet. There are many different card counting systems, but the most common is the hi-lo system.
While the hi-lo card counting system isn’t very complicated, especially in its simplest forms, some people find it difficult to learn. Visual aids can certainly help. That is why the new blackjack app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch is such a great application.

The Apple app of which I speak is called the Perfect Play Blackjack Card Counter and it is available in the iTunes Apple app store. The blackjack app was developed by a man named Daniel Aisen and according to the product description, it was developed for a student project at Stanford University for their iPhone Application Programming class (yes, that is really a class at Stanford).

In the Perfect Play Blackjack Card Counter app, you play blackjack and are given a counting guide that helps you while you play. The blackjack app “tracks all aspects of a blackjack game including player cards, dealer cards, and other cards used at the table” and then uses that information to calculate the best play in your situation. The blackjack app will let you play for fun on your iPhone, with the computer drawing cards, or you can use it in a real setting and simply input the results of each drawing as you go.

I must stress, though, that this is only for practice. Using this app or any blackjack app to count cards while playing at a casino is illegal. If you are caught doing it, you will be arrested and banned from the casino. And, of course, all of your winnings will be confiscated as ill-gotten gain.

The Perfect Play Blackjack Card Counter app is available at the iTunes app store and sells for $9.99. It will work on any iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It requires the iPhone OS 3.0 or later.