Posts Tagged ‘blackjack app’

Blackjack game available for Kindle

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

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.

Playing Blackjack on the iPad

Friday, May 14th, 2010

I’ve written about blackjack apps that are available for the iPad already, but today for the first time I got to actually try one. Someone in the office bought an iPad and was kind enough to let me use it. I have to say that I was happy with the game, though there could certainly be improvements.

I honestly don’t even know the name of the app I was using. I think it was called “Blackjack FHD,” but I’m not sure. The first thing I noticed was the great graphics and animation. The picture looked HD quality and it seemed like I was looking down at a real blackjack table and real cards instead of computer generated imagery.

Along the edge of the table, you find different chip amount that you touch to select. Along that same table edge there are buttons for “deal,” “stand,” “hit,” “double,” and “surrender.” When the cards are dealt, you first see the cards face down at the top of the screen, where the dealer would be. They are then dealt to you one at a time, face up, with accompanying realistic sound effects of cards being slide along the table. The dealer is then given one card face up and a hole card face down.

Playing with perfect blackjack basic strategy, I lost a $35 playing the blackjack iPad app, but it was fake money so I’m not too upset. The gameplay is good in this blackjack app, though I found the ads to be incredibly annoying. While you’re playing, a big box appears on the left side of the screen advertising for something and there’s no way to make it go away.

That complaint aside, it’s a good game and it would be a good way to learn basic strategy, not only by how successful you are, but there is also a “hint” button while you’re playing that will give tell you what basic strategy says to do if you are unsure.

Because you don’t touch your cards in blackjack, there aren’t as many chances to take advantage of the iPad’s innovative touch screen technology (for example, you can’t slide your cards one place or another). However, it would be cool if you placed a bet and doubled by touching your chips and sliding them into the betting circle instead of hitting a “bet” or “double” button.

Of course, other blackjack games may have that feature. This is simply my experience playing one particular iPad blackjack app. Overall, I have to say that it was a good experience and I had fun playing the game and losing fake money. Losing money is always more fun when it’s not real.

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.