Posts Tagged ‘free blackjack’

Blackjack Practice

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Practice makes perfect. We all know that saying. It is used to describe the necessity of practice for anything from hobbies to sports to your career. Pretty much anything you do you can do better if you put in some practice. That is true for blackjack as well.

Everyone knows that blackjack is a game where you can win some money. It has a low house edge and by employing blackjack basic strategy, you stand a pretty good chance of coming out ahead. If you don’t believe that, Google the name “Don Johnson” (not the actor). He won $15 million in a single month playing blackjack at the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City. While his results aren’t typical, it is clear that he is a skilled player. How did he get that skilled? Practice.

Unfortunately, a lot of blackjack players learn basic strategy and then think their training is done. They know the strategy so they’re ready to wager real money and win the big bucks. We recommend that you practice regularly by playing free games, where you can focus on the strategy without caring about the results. It also allows you to practice other things, such as trying out side bets to see if they’re worth your money (hint: they are usually not).

If you play blackjack regularly, practice might not be necessary, but your average player doesn’t play every day or even every week. If you play infrequently, you need to keep your skills sharp. It doesn’t take long for basic strategy to get a little fuzzy or for you to remember something wrong. By practicing with free blackjack in between real money sessions, you can keep your skills sharp and you should do better when you do play for real money.

Free Blackjack Tournaments

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

I love playing in blackjack tournaments. To me, the only thing better than a blackjack tournament is a free blackjack tournament. Unfortunately, a lot of online casinos don’t have tournaments for blackjack, only slots. If you check the best online casinos as rated by us, though, you will find some with tournament play.

The main appeal of blackjack tournaments is that you don’t have to wager your own money. You wager points that are given to you when you join the tournament. If it’s a freeroll tournament, you don’t even need to pay an entry fee. That means you can compete for prize money without paying anything.

Another great thing about blackjack tournaments is the competitive atmosphere. Normally, no matter how many players are at your table, it doesn’t matter because you are only competing against the dealer. If the person next to you beats the dealer also, it doesn’t affect you. With tournaments, though, it all affects you. Other players winning means you need to win more to keep up. That is because the tournaments have a leader board format, where the players who win the most points take home prizes.

In some blackjack tournaments, there is no dealer at all. In head-to-head tournaments, it is you against another player. That takes the competitive play of blackjack to a new level. On each hand, one of you will win and one will lose, unless you both bust or tie.

Though blackjack tournaments are often overlooked by online casinos due to perceived unprofitability, they are an important part of online casino gaming. It takes blackjack to a new level of excitement and allows you to play at little risk. If it’s a free blackjack tournament, there is no risk at all, which makes it even better. Always be on the lookout for those tournaments.

Play free blackjack on Bing

Friday, February 4th, 2011

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.

A Word on Free Blackjack

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

There is one thing offered by online casinos that many beginners take for granted and that’s the free blackjack games. Many people don’t give it a second thought, but the free games are one of the biggest advantages of playing online. It would be foolish for a new player to not take advantage of those deals.

If you’re new to blackjack, you probably don’t know a whole lot about the game. Maybe that’s why you’re here on OnlineBlackjack.org (and thanks for that). Even if you read everything I have written on the subject (and if so, thanks a lot), there is no substitute for experience.

Memorizing the blackjack basic strategy chart is a great idea and something I encourage. It’s wise to read up on strategy so you will know not only what to do in a situation, but also why you should do that. For one thing, strategy is easier to remember if you know the reasons behind it. However, remembering what to do is more difficult in the middle of a game. That is why practice and game experience are so important. Blackjack is a skill and like any skill, you get better at it the more you practice.

So it’s easy: The more you play blackjack, the better you will get at it. The problem is, if you are a bad player in the beginning, that could cost you a lot of money in the casino. That is why the free blackjack games are so important. Even if you plan to do all of your gambling in brick and mortar casinos rather than online, playing free online blackjack is a good way to practice the game and get used to playing using the proper strategy without having to worry about losing money. In fact, even though I know blackjack strategy inside and out, I often play the free online games because I want to play even at times when I don’t feel like gambling.

The casinos, of course, don’t offer free blackjack games solely out of the kindness of their hearts (though I would like to think that’s part of it). They are hoping that you will enjoy playing it for free so much that you will then play at their casino for real money. Often this is the case. The fact remains that free blackjack games are an incredibly helpful tool and the best way to iron down your strategy before you put any real money on the line.