Posts Tagged ‘iPad 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.

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.

New Android Blackjack Application

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Okay, so I don’t know a whole lot about tablet computers and 3G and 4G smartphones, but my understanding of it is that basically the market is dominated by Apple’s iPhone and iPad and the products running the Android operating system.

Earlier I reported on a cool new iPhone and iPad app that allows you to play blackjack and learn basic strategy. Now there is a free blackjack app for the Android system as well. The game is called Real Blackjack and can be found at the Android Market.

The Real Blackjack app is free to download and has a built-in tutorial for players who are unfamiliar with the game of blackjack or don’t know how it would translate to their mobile device. For novice players, it will give hints as you play the game, which is a good way to learn blackjack basic strategy. Another way to learn is to print and memorize blackjack cards.

The Real Blackjack Android app can only be played using fake money, so you cannot win anything by playing. However, it is a fun game to play in your free time or as practice. The Real Blackjack app uses advanced touch-screen technology to make the game as close to the actual experience of playing at a blackjack table as possible.

Once you have played enough free games on the Android blackjack app, you may decide to visit your favorite online casino and wager some real money. Pure Vegas is a good place to start.