Posts Tagged ‘iPhone app’

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.

iPhone App for Blackjack Strategy

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Need to learn blackjack basic strategy? There’s an app for that. Yes, folks, if you have an iPhone or an iPad, you are a few clicks away from having an interactive blackjack strategy tool at your fingertips. While many of us learned basic strategy the hard way, by studying printed cards, technology is making it easier to learn. It’s also making things more interactive.

There are websites that offer interactive strategy games that grade you as you make decisions, letting you know whether you are following proper basic strategy. There is now a new iPhone application that does basically the same thing.

Some computer genius named Jason Zhang made an iPhone app that teaches you blackjack basic strategy and it can be found at the Apple app store. The application trains you on both Las Vegas Strip rules and Atlantic City rules for blackjack.

The iPhone blackjack app includes full basic strategy charts, listings of the rules, and an interactive feature. With the interactive feature, you can play free blackjack games to test your understanding of basic strategy.

One cool thing about the interactive part of the iPhone app is how it uses the touch screen. Instead of pushing buttons, everything is controlled as if you were actually at a blackjack table. You slide your finger across the table to indicate that you want to stand, tap the table to hit, and push more chips into the betting circle to double down.

This is a really cool app and if I had an iPhone I could consider getting it, even though I have basic strategy memorized. Once you get basic strategy down, you should visit one of the many iPhone casinos to play some online blackjack on your phone.

The blackjack strategy app is called Blackjack aka 21 Trainer and it is available at Apple’s Apps Store and sells for $0.99.

Spin3, Microgaming Launch Blackjack iPhone App

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Need to play some online blackjack while you’re on the go? There’s an app for that…Now.

Spin3 and Microgaming, which partnered up last year to much fanfare among the nerdy people who actually have heard of those companies and know what they do, have released a new blackjack game for the Apple App Store.

The game is cleverly titled 21 Blackjack Party, because I know the first thing I think of when I’m at a party is taking out my phone and playing a game. The game is the first foray into the world of Apple applications for either company. For those not in the know, Spin3 is a mobile gaming solutions provider and Microgaming is a designer of online gambling games for casinos. The two companies inked a deal together for exactly this purpose: to take advantage of the wide open market of gambling games for mobile phones.

Apple Applications for the iPhone are big business right now. The iPhone apps market right now has over 100,000 applications and those apps have been downloaded more than 3 billion times. Bringing online blackjack to the iPhone only makes sense, as the iPhone continues to dominate the market of smartphones.

21 Blackjack Party is free to download and has gameplay that is specifically designed to take advantage of the iPhone’s features, with its trademark touch-screen tap and slide movements and more. The game also adds an interactive element not often found with online blackjack. The game has a live scoreboard that is constantly updated. Your scores are automatically sent to that scoreboard as you play and you and others can keep track of how well you do in comparison to everyone else. That should make the game more competitive than usual, with players trying to beat each other’s scores.

Spin3 is not content with getting into the dominant iPhone app market, though. Matti Zinder, the head of Spin3, stated that he has plans to go after the Android market as well. The great game of blackjack is only become more and more accessible. Sometimes technology is good.