Posts Tagged ‘Apple App Store’

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.

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.