Posts Tagged ‘Atlantic City blackjack’

$1 blackjack tables helping Atlantic City casinos

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

I have written before about how raising the minimum bet limits for blackjack tables can cause a drop in revenue for the casinos rather than an increase. Casino games, like any other product, good or service, is governed by the rules of supply and demand. Or at least they should be. The casinos charge a price to play the game that the players consider the games to be worth. If the casino charges too little money, they risk not making enough to justify carrying the game (or so they say). If they charge too much, players may opt to not play.

The casino industry is hurting thanks to the recession and they are looking for ways to increase revenue. Some casinos, such as those in Colorado, have made $10 tables the cheapest, but they risk losing some blackjack novices who don’t want to wager that price.  Some Atlantic City casinos are now taking the opposite route in an attempt to lure more players. The casino will make less money on each hand, but hopefully have more players.

The Trump Marina Hotel Casino, owned by that guy who fires people on TV, has introduced $1 blackjack tables in an attempt to boost business. As a result, they are seeing the best business they have had in years. Back in the 1990’s, $2 tables were common in Atlantic City, but those were gradually phased out in favor of $5 and even $10 tables as the cheapest.

With the resurgence in popularity for blackjack tables at the Trump Marina, here’s hoping that the $1 blackjack table trend will catch on. It’s the perfect way for gamblers with smaller incomes or novice gamblers to have fun at the casino without worrying too much about their cash.

Of course, at online casinos there are even more opportunities for low-minimum blackjack tables. It is common to find $1 and $2 blackjack tables online if you look hard enough. In addition, some online casinos hold blackjack tournaments, where you can buy in for a low price or maybe for no entry fee at all, if it’s a free blackjack tournament.

Blackjack Games at Intercasino

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Online casinos tend to favor players of poker and online slots. It makes sense, since those are the two most popular games. Also, slots have a significantly higher house edge than blackjack, so the casinos make more money off of it. For online blackjack players, though, it can be hard to find a casino with a decent selection. Most casinos seem to have one or two blackjack games and that’s not enough variety for me.

Intercasino is different. They’re one of my favorite casinos for a reason. Intercasino has seven different online blackjack games. There are the standard games of Atlantic City Blackjack, Vegas Blackjack and European Blackjack as well as a game that you play using only one deck, ingeniously called Single Deck Blackjack.

If you like variations on the traditional blackjack game, there are plenty of options. Pontoon is one of the most common blackjack variants, and it is available at Intercasino. They also offer Progressive Blackjack for the big spenders going after a progressive jackpot. Super Fun 21 is available for when you’re in the mood for a blackjack game with wacky rules. They also offer Perfect Pairs blackjack, another common and fun variant.

For a blackjack game with a little more technology and better visuals, Intercasino offers Video Blackjack. Now they just need a live-dealer game and blackjack players will have pretty much every type of blackjack game they could ask for.

To sample the blackjack selection, visit Intercasino.

Blackjack Variations: Double Attack Blackjack

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Similar to Spanish 21, double attack blackjack is a blackjack variation that is popular in casinos found in Atlantic City, New Jersey, though it can also be found online. In this variation, blackjacks only pay even money, rather than 3:2, but there are some rules that are beneficial to the player as well.

The major difference in the game is that in double attack blackjack, players are able to double their wager after seeing the dealer’s up card. With traditional blackjack, if you double you only get one more card, but with double attack blackjack, the first card dealt is the dealer’s up card. Based on that, you decide whether or not you want to double your bet. If you do, you can take as many cards as you want, but you cannot double again. After the players decide whether or not to double, the players are dealt two cards each and the dealer takes a hole card.

There is also a side bet in this game on whether or not the dealer will bust on the third card. This side bet is called BustIt and is made before you see the dealer’s up card, though, so it is a completely blind bet. If you bet that the dealer will bust on the third card and he does, your payout is different depending on what that third card was. If the third card was a 10, it pays 3:1. If the third card is a nine, it pays 6:1. If the third card was an eight, it pays 8:1. If the third card is a seven, it pays 10:1, and finally, the best deal of all happens if the third card is a six, because that pays out a whopping 15 to 1!

Because the game is played differently, the basic strategy for double attack blackjack is different than from traditional blackjack. The house edge for double attack blackjack is higher than in the traditional game. With most rules, the house edge is 0.62%, compared to 0.5% with traditional blackjack.