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Casino Comps

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

One of the great things about playing blackjack at online casinos is the bonuses you can receive. Online casinos offer a wide variety of cash-back bonuses, deposit match bonuses and more as a way of rewarding your loyalty. Brick and mortar casinos, like in Las Vegas, aren’t able to do that, but they do offer comps.

“Comps” are the complimentary gifts given by the casino to its guests. Not everyone gets them and not every casino offers them. To receive comps, you have to be a member of the casino’s loyalty club. Members of that club are given a card or some other form of identification. The casino then keeps track of your betting and rewards you with things like free food, a free hotel stay, free drinks, a reduced hotel rate and more.

With online casino bonuses, the rewards are the same for everyone. If it is offering a 50% match bonus on deposits, everyone will get the same thing. That is not the case with comps at brick and mortar casinos. Those are tailored to each individual player.

The casinos have a formula that they use to calculate comps. In short, they make sure the value of your comps doesn’t exceed the amount you are expected to lose in the casino. If it does, then they lost money by serving you. The casinos use a formula where they calculate your wager amounts, the length of time that you play, and the casino advantage for the games you play. Based on that, combined with other factors, they decided how much money they expect you to lose during your stay at the casino. The casino then makes sure the comps don’t exceed that value. That way, the comps are a good incentive for you to continue playing there but don’t actually cost the casino money.

Daily Bonuses at Intercasino

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Intercasino is one of my favorite places to play online blackjack. They have a good variety of blackjack games and some good blackjack tournaments. Just as importantly, they also have a good number of bonuses, each for a different day. By checking out their weekly calendar, you will find something new throughout the week.

The bonuses start off with Rock Your Monday, which is a promotion that only applies to slots players. On Wednesday, the casino offers Wednesday Extra Play. On this day, if you play the featured game, you can receive $50 in free credits for depositing $50 of your own money. The featured game changes all the time. It is often an online slot but is sometimes a blackjack game as well.

Friday Intercasino has a cool bonus. It is called the Friday Shock Bonus. What makes this bonus shocking is that you never know when or if you’re going to get it. At a random time at the casino, they will give out a surprise bonus to random players. Each bonus is tailored to the player who won it. To be eligible for that bonus, all you have to do is be playing a game at the time.

Saturday is another day in which slots fans get a special bonus. It is Saturday Hero Fever and players get bonuses for playing superhero-themed slots. Sunday is another good one for blackjack players, though. That is the day of the Sunday Happy Hours. From 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM, anyone who deposits $50 or more will receive a 30% match bonus. The bonus is unlimited, so you can redeem it as many times as you want. To take advantage of any of these promotions, visit Intercasino.

New Member Bonuses at Intercasino

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Too often, online casinos seem to focus on slots players. It makes sense, because the games are so popular and they have a high house edge. However, there are a lot of blackjack players out there and we would like a good selection of games, tournaments and promotions. Intercasino is one of the online casinos offering good deals for blackjack fans and because of that, it has become a favorite destination for blackjack fans everywhere.

If you’re not a member of Intercasino, that’s okay, because right now is a great time to join. Players who join Intercasino between now and May 30 are entered for a no-deposit prize draw in which one lucky player will win $200.

Aside from that no-deposit prize drawing, there is also the standard welcome bonus. In that promotion, new members have their first deposit matched 100% up to $225. For an extra $225, you can have some fun at the blackjack tables.

In addition to these promotions, Intercasino also regularly holds weekly and weekend tournaments on blackjack and other games. Intercasino has a wide variety of online blackjack games, including Atlantic City blackjack, double deck blackjack, European blackjack, pontoon, progressive blackjack, video blackjack and more.

To take advantage of the bonuses and enjoy some great blackjack action, visit Intercasino today.

Blackjack Variations: Matchplay 21

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Variety is the spice of life. That’s what my wife always tried to tell me back in the 70’s when she was going through her “swinger phase.” We made a lot of lasting friendships during that time, though, so I can’t complain. However, I can’t help but notice that none of our kids look like me…

Anyway, for those who love variety in their casino games, blackjack has what you need. I write about blackjack for a living and still rarely a week goes by in which I don’t learn about a blackjack variation that I didn’t know existed. Today I’m writing about matchplay 21.

Matchplay 21 is a popular blackjack variation that can be found in both land-based and online casinos. The rules and strategy for the game as basically the same as in traditional blackjack, except that there are bonuses for a number of different hands. Also, it is always played with two decks but with all of the tens removed. There are still the face cards (Jack, Queen, King) that are worth ten points, though.

By removing the tens, your chances of drawing a natural blackjack, which pays 3:1, are reduced. However, your odds of getting some of the bonuses are increased. In matchplay 21, the players compete against the dealer as normal, with the players getting two cards face up and the dealer getting one hole card and one up card. In this blackjack variation, the dealer must stand on a soft 17.

While a two-card blackjack pays 3:1, a hand of 21 with five cards pays 3:2. A hand of 21 composed of six cards pays 2:1. If you have a hand of 21 using seven cards or more, that pays 3:1.

Most of the bonuses in this game are all about the sevens, though. A hand that has a six, seven and eight pays out 3:2, as does any combination of three sevens. Three sevens in the same suit pays out 2:1. A combination of six, seven and eight in all spades has a payout of 3:1, as does three sevens in all spades. The big bonus, however, is the “matchplay 21,” after which the game is named. For this bonus, the player has to have three sevens while the dealer has a single seven. If that happens, the payout is 40:1. Not too bad. Obviously, that doesn’t happen a whole lot, though.

While I still prefer the traditional game of blackjack and will always remain true to it, sometimes you just need a break from doing the same thing and want more variety in your life. Occasionally playing other games isn’t wrong; it’s just keeping your options open and doing what it takes to keep you happy. At least, that’s how my wife would have seen it. We’re fine now, though. The 70’s, however, that was a rough time.

New Year Bonuses at Rushmore Casino

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Rushmore Casino is a website that had me with hello.* I’m a big Wes Anderson fan and Rushmore is one of my favorite films, so as soon as I heard that there was a Rushmore Casino, I checked it out immediately. What I found is an excellent online casino with a wide variety of games. For blackjack, there are several variations available, such as Perfect Pairs, Super 21, Match Play 21, Face Up 21 and Pontoon. Not only that, but the bonuses are pretty good, too.

Rushmore Casino is doing their best to help gamblers who are suffering from the post-Christmas pre-New Years blues. Starting yesterday, December 28 through New Year’s Eve, the casino is offering match bonuses that can add up to an extra $20,000 in your account.

To wrap up 2009, the online casino is offering the New Year Countdown bonuses, which are separated into two groups: $10,000 for slots and $10,000 for blackjack. Players have the opportunity to earn up to 20 coupons (five per day) during the promotion. Each coupon is a 50% match bonus on deposits, with a maximum amount of $500 each. Players must wager the bonuses 20 times in slots or 50 times in blackjack before making a withdrawal.

In addition to the New Year Countdown bonuses, Rushmore is also offering the Happy 2010 Weekend bonus, which runs from Friday, January 1 through Sunday, January 3. This bonus is a 100% match of deposits, with a maximum amount of $1000. Players can earn this bonus up to 10 times.

To celebrate the coming New Year with some exciting bonuses, visit Rushmore Casino today.

*I apologize for the Jerry Maguire reference.