October 18th, 2009
By Samantha Williams
While casino blackjack is a very popular gambling game this game can have a set of different rules depending on where you are attempting to play the game. This is not to be misunderstood thought. The basic rules of casino blackjack and how you play the game remain the same. The difference lies in a few of the house rules. Just as there are differences in the rules of the games played between different live casinos, there is also a difference in the rules when it comes to casinos online. In addition to this there is also a distinction of rules when it comes to online and offline casinos.
Whether you choose to play casino blackjack online or offline, the basic rules of the game are the same. You need to make sure that you are familiar with these rules before you go any further. If you are an experienced player then you will be more than familiar with these rules, if you are not let us refresh your memory. The first rule to winning is the score the highest that you possible can without going under. This would mean that you need a score of above 21. The second rule of winning at blackjack is fairly simple and straightforward. All you have to do is make sure that you score higher than the dealer.
The first difference that you will probably notice as a player of casino blackjack who is playing at multiple venues is in the style of dealing. There are really only two ways of dealing, face up and face down and for an avid card player these terms should be quite self explanatory. Some casinos allow their dealers to deal the cards with the face up, in other words you can see the value of the cards as they are being dealt, while other deal the cards face down. The casinos that allow the dealing to be done face up might give you a slight advantage in terms of knowing exactly what is coming instead of waiting for the suspense.
The deck and the minimum wager
While there is a difference in the dealing style of casino blackjack from place to place, there is also a difference in the ‘shoe’ and the minimum wager that is put out. The ‘shoe’ is basically a collection of decks. The number of decks that is allowed in a shoe is what can differ from place to place. The minimum bet is also an area that can differ. This might also be the deciding factor for some players while choosing their casino, online or offline. Minimum wager is the minimum about that a player is allowed to bet.
The soft 17
Post at 10:55 pm UTC by Samantha
If you have been playing casino blackjack for a while you are aware of the fact that the dealer is supposed to draw new cards till he arrives at 17. Some casinos will allow what is called a soft 17. This basically means that the dealer can use an ace as part of the hand.
October 12th, 2009
By Samantha Williams
If you have been playing baccarat for a while, chances are that you are already very familiar with the rules, the terminology and the various tips and tricks. However you have also probably already realized that all of these hold good as long as you are a beginner. When your beginner luck, if you had any begins to run out, you need to have a plan. In other words, once you become an advanced baccarat player you also need strategy. Some of you might already be familiar with the strategy tips that are listed below, some of you may not. These tips do not ensure that you will win all the time, but following them will definitely increase your chances.
The ‘tie’ – never bet on it
The game of baccarat is designed in such a way that all players get to choose from three bets. This might seem like a rather poor choice to you. Let’s stop here a minute, ‘choice’ is the operative word. You can still choose between these 3. Let us examine these choices carefully in terms of their house edge:
Player Hand: 1.29%
Bank Hand: 1.01%
Tie Hand: 15.75%
The translation of these percentages is quite simple. The hand that is the most profitable over a period of time is the Bank Hand. The Player Hand follows next. Therefore, your ideal choice would be between these 2. Never bet on the last hand – the Tie Hand.
Of commissions and decks
Choosing your baccarat game wisely is also an important part of a winning chance. If you are a regular player at one of your local casinos you are probably aware that each casino always has its own house rules. Therefore, the percentage of commission paid out and the number of decks will vary from house to house. Your ideal choice would lie in a house that offers a lower commission and a lower number of decks. An example of a winning combination would be a casino that pays out a commission of about 4% on a game of 6 decks with you betting on the Bank Hand.
Managing your money
Money management is also as important as knowing the rules of the game. It is not enough for you to have the best strategy in a game of baccarat; you also need to use your money wisely. It is for this reason that players are always advised to:
• Decide on an amount before the game begins
• Divide the decided money over the rounds that they will play and
• Put away a part if not all of the winnings instead of betting them
Finding a casino online
Post at 11:56 am UTC by Samantha
Not everyone can get to a casino to play a game of baccarat and therefore they rely on the internet and online casinos. You can find online casinos with ease. The best way to locate legitimate ones would be through game and gambling portals and through message board and forums. Interacting with members thought message boards can give you the real picture on which gambling sites you should visit and the ones that you should stay away from.