How to Play Blackjack

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Blackjack has become one of the most popular games in the casino because it is extremely fun to play while also being one of the easiest games to learn. It takes very little time to learn all of the rules of blackjack. Once you learn the basic rules of the game, you are ready to take your knowledge to the actual blackjack tables in the casino. While your odds of winning are going to increase if you know the best strategy in every situation, but beginners will not be over matched at the blackjack table.

While there were will be multiple players sitting at the blackjack table, you will only be playing against the dealer. The outcome of the other player’s hands will have no effect on the outcome of your hand. Everyone at the table, including the dealer, will be dealt two cards to begin the hand of blackjack. The goal is to make a hand as close to 21 as possible with your cards without going over. If the value of your hand becomes higher than 21, then you will automatically lose the hand. It is up to each player to decide if they want to continue adding cards to their hand based on the current value of their hand and the one card of the dealer that is showing. A player automatically wins if their hands equals 21 or if their hand is closer to 21 than the dealer’s at the end of the hand. All face cards are valued at 10, and an ace can be counted as 1 or 11 towards your hand.

You have the ability to sit down at any blackjack table in the casino and win a lot of money after you know the basic rules of blackjack, but you will also want to know the biggest piece of etiquette and strategy to increase these odds for everyone at the table. If your hands is greater than 11 and the dealer has a card lower than a 7 showing, then it is proper blackjack etiquette to stand. Since the dealer has to draw more cards on every hand that is lower than 17, they have a very good chance of busting and going over 21 when holding this hand. This will give everyone at the table a much higher chance to win, so it is a good idea to play this way every time you sit at a blackjack table.

Is CNBC Sports Betting Star a Fraud? Experts Think So

Sports Betting FraudThe press release for CNBC’s upcoming reality show “Money Talks” refers to Steve Stevens, its star, as a well-known handicapper in the sports betting community. Experts of the community, however, claim otherwise. In fact, one former oddsmaker, Todd Fuhrman, has gone as far as to suggest that no one has ever even heard of the man before in their lives.

What Gives?

A red flag was raised in the sports betting community when the website for Stevens’ business, VIP Sports Las Vegas, was discovered. The issue at hand? Stevens claims on his website that he has a winning percentage of 71.5%, a rate which, as any handicapper knows, is virtually impossible to keep up. In fact, the odds of anyone winning 70% of their bets against the spread are over a trillion to one. To give some context, Bob Voulgaris, widely considered to be one of the most successful handicappers in the world, is the owner of a winning percentage of only 57%.

So, Who Is This Guy?

It is widely agreed upon in the community that Steve Stevens is a scam artist. But, if no one has ever heard of the guy before, who is he really? Some prominent minds in the sports betting community think they have figured it out: an ex-felon whose real name is Darin Notaro.

The domain name for VIP Sports Las Vegas is a relatively new one, only being registered about eight months ago, under the name Darin Notaro, who has supposedly been involved in telemarketing scams for over a decade and spent a year in prison as well. Photographs of this Darin Notaro character have been dug up and compared with Stevens, revealing quite an uncanny resemblance.

What Now?

The issue is unlikely to affect CNBC. It might even, perhaps, give the show an extra push of publicity. The network has mentioned that it does not condone Stevens or his business; it merely wants to give its audience an inside look at the life of a handicapper. For Stevens, it likely means the beginning of the end for his business, but a new world of opportunities may arise in the future, regardless of his credibility, or lack thereof.

Most importantly, for sports bettors, it reaffirms the importance of due diligence and only doing business with credible websites. As with just about anything, if it seems like it is too good to be true, it probably is.

Master Blackjack With Casino UK’s Free eBook!

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Casino UK, a leading online casino, announces the release of “Blackjack: From Start to Strategy.” This comprehensive Blackjack guide is available as a free eBook on the casino website.

Blackjack is the most popular casino game in the world. Developed in early eighteenth-century France, it was originally called “vingt-et-un” or “twenty one.” The name is still in wide use today.

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Camelot £10-Promo Seeks To Retain Customers From Irish Lottery

The Irish may slowly conquer the United Kingdom in terms of a national lottery that is.

Luck of The Irish

Back in January, it was announced that Camelot was going to double the price to £2. A firestorm of controversy and protests erupted at the anticipated hike in price. Half a year later it is full steam ahead for the price increase to take effect on October 5th. An examination of how the course of events have run since the announcement to the current date.

Knee jerk reactions were witnessed by the results of several polls. A significant portion of those polled indicated that at this price level they would have to spend their entertainment dollars elsewhere. Feistier individuals vowed that the Irish lottery was now the game to play. Concern was expressed about the elderly being shut out of the game due to limited income. Mottoes echoing greed and taxes on the poor were being bantered about the various outlets of social media.

Since the creation of a Facebook page which indicated the Camelot should “hang their faces in shame,” the lottery has mounted many promotions to stem the tide of public opinion. Study results were released indicating that at the former price level, the game had reached its maximum growth potential. The company felt that customers desired more prizes that were higher in payout than the £1 price could muster.

The payout structure has been adjusted. The share of the lower payouts, like matching three numbers, has been increased. The five number and bonus number payouts have been cut in half. This alteration of the pay table seems to echo the sentiment that more people want to get more money for their speculation.

Finally to celebrate the relaunch of the lotto, two £10m jackpots coincide the first two Saturdays in October. An individualized raffle number will be provided on each ticket. Each line that is purchased will come with this special number. 50 prizes each in the amount of £20,000 await those lucky winners.

The din seems to have subsided for now but who knows what will happen on October 5th. The forecast is that the promotion will probably increase sales for the initial two weeks. The Irish Lottery will have to wait at least those two weeks to see if an influx of disgruntled consumers will switch to their game.

Blackjack Strategy: An Introduction

Strategy within the field of gambling as a whole is a very lucrative and relevant business; however to most it remains something that is both mythical and unproven.

Whether under the illusion that tactics when applied to card games such as Blackjack are illegal, or simply impossible to anyone of an average level of intelligence, you may be pleased to hear that there are certain bona-fide methods which lurk amongst the mountains of hollow guides and strategies which plague the internet.

Adopting several different approaches and schools of thought, these methods have been put firmly to the test by many players over the course of many, many years- and as a result are not only the most fully dependable of their kind, but are the very foundations upon which all other would-be strategies are composed.

A lot of strategy is extremely basic and requires only a complete understanding of the game in question, whereas others delve deeper into mathematics and odds structures, demanding an attention span even larger than my own. Regardless of how you may choose to approach strategy, it is always best to prepare yourself for an arduous journey. Opening yourself to the opinion of others is also vital, so channel your school-age self and let us begin.