How to Play Soft 18 in Blackjack?

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How to Play Soft 18 in Blackjack?

By Henry Tamburin PH.D.

One of the hands that blackjack players often misplay is soft 18. This is a hand that totals 18 and contains an ace counted as 11. Examples of soft 18 hands are: Ace, 7 or Ace, 3, 4.

The reason the above hands are classified as “soft” 18 is because the strategy for playing them is different from a hand that totals 18 and that either doesn’t contain an Ace (e.g., 10-8), or, if an Ace is present, it is counted as 1 (e.g., 5-9-A-3). (These are known as “hard” 18 hands.)

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A Brief History Of The Casino

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By Louis Wheeler

Whether picking a winner in the battle between gladiators in the arena, or betting on who'd have the highest number after rolling dice, we've been obsessed with gambling throughout history. Dating back thousands of years, the developments it’sgone through have shaped the casino industry we see today, and the likes of blackjack and roulette that we play in our modern casinos and online.
 

To paint a better picture of how much it has changed and to find out just where some of our favourite games have come from, we've taken a step back into the archives to find out the true history of the casino.

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The Future of Edge Sorting

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The Future of Edge Sorting

By Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.

There have now been three court decisions (and two appeals) in three distinct jurisdictions regarding the question of whether edge sorting at mini-baccarat is advantage play. In every case the decision came down on the side of the casino without a determination of criminal cheating. As Phil Ivey's expert in the Crockford's case, I obviously fall into the "edge sorting is advantage play" camp. However, after these decisions, it's a matter of making sense of the verdicts and working outward from there.

As a reminder, there are two versions of baccarat. In one, the players can touch the cards. In this case the cards are "one use." That is, the cards are thrown out after each shoe and fresh cards are brought in for the next shoe. It is obvious that no edge sorting can take place if the game is dealt in this fashion. This version is often referred to as "midi-baccarat" or "big baccarat" depending on the size of the table.

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13 Do's & Don'ts Slot Tips You Must Know

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13 Do's & Don'ts Slot Tips You Must Know

By John Grochowski

It’s a given among people who run both live casinos and online casinos: People love to play slot machines.

In some nations, including the United States, slots are the most-played casino games. In the rest, popularity is surging to the point slot play is rivaling table play.
 
That naturally leads players to the big question: “How do you win on the slots?” It also brings the related questions, “Are there systems for beating the slots?” and “How have others beaten the machines?”

Odds on slot machines are unchanging. There’s nothing you can do legally that will change the outcome, though scam artists sometimes have succeeded until caught, arrested and imprisoned.

But there are approaches that will help you get the most out of the games.

Let’s take a two-tiered approach to the big questions, with tips for playing the slots, systems for playing with their strengths and flaws, and slot scams.

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Parlour and Childs Go Head to Head With Electric Blackjack

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Parlour and Childs Go Head to Head With Electric Blackjack

By 888casino

Blackjack is a skill-based casino card game where players go head-to-head against the dealer in pursuit of the highest-ranking hand. The magic number is 21, but any hand total that beats the dealer’s hand will suffice. Electric Blackjack adds an entirely new dimension to this game of skill, wit, and strategy: wattage! .

To showcase this new game, We invited legendary Arsenal FC former midfielder Ray Parlour and former TOWIE celebrity, Amy Childs to go head-to-head. The two celebrities arrived at Aspers Casino in Westfield. Much to their surprise, they quickly discovered that the name Electric Blackjack certainly packed a wallop. Electrodes were placed on the seats of both players and one wrong call resulted in the dealer pressing the buzzer and delivering shock therapy par excellence.

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How to Win at Blackjack Without Counting Cards?

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How to Win at Blackjack Without Counting Cards?

By Nicholas Colon

A common question that I get from gamblers is: “Can you win at blackjack without card counting?”. Much to their surprise the answer is yes.

Here are two ways how:

Method 1: Hole Carding: Identifying the what the dealers hole card and adjusting your strategy.
Method 2: Frontloading: Being able to identify what the next card will be and adjusting your strategy accordingly.

These methods yield a substantially higher advantage than traditional card counting methods, but the trade off is they require a lot more advance work. This includes scouting dealers, evaluating shuffles determining wager thresholds of the casino, as to not draw to much attention from pit bosses.

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The Many Benefits of Playing Card Games

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The Many Benefits of Playing Card Games

By Ketty Fisher

We’ve all heard it a thousand times, a thousand ways: technology brings us closer to those far away, but distances us from those closest to us. With so many of us constantly on our devices, it can feel like we’re missing out on opportunities for truly rewarding personal interaction. Fortunately, we’ll always have cards!

Card games are an excellent way to spend time with your loved ones and can even be an educational opportunity for all. This guide will illustrate all the ways you can use a simple card game to improve your relationships with those at any ability, give yourself a mental edge, and create long-lasting memories and traditions. So unplug and embrace the idea of being “old fashioned” — the benefits are well worth it!

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Splitting for Less in Blackjack

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Splitting for Less in Blackjack

By Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.

The house rules for blackjack at most casinos allow players to "double for less." Simply put, a player can double a hand for an amount less than the amount of their initial wager. Doubling takes place when the player has a big advantage on a hand. In exchange for only receiving one more card, the player is allowed to increase his wager. Wagering anything less that the full double is equal to giving back some of the player's expected win amount. In short, it is dumb for a player to double for less, so the house is glad to allow players to do so.

On the other hand, it would be very unusual to find a casino that gives the player an opportunity to "split for less" (SFL). The standard split rule states that if the player is dealt a pair of identical cards (a pair), then the player can split them into two separate hands and receive a new second card on each, while being required to place a full initial bet alongside each split hand.

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The Mental-Boosting Benefits of a Card Game Hobby

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The Mental-Boosting Benefits of a Card Game Hobby

By Ketty Fisher

Many people think that cards are just fun and games, but as it turns out there are quite a few advantages to knowing your way around a deck of cards. Even basic card games can keep a person mentally sharp, improve memory, boost confidence, and improve important business and professional skills.
 
Picking up card games as a hobby is a rewarding experience — and not just because it’s fun!

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Catch Them All: How To Spot Casino Cheaters?

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Catch Them All: How To Spot Casino Cheaters?

By Richard Marcus

The world´s best casino cheaters use a powerfully proven 10-step method trying to fool casinos into believing that they are legitimate high rollers. How can you spot them? Follow below and you'll get it.

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