I spent this past weekend at a casino in Washington. I had a good time, but couldn’t get over just how many of my friends didn’t know how to properly play Blackjack. When Blackjack is played correctly, there should be no decision making on your behalf.
When Blackjack is played perfectly, the player has a 49.5% chance of winning any given hand. If a player only understands the basic rules of the game, that chance goes down to 48%. This may not seem like a big deal until you realize that the second player is losing money four times faster than the first player!
Luckily, there’s a fun, easy way to master Blackjack. All you need is an iPhone. The app is called Blackjack Free – a fitting name, if nothing else. Start the game and begin playing.
Roughly 90% of Blackjack hands are simple to decipher. If you have 17 against dealers 6 it’s time to stay. But what if you have two fives against the dealer’s 2? Should you hit, split, or double? That’s where this app becomes your best friend: the advice button.
Hit the red button and the game will tell you what to do. The advice button is a cold machine and does not care about luck or intuition. By following the advice button’s wisdom, you too will become a machine that always makes the right call. Many of the game’s suggestions may seem foolish to you; they aren’t. I thought it was insane to hit on soft 18 against a dealer’s nine, but the math checks out.
It will take about ten hours to master the game. Luckily, those hours will fly by as the app itself is really fun. The cards move quickly, and you may even get that same drooping-eyes rush of a real gambling experience. Eventually, you can easy test your newfound knowledge by announcing your decision, and then hitting the advice button to see if you were right.
If you plan to go gamble any time soon, do yourself a favor and figure the game out. By downloading this app, you can learn the gamein a fun, non-stressful way. Once you reach the casino with your new knowledge, you will hold onto your money four times as long as you would have otherwise. You also won’t make the other pros silently cringe in their seats every time you do something dumb.