Jan 14

Wong Halves card counting system for advanced blackjack players.

Professional Blackjack Stanford Wong Halves Card Counting System for Advanced Blackjack PlayersThere are three levels of point-count card counting systems. Level 1 counts are designated for beginner blackjack players looking to increase their RTP (return to player) in land-based casinos. Level 2 counting gets a bit more complicated, but will slightly increase a player’s RTP. Level 3 card counting strategies are much more complex, but again, the increase in RPT is very slight.

One of the greatest professional blackjack players of all time is a man by the name of Stanford Wong. Perhaps you’ve heard of him? He’s the best-selling author of more than a dozen gambling strategy books, including his first and most famous works; Professional Blackjack (1975).

In this book, Wong explains the classic Hi-Lo card counting method (ch.4), followed by his personal, expert method of blackjack card counting (ch.7), which he calls ‘Counting Halves‘. It has since become knows as the…

Wong Halves Card Counting System

The traditional Hi-Low counting and Wong Halves counting methods are very similar. They apply numerical values to each card. The corresponding value is added or subtracted from the running count for each card seen.

As Mr. Wong himself admits, counting halves offers the “same efficiency with respect to insurance”, and “requires the same amount of memorizing from tables”. However, this expert formula is more difficult to master, since some of the values are fractional halves. As such, there are more card-to-count values to memorize, and the running count won’t always be a whole number.

According to Wong, the benefit of upgrading to his Wong Halves count is that, “it will add about 0.1 bets per hour to your expected-win rate.

If that doesn’t sound beneficial enough to be worth your while, you’re either not committed to the ways of professional blackjack (in which any increase in RTP is worth the trouble), or you need more practice with beginner and intermediate card counting systems, like these:

The Wong Halves Count Explained

Stanford Wong’s Halves Count assigns the following positive and negative values to each playing card:

2, 7 = 0.5

3, 4, 6 = 1

5 = 1.5

8 = 0

9 = -0.5

10, J, Q, K. A = -1

The above description is clearly not the best way to go about attempting to memorize the point values of the Wong Halves card counting system. Being a method designed for advanced blackjack players only, the easiest way to learn the Halves Count is to compare it to the standard Hi-Lo system—which you should already have memorized—like this.

Card Hi-Lo Count Wong Halves Count
2 +1 +0.5
3 +1 +1
4 +1 +1
5 +1 +1.5
6 +1 +1
7 0 +0.5
8 0 0
9 0 -0.5
10 -1 -1
J -1 -1
Q -1 -1
K -1 -1
A -1 -1

Also similar to the Hi-Lo strategy is the fact that this is a balanced point system. Thus the running count requires conversion to a true count in multi-deck games with 4 or more decks in the shoe. Please scroll down to the True Count Conversion section here for more information.

Practicing the Wong Halves system may take some time. As usual, begin with a single deck of cards and work through the deck, one card at a time, keeping account along the way. You should end with a value of 0 once all cards are played. Continue practicing by this method until it comes easily, and with consistent success.

To make the most of this system, you’ll want to increase your wagers when the count is high (more high cards remain than low cards) and decrease your bets when the count is low (fewer high cards remain). The higher the count, the more likely you are to be dealt a natural blackjack. And therein lies the increased RTP when effectively utilizing this expert card counting system by Stanford Wong.

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Jan 10

If I bet more on video poker, will it pay a higher RTP like slot machines?

When Bet Size Matters on Video Poker and Slot MachinesI could spend hours comparing and contrasting slot machines and video poker machines. They have a great deal in common. They also have a lot of differences between them. Most of the details would be inconsequential, but not all of them.

The most important piece of information gamblers need to know is how the payouts may, or may not, be impacted by alterations to the bet size. A fluctuating RTP, or return to player, is something you generally want to be wary of, unless you know how to use that knowledge to your advantage.

For example, every experienced slot machine player should know that bet size matters. The higher the denomination of the slots game you play, the higher the RTP tends to be. Likewise, in games with variable pay lines, the more lines you activate (by spending one coin per line), the better your odds of lining up a winning combination of alike symbols.

The question is this: Can the same be said of video poker machines?

Should I Bet More on Video Poker Games?

If I Bet More on Video Poker, Will it Pay a Higher RTP like Slot Machines?The short answer is, ‘Yes‘… and, ‘No‘. Video poker games do not see an increase in RTP based on the required denomination of wagers. The RTP of the game will be decided by the rules of that game, compared to its pay table.

For example, Jacks or Better with a 9-6 Full Pay (9x bet for full House, 6x for Flush) will carry an RTP of 99.54% (house edge 0.46%), whether it’s a $1 machine, $10 machine, or $100 machine. In that way, video poker is very different from slot machines. Where higher-cost slots (usually) have higher RTPs programmed into them, video poker RTPs cannot be altered. Only the rules/pays decide that.

However, these games will accept from 1 to 5 coins, and if there’s a ‘bonus multiplier‘ involved, betting max coins is required to reach that optimal 99.54% RTP—just like betting max coins on a slot machine will activate all pay lines for the highest chance of lining up a win.

If I Bet More on Video Poker, Will it Pay a Higher RTP like Slot Machines?A bonus multiplier is what the casino industry calls it when inserting the maximum number of coins delivers an unproportionately higher payout for the best result. In this case, the best result is a Royal Flush. The payout for a Royal Flush when betting a single coin on a 9/6-FP game would be 250. It then rises, per coin, to 500, 750, 1,000 and 4,000—not the proportionate progression to 1,250 you would expect.

So, in order to play this game with that exceptional 99.54% RTP, you must insert the max 5 coins. But that’s not all. You must also follow a perfect video poker strategy, basing all decisions on the probabilities that produce the most likely-to-win outcome. If you play, basing your decisions on whimsy or gut instinct, your return will be lower than the advertised RTP.

Choosing a different video poker game—one with variable rules and/or a different pay table—will also result in a different RTP. Deuces Wild, for instance, tends to draw players based on the fancy name, implying that wild cards will increase the odds of winning. In reality, the RTP tends to be among the lowest, averaging 96.7% (house edge 3.3%) with max coins and perfect play.

So, in some ways, yes, the RTP can fluctuate. And yes, it’s reasonable to argue that bet size matters on video poker. But as I said before, understanding how it can change, and using that knowledge to your advantage, is the most important thing.

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Jan 08

Bryce Carlson’s Omega II Card Counting System for Advanced Players

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been focusing heavily on the expansion of this website’s blackjack content. I’m particularly interested in the efficiency and difficulty ratings of variable blackjack card counting systems.

Bryce Carlson's Omega II Card Counting System for Advanced PlayersThus far, I’ve covered a number of point count systems that are ranked beginner to intermediate, such as Arnold Snyder’s indubitably simple Red Sevens Count, and the somewhat more complicated, professional-approved Hi-Lo Strategy with True Count conversion.

Today, we’ll tackle a more advanced count system than any we’ve described yet. I’m referring to the Omega II Blackjack System, as developed by professional player Bryce Carlson, and detailed in his best-selling strategy guide, Blackjack for Blood.

Carlson developed this system after meeting and strategizing alongside some of the most famous blackjack pros in the world; players like Lawrence Revere, Stanford Wong, Ken Uston, Don Schlesinger, Peter Griffin, and Arnold Snyder. Carlson didn’t just play for money, but for the sheer accomplishment of doing something most people believed impossible—beating the casinos at their own game.

Advanced Omega II Card Counting System

Like all other point-count blackjack systems, the Omega II is based on giving certain groups of cards a specific, numerical value. Unlike more simplistic counting methods, where the values range from -1 to +1, the more advanced Omega II system assigns values of -2 to +2, and the numerical groups are not sequential.

It is strongly recommended that you begin with one of the easiest card counting systems, like the Knock Out Count, before attempting something with this degree of difficulty. It’s not that it’s hard to add or subtract by 1 or 2, or to remember that 8s and Aces are the only 0-value cards in the deck. It’s remembering all of this and more, while keeping an accurate count of every card played, in a public setting, at the dealer’s pace, without being conspicuous about the fact that you’re doing it. That, my friends, takes a great deal of practice.

Omega II Blackjack System – Card Values

Employing this advanced card counting system requires the following values to be assigned to the corresponding cards. Note again the numerical groups are not sequential.

4, 5 and 6 = +2

2, 3 and 7 = +1

8 and A = 0

9 = -1

10, J, Q and K = -2

It may be easier to examine and memorize the values in this way:

2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
1 1 2 2 2 1 0 -1 -2 -2 -2 -2 0

To practice, take a single deck of cards and count your way through. The Omega II Card Counting System is balanced, therefore you should end with a final total of 0. Continue practicing until you can complete the count with consistent ease and accuracy.

The object of using this blackjack counting method is to increase your bet size when the count is high, and decrease wagers when the count is low. The higher the count, the more high cards there will be remaining in the deck; thus the higher your odds of being dealt a natural blackjack.

For multi-deck games that use 4 or more decks in the shoe, you’ll get the best results by converting the running count to a true count. Please refer to our section on true count conversion at the bottom of this page for more information.

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Jan 04

The successful simplicity of Arnold Snyder’s Red 7 Card Counting System for blackjack players.

The Successful Simplicity of Snyder's Red 7 Card Counting SystemIn today’s age, most people view blackjack as another unbeatable casino game, glamorized and glorified by Hollywood blockbusters like “21”. The film industry is partly to blame for this. Not only do such movies create a negative stigma around blackjack card counting, they suggest that the art is so complex, only savant-grade mathematicians could possibly pull it off with any hope, or degree, of success.

That’s simply not the case—pun intended. Simplicity is the name of the game when it comes to the card counting tactics of many legendary blackjack professionals. Arnold Snyder, for example, describes in his blackjack guides Red Seven Card Counting—a system that’s derived from the most basic Hi-Lo Card Counting Strategy, made even more easy to employ by the purposeful inclusion of an unbalanced count.

Arnold Snyder’s Red 7 Card Counting System

Arnold Snyder Red Seven Card Counting SystemAmong the most successful blackjack strategists of the last century, Arnold Snyder was the first to advise an unbalanced point count system. He was so certain of his Red Seven count—a system he describes as being both “easy and powerful”—that he details its rules of implementation in not just one, but two of his best-selling blackjack books; Blackbelt in Blackjack, and The Big Book of Blackjack.

Snyder details the efficiency of his ‘Easy Red 7 Count’ as capable of reaching “80% of the potential gain” available in complex Hi-Lo point systems that are “significantly more difficult to learn and use”.

Here’s how it works…

Red 7 Card Counting Values

Snyder assigns one of three point values (-1, 0 and +1) to the following groups of cards:

2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and RED 7 = +1

8, 9, and BLACK 7 = 0

10, J, Q, K, and A = -1

If you’ve taken any time to study the minutiae of a basic Hi-Lo point system, you’ll notice this one is extremely similar. In fact, the only difference here is that Red 7s count as +1. Black 7s are neutral, having no point value, as dictated by the standard Hi-Lo system.

So, realistically, all Snyder did to improve upon the original Hi-Lo count, as devised by the legendary grandfather of blackjack, Edward O. Thorp (Beat the Dealer – 1962), was take two little cards – two red sevens, for which the strategy is named – and give them a positive point value.

How could such a slight twist in the system be so beneficial? Because it eliminates the need for any further math. By creating an imbalance in the total value, Snyder eliminates the traditional need to convert a running count to a true count when multiple decks are in use.

If you take a full deck of 52 cards and count it down using Snyder’s Red 7 Card Counting System, you will not end at 0. Instead, you should reach the final card with a count of +2. This imbalance is the genius behind his blackjack strategy, making it just as powerful as Thorp’s Hi-Lo system, but so simple, virtually anyone can do it.

To practice, simply count through a deck of cards until you consistently end at +2. Take your time. There’s no need to rush. Accuracy and reticence are much more important.

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Jan 02

Blackjack hi-lo card counting strategy & true count system explained.

Blackjack Hi-Lo Card Counting Strategy & True Count System ExplainedAnyone with the most basic knowledge of blackjack has heard of card counting. Aside from basic decision-making strategy, counting cards is the most effective way to pull the house edge a little more into the player’s favor. When used with extreme precision, it’s actually possible to turn the tides, eliminating the casino’s advantage and creating a “player’s edge”.

The blackjack hi-lo strategy is the most basic of all card counting systems; the original model from which most other systems are derived. That’s not to say that it isn’t effective. In fact, according to the true blackjack math experts, (Stanford Wong, Don Schlesinger, Michael Shackleford, etc.), using this count with the right basic strategy and bet sizing tactics can increase your edge by 1.182%.

In a blackjack game where basic strategy delivers a 0.5% house edge, that added 1.182% turns the favor to the player by 0.682%. As low as that positive expectation may sound, it is a positive expectation—something no other casino game’s strategy can offer.

Blackjack Hi-Lo Card Counting Strategy

The Hi-Lo count is the simplest of all card counting systems, designed for absolute ease by novitiates. It’s a simple matter of assigning a value to each card, with said values being -1, 0 or +1.

The values are set as follows:

2, 3, 4, 5, 6 = +1

7, 8, 9 = 0

10, J, Q, K, A = -1

The process is simple. When a game starts with a new shoe of cards, you begin keeping a running count, starting at 0 and adding or subtracting the appropriate value for every card seen. For example, if the order of cards is:

5, 9, A, 3, J, K, 7, 2, 9, 10, Q, 8, A

You will run the count as follows, starting from 0:

+1, 0, -1, +1, -1, -1, 0, +1, 0, -1, -1, 0, -1 = -3

The lower the count, the more low cards there are remaining in the deck, as opposed to high cards. Conversely, the higher the count, the more high value cards (10-A) there are left in the deck, as opposed to low cards. Therefore, the higher the count, the higher your bet size should be, since the odds of being dealt a blackjack are greater.

You can practice this method easily enough by counting down a deck of cards at home. If you start and end at 0, you’ve done it right. Then, once you’ve gotten good enough at it, there’s one more rule to consider.

There are five -1 values and five +1 values in the blackjack hi-lo strategy, which make this a balanced card counting system. For that reason—and the fact that so many blackjack games are played with up to 8 decks in the shoe—you must convert to a “true count” for the most accurate results.

Convert ‘Running Count’ to ‘True Count’

I’ve mentioned the use of a true count several times in past card counting articles. However, those all had to do with unbalanced card counting systems that never required its use. So today, for the first time, I’ll explain to you how to convert a running count to a true count for the most accurate blackjack hi-lo card counting strategy in multi-deck games. Note that it’s not necessary in single-deck blackjack.

Converting to true count requires only simple division. You take the current running count and divide it by the number of decks remaining in the shoe. For example, if you’re about a third of the way through a 6 deck shoe, that leaves 4 decks. If your count is +7, divide by 4 for a true count of +1.75. You can round that up to +2 for simplicity’s sake.

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Dec 31

Easy Knockout Blackjack Card Count System

Knockout Blackjack Card Count System – Easiest Way to Count CardsOne of the most attractive features of blackjack is that it offers an incredibly low house edge with very minimal effort. The term ‘basic blackjack strategy‘ uses the word ‘basic‘ because it’s so easy to employ, while still being fantastically effective in dropping the house advantage to ~0.5%.

To get that edge even lower, you’ll need to include a card counting system in your repertoire. Note that you can’t do this at an online casino, or on any other mechanized blackjack game. Electronic cards are always reshuffled after each hand, making a count futile.

To count cards effectively, you’ll need to play a live dealer game in a land-based casino. Of course, if you get caught, you could be ejected from the table—not because it’s illegal, but because they have that right. That means you’ll need to get in a lot of practice first. And if you appreciate the ease of a basic blackjack strategy, odds are you’ll want to practice the easiest way to count cards.

Knockout Blackjack Card Count System

Knock-Out Blackjack: The Easiest Card Counting System Ever Devised by Ken Fuchs and Olaf Vancura The Knockout card counting system, (a.k.a. KO card count system), gets its name from its appearance in Ken Fuchs and Olaf Vancura’s 1998 publication of, Knock-Out Blackjack: The Easiest Card Counting System Ever Devised. As the name implies, this system comes with a level of simplicity that virtually anyone can take advantage of.

It’s based on the essence of a traditional Hi-Lo card count. Some cards receive a value of +1, others a value of -1, while a few in the middle are designated 0. Unlike a classic count, however, KO is not a balanced system. Counting through an entire deck will not bring you to 0. That may sound like a negative, but it’s actually a valuable asset. More on that in a moment…

Employing the Blackjack KO Card Counting System

Here’s how it works. The following cards are given the corresponding value:

10, J, Q, K, A = +1

2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 = -1

8, 9 = 0

When a game of blackjack begins with a new (freshly shuffled) shoe of cards, you begin the count at 0. For each card that is seen, the corresponding value is added or subtracted from the count. If an Ace is played, add 1; when you see a 4, subtract 1, and so on.

According to the authors of the KO card counting system, once the count reaches +2, it’s time to start increasing your bet size. The higher the count becomes, the higher your bets should be. It’s that simple.

Unbalanced Card Counting Systems

You’ll notice there are more -1 values than +1. This is how Fuchs and Vancura created the unbalanced account that makes the Knockout blackjack card count system one of the easiest ways to count cards.

In a traditionally balanced card counting system, it’s necessary to account for the number of decks in the shoe. It’s a philosophy known as converting the ‘running count‘ into a ‘true count‘. It’s done by dividing the current count by the estimated number of decks remaining in the shoe. It’s not really a true count, though, since it involves a degree of estimation. Fortunately, an unbalanced system like this one requires no conversion to sustain relevancy. Keep an accurate count, and it just works.

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Dec 20

The KISS Card Counting System by Fred Renzey.

Advantage Blackjack: KISS Card Counting System by Fred RenzeyIf you’ve never used a card counting system in blackjack before, you probably have some trepidation about it. How can the average Joe count cards, when it took a group of MITs most intelligent math whizzes to pull it off in that movie, 21? This gives the impression that to gain an advantage, blackjack players must be savant-grade mathematicians.

The truth is, card counting comes in a wide range of difficulty levels. Some are complicated and require extensive memorization skills. Others are extremely easy, and can benefit anyone with the use of the simplest addition and subtraction. One of these easy ones is known as the KISS system for counting cards in blackjack.

KISS Card Counting System

The acronym KISS stands for “Keep It Short and Simple”. That’s exactly what gambling expert and author, Fred Renzy, was trying to do when he came up with the system. You can read all about it in his 2006 (updated 2017) book, Blackjack Bluebook II – The Simplest Winning Strategies Ever Published.

Today, I’ll give you a quick rundown of how it works. The system comes in three levels; KISS I, KISS II, and KISS III. Each level is slightly more difficult than the next, making it a progressive learning system that’s very simple to pick up on as you go.

Being such a simple card counting system, it’s not going to be quite as effective as the more complicated ones. You can expect to gain the following edge over the casino for each level of the system:

KISS I = +0.48% Edge

KISS II = +0.64% Edge

KISS III = + 0.70% Edge

KISS System for Card Counting – Level 1

Like most counting systems, the idea is to give a specific value to one or more cards. KISS I requires only 6 cards to have a value. Three are valued at +1, and 3 at -1, with all others being 0.

When a new shoe is introduced, the count begins at 0. Anytime you see a card with an associated value, you add or subtract 1 point, as noted. The values are as follows:

  • All Face Cards = -1

  • 3, 4, & 5 = +1

  • All Other Cards = 0

How does it work?

If the count becomes high, we know that a lot of low cards are missing from the deck. With more high cards remaining, there’s a higher chance of being dealt a natural blackjack. Thus, when the count is high, a player will increase their bet sizes.

Conversely, when the count is low, fewer face cards are left, reducing the odds of a natural blackjack. When the count is low, bet sizes should be reduced.

KISS II Card Counting System

Once you get the first level down, upgrading to KISS II is incredibly easy. All it does is add another card to the +1 and -1 sides of the count. This time, we add 10s (-1) and 6s (+1):

  • All 10s and Face Cards = -1

  • 3, 4, 5, & 6 = +1

  • All Other Cards = 0

KISS III Counting System

At the third and final level, one more set of numbers are added to the mix, Aces (-1) and 7s (+1):

  • All 10s, Face Cards and Aces = -1

  • 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 = +1

  • All Other Cards = 0

Unbalancing the System with Black 2s

If you’re playing single deck blackjack, the above rules are more than enough to gain a significant edge. However, most casinos use multiple decks—as many as 8 per shoe. Each additional deck makes a balanced count less effective.

I might know that 4 Aces are gone from a single deck, making a blackjack impossible. But with 8 decks, containing 32 Aces, experienced advantage blackjack players find it more reliable to convert a running count to a true convert. That’s a whole other mathematical equation…

Renzey adds the count of +1 any time a black 2 is dealt to unbalance the count, eliminating the need to convert to a true count. It’s easier to applaud than it is to explain, so I’ll leave it at that. You can grab his book off Amazon or eBay for all the details.

Suffice to say, if you’re playing 4+ deck blackjack, throw in +1 for black 2s. In its most effective, level III form, the KISSS card counting system will look like this:

  • All 10s, Face Cards and Aces = -1

  • 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 = +1

  • Black 2s = +1

  • All Other Cards = 0

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Dec 18

Ten undeniable reasons to play blackjack online or on land.

10 Undeniable Reasons to Play Blackjack Online or On LandBlackjack is one of many games available in every casino around the world. In today’s technological society, you’ll find both electronic and live dealer games available in land-based casinos, as well as online casinos.

Many veteran gamblers believe blackjack is the best casino game you can possibly play. That is debatable, not just because it’s possible to get a better RTP elsewhere, but because a lot of players have different interests. But there’s no denying these…

10 Reasons to Play Blackjack Online or On Land

While it may not be for everyone, blackjack certainly has its perks. Here’s ten of them, available to players online, on land, or both.

#1 Basic Blackjack Strategy is Universal

No matter where or how you play the game, there is a basic strategy that will give you the best possible odds of winning in any situation. We could call this a “perfect strategy”, since that’s what it is, but that just makes it sounds complicated. “Basic strategy” is the term of choice, because it denotes how easy it really is.

#2 Blackjack is a Partial Game of Skill

Unlike almost all other casino games, blackjack allows players to make a series of decisions throughout each hand. Making the right, educated decisions, will increase a player’s odds of winning. Therefore, despite the ever-present element of chance, blackjack does favor players who utilize skill.

#3 Incredibly Low House Edge

It’s rare to find any game in a casino with a lower house edge than blackjack. Play your cards right, and the edge will be below half a percent. There are some video poker games with higher RTPs, but you’ll need to play online to find them. Favorable video poker is all but extinct at today’s physical casinos.

#4 Convenient Strategy Charts

There’s a perfect strategy chart for every set of blackjack rules you might come across. These charts aren’t complicated, and can be very easy to memorize with enough practice. Or, just take the card with you. You can set it right on the table next to your drink—the dealer won’t care. If you feel uncomfortable, play online. No one has to see…

#5 Range of Rules, Progressives

Blackjack is not a game of singularity. It comes in a wide range of rule variations, with a multitude of side bets available, depending on where you play. There are even progressive jackpot blackjack games, where a side bet and the right hand can net you a massive payday.

#6 Slower Pace than Slots

Slots are known to be money hungry gambling machines, not just because they don’t pay well, but because they can be played at such a fast rate. Blackjack allows you to slow it down and really enjoy the experience.

#7 Cheap for Budget Gamblers (Online)

Although land-based casinos tend to charge $5, $10 or even $15 minimum stakes, playing blackjack online can be as cheap as $0.50 to $1 per bet. Throw in a basic strategy with 99.5% RTP, and a budget bankroll can last hours upon hours.

#8 Live Dealer Blackjack Online

Blackjack is one of the few games available in live dealer casinos online. These live casinos merge the experience of playing with other people and real dealers, with the convenience of playing online.

#9 The Social Aspect

Having other players around you can really change the dynamics of the gaming experience. Played in a land-based or live online casinos, blackjack is a social game that promotes communal support and camaraderie.

#10 Player Advantage Possible with Card Counting

If you play blackjack online, you can’t count cards. However, playing at a land-based casino does afford the chance to gain a slight edge over the house by combining basic blackjack strategy with an effective card counting system.

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Dec 08

Are the biggest slot machine jackpots prone to small or large casinos?

Are the Biggest Slot Machine Jackpots Prone to Small or Large Casinos?Almost every casino offers a super sized slot jackpot within its banks of one-armed bandits. The prizes can be quite large, thereby enticing a lot of players to take them for a hopeful spin. The odds of unleashing such a jackpot are astronomical, but that doesn’t stop players from trying, or wondering whether the odds of striking such a life-changing prize changes by location.

Just like jackpot slots themselves, casinos come in all shapes and sizes. In Canada, we have large integrated casino resorts, like Caesars Windsor and Hard Rock Vancouver, where thousands of slots line the floors. We also have smaller locals’ casinos, like Chances Campbell River, offering just 150 slot machines.

The question is this; if the same networked slot jackpot were available in both small and large casinos like these, would one be more likely to pay out that prize than another?

Biggest Slot Machine Jackpots – Does Casino Size Matter?

To answer this question, we must first assume the odds of the jackpot actually being struck. The odds will not change from one machine to the next, no matter which casino it is located in. Every machine that offers the jackpot will have the same odds of paying it out.

On the other hand, the number of machines located within each casino does matter. For this reason alone, a larger casino is more likely to pay out a super sized slot jackpot than a smaller casino.

Let’s say Casino A has 15 matching slot machines, each boasting a networked $1 million jackpot. Casino B has only 5 machines boasting that same game, with the same jackpot prize.

The actual odds of that jackpot striking might be something in the area of 7 million to 1. Since there are 20 machines in total, the odds of that jackpot striking on a particular machine—assuming it must eventually strike—would be 20 to 1. And, since there are 15 machines at Casino A, and only 5 machines at Casino B, Casino A has a 75% chance of being the one to deliver that jackpot. Casino B would only have a 25% chance of paying the prize, when it does eventually strike.

Super Sized Slot Jackpots & How They Work

As I mentioned above, jackpots of this nature are networked across multiple machines. If a single machine carried its own, singular jackpot, it wouldn’t grow very quickly at all. But when that same game and jackpot is available on a multitude of machines, located on the gaming floors of a multitude of casinos, its progressive prize grows a lot faster. And the faster it grows, the more people are going to want to play it.

This is how the biggest slot machine jackpots in the world are generated. It’s an ingenious cycle that keeps the system running at max speed.

When a player finally does strike that jackpot, it’s the manufacturer of the game that’s responsible for paying the majority of the prize—not the casino. Otherwise, gambling halls wouldn’t be too keen on installing these machines. As it is, the casino gets a huge PR boost when a machine pays out. The game reseeds at a specific starting point, and the whole process starts anew.

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Dec 07

Take time to practice with free Android casino games.

Easiest Way to Find your Favorite Casino Games on AndroidResearch has shown that today’s youngest generation of adults are contributing greatly to the increase in mobile gambling. As newcomers to the casino scene, I strongly urge novice players to learn the ropes before investing any cash in this popular form of entertainment. Knowing which games you enjoy and are willing to spend money to play is critical to the longevity of your bankroll.

What a lot of people don’t realize is that they have a lot of options. It’s not necessary to spend money to find which games you like best. Social casinos are free, but tend to be a bit zanier. Real money casino sites offer a more true-to-life experience, but you don’t have to play for real money.

Find your Favorite Casino Games First

There are a lot of games out there. When we think of physical casinos, the games that usually come to mind are blackjack, roulette, maybe craps or baccarat, and of course slot machines. These are the games that are depicted most often in film and on television. You may already even know how to play them. But there are so many more games to choose from, especially in the online casino realm. After all, there’s no limit to the number of games that can be packed onto a virtual casino floor.

I’m talking about games like Pai Gow Poker, Red Dog, Casino War, Sic Bo, Big Wheel, Let it Ride, Keno, 3 Card Poker, 4 Card Poker, Caribbean Stud, Mississippi Stud, Ultimate Texas Hold’em (the house-banked version, not the traditional player-versus-player poker game), and a multitude of Video Poker variants. This list can go on and on.

Imagine walking into a casino for the first time, unfamiliar with most of these games. You have no idea which ones you’ll actually enjoy. The only way to find out is to play them all, and that could get very expensive, very quick! But don’t worry, there’s an easier way.

Practice with Free Android Casino Games

Practice with Free Android Casino Games – No Rush to Play for CashThe easiest way to find your favorite casino games is to play all the varieties you can find without risking any money at all. Mobile casinos are the perfect playground for beginners. You’ll find the exact same games available in land-based casinos (and then some), and you’ll never be required to make a deposit to play.

I don’t recommend playing at ‘social casinos’. You know the ones. You download them for free off the Google Play store, invite your friends to earn free coins, compete for high scores, blah-blah-blah. Those games rarely offer anything near a genuine house edge. You’re not going to get a true-to-life experience here. In fact, some of their slot machines offer above 100% returns, which can easily convince a player that they’re very lucky—that they’ll experience the same luck playing real money slots. Wrong! That’s a nasty gambling habit just waiting to happen.

Instead, go to a real online casino website, where real money play is offered. If you live in Canada, I recommend Royal Vegas. They’ve been around since 2000, are extremely reputable, and are powered by Microgaming software, which boasts the most extensive gaming menu in the industry.

Don’t make a deposit yet, though. Take your time. Play all the games. Get to know them, and choose your favorites. You can practice with free Android casino games for as long as you like. If/when you’re ready, then make a deposit and collect whatever new player bonus is available to play your favorite casino games for cash. Having all this knowledge and experience behind you, I promise you’ll be glad you waited.

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