Everything you need to know about playing blackjack on the go.
Modern developments in online gaming technology have made it possible to bring high-quality, virtual and live entertainment to a range of platforms, including mobiles and tablets. This means you can now hit the online blackjack tables anywhere you can get a signal.
What is mobile blackjack?
The development of mobile gambling has taken the industry by storm. Today, an estimated $10 billion is wagered through mobile platforms every year.
Blackjack on mobile devices
Blackjack is a very easy game to port to a mobile device, as the action can hardly be described as 'graphics heavy'. All you really need to see are your cards, the dealer's cards and the amount of chips you are staking on your hand.
Gameplay can become more complicated and therefore require more space on your mobile screen when you are dealt specific hands. When you split a pair - as is permitted in most forms of blackjack - then you suddenly have two hands for the price of one. Of course, there is always the chance that you will land a further pair when your hand is split, but it is unlikely that you will be allowed to re-split a split hand. Most online casinos do not allow you to do this, usually as the software that is used to render a game of blackjack has no way of displaying a re-split split hand.
Any casino that offers a dedicated mobile version of their software will usually have at least one version of blackjack that you can play on your smartphone or tablet. If you are presented with several different versions always select the one that uses the fewest decks. Doing so reduces the edge that the house has over you. Also make sure the version you play offers you a good rate for being dealt blackjack. Most casinos offer 3:2, but some will offer 2:1, and other less generous casinos will offer 6:5.
How to play blackjack on a mobile device
You've two options when it comes to playing blackjack on your smart-phone or tablet. You can either play via an app that you download and install onto your phone, or you can use a game that you play using any internet browser on your device.
If you have an iPhone, iPad or Android-powered device, then it's usually a case of downloading an app. Just head on over to your chosen casino site to find out the details of how to obtain such an app. You will be able to download the app from the Apple App Store if you use iOS, but you will not be able to obtain an app from Google Play if you use Android. Google Play does not permit apps that allow real-money gambling to be hosted in the store. Instead, you will need to download an apk (Android Package) file from the casino's site itself. You can then install this onto your phone - if you are not sure how to do this then the casino site will usually offer instructions.
If you are one of the five percent of mobile users in the world who owns a BlackBerry or Windows Phone, then you may find it a little difficult to play mobile blackjack. Hardly any casinos offer apps for these devices. The good news for you, however, is that more and more sites are developing mobile-optimised apps. These are written using HTML5, and run using any internet browser on a smartphone or tablet. This means that any mobile device capable of running a browser and with decent-enough processing power should be able to run a mobile, browser-based app.
A handful of casinos have the option of playing live blackjack via your mobile device. You connect to a real blackjack table, where you can control the action just as you do with any computerised blackjack game. The results of your actions are fed back to you via a live video feed.
Once you have found a mobile version of blackjack, playing is extremely simple. You load up your account with cash, choose your chips to set your bet, then press 'deal'. Your cards and the dealer's up-card will be dealt. Press the buttons that appear to show if you want to hit or stand. You may be able to split or double-down, depending on your cards. If the dealer is showing an ace, you may also be offered 'insurance', but most savvy blackjack players know never to take this option.
You keep hitting until you decide to stand or, unfortunately, you bust. The dealer will then make their moves, and you will either see your chips doubling up and bouncing back into your bankroll, or disappearing into the dealer's coffers. Remember the previous lesson about playing blackjack with the correct strategy. By doing so, you give yourself the best chance of successfully riding the winning streaks, and successfully surviving those losing ones.
Blackjack remains one of the most popular games for mobile play, just behind online slots and roulette. Why not join the revolution and become one of the millions of players currently enjoying blackjack on the move?
Operating systems and platforms
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