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To Celebrate One Billion Blackjack Hands

Live Like a Billionaire – Play Blackjack & Win Bodog’s Billionaire’s Experience

Play Blackjack for a Billionaire experience!

Bodog’s online casino is about to deal its billionth blackjack hand and to celebrate this fantastic milestone – Bodog is offering online casino players a chance to win thousands of dollars in cash prizes… and a Billionaire’s Experience!

If you’re the lucky grand prize winner you’ll have one of two Billionaire Experiences to choose from:

1. Weekend in Monaco during the 2011 Grand Prix, which includes (among other sweet perks) luxury accommodations at a top hotel in Monte Carlo, fine dining and a private yacht. 

2. Private Island Holiday in Fiji, which will give you an opportunity to kick back and relax at one of the world’s top resorts – the Bure in Fiji! Live like a billionaire and sip on some of the world’s priciest wines…enjoy full access to the private beach and spa, and you can take advantage of your own personal Bure Manager, who will ensure the perfect holiday isn’t a pipe dream.

All you have to do to get in on the Billionaire’s Experience Prize Draw is play blackjack at Bodog’s online casino. The more blackjack hands you win, the more entries you gain… and the better the chances of winning the grand prize!

But wait! Starting with hand 979 million, Bodog Casino is handing out $1000 for every millionth hand leading up to the big one. The player that hits hand one billion gets $1,000 and a choice between the “Weekend in Monaco” or the “Private Island Holiday” Billionaire’s Experience.

For more details on Bodog’s Billionth Blackjack Hand & Billionaire Experience, head over to Bodog’s Live Like a Billionaire promotions page. Players from around the world including the USA can play at Bodog Casino    Live like a billionaire. Be a Player.
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Add comment January 22nd, 2011

Finding a good place to play online blackjack is easy …

So you’re looking for the BEST online casino site for online blackjack?

Like us you probably want to enjoy quality blackjack play – and be confident that you’ll be paid out quickly if you are a winner.

There ARE rogue casinos out there – hundreds of them – and some online casino software and systems just aren’t as good as others for blackjack. The long time to payout, strange rules and conditions, appalling house edge, clunky or slow graphics and all round hassle-factor at some casinos mean that you should avoid them.

We’ve partnered with Gambling review site GoonersGuide.com who have checked out the blackjack over 290 online casinos and from that have selected the top four European casinos for Blackjack – and two best blackjack sites for US players.

Check out the recommendations now – before you waste your time at a crappy blackjack clip-joint – you’ll be glad that you did !

Add comment November 30th, 2009

Casino Makeover at Victor Chandler Impresses Maus

However unlikely it may sound for an online gambling site to deliver more than their hype, Victor Chandler has exceeded our expectations. Really! We knew the team at VC were tarting up their tired old Chartwell-based online casino, but having finally got around to checking out the makeover, we were astounded!

Instant Play Blackjack, up to GBP1000 per wagerThe new VC Casino, powered by Net Entertainment, is really quite jazzy. Yes, it’s still not a Microgaming or Playtech casino with hundreds of games to choose from (and all those amazingly animated slot machines…) but, for table and card game players who just want instant gaming action with a touch of style, VCCasino is actually now hard to beat!

As Victor Chandler has a reputation that spans more than sixty years in the gambling industry you can take it as a given that they have all their back office processes and the support aspects 100%.

TXS Holdem at Victor Chandler CasinoMy pick of the card games is Txs Holdem poker – great to practice those opening hand decisions… and you can play for free or for real. There’s a good Bacarrat and even the range of Blackjack games give you some excellent wagering options, especially if you’re a system bettor.

My pick of the new VC Casino slots was probably Secrets of Horus, but the The Super Eighties and The Groovy 60s slots are fun too, and I recommend them if you’re a true slots junkie.

Great Video Poker at VCCasino Video Poker at Victor Chandler’s new Casino is also surprisingly good. My favourite was All American (pictured). It might be your too!

You can play all games for free (no registration required) or for real money (becoming a member at VCCasino is free and easy with a whole host of secure deposit options available).

Yes, there’s a £100 joining bonus if you’ve not got a VC account, but the reality is – you’re better just to join up and play… casino bonuses (and not just VC’s) are generally for the mathematically challenged (ie. stupid) and simply more hassle than they’re worth. 

Victor Chandler Casino: Fair, Fast, Funky! Mike Maus
RED CARD MEDIA LIMITED
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Add comment September 8th, 2009

Bodog Online casino winners last weekend

Over the weekend Drew C. from TX stunned everyone in the Bodog Casino with a spectacular win of $127,308 while playing Let em Ride Poker.

 Some of the other big weekend winners included:

  • David G. of TN (who is a Bodog Casino celebrity of sorts) played Lion’s Lair and Aztec’s Treasure slots and came across his very own treasure chest worth $14,172!
  • Our top online BlackJack winner this weekend was Leroy B. from PA who banked a cool $12,125.
  • Next on the Bodog BlackJack charts was Josh D. of IN with winnings of $8,735.
  • It rained money on Steve J. from FL who raked in $7,966 playing Rain Dance online slots.
  • Barbara W. from SC was up next with a total win of $7,847 from some of the most thrilling online slots games: Penguin Power and Prince of Sherwood.
  • The BlackJack masters of the Bodog Casino continued to impress with Stanley T. from CA cashing out on $6,895 and Terri M. from AZ with $6,521.
  • Our biggest Baccarat winner was James Bond’s twin Kiet C. from LA, displaying equal prowess in Baccarat as Bond. He walked away with $5,517!
  • And then we have Linda C. from TX who hit a $4,999 jackpot while playing Goldbeard slot. Nice one!

Add comment April 2nd, 2009

Latest iPhone Application has Casinos Worried: Blackjack Card Counting Aid

Card Counting made easy with your iPhoneJust off the international media scene, Nevada’s Gaming Control Board has released a warning about an iPhone application said to make card counting more accessible to the average blackjack player.

According to the release, the Northern California Tribal Casino originally caught wind of the program called “A Blackjack Card Counter,” which can be downloaded and used on either an iPhone or an iPod Touch.

Released on Jan. 15, the application gives users a choice of four card-counting strategies and calculates “significantly more accurately,” according to the Gaming Control Board.

In a memorandum that the Nevada Gaming Control Board circulated to casinos, board member Randall Sayre sounded the alarm about Blackjack Card Counter, an iPhone application that sells for $1.99 on Apple Inc.’s App Store.

“This program can be utilized on either the Apple iPhone or the Apple iPod Touch portable music player,” Sayre said in the memo (download PDF). “Once this program is installed on the phone through the iTunes Web site, it can make counting cards easy.”

It’s currently being advertised with an “As Seen on CNN” stamp for $1.99.

Among the application’s features is a “Stealth Mode,” which shuts off the iPhone screen – making the phone appear to be turned off. However, the user can still continue to track cards by pressing the screen at the spots where the keys would normally show.

Computerworld reports that Blackjack Card Counter is not the only app for card counting on the App Store. The rival “Card Counter,”  a “card-counting practice program”, sells for $2.99. Card Counter is more popular than Blackjack Card Counter; the former is currently No. 30 on the App Store’s list of best-selling games.

Is it legal?

“Just as a reminder, use of this type of program or possession of a device with this type of program on it — with the intent to use it – in a licensed gaming establishment, is a violation of NRS 465.075,” said Sayre. Counting cards with a device is a felony under Nevada law and is punishable by prison terms of between one and six years, or a fine of no more than $10,000, for the first offense.

Click to visit CasinoLabRat.com… MMmmm? Well, I’m off to download it to the iphone I won a couple of months back at Bovada Casino.

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1 comment February 19th, 2009

Online Casino Promotion: Win a trip for 2 to Dublin AND Paris!

– Have you ever wanted to see Dublin?
– How about Paris?
– Wait…how about both!

Luck of the Irish Promotion at Dublinbet casinoYou could be one of 7 players to win the new contest at DublinBet Casino and Card Room – and be headed to Dublin for an exclusive poker tournament where you could win a trip to Paris!

The promotion is called Luck O’ the Irish, and each week a real money player at DublinBet will be selected to win an all-expense paid trip for 2 to Dublin. While in Dublin the winners will enjoy 2 nights stay, a walking tour of the city, a tour and lunch at the Guinness brewery, and then on the 2nd night they will participate in a poker tournament that will be held at the Fitzwilliam Card Club, which is where the Live Dealer games are hosted for DublinBet. 

This event will take place on Thursday and Friday, December 11th and 12th.

The winner of the poker tournament, and his/her partner, will be picked up by limousine the next morning from their hotel and will fly to Paris for 2 days courtesy of DublinBet, where they will enjoy 2 nights accommodation, a city tour, and a dinner and show at the famous Moulin Rouge.

How cool is that?

The player draws will be held each Thursday at 8 pm GMT live from the casino, on camera, for 7 weeks with the first draw to be held onThursday, October 16th.  To be eligible you must have made a minimum €50 deposit, played through at least 3 times (i.e. wagered a minimum of €150), and have sent an email to the DublinBet Support team to register with the words “I’m Feeling Lucky” in the subject line.

You can earn 1 additional entry each week if you make a new deposit and meet the play-through requirements.

Good Luck!

Check out the stylish live dealer casino gamesDublinBet is renowned for it’s Early Payout Blackjack – it’s just great – but they offer some of the best live dealer casino play on the net as well. Games are streamed live from Fitzwilliam Card Club in Dublin so you get a far more interactive feel as you play – other land based players can be dealt into the game you’re playing online from home. Fun.

Click to visit this popular online casinoFor more on DublinBet Casino check out the latest reviews here: (Sorry, no USA based players due to US legislation)

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Add comment October 21st, 2008

Are you a Blackjack Champ? Prove it! Win an Apple MacBook

We’ve been a bit slack on our Casino blog posts lately (Olympics fever I guess, sorry! It’s not as if we’ve been competing personally mind you 🙂 )

Here’s the latest player competition at Bodog Casino:

Starting today and running until Oct. 1, Bodog Casino will be awarding 10 lucky Blackjack players a $100 bonus each week for a total of $1,000 in weekly bonuses. After six weeks of what will undoubtedly be an intense competition, the top five Bodog Casino Blackjack players will be awarded a brand new Apple* MacBook® computer worth over $1,600!

Click to visit Bodog Casino for more infoFor a shot at $1,000 in weekly bonuses and five MacBook® computers, visit Bodog Casino.

The Bodog Casino Blackjack leader board is updated daily and gives players the ability to track exactly where they stand from one day to the next. Competition weeks run Wednesday-Tuesday, starting today. At the end of every competition week, the top 10 players who’ve hit the most natural two-card Blackjacks in the preceding week will be awarded a $100 bonus. After each week’s bonuses have been awarded, the leader board is reset and the weekly competition starts all over again. Best of all, there is no limit to the number of times a player can win. Ending up in the top 10 each week for six weeks straight could bank a player $600 in bonuses and a shot at one of five grand prizes of an Apple* MacBook® computer worth over $1,600!

After six weeks, when the competition comes to a close on Oct. 1, the best of the best, the cream of the crop, the top five players to hit the most natural two-card Blackjacks over the course of the entire six week competition will each be awarded a brand new Apple* MacBook® computer valued at more than $1,600.

No B.S No Download Blackjack at Bodog Casino“Blackjack has always been one of Bodog’s most popular casino games,” says Morris Mohawk Gaming Group CEO Alwyn Morris. “So we’ve decided to sweeten the pot for new and existing Bodog Casino Blackjack players by offering up some fantastic prizes. Players have a shot at winning $600 worth of bonuses and a beautiful new MacBook® computer.”

To give players an extra leg up, Bodog Casino has released a downloadable interactive Blackjack strategy card – Blackjack Mastermind – with preset suggestions on how to play any given Blackjack hand. Blackjack Mastermind is completely player configurable, giving players the ability to adjust and change the default suggestions to match their own preferences and use as a guide while playing.

Click to visit Bodog Casino for more infoTo download Blackjack Mastermind and for more details on Bodog Casino’s Blackjack competition, visit Bodog Casino

Players from around the world including the USA can play at Bodog Casino

About Morris Mohawk Gaming Group
Morris Mohawk Gaming Group (MMGG) is located in the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake just outside Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and is licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission to offer gaming services from Kahnawake to users worldwide. The Antiguan-based Bodog has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with MMGG to allow this group to use various elements of the Bodog brand within North America to support MMGG’s marketing activities. MMGG is led by Olympic Gold medalist, Order of Canada recipient and First Nations’ leader Alwyn Morris.

About Bodog
Bodog has its head office, and is licensed in, the Caribbean nation of Antigua. The Bodog group of companies includes an online Sportsbook, Casino, Poker Room and a suite of other world-class gaming products. Bodog does not offer “for money” gaming services in North America. Gaming services offered and operated in North America under the Bodog brand are made available exclusively by Morris Mohawk Gaming Group.

* MacBook® is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. Use of the MacBook® trademark is referential only and neither this promotion nor its sponsor, nor any related service or product, is endorsed, sponsored, or otherwise affiliated with Apple Inc.
 

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Add comment August 23rd, 2008

Win at Blackjack with the best mathematical odds

Blackjack is one of the most popular casino games and is played by millions of players the world over. Players have always sought a method or strategy that offers them the best chance of success. Because of the random way in which cards are dealt in Blackjack, sustained winning and losing streaks do occur and while playing Optimal Strategy Blackjack is no guarantee of success, it does offer the best odds over a sustained period of time.

The table below shows you Optimal Blackjack Strategy (how to play the best mathematical odds). Depending upon which cards you hold and the value of the dealer’s face-up card there are courses of action you can take which are considered to be statistically the most advantageous way to play.

A “hard number” is one which is made up of two cards not containing an Ace. A “soft number” is one which contains an Ace and has two potential values. For example, if you have A-5 then you have either 6 or 16, giving you more options than if you have 10-6 to make 16.

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Opimal Blackjack Strategy recommends that you should not split 10s, that you should look to double down when you have eleven, against anything other than a dealer’s Ace, and that you stand with 12 against a dealer’s 6. This may not be the way that you usually play, but it has been mathematically determined to be the best way of increasing the odds in your favour.

Here are some basic Blackjack tips professionals think you should always adhere to;

– Always split Aces, except when the dealer is showing an Ace
– Do not split a pair of 5s
– Stand on a hard 13 through to 16 if the dealer is showing a 6 or lower
– If the dealer is showing a 4,5 or 6 you should stick on 12
– You should always continue to hit until you have 17 or better if the dealer is showing a ten
– Always stand once you have a hard 17 or higher. The odds of you not busting are far too low for it to be worth the risk
– Always stand when you have A-8 or A-9

Hard and soft – tricky seventeen:  A lot of players find 17 a difficult number in Blackjack. It is always sensible to stand on a hard 17, but here we demonstrate the same is not the case with a soft 17 (an ace and a six). Though 17 is a good hand, you have the chance to improve your holding without the fear of busting.

Drawing any card with a 10 value will mean you still have 17, while an Ace, 2, 3 or 4 will improve it. That leaves only a 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9 to weaken your hand. As you can see, eight cards either improve or maintain the strength of your hand and only five weaken it. This means that soft 17 is sometimes a good time to Double Down.

Play your hand, not your stake: Whether you are following optimal strategy or your own system, most players agree that it’s important to make decisions based on your cards and not the value of your stake. For example, if you’ve been dealt 14 and the dealer is showing a 10 then the optimal strategy is to hit and take another card.

However, if a player is playing too high a stake for the size of their bankroll they will often stand, because they don’t want to risk busting their hand. If you find yourself in this position it might be a good idea to make your stake a little smaller.

Doubling Down: Playing a stake which is out of their comfort-zone can also cause players not to take full advantage of the “Double Down” option. Doubling Down enables the player to gain full value when they have a good situation. If a player’s original stake is too large, they are often discouraged from making the Double Down, and are unable to gain that value.

Splitting pairs: In contrast to the reluctance players sometimes feel to Double Down, they are often too keen to split pairs of 10 value cards. If the dealer is showing a 5 or a 6, the player tends to think they have an easy chance to win two hands.

However, why would you want to break up one of the best Blackjack hands you can be dealt, and risk making two worse hands? There are many times when you should split your paired cards but when you are dealt 20 it is a good idea to stand every time.

The most popular online casinos for Blackjack: (And where we like to play Blackjack)

Click to visit this popular UK owned casinoBet365 Casino (Fast-play standard single player, 3-player and 5-player Blackjack games, no USA players)

Click to go to popular Microgaming Blackjack casinoBlackjack Ballroom Casino (39 Blackjack variants, stylish single-deck through to eight deck games, US OK from 39 States)

Click for Bodog Casino - fast, fun, fair Blackjack playBodog Casino (No download Flash Blackjack or download for more game options , US players welcome too)

Our current favorite Blackjack game: High Streak European Blackjack Gold at Blackjack Ballroom. The High Streak Bonus wins pay up to 10 to 1 for a winning streak and the game is almost photo realistic.

Add comment July 20th, 2008

Are you a petrol head? Fancy a VIP trip to the Grand Prix?

Popular Irish online casino and card room DublinBet has a great player competition now on. You can win a trip to one of two amazing Grand Prix events just by playing your favourite casino games – like early payout Blackjack!! (our favourite) – and you get a entry to the lucky draw for every €50 deposited. 

Click for more info on this great new casino promotion

 

 

LUCKY GRAND PRIX DRAWS IN MAY (Silverstone) and JUNE (Monza)

For every €50 deposited between now and May 31, 2008, you will earn one entry* into a draw for a trip for 2 to the Grand Prix at Silverstone!

For every €50 deposited between June 1st and June 30th, 2008 you will earn one entry* into a draw for a trip for 2 to the Grand Prix at Monza!

Each trip includes race tickets, accommodation, transfers, and €1,000 total cash for air travel and spending money.

Watch the Live Draws from the Fitzwilliam Card Club in Dublin on June 9th and July 4th, 2008.

>>Not yet made your first deposit with Dublin Bet? Earn a 100% Initial Deposit Bonus up to €100.

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*Note: Maximum 10 entries per player account per draw. One times play through required (€50 in action per €50 deposited for each draw entry.) Please see the DublinBet website for full bonus terms and conditions. Promotion ends June 30, 2008 at midnight GMT.  

Add comment May 2nd, 2008

It’s time you dusted off your Neteller Account: Neteller is on the road to recovery

Once the leading online payment method, Neteller has been through some major trials recently. This has been mainly due to American legalists deciding that the US Government wasn’t getting enough of the tax-take from the online gambling habits of their citizens. They put the squeeze on online payment mechanisims like Neteller which has had major ramifications on all online gamers, not just Americans.

It’s time non-US players dusted off their Neteller Accounts though as Neteller is on the road to recovery. Here’s the industry commentary:

“Online payment provider Neteller reported a pre-tax loss of $185.7 million, but said that it was on the road to recovery. Chief Executive Ron Martin said that operations had been scaled down since the US crackdown on online gambling, adding that he was comfortable with 2008 forecasts. Neteller plc has reported a 15% increase in annual revenues from continuing operations to $69.1 million, buoyed by strong growth in Europe and the Asia Pacific regions.”

This is great news as Neteller, (and the Neteller money card that we love!) really do provide an easy and safe way to make online casino payments and withdrawals.

Check out the best online casinos that you join and play with Neteller: (Sorry, no US players)

New Tomb Raider Sequel is excellent!Microgaming: Ladbrokes Casino (Try the new Lara Croft Tomb Raider II Slot game Sequel – The Secret Sword. We’ve been hanging out for this slot game but there are over 300 other casino games to choose from too at Ladbrokes Casino)
Whats Cooking - new at Bet365CasinoPlaytech: Bet365 Casino (A very professional operation with excellent blackjack and new 25, 30 and 50-payline slots that are well worth a look)
 

Power Blackjack - try it today at William Hill CasinoCryptologic: William Hill Casino (Our favourite game here is Power Blackjack, like power poker but 50 blackjack hands at once. Very cool. Some fo the best slots on the net like the Marvel comic themed ones X-Men and Wolverine, etc. too)
This Irish Casino has excellent gamesWagerworks: PaddyPower Casino (Excellent lucky streak blackjack that increases the payout for a win the more sequential wins you get… Great 5 reel interactive slots machines too like Bay Watch, Monopoly, Cluedo and Elvis – a new triple game)

Add comment March 13th, 2008

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