Recent Blackjack News

Missed May’s roundup of blackjack happenings, innovations and incredible wins? We’ve lassoed the best of the blackjack world this month into one bite-sized page.  Try not to lose your mind, ace.

While you’re doubling bets, splitting hands and yanking thousands from online (and offline) casino pots, we’re spanning the globe to bring this month’s blackjack blunders, blurbs and bombastic news statements. Breaking Ben, UNLV student patents and Cherry Casino top May’s wildly popular blackjack news.

Busted: Ben Affleck, the Card Whisperer

Playing the timeless role of Batman just wasn’t enough good luck for Affleck.

Shortly after shooting Batman scenes, Ben decided to play what anyone heading to Hard Rock in Vegas plays: blackjack.  The only difference between Affleck and minions of players who frequent this famous Vegas gambling hub is Affleck got busted counting cards.  Sure, we’d be foolish to say card counting was ‘taboo’; unfortunately, an inebriated Affleck wasn’t clandestine enough to avoid getting banned for life.

Visiting the posh casino with wife, Jennifer Garner, Affleck didn’t break laws during the process; according to Nevada law, the practice of counting cards becomes illegal when hand gestures, signs and similar motions are used to invoke cheating.

Cherry Affiliates launches online brand

With 51 years vested in casino play and an incredible portfolio of blackjack games online, adding Cherry Casino to an already expansive lineup just seemed to make sense.

Rolf Lundström and Bill Lindwall, two Swedish gaming pros with an incredible vision of the gaming industry, founded Restaurang Rouletter circa 1963.  Cherry Casino began as ‘Baby Cherry’ shortly after merging with AB Roulettekonsult & Spelautomater in 1968, immediately going online when the internet grew into popularity in 1996.

Expanding its payment options to include Euro and Swedish Krona, Cherry offers 350 different games in addition to its most popular, blackjack.  Being one of few online gambling hubs with a Live Dealer option, flocks of casinophiles are finding their way towards this newly launched website.  Deposit matching bonuses, current promotions and everything related to their affiliates can be discovered by searching their website.

Tunica Harrah’s cuts 1k jobs amidst blackjack flop

Mississippi, where an incredibly high amount of state tax revenue is generated from the casino industry, is downtrodden.  Blackjack tables are chasing betters rather than the more customary, opposite effect.

Harrah’s of Tunica, Mississippi announced its closure and dismissal of around 1,000 devout employees, according to a Times-Union report.  Since the 1990’s casino boom, job security never seemed to be an issue; today, however, casinos are chasing blackjack players, considered to be an incredible reversal of recent fortune.

Casino revenues have plummeted roughly 30% over five years with Mississippi River counties forking over an abysmal $80 million this tax season, down from $112M over the last five years. Citing both weakening local economy and more players taking their blackjack skills online, physical casino locations are fading fast in an area once visited by millions around the United States.

UNLV Students patent 12 interesting casino games

College campuses are becoming popular hubs for worldwide developments.  From Facebook to cancer treatments, count on university students from Seattle to Stockholm to tinker around with anything until it either blows up online, or blows up college science labs.

But casino games?

University of Nevada-Las Vegas students, many too young to gamble themselves, have intelligibly patented twelve casino games.  Although more intricate details haven’t been disclosed due to patent processing, two of the games include “Flip Card Blackjack” and an interesting twist on baccarat.   In total, 12 games have been invented in one short year, one which was sold to gaming dynamo Konami.

The project, part of an elective class at UNLV remarkably titled the “Gaming Innovation Program”, is spearheaded by Mark Yoseloff, Ph.D.  A former gaming developer chairman and current UNLV board of trustee member himself, Dr. Yoseloff currently owns over 100 patents in various gaming sectors.  Games developed in this project, theoretically, are capable of going directly into casinos from Dr. Yoseloff’s classroom.  Guest lecturers appear throughout each session, and contests are held every semester which are judged by gaming execs and faculty members.

Know blackjack payout rules? Detroit Free Press can help

Video blackjack machines, depending on how the house odds are programmed, will normally render 21’s every 21 hands.  However, an incorrectly timed – or sheepishly sized – bet could cost bonuses, according to a recent Detroit Free Press Q&A column.

Finding machines that offer blackjack bonus payouts is tricky, yet remembering to bet even amounts can be trickier, according to this report.  Most machines that offer bonuses will round down, making your $1.50 bet worth $1.00 upon hitting 21.  Video play versus live dealer play has some tactical advantages, although machine odds tend to lean heavily towards the house.

Another piece of advice, according to the column, is cashing out when significant winnings are achieved in one swipe.  Those machines that print vouchers instead of spitting coins are more advantageous since one can continue playing without giving up their machine.  Besides, cashiers are friendlier when ten vouchers are brought for redemption as opposed to 45 pounds of silver.

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