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Description

Blagdon Apps Blackjack brings you a stylish casino Blackjack experience whether your an expert or a beginner. Whether you want to feel the excitement of casino blackjack, or to train your blackjack skills, this is the game for you! Playing from a single deck of cards, this is a simulation of a casino game so that you can train yourself to become a master! Features full casino rules; Double Down, Split Hands, Insurance. Blagdon Apps Blackjack also has a tutorial which guides you through the basic rules of the games. There is also a help button on hand at any stage so that you can access the strategy card to help you try and beat the house. Try and complete all of the achievements by becoming a magician and hit a 5 card trick or joining the millionaire’s club by winning a 1,000,000 chips! Compete with your friends and try and achieve the highest chip count (via Amazon Game Circle). The game also keep tracks of all you win’s and losses. The app is completely free, there is no daily chip limit and there is no in-app purchases.

Availability

Blagdon Apps Blackjack is currently available for;

  • Android
  • iOS

and will be available shortly for;

  • windows 8 & 8.1
  • OS X

Available for download from;

 

Game Play

 

Blacjack History

Blackjack, also known as twenty-one, is the most widely played casino banking game in the world. Blackjack is a comparing card game between a player and dealer, meaning players compete against the dealer but not against other players. It is played with one or more decks of 52 cards[1]. The object of the game is to beat the dealer in one of the following ways:

  • Get 21 points on the player’s first two cards (called a blackjack), without a dealer blackjack;
  • Reach a final score higher than the dealer without exceeding 21; or
  • Let the dealer draw additional cards until his or her hand exceeds 21.

The player or players are dealt a two-card hand and add together the value of their cards. Face cards (kings, queens, and jacks) are counted as ten points. A player and the dealer can count an ace as 1 point or 11 points. All other cards are counted as the numeric value shown on the card. After receiving their first two cards, players have the option of getting a “hit”, or taking an additional card. In a given round, the player or the dealer wins by having a score of 21 or by having the higher score that is less than 21. Scoring higher than 21 (called “busting” or “going bust”) results in a loss. A player may win by having any final score equal to or less than 21 if the dealer busts. If a player holds an ace valued as 11, the hand is called “soft”, meaning that the player cannot go bust by taking an additional card; 11 plus the value of any other card will always be less than or equal to 21. Otherwise, the hand is “hard”.

The dealer must hit until the cards total 17 or more points[2]. (In some casinos the dealer also hits on a “soft” 17, e.g. an initial ace and six.) Players win by not busting and having a total higher than the dealer’s. The dealer loses by busting or having a lesser hand than the player who has not busted. If the player and dealer have the same total, this is called a “push”, and the player typically does not win or lose money on that hand.

Blackjack has many rule variations. Since the 1960s, blackjack has been a high-profile target of advantage players, particularly card counters, who track the profile of cards that have been dealt and adapt their wagers and playing strategies accordingly.

Blackjack has inspired other casino games, including Spanish 21 and pontoon.

Blagdon Apps Blackjack Rule Variations

The Rules for Blagdon Apps Blackjack are as follows;

  • Played with a single deck of cards, shuffled after every round.
  • Dealer Stands on all 17’s and must hit until he has 16.
  • Double’s allowed after Splitting.
  • No Re-Splitting after initial Splitting of hand.
  • No Insurance after Splitting.
  • Doubles cost the same of your original bet.
  • Splits costs the same of your original bet.
  • Insurance costs half of your original bet.
  • Blackjack Pays 3 to 2 (e.g. if you bet 100 chips, you win 250 chips).
  • Insurance Pays 2 to 1 (e.g. if you original bet was 100 chips (insurance would cost 50 chips), you win 150 chips).
  • All other winning hands are paid 1 to 1 (e.g. if you bet 100 chips you would win 100 chips)

 

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How To Play

Blagdon Apps Blackjack has a tutorial and this can be accessed from the main menu screen.

Gameplay is straightforward.

To begin press the Start Button, or if you have a game saved, the continue game button.

Once on the game scene, press one of the bet base buttons at the bottom of the scene to select a hand to play.

Bet Bases shown with red arrows

Bet Bases shown with red arrows

Next select the amount to bet with the Bet Chips on the Right hand side of the scene.

Once at least one bet base has a bet, the Deal button should appear

Press the Deal Button and the dealer will deal you two cards to every bet base that has a valid bet.

The deal will also deal two cards to himself, with one card faced down.

Then it is your turn. You will have a choice, depending on your cards dealt to you, to either

  • Hit – Take a card.
  • Stand – End your hand go
  • Double – Place an extra bet(the same as your original bet) on your hand. The dealer will deal only one more card and then end the hand turn.
  • Split – You can only split when the cards dealt to you areof the same value, i.e. two Three’s or two Eights. This will create a two new hands to play, and you will be dealt two more cards. One on the original hand that was split and one on the newly created hand. You can then bet and play with these two hands as normal separate hands. The cost of the split is the same as the original bet.
  • Take Insurance – Only available when the dealer card shown is an Ace.

Depending on the cards dealt, only certain buttons will appear(i.e. if the dealer is not showing an Ace, then the insurance button will not show).

At the end of your turn, it is the dealers go and he will show the card that was faced down. He will either take a card until he has 16 or stand if he has 17 or more.

This will be the end of the round, and all wining bets will be paid out, the deck will be shuffled, ready to deal the next round.

Strategy.

Available from the Game Screen, you have access to a Strategy Card which can help you make decisions.

HelpCard

 

Other basic strategy rules:

  • Never take insurance or “even money.” The house edge on insurance is 5.9%, based on one deck.
  • If there is no row for splitting (fives and tens), then look up your hand as a hard total (10 or 20).
  • If you can’t split because of a limit on re-splitting, then look up your hand as a hard total.

 

Achievements

Apart from trying to achieve the highest chip stack(which you can post your score to Amazon Game Circle or Apple’s Game Center leaderboards to impress your friends!), there are 15 achievements to complete on Blagdon Apps Blackjack. They are;

  • Blackjack – Hit a Blackjack!
  • Make it a Double – Double a Hand
  • Twice the Chance – Split a Hand
  • Hedging your Bets – Take Insurance
  • Double’s on the House – Win a Hand that you Doubled
  • Twice the Joy – Win a Hand that you Split
  • Insurance Pay Out – You took Insurance and Dealer had Blackjack
  • The Trio – Play and win with all three Hands
  • Magician – Hit a 5 Card Trick – Score 21 with 5 Cards
  • Wizard- Hit a 6(or more) Card Trick – Score 21 with 6 or more Cards
  • Grand Job – Get to 1000 chips in your chip stack
  • In The Money – Get to 10,000 chips in your chip stack
  • V.I.P. – Get to 50,000 chips in your chip stack
  • High Roller – Get to 100,000 chips in your chip stack
  • Millionaire – Get to 1,000,000 chips in your chip stack

You can also share your highest chip stacks, and your achievements via Twitter.

Achievements

Achievements

 

Development

Development of Blagdon Apps Blackjack started in April 2015 and finished in July 2015. Blagdon Apps Blackjack was initially released on Android, and then iOS. It will be coming to Windows and OS X in late 2015.

Music

“Ultralounge” – Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com) Licensed Under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecomons.org/licenses/by/3.0

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