I’ve played so much blackjack in the past few days that when I close my eyes I see cards being dealt.
I started out by playing “Live Blackjack” Basically, there is a casino that is affiliated with Casino.com and they have camera’s set up, so you can see the dealer and the cards being dealt. I liked the idea of this because even though the Online Casino’s swear that they are randomly generated and the odds of winning against the computer are the same as in real life, it still creeps into my mind that things are shady when I lose.
The first thing I noticed is that thanks to my firewall I couldn’t see the dealer, but I was OK with that. Also the game-play is slower then when playing the computer, partly because you have to for other people to think and make their, their is 15 second time-frame for you to make a decision, and partly because everything has to be entered into the computer and that adds to the time.
I started out by playing €20 a hand and quickly upped that to €50, which is the max for table I was playing at. Several times I was able to split my hand (for those who don’t the rules of Blackjack, if the 2 cards that you’re dealt are the same you can split them into to hands, and then you have pay an ante price on the second as well) and the second card for both decks game me either a 9, 10 or 11 and I doubled them both, meaning I had €200 total on the table, and I won both hands. Those hands were really sweet. I think I did that 3 times over the course of the past few days.
At some point I switched over to the regular blackjack, and the difference in speed was amazing, I could play 10 hands in the time it took to play 1 live hand. On the other hand, I lost really quickly. Within minutes I dropped the €1000 that I had made in the day and a half of live play.
When I got to the point where I couldn’t stand the thought of seeing another hand being dealt to me, I was at €3,500, I decided to lay a €500 bet. I figured if I still had €3000 at the end of the day it would be OK. I was dealt a 9 and 2 – The dealer had a 5 showing. I had no choice I had to double down – I had €1000 riding on the next card, I don’t think I’ve ever made such a large breath. Amazingly, the next card was a 10, giving me 21, and I knew at worst it would be a push. It took the dealer cards, but he finally busted, giving me a €2000 win. It was pretty crazy. All told in the 3 days of Blackjack I ended up winning about €230.