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Beginning Blackjack


Beginning Blackjack

Blackjack is one of the oldest and easiest card games to learn how to manipulate and one of the most rewarding card games any first-time casino-bound beginner can play. The simple conceptual rules leave much room for any novice to succeed.

A basic overview of the game can be taught in a mere fifteen minutes, however, the bulk of mastering it like a seasoned casino pro does come from devoting a strenuous effort to the discipline and strategy of this classic French card game standby. For beginning players though, it takes little more than controlling simple math principals like basic addition, combined with a cunning observation of human behavior and a touch of strategy to learn the card game of blackjack.

Because of the varying levels of chance and yet still the opportunity to employ strategic tactics, blackjack is the only casino game at which one stands a chance to truly outsmart and beat the house. Gaining a sharp rise in American player popularity in the 1960’s, blackjack, once called “21” based on the maximum card count total before a hand busts, is now one of the most sought-after card games in casinos worldwide. Another reason this game has sustained and increased in its number of players, is because of the increasing accessibility of online blackjack games. This card game is an “every man’s” game and due to its quick learning time and the advent of Internet gambling sites, there has been a modern revitalization of the game in both real-time and virtual environments.

There is a level of independence in blackjack, and perhaps that solitary sense that a player is facing off individually against the dealer might be part of the appeal. As each player tries to beat the dealer one-on-one, other players are simultaneously doing the same. There is both a social and non-social element to the game play.

Simply learning the ropes of the game is enough to get one started, however, devoting a few hours to attaining the basic strategies of card prediction and card counting is the key to having a higher payout and a better grasp of the more advanced techniques. A short time of practicing these strategic maneuvers will propel a basic player from a run-of-the-mill neighborhood poker night player to a player who would have a great edge in a public casino. If a player knows the more popular and assured strategies like card counting, which is mentally tracking the high and low cards of the deck, blackjack is much simpler to sweep than other card games. Although the house will always have a statistical edge, the component of player choice makes the game sway positively toward the player in a way that no other card game can.

As with most games, experience is another essential component in mastering blackjack play. The casino circuit is the best way to collect the practice needed to excel, because the environment is tense and the play is quick, which can teach a player to acclimate to the speedy wit necessary to win big. However, the online blackjack options and home play are also beneficial and probably more practical for most new players.

The benefits of mastering blackjack are more rewarding than most people imagine. The time invested in learning the game and blackjack strategy produces a feeling of exercising the mind while at the same time enabling a player to take home a little quick pay dirt – a great monetary reward for a few hands of fun card playing.

MLB betting the numbers don’t lie


MLB betting - the numbers don’t lie

Toronto has without a doubt the best catching in the major leagues with the duo of Benjie Molina and Greg Zaun. They have 9 homeruns and 27 RBI’s in the first 4o games and Zaun has been on fire with 16 hits in 16 games, including 5 round trippers and 15 RBI’s.

CF Vernon Wells was charged with his third error of the season Tuesday when he bounced a throw to second base in the opening inning after a single by Julio Lugo. Last season, he was perfect in the field with zero errors in 363 total chances.

Halladay, 6-1 in nine starts, has not lost since Tampa beat him back on April 9. Since that time, he's gone 5-0 with two no-decisions and in each of those wins he's allowed no more than one run and a total of four.

Texas SS Michael Young's two-out, run-scoring single in the seventh inning Monday pushed his season average to .500 (11-for-22) with two outs and runners in scoring position. Since the start of the 2005 season, he leads the majors with a .463 average (38-for-82) in those situations.

First basemen Phil Nevin has gone 20 games without a homerun and for his effort has received $1.3 million which is 1/8 of his $10.4 million salary this year.

Anaheim is 21-7 versus the Rangers since 2004 and Ranger pitchers allowed the Angels' Vladimir Guerrero a pair of hits Tuesday, extending his amazing hitting streak against Texas to 41 games. Guerrero has hit in every game he's ever played against the Rangers. Guerrero now has a .447 career average against Texas.

The Rangers' bullpen was charged with its 13th blown save in 22 chances Tuesday night when Francisco Cordero allowed a pair of eighth-inning runs in the a 7-6 loss to the struggling Angels. The Rangers' 40.9 save percentage ranks 13th in the AL.

Cordero had blown five saves in the closer's role before being moved to a setup role. He's been quite effective in the setup role. Since May 1, he had allowed just one earned run in 10 1/3 innings (0.87 ERA). He had held hitters to a .205 average in that role.

The Mariners are streaking and teams should consider using a left handed starter if they have one as of the Mariners' 35 home runs this season, 30 have come against right-handed pitching.

1B Richie Sexson struck out three times, matching his season high, done four times previously. He's about a week ahead of last season's strikeout pace, when he went on to fan 167 times.

RHP Joel Pineiro was the AL Pitcher of the Week the first week of May, but since then he's thrown 14 innings and allowed 17 runs (16 earned) as his ERA has climbed from 3.72 to 5.25.

45 - Percent of base stealers A's catcher Jason Kendall has thrown out, 9-of-20, through May 18. Kendall threw out 15.1 percent of would-be base stealers last year.

A’s 1B Dan Johnson, dropped back to ninth in the order, grounded out weakly to the right side four times in Tuesday's game. He left two on base in the second inning and three in the third inning. Johnson started the year in a 1-for-37 (.027) slump, went 12-for-32 (.375) over his next nine games, but is now 8-for-48 (.167) over his last 15 games.

The Yankees have no pitching and horrible defense which is a recipe for disaster. In the last 14 games they have botched 22 balls!

Twins LHP Johan Santana had his roughest start since mid-April Tuesday, allowing five runs (four earned) in seven innings against Cleveland and leaving without a decision. The five runs were the most he has allowed against Cleveland in 21 career appearances, including 11 starts.

RHP Bob Wickman's win in the Indians' 3-2 victory over Pittsburgh Sunday was his first win since Aug. 10, 2002. Wickman went 105 consecutive appearances without a win. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that was the longest current streak of its kind among active pitchers. The longest winless streak now among active pitchers is held by Colorado's Tom Martin, who has pitched in 100 games since his last win, which came on Sept. 23, 2003.