Android Blackjack: It’s Still Blackjack

Android Blackjack, also known as mobile blackjack or even portable blackjack, is the most current form of the game today. This form of blackjack continues the classic legacy of the game that started over a hundred years ago. In other words, even though Android blackjack is something that takes place on your smartphone or tablet, it’s still blackjack. You still need to get to 21 to beat the dealer and there are still a number of strategies you can use to get improved outcomes. And that’s the beauty about the game of blackjack, it’s got that little bit of leeway for a strategy and thus the opportunity to use your head and not just hope that lady luck’s going to shine down on you. Over here we’ll discuss a couple of strategies that you can use while enjoying Android blackjack as well as a few play-by-play attributes. The idea is to give sufficient info regrading basic play and methods for implementation.

Good News for Android Blackjack Players

Blackjack, be it online, mobile or land based, is all about one magic number – 21. An Android blackjack strategy all comes down to being able to pre-empt whether or not you’re going to get close to that number based on what cards are lying on the table. Simple arithmetic plays a key role in the game of blackjack – but this is not something to get concerned over. The best thing to do, especially if you’re a new player or you’re rusty, is to opt for the free play/practice play mode. This option applies to both online (desktop) and mobile casino players. There’s no set amount of sessions you’re dealt which means you can keep practicing until you’re playing fit.

Play by Play Rules for Android Blackjack

Over here we’ll cover the essential fundamentals. These are tips that are always applicable to the game of blackjack, be it Vegas Strip Blackjack or Classic Blackjack.

  • Unless you’re good at card-counting or a seasoned vet, do not take insurance. 
  • When it comes to splitting, do it to Aces and Eights and not cards with a value of 10, 5 or 4.
  • Always remember that cards to the value of 10 account for the majority of cards in a deck – 10’s and face cards – with this in mind you can assume that the deck forms two parts – one part with cards that will win and the other with cards that will go bust.
  • Based on what’s been said above, if a dealer pulls a 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, the likelihood of a bust is high.
  • In this type of situation, it’s best not to try anything risky – use your best discretion.
  • However, is the dealer has a 7 or higher, the likelihood of getting a total of 18-21 is good. If you’ve got less than 18 in total, you can be risky but also keep in mind that going bust is a possibility.

Android Blackjack: Hit or Stand

These simple rules are key to knowing. For those who haven’t played the game yet, to Hit means to ask for another card from the dealer while to Stand means that you will no longer accept cards and receive the final outcome instead. Here’s how it works:

  • If you’ve an Ace or cards totalling 11, always hit.
  • If your cards equate 17 or more and dealer doesn’t have a 7 or higher, then stand.
  • If your cards equate anything between 12 and 16 and the dealer got between 2 and 6, stand. However, should the dealer have a 2 or a 3, then it’s best that you hit.
  • If your card total is between 12 and 16 and the dealer has 7 or more, then hit.

Using a Strategy Chart

A strategy chart is a very useful item and it’s easy to find too. Simply do an online search and you’ll quickly come by one. Save it, download it or print it, but make sure you’ve got it handy. This chart, applicable to Android blackjack as well, its colour coded and designed to assist you in your decision-making process. In fact, these charts are often designed for 4 – 8 decks and due to the variety of games available, quite a few operate off 4 decks, making the chart an ideal companion piece. Thanks to all the information being colour coded, you can cross reference everything and make better bets.

Recommended Reading 

The internet is awash with information on blackjack strategies – a fair amount of which can be considered disinformation. For reasons as such, practice discretion when electing to accept information. Make sure the website appears to know what it’s talking about and that it punts reputable Android casino operators. Alternatively, you could always go for the old tried and trusted actual book instead. There’s quite a bit of literature on the subject of blackjack – indicative of the game’s enduring popularity. Here are some recommended reads:

  • Basic Blackjack:  Wong, Stanford
  • Big Book of Blackjack:  Snyder, Arnold
  • Blackjack Attack: Schlesinger, Don
  • Blackjack Blueprint: Blaine, Rick