Back When You Were a Kid, Blackjack was Known as 21

The first time you played blackjack you were probably a kid back in elementary school and you knew it by a different name, that of “Twenty-one”. You’d get that period at the library and the books that then school had were kind of boring, so one of you would dig out a deck of cards and ask your mates if anyone was up for a game. “Sure, what about rummy?” someone would inevitably say. “No, it’ll take too long. It’s got to be something quicker in case the teacher sees us.” “How about 21 then?”

And all would agree. No money was ever bet. The association between betting money and the game of 21 was never made. Besides kids back then usually bet on things like marbles or whether someone could sneak into the girl’s bathroom. So the cards would be dealt out and everyone would try to get a close to 21 as possible. Years later at some point you’d be playing with friends in restaurant or coffee shop and a grownup would notice you and ask if you were playing blackjack? You would answer no, that you were playing 21.

At that point if the grownup was cool around kids he’d tell you that 21 and blackjack were the same thing and that it was a popular game in the big casinos in Las Vegas. And he was really cool with kids he’d sit down for a few minutes and give you all a lesson on how blackjack was really played. What the significance of a “blackjack” was, how to really play it and how the betting worked. And the world of your little card games would never be the same.

Suddenly your Saturday pocket money would find a new destination other than the comic book store. You’d head over to your one friend at whose house everyone could hang out without a parent getting too suspicious about your activities. Out would come your wallets with a few quarters to a few dollars nested in them and a prepubescent Vegas would happen in the “one friend’s” tree fort. This also meant that any cigarettes that had been nicked from a parents pack would be shared with all. Chips were usually something like matchsticks or toothpicks and the game would begin.

Now that Im older, wiser and less likely to hit the road for VegasĀ  (since I live in Australia now) its easier to play online. A simple search led me to which provided some casinos to play at – its actually fun, not as fun as my younger days, but still good.

Nothing like the road to adulthood being paved with brotherhood and money earned at blackjack played in a tree fort.


Street Smarts with Your Online Transactions

The world of online casinos is among the most exciting on the internet, what with the potential of winning big dollars just a couple of clicks away or the flipping of a single virtual card. But many people have serious worries about making online transactions. How safe are they? Who has my money? Can a hacker access my money? Here are just a few things that anyone can do to maximize their online financial security.

First, make as few transactions as you possibly can. Look, the lesser the number of times you have to move your money the lower the risk that something will go wrong in the process. So, move $400 once instead of moving $100 four times and you may save money with less transaction fees.

Second, keeping in mind what I have said previously you should only move as much money as is necessary. The less money you have sitting in a holding company, then the less potential worries you have if a problem arises. So keeping in mind my first suggestion to move $400 once instead of $100 four times, move $400 instead of $1000.

Third, always patronize a known, established online holding company for your money. What I mean when I say this is for you to use a company that a respectable number of reputable online poker sites and/or casinos use. Typically this information can be found on the casino’s website, along the top or bottom of the page under the heading of “financials”, “banking”, “deposits & withdrawals” or “online transactions”. You may also find the information on the “frequently asked questions” page too. Doing a little detective work before hand can save you a lot of worry later on.

Forth, never mail a cheque directly to an online poker room or casino. Cheques can get lost in busy offices that are setup for modern cyber transactions and not bricks & mortar, snail mail transactions. And lost cheques can be difficult to find and to track. Also when you go through a third party holding company there are redundant sets of transaction records. This is extra protection for you and your money if there is ever a dispute with the casino or poker room over lost money. Also note that cheque clearing times can delay things, if you send a cheque for an online casino australia, it could take weeks to clear.

Fifth, one of the simplest things that you can do for your personal security is to protect your computer with a password. And not a foolish password, mix up letters and numbers, upper and lower case characters. Your computer is ground zero for your money and for gambling fun.