Understanding Settings in Cryptologic Blackjack

Cryptologic online casinos offer a number of versions of blackjack. One version is Atlantic City Blackjack. This game offers a Settings button on the blackjack table on the right hand side of the screen. Important actions and warning messages can be configured using the options provided in this button. This article offers tips to players that will help them make the correct choices. Similar options are available in other versions of blackjack at Cryptologic online casinos.

The Settings are divided into two sections, Insurance and Player Warnings, and each section will be considered in turn. Atlantic City Blackjack offers the Insurance bet. Whenever the dealer's face up card is an Ace, the player can take insurance. If the player believes that the dealer will draw a Blackjack, he can place a side bet of half the original wager as insurance. If the dealer draws a blackjack the insurance bet pays 2 to 1 and the player does not lose out on the whole. If the dealer does not draw a blackjack the insurance bet loses and the original bet is played out in the usual manner. If the player does not take the insurance the original bet is played out in the usual manner.

In the Settings the player has to choose one of the following three options - Always offer insurance, Always buy insurance and Always decline insurance. The first thing to be aware of is that in the long run the Insurance bet does not pay. Therefore to buy insurance all the time is a losing proposition and should never be considered. The ideal choice is to always decline insurance. What happens then is whenever insurance is offered it is automatically declined. Some players may want to make the choice of accepting the insurance on a case to case basis. Consider a case of multiplayer blackjack game when 5 pairs of cards are dealt to the player and the dealer's face up card is an Ace. If none of the 10 players' cards have a value of ten then the chance of the dealer getting a blackjack increases slightly. Under these conditions the player might want to take insurance. New players should opt for Always decline insurance and experienced players can opt for Always offer insurance.

There are three Players Warnings, which under default conditions are always enabled. These warnings are issued when the player hits on a hand value of hard 17 or higher, stands on hand value of 11 or lower and doubles down on a hand value of hard 12 or higher. These moves must never be made by a player. However this does not imply that opposite of these moves are the correct moves. The opposite of these moves will be correct or incorrect depending on the cards dealt. These warnings are issued only to protect the player against mouse click error. Something like warnings issued when online payments are confirmed.

These warnings can be disabled through the Settings game, but it would be unwise to do so. It is true that the warnings are irritating but that is a small price to pay, especially if the player is engaged in high stakes real money wagering. Players who are confident of their ability to stay focused and not make mouse click errors and do not want irritating warning messages may disable the warnings, but will be doing so at their own peril.

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