Casino Games – Poker Recognition – Part Three

The first considerable victory was marked in Austria. In 1993 an entrepreneur and a great fan of poker Peter Zanoni opened in Vienna a poker club “Concord Card Casino”. The club positioned itself as the place where they play only poker as a skill game not a gambling game. Substantially immediately the club became interesting for the gambling business which saw a competitor therein. At the suggestion of the gambling business the press began attacking the club, the managers of the club were accused in organization of illegal gambling games, contacts with criminals etc.

Very soon gambling lobby provoked the state to bring a charge in organization of illegal gambles against the managers of the club. The court took place the resolution of which shocked many people. The advocates of the club tried to prove that poker is not a gamble but a competition of skills, know-how. The court applied for consultation of the experts, they carried out an independent mathematical expertise of poker rules the results of which expressly showed that skills dominated over a chance in this game. Poker was brought into the line with chess. The court accepted the results of the expertise and took the resolution in favor of the poker club. For today the “Concord Card Casino” is one of the greatest poker clubs of Europe. The founder of the club Peter Zanoni inspired with his victory, he is now successfully working on popularization of poker and its recognition as a kind of sport in Europe. For this purpose he founded first Austrian association of poker sport and in 2006 he founded European association of poker sport.

A similar court session took place in Great Britain in January 2007. Derek Kelly faced trial, he is an owner of a poker club “Gutshot Club” in London downtown. Unfortunately for Derek and all English poker fans British law turned to be less liberal than Austrian one. Having recognized a skill compound in poker games it gave preference to a chance in the game. But British people should not be upset the attitude to skill sports in their country is still complicated, for instance, chess was officially recognized a sport only some years ago. Derek Kelly’s case had provoked in society a live discussion which was taken up by politicians. Very soon British media suggest that poker, bridge should be put together with chess.

In the end of July 2007 good news for poker fans came from Denmark. Court proceedings as to Frederic Hostrup, a chairman of Danish poker association finished in favor of Frederic and poker. As in Austria Hostrup was accused in organization of illegal gambling games. The advocate Henrick Hoffman proved to the court that poker is not a gamble but a skill game. The winners have already declared that now they will fight for the rights of their favourite game on the territory of all Europe.

Poker smoothly fitted well into the society of the 20th century and a number of their fans grow in geometrical progression. In the modern world not to know how to play poker becomes a mauvais ton. In such conditions the authorities cannot but take into account the people’s opinion which is the part of it. The authorities should go away from prejudices and be guided by common sense and the opinion of majority.

Classic Game Review: Championship Blackjack

Blackjack lovers this is it! With Championship Blackjack from PC Software you can play under realistic conditions using the rules from all the gambling fun spots. Before going into the details, a rundown of the features and playing options available with Championship Blackjack should be enough to convince you, as it did me, that it is an outstanding blackjack software package which is even better than the hard-wired setups you put your quarters into at the casino while you’re waiting in line to see a dinner show.

The game options include:

• All allowable plays are supported, including stand, hit, double, split, re-split, insurance, and surrender;
• Single or multiple decks;
• Tournament and double exposure play;
• Choice of casino rules, including Vegas Strip, Vegas Downtown, Atlantic City, Tahoe, and Reno;
• Ability to set your own rules;
• Julian Braun’s Basic and Point-Count System strategies. The game features include:
• Monochrome and colour displays, with sound;
• Menu-driven screens;
• Player statistics;
• Simulations.

The game is so complete that about all you can’t do is order cocktails and look at the dealer’s eyes when he checks for blackjack. The game will accommodate up to six players and any of these can be played by the computer itself. Players automatically have their moves checked against the basic strategy developed by Julian Braun and, additionally, player’s moves can also be checked against Braun’s Point-Count system. Poor decisions based upon these systems, are then indicated by appropriate messages.

The general flow of the game is as expected. Cards are shuffled, bets are placed, hands are dealt, and players make their decisions.

What makes this game an excellent instructional tool, is that at the upper left of the screen, the program displays the running count, the true count (since you can’t actually see the shoe to see how many decks are left), the recommended move using basic strategy, and the recommended move using the Point-Count system. And, if you still can’t make up your mind, there is a help screen available to show you all the options. I played the game on an IBM monochrome display and found the graphics to be excellent. The screen layout is similar to that green felt on a blackjack table. Cards are dealt face-up, down cards down, and hits and splits are neatly overlapped. Player’s names, their current bank- roll, and current bets are always displayed at their respective places on the table. The statistics screen is very helpful and lets you know at any time how everyone is faring, this is most important in tournament play and when running simulations.

The only recommendation I have for the developers of the game is an added feature that will allow practice drills on such things as soft standing rules, soft-hitting rules, pair splitting decisions, double down decisions, and surrender decisions.

If you are a beginning blackjack player, a hearty welcome to the game. You won’t find a more helpful and enjoyable way of learning than Championship Blackjack. If you’re an expert, counter, tournament player, or professional, you will find Championship Blackjack to be an outstanding computer game. Good luck, and see you at the tables!