Saturday, March 03, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day, 3/3/2012: Casino Blackjack Pro has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Casino Blackjack Pro.

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Casino Blackjack Pro is priced at $0.99 in the Android Market, and is normally priced at $0.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing between the two marketplaces.

Casino Blackjack Pro is described as follows:
The casino comes to you with the Casino Blackjack Pro app for Android. Whether you are a casual gambler or hard-core card counter, Casino Blackjack Pro is sure to fit the bill. With four unique game modes, customizable settings, intuitive design, and touch-screen controls, you can get your blackjack fix anytime, anywhere. Are you feeling lucky?

Hit, Stay, Double Down, or Split?

The game follows standard casino rules for blackjack. Pick your bet and once the cards are dealt, you can choose 'Hit' to receive another card, 'Stay' to face the dealer's card, and also 'Double' or 'Split' when available. You can also Surrender your hand at the beginning of the deal if you choose to fold and only lose half of your bet. Are you a risk taker who hits at 17 or will you play it safe and stay?

Four Exciting Game Modes

Casino Blackjack Pro features multiple game modes to keep both novice and expert players engaged. Regular Mode is a standard blackjack simulator that provides a range of great features, such as rule customization, Expected Value (EV) calculation for every play, and a number of card-counting systems.

Cheat Mode stacks the deck in your favor, making it harder to bust. Sim Mode is a practice tool that allows you play out various scenarios you may face in a live game. In X-Ray Mode you have the option of peeking at the dealer's hole card. This makes it a lot easier to pile up those chips!

Card Counting Systems and Custom Settings

For those that want to take down 'The House,' Casino Blackjack Pro offers five card counting systems: Hi-Lo, KO, Omega II, Wizard Ace/Five, and Zen Count. You can also create or input your own card counting system and enter a value for each card in a suit. The app lets you customize a variety of other settings, such as the number of decks used, when to shuffle the cards, whether the dealer hits a 'soft 17,' and if the expected value is shown.
Casino Blackjack Pro has a rating of 3.8 stars in the Android Market and a rating of 3.5 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

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The ratings between the two markets are pretty close, so we'd say this was a high 3 app. The game is rather plain visually, and some of that is reflected in the ratings.

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Those who are considering "buying" a Free Amazon Appstore app might want to consider what it means to developers. opened up the Appstore despite a lawsuit by Apple, which has previously trademarked the term "App Store." Microsoft has filed an appeal against that trademark, saying the term is too generic. has responded to the lawsuit in the same manner.

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