There are online communities out there for every game, every little niche and everything else you can think of, and blackjack is no different. Blackjack forums are where players — professionals and amateurs alike — go to discuss strategy, to talk about the best and worst casinos and to brag about their exploits. With the advent of social media and sites such as Google Plus, Facebook and Twitter, message boards are becoming less and less popular, but they are still one of the main places for enthusiasts and fanatics to meet up and discuss anything and everything. You can find heaps of great information on these boards and use them to improve your game, whether by following advice laid out by other blackjack professionals, or simply by reading reviews of the best casinos and card rooms in which to play your favourite game. These places can also be a great place to meet likeminded people and maybe even to arrange a home game or a meet at a casino. If you’re into that sort of thing then you can even trade helpful hints on card counting and other such systems, although in some message boards these topics might not be openly talked about.
- BJ21.com – This forum is run by Stanford Wong, one of the most recognised names in the blackjack world. Stanford Wong has written books, guides and more on the game of blackjack and as well as being inducted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame, he is also generally regarded as one of the best players to ever take up the game of blackjack. This website uses some pretty old software which can create somewhat disorganised setup, lacking the organisation of modern setups and of sub forums and threads, but once you get used to it then it will become second nature. Here you will find some of the best advice and the best tips anywhere, most of which come from the fingertips and the mind of the greatest thinker to ever grace the game.
- BJRnet – This forum leans towards the darker side of blackjack, discussing card counting, shuffle tracking and other techniques that aren’t technically illegal, but will get you thrown out of a casino in record time. If you’re new to the forum then be sure to check out the archive section, which contains a backlog of great information that can help you to improve your skills or to pick up the basics of card counting and other systems. If you want a place to chat and chill, then this probably isn’t for you and is generally geared towards serious players and card counters.
- Blackjack Info – This forum is run by blackjack professional Ken Smith and is a comprehensive message board covering a wide range of topics on the game of blackjack. This is a great source for information about playing conditions in various locations, ideal for those who land in Las Vegas or Atlantic City and want to read about where they can find the best blackjack tables in the city. There are also sections dedicated to betting strategies and sections on how to play the game of blackjack, providing some of the best information available for those who are new to the game. There is even an online casino section, with a list of the best and worst casinos around, so you can make an educated choice before you invest your money.
- Blackjack The Forum -This is one of the most comprehensive forums on the game of blackjack and it uses some up-to-date forum software that makes reading and posting as simple and straightforward as it can be. There are general forums for random discussions, software sub forums to talk about the best and worst blackjack games out there, card counting sub forums and sub forums on all of the major casino destinations, including Las Vegas and online. There are even sections that deal with gambling law, tax and more.
- Blackjack Tournaments – One of the best sources of income for blackjack professionals is blackjack tournaments. Blackjack is a slow game, a game where millions can be won, but only if big bets are made and the player is prepared to grind throughout the night. But blackjack tournaments can offer a million dollar prize from a bet of a few hundred dollars, paid out after just 25 or 30 hands, depending on the rules of the tournament. This forum lists all of the best tournaments around and also includes advice on how to tackle such tournaments. It also lists information on the Ultimate Blackjack Tour, the World Series of Blackjack and otter big events, so if you’re wondering when these will make return then keep an eye on this site and you’ll be the first to find out.
- Hit or Stand – This is where blackjack players come to boast, mourn and to generally chill out. This forum is filled with players’ experiences, from the time they won and lost it all in the City or Sin, to the time they hit the jackpot in Atlantic City. This is a great place to meet other blackjack players as the conversations are very relaxed and open, with no strict rules and very little talk about strategy, card counting and other serious elements of the game.
- Yahoo Groups: Blackjack Card Counters Cafe – This is not an active discussion and the last message posted here was from quite a few years ago, but it is still a worthwhile site to visit if you have a few moments to kill. A read through the archives can tie you some insight into the game of blackjack, but recommendations about the best casinos or upcoming tournaments are unlikely to be of any validity and probably should be ignored.