Aug 6

Chance’s Blackjack Challenge – Results Part 1

Category: Blackjack

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Let’s see how you managed your way through the first half of our terminology quiz. Remember that each question was worth 1 point, and keep track of the points you accumulate for the second part of the quiz!


Question 1: When Chance tells the dealer to “hit”, what is Chance asking for?
Answer: b. to deal another card for Chance’s current hand.
This is one of the most basic Blackjack terms.


Question 2: Chance is frustrated because, when he asks to “hit”, his hand now totals more than 21. This is NOT known as:
Answer: b. Overboard.
When a hand in Blackjack reaches over 21, this can be referred to as a “break” or “bust”, and Chance automatically loses that current hand.


Question 3: Chance is staring at his current hand, an Ace and a 6. He thinks he’s lucky because:
Answer: a. He’s holding a soft hand.
A “soft hand” is when the Ace in Chance’s hand can be counted as a value of 11 instead of 1. He feels lucky because he can ask to “hit” again without fear of busting!


Question 4: Chance was holding a 7 and a 9. He asks to “hit”, and receives an Ace. He frowns because:
Answer: b. He’s holding a hard hand
A “hard hand” is the opposite of a “soft hand”, where the Ace has to be counted as a value of 1. Otherwise, the hand would be considered a bust.


Question 5: Chance is having no luck because his deals are mostly “stiff hands”. This means:
Answer: c. His hand is too low to beat the dealer, but too high without risking a bust.
A hand is considered “stiff” when its value lands between 12-16.


Question 6: Chance’s wife returns, and sees that Chance is holding a pair of 8′s. She tells him to “split”, meaning:
Answer: a. Split the cards into two separate hands.
When dealt any pair of cards with the same value, Chance can decide to “split” the cards to have a better chance of winning. Both of his hands would have two separate bets, both equal to the value of his initial bet.


Phew, Chance didn’t leave the casino after all; the fun has just begun. Will Chance be able to survive this Blackjack ordeal? We hope to see you next time on…Chance’s Blackjack Challenge!

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Aug 4

Chance’s Blackjack Challenge — Part 1

Category: Blackjack

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“Casino Entrance” by Chris_J on Flickr is licensed under CC BY 2.0 (license)

Novices may believe that winning at Blackjack is just a matter of luck. While there is no doubt that luck is a major element, there’s more than meets the eye in Blackjack. If you’ve played our Blackjack app, you would know that there are various strategies to select…but do you fully understand what they mean? Before you can learn the strategies, you need to know the terms, so we’ll bring you up to speed with this four-part quiz that will help you better understand how Blackjack works! We will give you the answers to each quiz in the challenge, so don’t worry if you don’t get everything right in the first try. Let’s see what the first part of the quiz has in store for you:

Chance’s Blackjack Challenge—Part 1

Our friend Chance is in Las Vegas for vacation, and he wants to check out the Blackjack tables to try out his luck. Let’s follow him through this Blackjack story as he enters the casino and sits at the Blackjack table of his choice. You can learn the Blackjack terms along with him! Each question is worth 1 point.

 

Question 1: When Chance tells the dealer to “hit”, what is Chance asking for?
a. More casino chips
b. To deal another card for Chance’s current hand
c. A light punch on the face to get Chance more focused

 

Question 2: Chance is frustrated because, when he asks to “hit”, his hand now totals more than 21. This is NOT known as:
a. Break
b. Overboard
c. Bust

 

Question 3: Chance is staring at his current hand, an Ace and a 6. He thinks he’s lucky because:
a. He’s holding a soft hand
b. He’s holding a hard hand
c. He’s holding his wife’s hand

 

Question 4: Chance was holding a 7 and a 9. He asks to “hit”, and receives an Ace. He frowns because:
a. He’s holding a soft hand
b. He’s holding a hard hand
c. His wife left him to go play Solitaire

 

Question 5: Chance is having no luck because his deals are mostly “stiff hands”. This means:
a. He has a difficult time moving his hands
b. The dealer will not deal him another card
c. His hand is too low to beat the dealer, but too high without risking a bust.

 

Question 6: Chance’s wife returns, and sees that Chance is holding a pair of 8′s. She tells him to “split”, meaning:
a. Split the cards into two separate hands
b. Split Chance’s remaining money between him and her
c. Leave the casino

 

Keep track of your answers, and tune in for the next post to find out whether or not Chance and his wife did end up leaving the casino…

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Jul 31

New version of graBLOX just released!

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The new version of graBLOX has been released, with a huge assortment of new levels to choose from. The masterminds behind these levels were none other than…drumroll please… your fellow graBLOX players! With the Level Builder feature, users were able to create levels for other players to enjoy. We know you’ve all been patiently waiting for more levels to tackle in graBLOX, so here’s a look at some of the new levels:

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With the update, users are presented with two new worlds comprised of 25 levels each. In the beginning of each level, an aviator graBLOX flies by the screen and showcases the user who created the level.

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Thank you to all the players who put in the time and effort in creating all of these unique levels! We would love to keep seeing more of these entries in the future, so keep submitting your levels because yours might end up in the next worlds! What are you waiting for? If you’re up to the challenge, download the app here, open up the new levels, and help the graBLOX find their way home!

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Jul 28

GraBLOX Cookie Recipe

Today’s blog post is sure to please those of you with a sweet tooth. That’s because we’re sharing with you our favorite recipe for making graBLOX-inspired chocolate chip cookies. So preheat your ovens, get your mixing bowls ready, and let’s get cookin’!

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INGREDIENTS

  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (more if you like your cookies extra chocolate-y)

 

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease with cooking spray or butter a 12-inch metal baking pan.

2. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in medium bowl until fluffy; add egg, beating well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; stir into mixture with chocolate chips. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan, spreading to 1-inch from edge.

3. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly brown and set. Cool completely; carefully lift cookie from pan. Cut out 2-in. squares. In each square, cut out a graBLOX face (see above). Makes 8 to 10 servings.

4. Enjoy!

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Jul 25

The Business Lessons Learned from Playing Solitaire

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We’ve already discovered that Solitaire has all kinds of great functions beyond just a great way to kill time or a fun pastime.  We learned how Solitaire could potentially help you quit smoking (here), combat writer’s block (here), and help you study (here).  Now as it turns out it can help you in business as well. Recently, a professor of International Business and Marketing at a leading university in Australia wrote about how Solitaire is reminiscent of some key truths of running a business. For example, laying out the cards is a lot like embarking on a start-up, and the first moves can unveil new opportunities much like in business. When you play Solitaire, the more cards you deal, the more opportunities unfold and decisions need to be made–the same is true in business. It’s definitely an interesting analogy, one that anyone who has run a business can take to heart. Read the full article here.

Have you found any similar analogies to Solitaire in your own life?

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Jul 23

Meet Jeanelle, Our New Business Analyst

Category: Uncategorized

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Background

I was born in the Philippines and moved to San Francisco when I was a child. My family moved all over Northern and Southern California but I consider Rancho Cucamonga home. I came to study at UC Irvine, where I studied business economics and accounting. When I’m not on my phone playing games, I’m usually watching TV while crocheting (I’m a great multi-tasker!)

When did you first get interested in gaming?

The first game I ever played was Minesweeper on my computer. Then my dad exposed me to a PlayStation and my interest in games really took off from there. I’ve been addicted to games ever since. 

Why did you decide to come work for MobilityWare?

I knew I would have a lot of different responsibilities. This was a chance for me to apply my skills to a really fun industry.

What is your favorite game of all time?

The Last of Us. It has such a great storyline, and it’s the first video game where I really felt attached to the characters. I had some serious withdrawals after finishing it!

If you could be a character in a game, who would you be?

Crash Bandicoot (from Crash Bandicoot). He’s a rat, but he’s really cute and he seems like he’d be really cool to hang out with. 

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Jul 21

How Do You Recover After a Loss at the French Open? Play Blackjack of Course!

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Photo by Charlie Cowins is licensed under CC BY 2.0 (license)

Last month, up-and-coming tennis player Ernests Gulbis made it to the semifinals of the French Open before being knocked out of the tournament. What better place to recover than the Blackjack table? Well, maybe not. Gulbis went to a Latvian casino after his loss and burned through all of his winnings playing Blackjack. As he told Gazzatta dello Sport, “After losing to Djokovic, I returned to Latvia with my cousin and went to the casino: I bet all prize money won in Paris and I lost it. I like Blackjack, but I lost. I lost a lot.” In case you’re wondering how much prize money there was to lose, it was a staggering $557,000! We bet he didn’t practice on the MobilityWare Blackjack app first!

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Jul 18

Best Moments from Las Vegas 2014

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In our case, what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas. We want to share with you some of the highlights from our Vegas trip! Despite the 100+ degree weather, and the occasional bad hand in Blackjack, we had a great time.

Making games isn’t the only thing we’re good at. Turns out, some of us are also pretty great bowlers—someone even scored a 170!

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We also made time for a little golf

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And of course no Vegas trip would be complete without indulging at one of the all-you-can-eat buffets

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Between bites, in true Vegas style, we held a raffle. Lady Luck was definitely on the side of some—people won computers, iPads, and other fabulous prizes

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We even had a couple of birthdays to celebrate—both of our co-founders Dave and John turned 60!

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Jul 11

Viva Las Vegas!

Category: Uncategorized

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“Las Vegas Sign Keychains” by Steven Depolo on Flickr is licensed under CC BY 2.0 (license)

The MobilityWare team is on the go. We’re all heading to Las Vegas this weekend for our annual company-wide trip. There’s sure to be some Blackjack (call it research for our app!), bowling, buffets, and all-around good times. If you want to join us next year, check out our Careers page (Learn More) and learn how you can become part of our team!

We’ll be back on Wednesday, so stay tuned to hear all about our big Vegas adventure.

Happy Friday!

 

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Jul 9

Card Counting—Fact or Fiction (Part 2)

Category: Blackjack

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In our previous blog post, we quizzed your card counting knowledge to see if you could detect myth from reality when it comes to counting cards in Blackjack. Let’s see how you did.

  1. Card counting is illegal.

FALSE. Casinos frown upon it. You may be asked to leave if you draw too much attention to yourself. But no, the SWAT team isn’t going to come after you and no one is going to lock you up and throw away the key. That’s because as much as casinos may hate card counting, it is not illegal.

  1. You have to be a super genius to learn to count cards.

FALSE. Sure, in movies like “21”, it’s always the math whiz that shines at card counting at the Blackjack table. In real life, you don’t have to be gifted to count cards. There are some complicated card counting strategies, but there are also some fairly simple ones. So, as long as you can add and subtract in your head, card counting is not such an impossible skill.

  1. Card counting cannot predict the next card to be dealt.

TRUE. Just because you’re counting cards does not mean that you can know what card will come up next. To do that, you would have to be psychic. Card counting isn’t about predicting, it’s all about probabilities.

  1. If you learn to count cards, you’ll win every time.

FALSE. Don’t we wish! Unfortunately, just because you’ve gotten the hang of card counting doesn’t mean you should go putting a down payment on your mansion quite yet. Card counting does slightly improve your chances of winning (giving you about a 0.5%-1.5% edge), but don’t count on winning every time.

  1. MobilityWare’s Blackjack app has some tools to help you learn card counting.

TRUE. That’s right. Our Blackjack game can help you perfect the art of card counting with two different card counting systems, Hi-Lo and Knock-Out (K-O). You can choose which system you want to try under the “Settings” menu.

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