I know insurance is a sucker bet, but it would nice to have it implemented (ups the house advantage)
Insurance will definitely come, as will splitting. If I just had more time... I'm in the process of moving in with my girlfriend (she lives some 100km away, and here that means far more than an one hour drive) but I hope once I'm finished I'll have more time again (well, if she let me
Things I'd like to know before playing.
Does the dealer hit on Soft 17?
Doubling allowed on any total or 9,10,11 only or 10,11 only?
Shuffle after every hand?
The dealer stays on all 17s.
You can double with any cards in the first round.
No shuffle after every hand. I'll get a random number from random.org that shuffles all cards (consisting of some decks) when the deck is empty. These cards are dealt to all playing users on a first come, first serve basis.
I won't play blackjack without a split option, it simply favors the house too much without this option.
Really? I must admit that I didn't calculate the odds when I made this site. You said that insurance would up the house advantage. Doesn't that compensate for the yet missing split option?
No, seriously. I will implement split "soon". Until then, maybe you can play just with lower bets? This way you wouldn't "lose" to much due to the missing split, but still had the fun of playing.
I also sometimes do some special deals where I put extra money into player's account. Or just drop me a mail if something goes wrong and I'll compensate for your inconveniences.
My final concern. How can we be sure you haven't altered the odds drastically in the house favor? Return a value from random.org, 9/10 times let it go through as is, if it's not favorable request another random to favor house.
It would simply take too many hands to determine if many losses are a string of bad luck or deliberate manipulation by the software.
I think you can't. In the end you have to trust me. I would suggest that if you mistrust me you first just play with small bets, and then increase them. In fact many users seem to do that. The first deposits where just some bitcents and are now getting more. But even then you'd have to trust me, since in theory I could tell the software to play honest on small bets, but cheat on higher ones. I can only give you my word that I don't do that!
I've seen that other side provide an md5 checksum to prove they're not cheating. But I'm not sure how I could use that here, given how I shuffle the cards. Any ideas on this? I'd totally implement this feature as I of course know that having prove is better than just believing.
Another idea that comes to my mind right know is to display some public statistics. Display the results of the games? Of course without user names, but with or without bets? Or even making every game public, so you could see if a streak of lost games was caused by bad luck or some non-ideal decisions of the player.