By Gavin Lucas.
So, you’re torn between online vs. live blackjack? That’s understandable; both have their pros and cons, and it can be difficult to pick.
This article was written to help you decide between them. Let’s look at the differences between them to figure out what’s best for you.
Unless you’re in a gambling mecca like Las Vegas or Macau, it’s highly likely that casinos near you will offer one or maybe two blackjack variants. In nine casinos out of ten, it’ll be classic blackjack and perhaps Pontoon.
However, at online casinos, there are usually at least half a dozen variants. Visiting a gambling site will often mean you have dozens of options, including special variants like Lightning or Quantum Blackjack.
The most popular studios have gone the extra mile to produce new, innovative games you can’t find in real-world casinos. For this reason, most online casinos win when it comes to game variety.
Game in Focus: Lightning Blackjack involves several cards in the deck having random multipliers attached to them before the game. Should you be lucky enough to win with these cards, your payouts will be boosted by up to 25x.
💰💲Lightning Blackjack brings the chance of multiplier payouts to regular Blackjack.The Lightning element of Lightning Blackjack is just like a side bet. With this bet, you’ll collect a 2x to 25x payout by winning two consecutive hands.💰💲 pic.twitter.com/ttHyiIpXOu — Kim Garcia (@Itsgarciagrace) December 2, 2023
The Social Element
No matter how good live streaming technology gets, there are some things that just can’t be replaced. Sitting at the tables, talking to a real flesh and bones dealer, sipping a cocktail at the bar, and feeling the cards and chips in your hand. Sure, many of these elements have been replicated to a large extent, but it’s not quite the same.
Mingling with other players, including a few of your friends you bring along with you, is one of the big reasons people go to casinos. While it’s possible to invite your friends to play blackjack online, nothing beats dressing up, going out, and meeting them down at the venue.
Humans are social animals, and while real dealer blackjack games do recreate the social experience that was missing from digital games, as Marvin Gaye sang, “Ain’t nothing like the real thing, baby!”
The Expenses Involved
No matter what option you choose, there are going to be some expenses involved. However, in most cases, going to the casino is going to be a lot more expensive than playing online.
Flipping open your laptop or unlocking your phone gets you instantly into any online casino you want within minutes. However, going to the casino involves transport, possibly food and drinks, and a few other expenses.
Don’t overlook table limits, either. Some online casinos will let you play for just $0.10 per hand, whereas I rarely go into land casinos with limits lower than $5 or so.
For players on a budget, online blackjack is the better option. Of course, if you’re a high roller, online blackjack sites will often accept bets into the thousands per hand.
Blackjack Card Counting
Card counting is an effective way to win blackjack more often. Masters of the craft, such as the MIT Blackjack Team, took casinos for millions by working as a team and counting accurately.
Blackjack card counting techniques are extremely difficult to use at online casinos. It’s basically impossible when playing digital games, and live games often use multiple decks, randomize the shuffling frequency, and use AI to detect card counters.
Counting cards isn’t easy at real casinos, either. However, it has a better chance of success. If you plan to beat the casinos by counting cards, land casinos are the better option for you.
Why Not Both?
As you can see, the online vs. live blackjack debate is not easily settled. Both have their benefits and drawbacks.
If you want to combine the best of both worlds, live dealer blackjack is your best bet. You’ll get some of the social elements, lots of great game variants, reasonable table limits, and the convenience of playing at home. Card counting will still be difficult, but you have a much better chance than you do against RNG-powered digital games.
Whatever you choose, good luck, and remember that blackjack is a game you can improve on with skill!
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