The rules to playing blackjack at land-based casinos and online
casinos are virtually identical, unless you're playing a special
variation of blackjack online or at a land casino. Since I'm a huge
blackjack fan I can't get enough of it, and even though I go to
Vegas and other gaming destinations very frequently I still play
online at least 3 - 4 times a week. After doing my research and
comparing the two types of blackjack (online and land-based) I've
come to the conclusion that the odds are exactly the same and can
result in a positive outcome if you play the proper strategy.
Playing blackjack online is really simple; the interface is built
to mimic the same kind of commands you'd give the blackjack dealer
in a land-based casino. Only, online, these actions are performed
by clicking on the buttons supplied in the user interface of the
online casinos software. For example: you have 12 and the
virtual blackjack dealer is showing 15. Basic blackjack strategy
would say hit, so you'd press the bottom labeled "Hit"
or "Hit Me" in order to receive another card, and hopefully
the dealer will bust. Buttons are available in the user interface
for all the same actions you'd perform at land casinos, such as,
stand, split, insurance, etc...
Many players prefer to play at land-based casinos. This is mainly
attributed to things like big crowds, flashy lights, and beautiful
waitresses serving free alcohol at the blackjack tables. When you
weigh out the costs associated with a trip out to Vegas, a lot of
the time it's very impractical, as the costs for the flight and
hotel can be rather expensive. Many serious gamblers don't really
care about the costs for the trip as they may be high-rollers and
have tens of thousands of dollars, which their willing to loose
on their next trip to Vegas. For people like myself even though
I really enjoy land-based casinos playing online is fast and easy
to get into.
Due to the competitive nature of this industry, online casinos
offer player incentives in the form of bankroll bonuses at their
casinos. This basically means that they'll give you free money to
play at their casino when you make a deposit. For example, if you
deposit $100 at an online casino, often times they'll comp you up
to 100% the amount of your initial deposit, so your initial bankroll
would then be $200 to play with. There are however conditions that
have to be met before you can cash that money out, these are called
wagering requirements and should be read over prior to making your
With virtually thousands of online casinos to choose from online
and many unscrupulous casino operators out there, there are some
things to look for to keep you safe even before you start playing.
Below is a list of some of the things you should look for before
you even decide to download the free software or play instant software
at a casino.
- Look to see if the casino is licensed in a known gaming jurisdiction
such as Antigua, Kahnawake, Isle of Man, etc...
- Look to see if a reputable gaming software provider powers the
casino. These include the following: Microgaming #1 provider,
Playtech, Cryptologic and Odds On.
- Does the casino offer 24/7 customer support?
- Review the payout percentages of the casinos you want to play
- Review the bonus structure and wagering requirements of the
casino prior to playing.
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