7 Advantages of Playing Online Blackjack
While playing online Blackjack tables can’t provide quite the excitement and frisson that you would get in a live casino, it is far more accessible and has some real advantages. Here is a list of reasons why you are better off playing at a virtual table:
The most immediate and obvious advantage of playing Blackjack online, rather than in a bricks-and-mortar casino, is that it costs you less regarding expenses. A lot less. You have no travel or accommodation to cover, which is a huge saving when you consider that some have to arrange a vacation, with flights and hotel costs, around a trip to the casino. These expenses could quickly wipe any winnings that you might have made.
There is also no requirement to tip when you are playing online, unlike in a land-based venue where it is considered to be good form. And the table minimums are lower, something like 10-20% of what you would pay in a live venue, and they never change, unlike in live casinos where they will up the table minimums at busy times.
2. Free Games and Bonuses
You’ll find that you can play for free at most online casinos and this is a great place to get a feel for the site, how things work and to hone your Blackjack skills. [check our blackjack basics article]
Online casinos will offer Blackjack tournament freerolls allowing you the chance to enter and play for real money for free. These usually come as points or rewards for loyalty from the casino for playing for a certain amount of time.
Online casinos also offer sign-up bonuses for newcomers. You don’t get this in a bricks-and-mortar casino. Most will match your first deposit (up to a limit), and some even offer a free bonus with no deposit required.
3. Comfort and Convenience
You can play whenever you like online. It may not be quite a glamorous as Vegas, but you never have to wait for a seat a table. You can even do it in the comfort of your own home, in your pyjamas if you like – although we don’t recommend that approach if you are in any way serious about making money playing online. Check out our guide on Poker Tips.
You can also take comfort breaks whenever you need to and more importantly meet the general commitments of your life like work and family.
If you are new to Blackjack, or table games in general, the idea of walking up to a table in a live casino is understandably daunting. Downright intimidating in fact and it would take some balls to do it unless you’re a pro or the type that thrives in high-pressure scenarios. Not so online. If you are relaxed and comfortable playing online, you are much less likely to make expensive mistakes.
5. Pace of Playing Online Blackjack
When playing online blackjack, with single-player tables and multiple-table options, you have the opportunity to play many more hands per hour than you would at a live table.
The beauty of online casino Blackjack is that you can also go at your own speed with no time pressure from the dealer or other players. It is a big advantage if you are just getting into Blackjack and you need time to figure it all out. You’ll make fewer mistakes if you can take it at your own speed.
Another time saver is the fact that you don’t have to cash-in and re-buy your chips every time you change table.
6. Playing Heads Up Against The Dealer
One of the greatest advantages to a good player of playing online blackjack is that if you choose single-player tables, as the term suggests, the only person at the table is you, playing head-to-head with the dealer.
It is good because it rules out the likelihood of your game being thrown by the bad calls from other players.
7. Movement From Table to Table
In the online environment, there is no chance that you are going to get stuck on a table with what seems like a bad shoe because there are no other seats available. If you are not enjoying yourself at a particular table, you can simply pick another one, exit to another site or take a break from it altogether.