Transferring casino games to the online world has been the main task of every single online casino on the planet. How do you give your customers the best real-world experience online? Can you really recreate the atmosphere and excitement through a mobile phone or tablet?
The answer is both yes and no. Yes, you can play games like blackjack and poker online. But you can’t really capture the atmosphere. So whether online blackjack will be for you depends entirely on what you want to get out of it.
If it’s just to play the game then you are in luck. There is a tonne of variations all available at your fingertips. You can choose between a computerised version or opt for a real-world dealer via a live casino.
Casino vs Live Casino
Aside from the specific casino sites, bookmakers all have a dedicated casino section too. There is a range of online blackjack games each with their own set of rules and themes. Some even have higher pay-outs than others.
Playing these versions is very much against a computerised dealer. In fact, there is no deal at all – it’s just you versus the table. Games are quick and easy to play. You simply choose your stake, click ‘deal’ and the cards come whizzing out.
You can opt to ‘hit’ or ‘stand’ and all the while the dealer’s cards have been dealt. Once they’ve been turned over, you’ve either won or lost. And the game starts all over again.
Most of these games start at £1 per hand. But be careful, they are over very quickly so you can spend quite a bit just playing hand after hand.
In a ‘Live Casino’ you are actually playing against a real live person in real-time. The dealer will deal cards exactly as they would in a regular casino. They don’t chat with you or anything like that but it can still be an odd experience if you haven’t played this way before.
Personally, I don’t need to see a person at the end of the screen. But for others, this is the best bit about playing online blackjack. Like all things, the choice is yours.
How Much Does Online Blackjack Cost
With the likes of Paddy Power a lot of their online blackjack games will cost a minimum of £1. There is also a maximum of £50 with many of their games. That cost is per hand. So unless you’re a high roller, £50 a pop does seem a little steep for most people.
BetFred has 14 different types of online blackjack in their casino. Many of these versions are the same across the board as the major bookmakers all use the same licensed games. However, they will each have a unique game that is exclusive to them.
There are a couple of games that differ on Betfred. £10m Jackpot is interesting in that you can win even if you don’t beat the dealer. If you make a hand of 13 cards without busting then you win 1,000,000 times your stake, up to a whopping £10,000,000.
I haven’t done the maths but 13 cards without hitting 21 is so statistically unlikely that I can’t imagine anyone has ever actually won it!
How Easy Is Online Blackjack
It’s very easy. In fact, it’s probably too easy. Simply click your stake, click hit, and hope that you get 21 or high enough that you beat the dealer.
The difficulty is knowing when to split, stand or double down. But none of that has anything to do with how the game is played online and everything to do with how well you can actually play it.
Overall, there really is nothing different with online blackjack that you don’s see in a normal casino. Choose your casino, sign-up, put money in your account, and simply pick which version you want to play. And that is all there is to it!