Live Blackjack vs. Online – What’s the difference?

Live Blackjack vs. Online - What's the difference?


As you may have guessed, here at Free Blackjack Money we love our blackjack. In fact, we love the game so much that we’re on a mission to make sure that as many people as possible know how to play the game properly. But we’ve been asked on more than one occasion what’s so great about the online version of the game. So today we’ve decided to answer this question in the best way possible – by comparing the live game to the online game.

The Setting

There’s nothing quite like a casino. The sounds of the machines in the background, the feel of the felt under your cards, and the camaraderie of your fellow players all trying to beat the casino at their own game. It’s pretty much the perfect setting for those of us who like to get out and about, meet some people, and play a few games with a dealer.
However, for many blackjack players, a trip to the local casino isn’t quite their cup of tea. They prefer the relaxing confines of the home. A comfy sofa, blackjack on a casino app, and maybe a genuine cup of tea.

This all depends on your own personal tastes, so we’d have to say that neither the casino nor playing at home is a clear winner.

The convenience

Now, this is where it gets a little easier to pick between the two. In live blackjack you need to get out to the casino. You also need to wait for an opening at a table which can be tricky if there’s only one or two blackjack tables at the venue. You also may need to dress for the occasion depending on the dress code of your chosen establishment.

Playing at home, on the other hand, is the most convenient thing imaginable. Do we need to remind you again of that cup of tea and the sofa? But there’s more to it that playing in your pyjamas. Online blackjack allows you to play at any time of the day or night. You can play for five minutes, take a break for an hour, then play for twenty minutes. Nothing beats that for convenience.

The game

The Game

At casinos, we’re often limited to the house game and rules. Most casinos will have one or two tables and offer only one version of the game. This may not be such a bad thing for a novice, but for those of us who play the game regularly, it’s nice to change things up every now and then.

Online platforms offer a wide range of options for both styles, classic or modern, while there are also options for players with varying budgets. You can play for low stakes or be a little adventurous and play like a high roller. And best of all, no one is there looking over your shoulder while you’re it.

The bonuses

Live casinos will sometimes offer their regular and loyal customers rewards of some kind. These are often vouchers for food or invitations to members only events. They’re good, but are only really beneficial to players who spend a lot of time at the casino.

Online blackjack is a little better in this regard. Usually casinos will give you a bonus each time you deposit which gives you more money to play with. Find us a live casino that will do that and we’ll meet you there next weekend!

The house edge

Now, we all know that blackjack providers, whether live or online, are there to make money. So we can accept that there will always be a house edge. Generally speaking though, the house edge in online blackjack is often better than live blackjack.

Of course, this all depends on where you play. You obviously need to know where to look, but you have us so you’ll always know where to look, right? The reason that online house edges are often better is because the competition is so stiff. Live casinos may only have to compete with one other casino in the area or perhaps none. This means that they don’t have to worry too much about their odds. Online casinos are a different game. Just like deposit bonuses, the house edge is one of the first things a seasoned player will look at. If the odds are favorable elsewhere, then they simply won’t play.

As you can see, while the game is, in essence, the same both live and online, there are significant differences between the two in terms of benefits and convenience. However, while online blackjack may seem like the perfect option, that doesn’t mean it’s better than its live counterpart. As we said earlier, it’s all down to personal tastes.

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