All blackjack players agree on certain things. Specifically, things like don’t split the tens, or try to calculate the odds of your success and, most importantly, that the rules of playing blackjack online are very different from the rules of playing blackjack in real life. Many amateurs tend to think that blackjack offline and blackjack online are pretty much the same thing. The truth of the matter is that, generally, yes, most of the rules are the same. But playing blackjack offline involves a lot of nuances that you do not get in the world of online gaming, which is why, sometimes, playing the game online is much harder. Just ask anyone who has ever laid his hands on online blackjack Australia, the USA or anywhere else in the world, and they will agree. Which is why we have decided to come up with a quick list of rules and suggestions. Those of you who are online Blackjack enthusiasts will find a use for it, hopefully, and not lose money playing the game.
Counting is not as reliable
This is one of the things that many players don’t realize when they first start playing an online game of Blackjack. When you play offline, real-life game of Blackjack, you are likely paying at least a little attention to the cards that you see and the cards that you don’t see. You at least try to remember some of the cards that have already been played. This way, you are doing your best to try and identify the probability of your bet, of your hand, being successful. And sometimes it works! The movie 21 was based on the act of successfully counting cards after all. But, when you get online and start playing, counting cards becomes impossible. You might try, but the more time you spend trying to count cards, the more often you end up being proven wrong, and as a result, you end up losing money.
The difference is in where the cards come from. When you are playing poker, your cards come from a mix of five decks, all stuffed to perfection, in order to produce a random result. But, since the decks are finite, with a little bit of memory practice and a little bit of training in statistics, you should be able to guess when a card that is favorable to you might come up. On the other hand, when you are playing online, the cards are being dealt from an infinite pull of a random number generator. The algorithm does not take into account the fact that you would have five decks mixed together in the first place. It instead generates the numbers randomly, effectively creating an infinite number of decks to pull from. This way even the best counters in the world will not be able to anticipate what comes out onto the table in a little bit. So, the first rule of online blackjack, stop counting.
Tracking your chips
The second rule is that you should always keep track of how many chips you still have available. The danger of online gaming is the fact that you might end up losing all of your money so fast, that you don’t even realize that you lost. That is because of the lack of physically interactive chips makes it hard for you to keep track of them, especially when most of your attention is dedicated to the game at hand. So, one of the most important rules of playing Blackjack online is to always remember how many chips you have and how many you have already bet so that you do not accidentally end up going over budget.
It is true that there are many distractions in a casino. There are drinks, loud chatter, jokes, discussions and some attractive lights to catch your eye and draw it away from the table. But all professional players know how to ignore those things and pay attention to the cards that are being dealt with them. That is because the players know the stakes and can feel them physically. The problem of playing Blackjack online is that you are at home, which, theoretically speaking, is an incredibly peaceful space. But, there are many distractions at home as well. If you have the music on, the TV running in the background, kids talking to you and some Macaroni on the stove, you are likely too distracted to pay attention to the game. If you are going to be playing, play right and dedicate the appropriate amount of time to the game.